Pieter Linde was a native of Belle,
a town on the road from Bruges to Ghent in Flanders. He was a
physician, and came to America in 1639 with his wife, Elsie Barents.
The shipping records show that, on April 18, 1639, he paid to
David Pietersen de Vries and Frederick Pietersen de Vries 140
Carolus gelders ($56) for passage for himself and wife to New
Amsterdam, where he settled and followed his profession until
the death of his wife in 1643. On July 1, of the following year
(1644), he entered into a marriage contract with Martha Chambers,
or Ekomberts, of New Kerek, in Flanders. She was the widow of
John Manje or Monnye. The marriage knot was tied July 10, 1644,
at New Amsterdam. After this marriage Vandelinde removed to Brooklyn,
where he became the owner of the patent of his wife's first husband.
This he sold January 23, 1652, to Barent Joosten. He owned several
other pieces of property, both at Brooklyn and New Amsterdam,
and in 1655 was tobacco inspector of the latter city. After Linde's
death his descendants assumed the name of Van der Linde.
His son, Joost Van der Linde, removed
to Bergen, N. J., in the fall of 1670, where, on January 30,
1671, he bought about 90 acres of land of Pieter Jansen Slote
between Constable's Hook and Bergen Point. Here he resided until
his death. His children of the third generation were John (died
in 1696), Roelof, Jannetie (married Peter Laurens Van Buskirk),
Hendricke (married Laurens Laurens Van Buskirk), and Machtelt
(married Albert Zabriskie). All of these except John removed
to Bergen County. Roelof resided with his father at Bergen, where,
on October 2, 1682, he married Susanna Hendricks Brinkerhoff.
He removed to Hackensack in 1686, where he helped to organize
and became a member of the Dutch church. He becmae joint owner
with his brothers-in-law, Laurence and Peter Van Buskirk, in
the New Hackensack patented lands, and also bought of the New
Jersey proprietors large tracts of wild land west of the Pascack
River in Washington and Mildland Townships in Bergen County.
His first wife having died in 1700, he married (2) Rachel Cresson,
widow of John Peters Durie, who survived him, but by whom he
had no issue. He was a man of wealth, and died in New York City
early in 1709, leaving a will dated September 6, 1708, proved
February 13, 1709. His issue of the fourth generation were Peter,
Henry, Olassie [Classie?], Maritie, Sophia, and Geesie.
Peter, by the will of his father,
received his father's plantation of New Hackensack, and Henry
all the lands on the Pascack and Saddle Rivers, in the northern
part of the county. Hendrick resided at Polidy, below Hackensack.
The numerous descendants of Peter and Henry (4) have become scattered
over a large area of territory, including Berge and Hudson Counties.
History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor,
Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing
Company, 1900, page 172-173.