I wonder how differently Orrseltie found her life to be when she left the Netherlands to come to America to marry for the third time in her young life. Some have said she was a well to do Dutch woman. This painting Woman with a Pearl Necklace by Johannes Vermeer around 1662–1664 shows us how Orrseltie may have dressed and appeared while living in Holland.
|"Nieuw (New) Amsterdam, recently called New York (Nieuw Jorck), and now retaken by the Netherlanders 24 Aug 1673".|
On Nov. 30, 1662, Antonis Jansen paid for the use of a small pall (casket) , and on June 11,1664, he again paid for the use of the pall, (Burial records of the First Dutch Reformed Church at Albany, 1654-1862, published in The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook, 1932-1934) The names of the two children are not given. Ursula had two children at the time she sailed to America, but it is known that Annetje, thought to be the daughter of Jan Hendricksen, Ursula’s first husband, survived and later married to raise her own family. At least two children of Ursula Dircks and Anthony Jansen van Westbrook survived. They were Dirck and Johannes Westbrook.
Orrseltie was my 8th great grandmother. I am glad that she made it to these shores or the history of this family would not be!
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