Demandeville #3630

Giles (“Yellis”) Jansen Demandeville (1625-1701)

Born in Netherlands.  Arrived in New Amsterdam (New York) in 1659 and

Elsje Hendricks (1628-1701)

Born in Netherlands.  Arrived in New Amsterdam (New York) in 1659.

Demandeville #3630

Giles Jansen Demandeville (sometimed called “Yellis”[1]) was of French Huguenot[2] descent, and it is likely that his family had been persecuted by the Catholic authorities in France and at some point took refuge in Holland, which welcomed members of the new Protestant sects.  His parents are Rev. Jan Johannes Michaelsz de Mandeville and Trijntgen Wilms[3].  He was born about 1625 in Holland, and it is not known how long the family resided in Holland before Giles departed for America, although it could have been at least a couple of generations.  His immigration preceded the large-scale Huguenot migration to the American colonies that occurred after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.  The Dutch encouraged emigration to New Netherland.  Immigrants, composed chiefly of persecuted persons or indentured servants who had served out their time, flocked into New Netherland, where they might enjoy freedom such as existed in Holland at the time.

Giles Jansen Demandeville was probably born in the 1620s in Garderen, Netherlands.  The Garderen marriage and baptismal registers before 1664 are unfortunately lost.  He was married, probably in Holland, to Elsje Hendricks [4] in 1649.  They came together from Holland with four children to New Netherland, sailing 12 Feb 1659 on De Trouw (The Faith”).  On the passenger list they appear as:

[38] Gillis Jansen from Garderen[5]

[39] Mrs. Jansen (wife)

[40-44]  four children Jansen, ages 4 1/4, 5, 6 and 9 years

The Demandevilles made their home in New Amsterdam (later known as New York after the Dutch colony was ceded to the English in 1664).  They also probably lived for a time somewhere on Long Island.  Two of his children were from Nieuw Amersfoort (later known as “Flatlands”).  He was perhaps that Gilles Jansen rated there in Sept., 1676, for 10 morgens of land, etc. 
Riker[6] states that Demandeville bought a farm at Flatbush (probably the land in the jurisdiction of Hempstead, valued above all his other possessions, devised by will to his son Hendrick), and received afterwards a grant of 30 acres at Greenwich, New York, laid out 5 Dec., 1679; patented 30 Dec. 1680.  No lands granted or sold to Yellis de Mandeville are recorded in the Flatbush Records, but many Dutch Patents and Indian Deeds were destroyed or sent to England after 1664.

No New Amsterdam Records mention him, but we find “Gilles Janszen Mandiviel” and his wife “Elsje Hendricx” as members of The New York Dutch Church on 31 May 1677, and “Jillis, Elsje and Grietie Mandeviel” living above the ancient pond Kalch hock in 1686. 

On modern maps of New York City, the Mandeville estate extended from below 14th Street to 21st Street, though not parallel to either, and from the Hudson River to Fitz Roy Road (between 7th & 8th Avenue).  Parcels 67-72 on the map below, marked in red.  This part of Manhattan Island (now known as Chelsea) was known as Greenwich, Sappokaniken, Shappanaconk, or New Nordwyck.

by Geo. Hayward, 120 Water Street, New York for D. T. Valentine’s “History of New York” – Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1852 by D. T. Valentine in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Lower Manhattan, New York City (modern aerial view)

Lower Manhattan, New York City (modern aerial view)

Giles was living at Greenwich in 1696, at which time he owned 146 acres of land in three separate tracts. There were 30 acres in Greenwich, 96 acres of pasture land near Greenwich on the west side of the Hudson River and 20 acres on Long Island, now part of the Flatlands district of Brooklyn.  “Yellis” sold to “David Mandeville” (doubtless his son) on 14 May 1700, 53 morgens of land (126 acres), including the Greenwich bowery then occupied by the said David Mandeville, and apparently also meadows on the west side of the Hudson River.  The land was particularly described in a grant from Governor Nicholls, and in a deed of Johannes Vanbroughen and Jacob Veranger to Jacob Vandegrift: the latter sold the same to “Yellis Mandeville” on 2 Jun 1679.

Giles and his wife were sponsors at a baptism, 16 Mar 1701.  Therefore it is known that Giles died between 16 Mar and 22 May 1701 at Greenwich (Manhattan), New York, as it was on that date that his will was proved, by his widow.  This will, dated 15 Sep 1696, signed “Yeelise de Mandveille”, mentions all his children, “eldest son Hendrick, son David, daughters Tryntje, now wife of Cornelis Jansen de Seenn: Aeltie, now wife of Lowren Johnsen; Gerritie, now wife of Pieter Meet; Griettie, now wife of John Meet”.  “Elsie”, his wife, was to be sole executrix, after her death their sons Hendrick and David.  In the will he left to his son Hendrick “in regard of his being my eldest son, all that my farm in Queens Co., in the jurisdiction of Hempstead,” with houses, barns &c.”  He left to his son, David, “the Negro Peter” and £50, and all the rest of his estate to his children.  The original will may be found in the Surrogate’s Office in New York City.  The signature only is in Mr. Mandeville’s handwriting, and bears an unidentified heraldic seal.  The names of Giles‘ children as transcribed in Liber II, 108, N. Y. Wills, contain several mistakes, repeated in the published Wills of the N. Y. Historical Society, and elsewhere.

The children of Giles Demandeville and Elsje Hendricks are listed as follows (with approximate dates):

  1. Hendrick, born 1646 in Gelderland, Netherlands.  He married (1st) Elizabeth Jane Berry and (2nd) Anetje Pieterse Scholl on 18 Jul 1680 in New York.
  2. David, born about 1652.
  3. Tryntje, born about 1654. She married Cornelius Jansen Vanderveer.
  4. Hettie, born about 1658.  She married Lawrence Johnson.
  5. Geerette Jellis, born about 1660.  She married Weart Epskes Banta.
  6. Gerritie, born about 1662.
  7. Aeltje Gillis Demandeville (“Elsie”), see below.

Aeltje Gillis Demandeville was born in New Amsterdam probably about 1660.  She died in 1687.  About 1676 she married Laurens Jansen DeCamp (1645-1726), and their lineage is continued under his heading.



[1] At times he also appears as Aegidus Jansz Mandeville, Gillis Mandeville, Giles Jansen de Mandeville, Gillis Jansz Manderville, etc.

[2] For the historical background of French Huguenots, refer to separate article.

[3] Rev. Jan Johannes Michaelsz de Mandeville was born about 1601 in Friesland, Netherlands, and died about 1657 in Garderen, Nethrlands.  He married Trijntgen Wilms 18 May 1625 in Harderwijk, Netherlands.  The dates of her birth and death are not known.

[4] Giles Jansen de Mandeville and Altje Hendricks were Huguenots who fled from Rouen, France. They came to America in 1649 De Trouw (“The Faith”). They settled in New Amsterdam.

[5] That is, from Garderen in the Veluwe, Guelderland, Holland.

[6] James Riker and Henry Pennington Toler. Revised history of Harlem (City of New York): Its Origin and Early Annals (Sterling Potter, 1904).

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