Families of New Amsterdam
Among my earliest ancestors to come to North America is the Vigne family of New Amsterdam. Guillaume Vigne and his wife, Ariaentje, owned land near what is now Wall St. and Pearl St. in NYC. I am descended from their daughter, Maria, but her younger brother Jean was the first male child born in the New Netherland Colony (about 1624). My people were occupying Wall St. in the 1620s!
Another of my New Amsterdam ancestors was the miller, Abraham Van Deursen. There was a big article in the New York Times last summer about him and some of his 200,000+ descendants — Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Van Buren were among them.
Also I am descended from the Dutch Reform Minister Everardus Bogardus and his wife Annetje Jans. Duane Park in TriBeCa has a plaque dedicated to them because she was its first European land owner.