April 2nd, 2011

Did I mention Anneke Jans?

Recently, I discovered a definite shared ancestor between my husband and I: Anneke Jans and Everardus Bogardus. He counted generations: 12 on his side, and 13 on mine, making us approximately 10th cousins. And before you go, _everybody_ is 10th cousins, according to the wikipedia entry on pedigree collapse and the Straight Dope article which it cites in support:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/412/2-4-8-16-how-can-you-always-have-more-ancestors-as-you-go-back-in-time

Everybody is maybe 50th cousins, which is a very different proposition.

Prior to discovering those shared ancestors, my previous closest approach between R.'s and my trees was the incident in Feb 1690 in Schenectady, when one of his Simon Van Ness's was sent from Fort Albany to go chase down the attackers/kidnappers. People who do less meticulous research conclude from this that Van Ness was living in Schenectady, but that's probably not the case. With a lot of work yet to do, I am optimistic that there are more shared ancestors, and still a small chance that I might be able to detect them.

Having Anneke Jans and Everardus Bogardus in our ancestry is not particularly surprising. For one thing, she had a lot of kids who lived to adulthood and had a lot of kids. For another, they were a well-documented bunch of people whose descendants have curated a lot of the genealogical connection (partly because of that lawsuit, presumably). There was a book published in the mid 1990s, _Dear "Cousin"_, which documented the descendancy in great altho not exhaustive detail. The author, William Brower Bogardus of Wilmington, OH, is apparently working on round 2, which will NOT reference the first version, which is a relief because it is one of those out of print books which commands ridiculous prices. (You _really_ have to respect a Goodwill operation which can spot and market a used book from 1996 for over $200.) According to this:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ghosthunter/Anneke/page9.htm

It's going to add 2 more generations down and source the heck out of everything in it. If it's anything like Hank Jones' books on the Palatines, I'll have to be very careful about not drooling on it.

I feel like my hobbies are getting more and more ridiculous every year.

Schenck's wife Ann Taylor

Recently, I asked myself, Self, where does the name Schenck come from? I'm back to a Roelof Martense Schenck (Ralph Martinson Schenck if you prefer), no dates as yet, but a son Garret 1671-1745. I got a wee bit distracted at this point, because of something really weird that happened to the tree (can we just say "pedigree collapse" and not get into it further? Please?) at that point.

In any event, returning to the first (or last in time) Schenck in my tree, another Ralph, this time marrying a woman named Ann Taylor in the late 18th century. Ann Taylor turned out to have Edward Taylor and Rebecca Stout as parents. Rebecca's parents were the improbably named Freegift and Mary Higgins Stout, and it should be obvious at this point that this isn't happening in a Dutch colony. No, the mixing in New Jersey included people who got there, not from Staten Island or Nieuw Amsterdam or Albany, or whatever, but at least some of them came from New England, including Rhode Island.

But the best part about the Stouts is Penelope. Penelope whose boat ran aground. Penelope whose fellow passengers headed up to the Dutch colony as quick as they could walk, because there had been some unfortunate incidents recently. Penelope stayed with her husband who had been ill on the boat and they were attacked. The story says she was left for dead and huddled in a tree for a few days, holding her intestines inside her until less antagonistic locals found her and ultimately returned her to the Dutch colony where she married Richard Stout.

That is a heckuva story. I don't know if I actually believe it; I am certainly entertained by the number of people who _have_ believed it for generations.

David Stout married Rebecca Ashton, daughter of James Ashton and Deliverance Throckmorton. I _love_ the name Throckmorton, and John's story is even better. Born about 1600 in England (and people have found the baptismal record). Apprenticed as a scrivener in the 1620s (you can see where this is going to go, right?). Came over on the Lion with Roger Williams in 1631. Got excommunicated between 1635 and 1638 (see? What did I tell you?) He was one of the Propietors there, a deputy and a moderator one year. There's a brief side jaunt to Throg's Neck, and his kids went to Monmouth where, despite what lots of people seem to think, he was _not_ one of the Patentees, altho he was one of the first lot owners (hey, people! These words mean something, and there are plenty of public domain books out there to supply the historical details if you can be troubled to _check_ them cf. _This Old Monmouth of Ours by William S. Hornor). If you tell me someone was _both_ a Proprietor at Rhode Island AND a Patentee at Monmouth, I'm going to demand some solid evidence. I'm not saying it never happened, because I can't be troubled to run through all the names to prove it never happened, but it's damned implausible on the face of it.

I have other things I want to blog about, so the story of the thief's daughter will have to wait until later (Phoebe Sales, IIRC, and I think R.'s ancestress, not mine).

Bicycles!

A. has outgrown the Bobike Mini (that sort of happened months ago, but didn't seem urgent until recently). R. put the Bike Tutor back on the Bianchi which, with the Burley Kazoo or Piccolo or whatever we have out there means it can carry both kids and cargo at the same time.

The Townie, however, was a bit of a problem. We were skeptical about putting a Biker Tutor on it. So a few months ago, I contacted the inestimable (that's a good thing) J.C. Lind of Chicago regarding ordering the Roland Add+Bike, because he's The Guy if you want to buy that product in the United States. The Roland Add+Bike is a special (very, very beefy) bike rack which has a connector for a matching trailing bicycle; a child's seat can be attached to the bike rack simultaneously. We went with a GMG. There are some aspects to the installation that are a little dodgy. In particular, this particular seat and rack combination requires it to be mounted quite close to my seat on the bike (this is partly an artifact of the Townie's very laid-back geometry). The good news is that A. does fit in it with me on the bike and I'm never in any doubt about her doing anything I don't know about, because she's as close as if I were wearing her in the Ergo.

The Townie is quite a long bike front to back. With the trailing bike, backing it out of the garage is very tricky. However, I am quite optimistic that this setup will let me take both kids out on short runs (store, school, playground). I have the front tray for cargo; I still need to find a pannier that will attach to the rack (big round bars, which is an issue, and also there's some conflict with the seatpost for the kids seat).

Best of all, the trailing bicycle on the Roland is really easy to take off and put back on. It does not have the double redundancy of the Burley, but it's quite impossible to imagine this attachment failing, so I don't think it needs it.

T. has been really wanted to "go growee!", which means, go to the grocery store on the bikes. His Kettler Sprint balance bike is way too small for him and has been for a while. I kept hoping he'd be willing to adopt one of the regular bikes with pedals, but he experiments with them only briefly. When I realized on Thursday that A. was older than T. was when we bought him the thing, I broke down and found new balance bikes for both of them. We got the Glide Bikes in two different sizes. R. put them together today, and they have a couple of interesting features. (1) Foot posts in approximately pedal location. I have no idea what the kids will think of those. (2) Foam filled tires. This last is _awesome_ because it's really tough figuring out how to get air in the tires of these things; you basically need the compressor and its flat attachment. None of the elbow fittings will fit in the space the plastic spokes allow. (3) They are _light_! Incredibly light compared to the Kettler Sprint. But other than a relatively crappy seat, they seem well made and the paint job on them is excellent (this matters more than you might realize until after they've stayed wet for a while unexpectedly).

I think this means we are officially ready for spring. All the tires are aired up. We have appropriately sized kids bikes and the adult bikes are both set up for two kids, 1 adult and cargo.