Myndert WEMPLE

Male Bef 1701 - 1739  (> 38 years)


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  • Name Myndert WEMPLE 
    Born Bef 09 Nov 1701  probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1739  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I435  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Johannes Myndert WEMPLE,   b. 24 Aug 1684, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1749, Fort Hunter, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Catalina SCHERMERHORN,   b. 1681, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1708, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1700  Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah MILLS,   b. 10 Dec 1707,   d. Bef 1798  (Age < 90 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1730 
    Children 
     1. Johannes WEMPLE,   b. Abt 1730,   d. 1760  (Age ~ 30 years)
     2. Maria WEMPLE,   b. 12 Dec 1731,   d. 12 Dec 1731  (Age 0 years)
     3. Myndert WEMPLE,   b. 26 Dec 1737, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1821, West Glenville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Andrew WEMPLE,   b. Abt 1739, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1834, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ella Kate Wemple Wilson, Myndert's fourth great-granddaughter, submitted this paper to the Schenectady County Historical Society. It is titled Myndert Wemple 1701-1738 and dated August 1, 1988, prepared by Mrs. Ella-Kate Wemple Wilson:

      Myndert Wemple was baptized in the Schenectady Reformed Church November 9, 1701, the first born son of Johannes Wemp and Catalina Schermerhorn. (1-1) Both parents belonged to families with large landholdings and they held positions of influence in the community.

      Three more children were born in the household and when Myndert was about age 7 his mother died. In 1909 his father married again, to Ariaantje Swits. (2-1)

      Myndert's grandfather, Reyer Schermerhorn, died February 1719 and bequeathed farmland to the four children of Catalina, on the Seventh Flat on the north side of the Mohawk River. This land they held until 1733. (3-1)

      Myndert left home and went to Boston to work for his cousin, Jacob Wendell. Jacob was born in Albany in 1691 and moved to Boston where he became a well known merchant and ship owner. A nephew, John Wendell, became associated with him in business. (4-1) In time, Jacob Wendell promoted Myndert Wemple to be the captain of his sloop Albany for trading along the eastern seaboard and Caribbean ports. Boston newspapers reported the arrivals and departures of all trading vessels as shown on (the) enclosed page, and thus we have a list of Voges made.

      Ben Franklin's PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE reported a hurricane in the port of Charleston, SC on August 27, 1730. He lists eleven vessels in port; he lists the the ships which were lost, and he lists others which rode out the storm. In the latter group was the Sloop Albany of Boston, Mindert Wemple, Master. (5-1)

      Myndert was probably on his way to his wedding. The entry in the Saint Peters Parish Register of Talbot County, MD shows Captain Mangret Wimple married Sarah Mills October 22, 1730. One wonders if that was the way he pronounced his name? According to the same Parish Register, Sarah Mills was baptized there December, 1707, the daughter of David and Mary Mills. (See enclosure)

      The Captain took his bride to Boston to live and he continued his coastwise trading. The Maryland Historical Society has the original record of the Port of Oxford on the eastern shore of Maryland showing that on December 13, 1731 Cap'n Mindert Wimple in the Sloop Albany, paid the fees and duties of 19 pounds, 14 shillings and 8 Pense for his cargo of English goods, rum and Madera wine, and he left the port again on March 23. (See enclosure)

      The master of a ship trading in the Chesapeake was obliged not only to navigate his ship, but also to dispose of the cargo, purchase tobacco and engage freight. From activity of this sort it was a short step to settle down and become a merchant in his own right.

      On October 21, 1735 Mindert Wymple, mariner, bought from Anthony Richardson, gent. of Talbot County for 60 pounds current money of Maryland 250 acres of land in Dorchester County on the Great Choptank River. (1-2) This was an excellent site for his purpose. The Choptank was navigable from the Chesapeake Bay up to Cabin Creek, and the surrounding farm lands were already cultivated for commercial production of tobacco.

      Myndert died in March 1738.

      The next record is an Inventory of the goods and chattels of Mindert Wimple, late of Dorchester County, Deceased, 8th day of November Anno 1739 (1-3)

      The inventory reflects a man who was well dressed, lived conformably, had settled down to become a merchant in his own right, and a planter of tobacco and farm products like his neighbors. He had 3 cows, a small bull and a heifer, 2 large oxen, 10 head sheep, 2 horses, 6 head hogs and 1 servant man called Thomas who had 1 year and 5 months to serve. The oddest thing was that the inventory contains 20 chairs. He must have lived in a large house.

      In Chancery Court a suit was filed: On November 22, 1739 came Jacob Wendell, John Wendell and Edmund Quincy, of the New England Merchants of Boston, who exhibited their suit against John Harris and Sarah his wife. Sarah had remarried immediately! (2-3)

      The suit brings out the story. Before 1736 Mindert Wimple made voyages to and from Boston, representing the New England merchants. On each voyage from Boston before 1736 he used to bring a cargo of goods, and the effects which such cargo purchased here to carry with him to Boston and there settle his accounts on the completion of each voyage. After he moved to Maryland he continued to receive goods and effects, as a factor, for sale. He also had good from other persons in Boston and in his books little distinction was made.

