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Genealogy of Cornelis MELYN, Patroon of Staten Island
Cornelis MELIJN / MELYN was baptised in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1600, son of Andries MELIJN / MELYN and Maria GHUEDINX-BOTENS.  Cornelis was a man of courage, honor, and enormous entrepreneurial spirit who led a remarkable life.  Among other things, he was Patroon of Staten Island and made no less than eleven crossings of the Atlantic in his attempts to secure the founding of a colony on that island.  The life of Cornelis MELYN is a fascinating chapter in the founding of our nation. 
Family Group Sheet of Cornelis MELYN & Johanne ADRIAENS
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Known Voyages of Cornelis Melyn
Cornelis MELYN married Johanne "Janneken" ADRIAENS on 22 Apr 1627 in Amsterdam.   They had eleven children:
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Baptised in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cornelia   27 Feb 1628
Joannes   27 Apr 1629
Cornelis, Jr.   6 Sep 1630 (d. bef. 4 Oct 1633)
Cornelis, Jr.   4 Oct 1633
Abraham   27 May 1635
Yzaak   21 Nov 1638 (d. bef. 22 Jul 1646)
Maria "Mariken"   29 Mar 1637
Jakob   17 Apr 1640
     
 Baptised in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
Sanna   14 Jun 1643
Magdalena   3 Mar 1644/5
Yzaak   22 Jul 1646

Here, and throughout this web site, I use the Dutch versions of their names.  As far as I can gather, the only reason these individuals are so often referred to in the literature by French names is that the first genealogist to work on them was, himself, French.  I have little doubt that in life these people went by their Dutch names because they lived in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, not the French-speaking part.

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Known variations of the Dutch surname MELIJN / MELYN include:
MALYN, MALYNS, MELEYN, MELEYNS, MELIN, MELIJN, MELINS, MELLEIN, MELLEINS, MELLYN, MELLYNS, MELYEN, MELYENS, MELYN, MELYNS, MILLYN, MILLYNS, MILYN, MILYNS, MOLEYN, MOLEYNS, MOLIN, MOLINS, MOLLEYN, MOLLEYNS, MOLLYN, MOLLYNS, MOLYN, MOLYNS, MYLLYN, MYLLYNS 

Internal Links

Dutch Given Name Equivalents of the French Names Used in Burton's Papers on Cornelis Melyn
A Brief Explanation of Patronymics, with Examples

External Links

Cornelis Melyn (online at Wikipedia)

Dutch Research Center
The New Netherlands Project
BeNeLux Genealogy Home Page

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