Person:Johannes Polhemus (1)

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Reverend Johannes Theodorus Polhemus
m. ABT 1590
  1. Reverend Johannes Theodorus Polhemus1598 - 1676
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  • HReverend Johannes Theodorus Polhemus1598 - 1676
m. ABT 1629
  1. Christina Polhemus1629 -
  2. Marguerita PolhemusABT 1642 - 1702
  • HReverend Johannes Theodorus Polhemus1598 - 1676
  • WCatherinea Werven1624 - 1702
m. 1645
  1. Catrina Polhemus
  2. Adrianna PolhemusBET 1631 AND 1644 - BEF 1702
  3. Theodorus PolhemusABT 1646 - 1722
  4. Lammertje PolhemusABT 1648 -
  5. Ann PolhemiusABT 1649 - 1732
  6. Margareta PolhemusABT 1660 - AFT 1702
  7. Elizabeth PolhemusABT 1661 - 1683
  8. Daniel PolhemusABT 1662 - ABT 1730
Facts and Events
Name Reverend Johannes Theodorus Polhemus
Gender Male
Birth? 1598 Birokirchen, Bavaria
Marriage ABT 1629 Hollandto
Reference Number 22105
Marriage 1645 Antwerpen, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgiumto Catherinea Werven
Reference Number 20395
Catherinea Werven
Death? 9 SEP 1676 Flatbush, Kings, New York, United States
Reference Number? 58256

BIOGRAPHY: 1. Rev. JOHANNES THEODORUS POLHEMUS was born in 1598 probably at Boi Kirchen in Rhenish Bavaria. He died at Flatbush, Long Island on 9 Sep 1676. It is recorded that he had a daughter baptized at Meppel in 1629; his next known child was born some fifteen years later indicating that his first marriage in the Netherlands was to an unknown wife; he married (2) about 1643 probably in Brazil CATHERINA VAN DER WERVEN who died at Flatbush Long Island about 1702. BIOGRAPHY: In 1620 he entered Heidelberg University as a student of divinity. After graduating, he served in various localities in the Netherlands until 1635. He then applied for service overseas and was selected to be sent to the West Indies. A large expedition to Brazil was being prepared and in Jan 1637, he land ed at his new post on the Recif of Permanbuco, Brazil. There he was in care of the spiritual needs of the settlers and soldiers. In 1638 he went with those sent to colonize the island of Itamaraca, adjacent to Recif. Due to civil unrest, he was forced to return to Recif in 1647/48. By 1654, the Dutch administration in Brazil had become inefficient and corrupt. The Portuguese revolted and the Dutch were given three months to either depart or embrace the Roman Catholic faith and become Portuguese citizens. In April of 1654, the Dutch Protestants with others were evacuated; for some reason not known, Catherina and four children,took a different ship than that of her husband, Rev. Polhemus. She and the children arrived safely in Holland. The ship on which Rev. Polhemus sailed was captured by a Spanish privateer, which in turn was captured by a French Man-of-War, the ship St. Charles. He arrived at New Amsterdam in September 1654. This family was separated for two and a half years before Catherine and the children finally arrived inAmerica in Sep 1656.BIOGRAPHY: When Rev. Polhemus arrived at New Amsterdam, there were three Dutch settlements on the western end of Long Isl and called Midwout, Amersfoort and Brueckelen; they later became, respectively, Flatbush, Flatlands, and Brooklyn. They were in need of a church and mininster and welcomed the appearance of Dominie Polhemus. At his age, it was a difficult task to get adequate housing, secure a regular salary and serve these three congregations.



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