Sarah Rapelje

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Medallion given to Sarah Rapelje on occasion of her marriage to Hans Hansen Bergen, 1639. Later inserted into tankard, donated by descendants to Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1926

Sarah Rapelje (July 9, 1625, Fort Orange - 1685, Bushwick, New York) was the first white European Christian female born in New Netherland.[1]

Biography[edit]

Sarah Rapelje was the daughter of Joris Jansen Rapelje (1604-1663) and Catalina Trico (1605-1689).[2] Joris Rapalje and Catalina Trico were Walloon Calvinists and married 4 days before they left from Holland for America in 1624 on the ship de Eendracht (the Unity). Joris and Catalina first lived in Fort Orange, NY and helped build a settlement there. This is where Sarah Rapalje was born. After Manhattan Island was bought from the Indians, Joris Rapalje and Catalina Trico and their family were sent to Manhattan Island to help with the settlement. Joris Rapalje then bought land in Brooklyn, and eventually moved to Wallabout Bay [3]

Sarah Rapelje was first married to Hans Hansen Bergen in 1639. Hans Bergen died in 1653. She had 8 children with Hans Bergen, and 7 children lived.

She married 2nd in 1654 to Teunis Gysbertse Bogaert and had an additional 7 children.

Legacy[edit]

Rapelje's chair is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York, a gift of her Brinckerhoff descendants.[4] Brooklyn's Rapelye Street is named for the family.[5] Sarah Rapalje herself was granted a large tract of land in the Wallabout in Brooklyn by Dutch authorities for being the first European Christian female to be born in the New Netherland. The family owned extensive property in the area of present-day Red Hook.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 14 Generations: New Yorkers
  2. ^ The Bogart Family: the descendants of Tunis Gysbertse Bogaert, by John Bogaert
  3. ^ Island at the center of the world, by Russell Shorto
  4. ^ Russell Shorto, The Island at the Center of the World. The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America (Doubleday, 2004.)
  5. ^ Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names, By Leonard Benardo, Jennifer Weiss, Published by NYU Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8147-9946-9
  6. ^ Winter Scene in Brooklyn, Museum of the City of New York

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