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Melyn Papers, 1640-1699 Cornelis Melyn

Melyn Papers, 1640-1699

Cornelis Melyn

Published February 5th 2014
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Cornelis Melyn (1600 – c. 1662) was an early Dutch settler in New Netherland and Patroon of Staten Island. He was the chairman of the council of eight men, which was a part of early steps toward representative democracy in the Dutch colony. CornelisMoreCornelis Melyn (1600 – c. 1662) was an early Dutch settler in New Netherland and Patroon of Staten Island. He was the chairman of the council of eight men, which was a part of early steps toward representative democracy in the Dutch colony. Cornelis Melyn made at least one voyage to the New World before deciding to settle there, aboard the Dutch West India Companys ship Het Wapen van Noorwegen (The Arms of Norway) in 1638. After returning to the Netherlands, he applied for the Patroonship of Staten Island, which he was granted July 3, 1640. Soon afterwards, he sailed, possibly in the Engel Gabriel (Angel Gabriel), for New Netherland. But the vessel was captured by a Dunkirk raider August 13, 1640, and Melyn was forced to return to the Netherlands.Melyn sailed once again to New Amsterdam May 17, 1641, aboard the vessel Den Eyckenboom (The Oak Tree) with a new party of colonists, including his wife and children. Also on board was Adriaen van der Donck who would one day be a political ally of Melyn and a fellow victim of Director-General Peter Stuyvesants persecution. Soon after The Oak Trees arrival in New Amsterdam, Cornelis Melyn and his party of 41 persons were at work establishing a new colony on Staten Island. June 19, 1642, Melyn received from Director-General Willem Kieft his patent to all of Staten Island except for a farm which had already been allocated to David Pietersen de Vries. In November 1643, during the bloody conflict with the neighboring Lenape tribes which became known as Kiefts War, Melyn and his colonists were forced to abandon Staten Island. According to his own statement, I was obliged to flee for the sake of saving my life, and to sojourn with wife and children at the Menatans till the year 1647. In 1644, his plantation having been destroyed, Cornelis Melyn purchased three adjacent lots near the Dutch fort on lower Manhattan, along the East River near the intersection of the present Broad and Pearl Streets.[Note: this pre-1923 publication has been converted from its original format and may contain an occasional defect from the conversion process and contains the original spellings of words as used in the 1600s.]