Sunday, December 6, 2015


Here’s looking at our Bogart ancestry, referencing from our ancestor Marytje Brokaw Van Voorhees (mother of Revolutionary War soldier Stephen Petrus Van Voorhees, below). Marytje’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Teunis Bogart Van Middlesward (b. 1657). Catherine’s Bogaert/Bogart ancestry was associated with Utrecht and South Holland provinces. The surname means “orchard”.

Catherine’s father was Teunis Gysbertse Bogaert (b. 1625), and grandfather Gijsbert T. Bogaert (d. 1646, Schoonrewoerd, South Holland). Teunis Gysbertse Bogaert migrated to the New World in 1652, and in 1654 he married Sara Rapelje, said to have been the first European girl born (1625) in New Netherland.  Catherine’s brother Gysbert was the ancestor of actor Humphrey Bogart (kin of our other cousin Tom Brokaw). An interesting biography of Teunis:   

I don’t know if our Bogaert line had any connection with Johannes Bogaert, a canon in 1557 at St. Petruskerk in Trajectum, a suburb of Utrecht city. The document from the Utrecht Archives with his name also refers to Fredericus Schenck Van Toutenburg, previously mentioned in this blog.

While scrolling through the Amersfoort marriages microfilm in search of any Schenck, I ran across the 6 January 1594 wedding of Lieutenant Frerick Bogaert (of Utrecht) and Anna Cornelis Lÿstersdochter (of Amersfoort).  One wonders if that guy was any kin to the naval lieutenant Frederick Bogaert mentioned here:   Currently there are 5 Bogart DNA samples on file with Family Tree DNA, but they are not viewable by the public.

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