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A Little Conselyea History


Alan Eckert found my email address when he searched in ancestry.com for the surname, Conselyea. His  great grandfather was John Demarest Conselyea. I asked him to share a little of the Conselyea history which he was kind enough to do. He mentions Devoe Street, where I  lived  with my parents in 1937 when I was two years old.
 
The first Conselyea was Jean le Conseille (Jan Conselje), a Huguenot  who immigrated in October 12, 1662, on the ship, the Pumerlander Kerck (Purmerland Church) and arrived at New Amsterdam in 1663. He joined the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam, April. 1, 1663, and settled in Buk (Bushwick), where he took the oath of allegiance in 1687. He married Fytje or Eytje Schuts and had Issue: Lysbeth, baptism May 2, 1677, in the Reformed Dutch Church; Anneken, baptism. June 27, 1686, in the Reformed Dutch Church; and Pieter, baptism. Nov. 25, 1688, in Brooklyn Dutch Reformed Church. His descendants resided in Bushwick, Queens County, and in East New Jersey.

The Conselyeas had a farm in Bushwick at least for as long as Petries Conselyea (born about 1730, and his wife,  Sarah Springsteen, married August 29, 1750, Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, Flatbush, Kings County, NY) were alive.

Conselyea Street ran along or through the Conselyea farm. Note that there is also a Springsteen Street close by.

You probably know of Devoe Street which is near Conselyea Street.  Devoe also had a farm there and the DEVOES intermarried with the CONSELYEAS. My great grandfather was John Demarest CONSELYEA born in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey.  He was in the civil war and received a pension.  His son, my grandfather, William Anson CONSELYEA was born in Brooklyn, lived for awhile in Glens falls, New York, where my mother, Lydia Isabel CONSELYEA was born. They eventually, about 1910, moved to Philadelphia where Lydia met my father, Alan Christian Eckert, of German descent in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Then I was born in 1930.


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