Michiel Tadens of New Amsterdam
Michiel Tadens was born in abt. 1623 in Witzwort, a village on the peninsula Eiderstedt in the German federal state Schleswig-Holstein. The village of Witzwort is just a few miles south of Husum and of the island Nordstrand. Until 1864 Schleswig- Holstein was part of Denmark, so Michiel Tadens was Danish.
He must have come to Amsterdam at a young age, where he was probably enlisted by the West India Company to go to New Netherland, because we find him there in Jan. 1644 in a court record as a witness to a fight in New Amsterdam.
Statement made on request of the Fiscal given by Michiel Tadens from Yderstee 20 years old. Standing at the house of mr. Melijn, on the date as below, he heard Hans Hendricx, hired man of Sr. Jochem Pietersz, requesting Jacob Hendricx van Dort to put him on board his ship, on which Jacob van Dort replied I don’t allow moffen [Germans] on my ship, which started a fight between them that ended in pulling knives. (Jacob van Dort was the first to pull his knive).
Hans Hendrickx said let’s fight this out. There were some attacks from both sides, which ended that Jacob van Dort injured Hans Hendricx, which was proven by his wound. All this confirmed under oath by Michiel Tadens. Acte dated 18 January 1644 in the fortress Amsterdam, Nieu Nederlant.
With knowledge of me
Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary.
He probably signed a contract with the West India Company under the condition that they would pay for his passage, if he would work for them for a few years as a pay-back.
We know he was still in New Amsterdam in 1647, because he was witness at the baptism of the daughter of Jurriaen Blanck, who later appeared to be his next-door neighbor in Pearl Street.
Two years later we find Michiel Tadens in Amsterdam, where he meets his bride, the nineteen year old Annetje Eduarts, a Lutheran girl. Her father Eduart Dirckz accompanied them when they announced their marriage intention at City Hall in Amsterdam.
Michiel Tadens and his bride left Amsterdam shortly after their marriage, because on 18 December 1650 their first-born was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam. Michiel must have done well, because in 1652 he was able to buy his tavern in Pearl Street.
Deed of Jan Snediger to Michael Taden for a house and lot in New Amsterdam
De Appeared on the day of the date underwritten before us, Director General and Council, on behalf of their High Mightiness’s the Lords States General of the United Netherlands and the Honorable Directors of the Chartered West India Company, residing in New Netherland, Jan Snediger, citizen and inhabitant of this city, New Amsterdam, and declared to have conveyed, as he hereby does, to Michiel Tadens a house and lot located on Pearl Street; in breadth on the street 3 rods, less ½ foot; in the rear of the house 2 rods, 7 feet; in the rear along the fort 2 rods, one foot, 3 inches, 2 grains; the length from the rear to the front is 10 rods, 7 feet, 2 inches; and that by virtue of the patent granted to him, the grantor, by the Noble Lord Director-General and Council of New Netherland bearing the date 13 June 1664, together with all such right and property as he Jan Snediger has occupied and possessed; wherefore he Snediger desists of all property, claim and pretense which he in any manner might or could claim on the aforesaid house and lot (from his heirs), promising therefore to keep this conveyance firm and irrevocable according to the style and custom of laws thereto standing.
Thus done, conveyed, sealed and approved in council at Fort New Amsterdam in New Netherland, 5 September 1652.
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This is what the document says:
18 November 1649
Compareerden voor Cornelis Abba & Jacob Hinlopen, comissariss~, Michiel Tadenss, van Witswort, goutdraettrecker, out 26 jaer, woon~ byde Anthonispoort, vertoont acte van consent & Annetie Eduwaertss, van A, out 19 jaer, woon~ inde Niewlely straet, geasst. met Eduwaert Dierxsz. [signed] Michgyl Tadens [her mark]
18 November 1649
Appeared before Cornelis Abba & Jacob Hinlopen, commissioners [of marriages] Michiel Tadens, from Witswort, goldthread maker, 26 years old, living near the [St.] Anthonisgate, shows proof of consent & Annetie Eduwaertss, from Amsterdam, 19 years old, living in the Nieuwe Lelystraat, assisted by Eduwaert Dierxsz [signed] Michgyl Tadens [her mark]
Annetje Eduards came from a Lutheran family. Her parents Ede [Eduard or Yde] Dircksz and Jannetje Andries had their banns published at City Hall in Amsterdam in 1622.
This is what the document says:
24 September 1622
Compareerden voor Commissaris Symon Pers & Pr. Bas, Ede Dircxen, van Jeveren, varentgesel, out 26 Jaeren, geen ouders hebben~, geasst. met Dirck Albertsz zijn neeve, woon naer bij de Heylige Wegs poort & Jannetien Andries vande Sont, out 26 Jaeren, geen ouders hebben~ woon 9 ans inde Keyserstraet [signed][his mark] [her mark]
24 September 1622
Appeared before Commissioners Symon Pers & Pr. [Pieter] Bas, Ede Dircxen, from Jeveren [Jever], sailor, 26 years old, parents dead, assisted by Dirck Albertsz, his cousin, living near the Heiligeweg gate & Jannetien Andries from de Sont, 26 years old, parents dead, since 9 years living in the Keizerstraat [signed][his mark] [her mark]
Eduard Dircksz and Jannetje Andries had at least 5 children:
- Andries, baptized in the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam on 25 April 1627. He married Annetje Ambrosius. They had their marriage intentions published in Amsterdam on 1 April 1656.
- Anneken, baptized in the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam on 21 February 1630. She married Michiel Tadens.
- Dirck, baptized in the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam on 23 January 1633.
- Dirckje, baptized in the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam on 8 July 1635.She married Paulus Framerick. They had their marriage intentions published in Amsterdam on 13 March 1655
- Abraham, baptized in the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam on 26 September 1638.He married Annetje Willems. They had their marriage intentions published in Amsterdam on 6 October 1663.
Andries Eduards, Michiel Tadens’ oldest brother-in-law [see above, nr. 1] seems to have spent some time in New Amsterdam as agent for his brother-in-law Michiel Tadens. He is mentioned in the following record:
8 Sept. 1653.
Luycas Eldertsen, pltf. v/s Andries Eduaertsen, deft., says that by mischance a glass had been broken in pieces at night by a dog or somebody else to him unknown in the house, hired of Michiel Tadens, and whereas deft. proclaims in full company, that he has heard, pltf. had broken the glass himself, demands that he name the person who so stated, so that he can clear himself.
Deft. as agent of Michiel Tadens in charge of the house says, he has indeed heard this, and to prevent any further dispute that may arise therefrom, he is under no obligation to name the person. Parties having been heard, were reprimanded for troubling the Court about such trifles and pltf’s demand is dismissed.
Almost three years later Andries Eduards is back in Amsterdam, where he marries Annetje Ambrosius.
Michiel Tadens and his bride Annetje Eduards must have left Amsterdam shortly after their marriage, because on 18 December 1650 their first-born was baptized in the DRC in New Amsterdam. Michiel must have done well, because in 1652 he was able to buy his tavern in Pearl Street.
1652 September 5
At Fort Amsterdam in New Amsterdam, approved before council and signed by coucillors “La Montagne” and Brian Newton, was a deed whereby a house and lot located on Pearl Street in New Amsterdam was conveyed by Jan Snediger to Michiel Tadens.
According to the 1660 map of New Amsterdam, “the Costello Plan”, Michiel Tadens’ tavern was situated between the house of skipper Jurriaen Blanck and the estate of Johannes van Beeck.
— The Michiel Tadens article was researched and submitted by Cor Snabel.