WILLEM DE LA MONTAGNE
Willem de la Montagne was baptized April 22, 1641, in New Amsterdam, the
son of Dr. Johannes la Montagne and Rachel de Forest. (1)
Married Leonora de Hooges, daughter of Anthony De Hooges. (2)
Ragel, or Rachel, baptized July 21, 1674. Married Hermanus Decker.
Johanna, born 1676.
Willem, baptized Dec. 15, 1678.
Maria, born 1680.
Johannes, baptized Feb. 19, 1682.
baptized Sept. 23, 1683. Probably died young.
Jesse, baptized Sept. 21, 1684.
Eva, baptized Nov. 7, 1686.
July 28, 1688.
"Revised History of Harlem," which was published in 1904, has a narrative concerning the Montagne family
that offers some information on Willem, whom it calls William Montanye to match contemporary spelling preferences. "William
Montanye (he styled himself De La Montagne) joined the church in New Amsterdam October 2, 1661, when he came to Harlem. Called
to be a voorleser at Esopus, he held that office till 1678; from 1668 adding the duties of secretary. ... Leisler made him
high sheriff of Ulster County, December 24, 1689. He had removed to Mombackus, town of Rochester, and was living 1695." (4)
At times, Willem is listed in church records as "Willem Monjeur de la Montagne." This is probably a reference to an old
family name. "Revised History of Harlem" notes" "After he came to his county, Dr. Montanye, previously signing his name ‘Mousnier
de La Montagne,’ invariably wrote it ‘La Montagne,’ omitting his family name Mousnier or Monier, which,
however, was sometimes used by all of his sons, and even grandsons, before it was finally dropped." Indeed, later church records
drop "Monjeur" from Willem’s name. (5)
Willem served as "Secretary for the Hon. Court" in Kingston and his name appears
on various records from the 1670s and 1680s. In addition, Willem kept many of the records of Kingston’s Dutch Reformed
Church during the mid-1670s. (6)
When Willem’s brother-in-law Gysbert van Imbroch died in 1665, Willem was linked
to several items in van Imbroch’s vast inventory, which was recorded on Sept. 1. The list included: two new green blankets
belonging to Willem Montagnie … a narrow silver and gold band wound around a little piece of wood belonging to W. Montagnie
… a half aem (20 gallons) of anisette belonging to W. La Montagnie." (7) When van Imbroch estate was auctioned, Willem
paid 68 guilders for "A flint lock with the game bag and mold for balls." (8)
In1673, tried to collect 300 guilders due
to him from the orphan’s court in Leyden, Netherlands. Kingston court records from March 27, state: "Wilhem Monsjeur
De la Montagne has granted to Mr. Gabriel Minville, merchant at New York, a bill of exchange for 300 gldrs. of Holland money."
Willem also granted power of attorney to "Mr. Johannes Panhuysen and Mr. Davidt DeGoy, living in the city of Leyden, to draw,
in his behalf and in the constituent’s name, from the orphan-court of the said city, from the money coming to him, the
aforesaid 300 gldrs. and to deliver the same, as per the bill of exchange, to Mr. Gabriel Minville." (9) It appears that Willen
was trying to collect money from his mother’s estate. The orphan’s court in Leyden seems to have had jurisdiction
over the matter of Rachel De Forest’s orphans. Among the items listed in Gysbert van Imbroch’s estate was a chest
that contained "the separation, division, settlement and valuation of the estate and income belonging to the orphans of Rachel
De Foreest, deceased. Further account and declaration of the receipts and expenditures before the orphan chamber of the city
of Leyden, had and made in regard to the effects of revenues belonging to the children left by Rachel De Foreest, procreated
with Jan Mony De la Montagne." (10)
It’s uncertain why Willem waited so long to collect the 300 guilders. Rachel
obviously died before September 1665, when the orphan’s court records were listed among van Imbroch’s possessions.
It’s possible that the action was prompted by Willem’s marriage. He appears to have married Leonora about 1673.
The baptisms of their children begin appearing in records of the Kingston Dutch Reformed Church in 1674. It’s also possible
that Rachel had stipulated that Willem not receive the 300 guilders until he got married.
baptism appears in "Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. II, Baptisms from 1639 to 1730
in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York," by Thomas G. Evans, 1901, reprinted by The Gregg Press in 1968, page 12. His parents
are also identified in "New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Kingston Papers," translated by Dingman Versteeg, edited by
Peter R. Christoph, Kenneith Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Vol. 2, pages 733-734. (2) Elnora’s surname is listed in
"Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, 1660-1809," transcribed and
edited by Roswell R. Hose, 1891, page 9. Her father is identified as Anthony de Hooges in "Revised History of Harlem," by
James Riker, 1904, page 785. (3) The baptisms are listed in "Old Dutch Church," pages 9, 11, 16, 20, 22, 27 and 32. Rachel’s
marriage is recorded on page 511. Neither Johanna, nor Maria, is listed in the church records. They appear in "Revised History
of Harlem," page 785. It’s not surprising that they were skipped because the church records are spotty during that period.
The book lists the husbands of the daughters as: Nicholas Westfall, husband of Maria; Derick Krom, husband of Eva; and John
Bevier, husband of Catharine. (4) "Revised History of Harlem," page 785. (5) "Monjeur" appears in "Old Dutch Church," pages
9, 11 and 16. The explanation in "Revised History of Harlem" appears on page 784. (6) The court records appear in "Ulster
County, N.Y., Probate Records," Vol. 1, by Gustave Anjou, on many pages between 31 and 192. The church records appear in "Old
Dutch Church," pages 9 and 10. (7) "New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch; Kingston Papers," translated by Dingman Versteeg,
edited by Peter R. Christoph, Kenneith Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Vol. 2, pages 566-558. (8) "Ulster County, N.Y., Probate
Records," Vol. 1, by Gustave Anjou, New York, 1906, page 26. (9) "Kingston Papers," Vol. 2, pages 733-734. (10) "Kingston
Papers," Vol. 2, pages 566-558.