Hendrick Hopper

Birth: 9 Jan 1656 · New Amsterdam, New York
Death: Unknown

Hendrick Hopper was the second of three sons born to Andries Hopper and Gietje Steinmets. He moved to Bergen, New Jersey across the Hudson River from New Amsterdam in 1680.

On March 14, 1680, Hendrick married Marritje Jans Van Blarcom, daughter of Jan Lubbertsen Van Blarcom and Madelena Theunis Van Blarcom. Hendrick Marritje had eight children, all but the first were born in Polifly/Hackensack, New Jersey. Andries (1680, m. Abigail Ackerman), Jan H (1682, m. Rachel Terhune), Willem (1684), Tryntje (1685, m. Pieter Gerritsen Van Allen), Leah (1691, m. Chrisitan Zabriskie), Rachel (m. Barent DeBoog), Gerrit H (1696, m. Catrina Cassouw), and Geertje (1699, m. Hendrick Zabriskie).2

Hendrick Hopper probably rented land in Bergen, as his name does not appear as a landowner. He was a farmer and his brother, Mathias Adolphus, who accompanied him to Bergen also worked a farm, and the two brothers removed in 1687 to Hackensack where their elder brother William had settled in 1686. Here the two brothers purchased from Captain John Berry a large tract of land extending from the west bank of the Hackensack river to the east bank of Saddle river and this tract they divided into two farms of about one hundred and fifty acres each, and they built on it two houses and established homes. Hendrick was a good farmer, a good citizen, and a devout member of the church.1

On December 27, 1724 Hendrick Hopper and his wife witnessed a baptism. This is currently the last known record of either of them.2

1Lee, Francis Bazley. Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey. Volume III. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910; 1024.
2Zabriskie, George Olin. The Van Blarcom Family of New Jersey. New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 99, No.4. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. October 1968; 213.