      The complainants alleged that Mindert owned them an unpaid balance amounting to 5,000 pounds New England currency. The defendants were sure this couldn't be true, but they had trouble understanding the accounts. A commission was appointed by the court to make a study and they resolved that the amount due to Jacob Wendell and company was 199 pounds.

      From the Chancery Suit there are lists of goods which were traded, and they are worth perusing.

      From Boston, sent to Cap'n Wimple for sale in Maryland were fabrics such as Dowles, fine and course, Cambrics, Wide Garlic, Blew Calico, Cotton Rabalais, and Rushis Linen.

      And there are Oznabrigs, one time quoted in yards, one time in pounds, and one in half bushels. (1-4)

      There were bricks, axes, pots and kettles, jugs and chamber pots. There was rum, wine, molasses, cheese, salt, pepper, ginger, allspice and sugar.

      From Maryland to Boston went wheat, corn, walnut timber, and pork.

      Even in that day court action was not speedy. The deliberations of the court started in 1739, and the final decision was not reached until February, 1745.

      What about the children of Myndert and Sarah? According to The Wemple Genealogy there were three boys and a girl who died young. (2-4) The boys were named Johannes, Myndert and Andrew. When their grandfather Johannes Wemple wrote his will in 1748 he named the two sons of my deceased son Myndert - John and Myndert. (3-4) What happened to Andrew? I do not know. According to tradition the boys left Maryland and moved to the Schenectady area in 1759. It was Myndert, son of Mindert Wimple of Dorchester County, deceased who sold the 250 Maryland acres in 1767.

      (1-1) Schenectady Reformed Church Baptisms, 1694-1811
      (2-1) Genealogies of the First Settlers of Schenectady. pg. 289
      (3-1) History of the Schenectady Patent. Pearson. pg. 143
      (4-1) N.E.H.G.R. July 1882. pg. 246
      (5-1) Abstracts from Ben Franklin's PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE. 1728-1748 pp 31-32
      (1-2) Dorchester County Land Records. Libra Old #9, Fol. 324-5 MD State Archives.
      (1-3) Inventories Liber 24, Fol. 389-90 MD State Archives.
      (2-3) Chancery Record. Vol. 7, pp 513-30 MD State Archives.
      (1-4) Osnabury. A kind of course linen originally made in Osnabruck, North Germany.
      (2-4) NYG&B July 1904. pg 195.
      (3-4) Dorchester County Land Records. Old Vol. 22 pp. 360-363.


      SOME OF THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN MINDERT WIMPLE
      Abstracted from the Boston newspapers, THE BOSTON GAZETTE and THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER.

      1730
      Apr. 29 Entered inwards from South Carolina.
      May 6 Cleared out for South Carolina.
      July 1 Entered inwards from South Carolina.
      July 8 Outward bound for New York.
      Aug. 27 In hurricane, Port of Charleston, SC.
      Oct. 12 Entered inwards from South Carolina.
      Nov. 11 Cleared out for Virginia.

      1731
      Apr.28 Entered for Newfoundland.
      May 5 Entered inwards from Newfoundland.
      July 21 Cleared out for New York and Albany.
      Oct. 6 Entered inwards from New York.
      Nov. 27 Cleared out for Virginia.

      1732
      Apr. 12 Entered inwards from Maryland.
      Apr. 12 Outbound for Newfoundland.
      June 21 Entered inwards from South Carolina.
      Aug. 9 Cleared out for Newfoundland.

      1733
      June 6 Entered inwards from the Isle of May.
      June 27 Outward bound for Barbados.

      1734
      July 17 Cleared out for London.
      Dec. 5 Entered from New Castle.

      1735
      Jan. 15 Cleared out for Leeward Islands.
      Jul. 5 Entered inwards for Antigua.
      Jul.16 Cleared out for Maryland.

      1736 Outward for West Indies.


      The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.

      He was baptized November 9, 1701, in the Reformed Chruch, Schenectady; married Sarah Mills. He was not living in 1748, when his father's will was made.

      In DEEDS F --- No. 6, page 145, Albany County Clerk's office, Albany, NY is a deed, dated August 8, 1727, in which Mindert Wimpel, of Boston, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, mariner, deed to his brother Reyer Wemp, land at Hoffman's Ferry, which his grandfather, Reyer Schermerhorn, had devised to Myndert, Reyer and Arientie, it being his share of one just sixth part of the eastermost half of the seaventh fflatts, lying and being on the north side of the Marques River, about seven miles above the said Town of Schonectady and also a sixth part of a tract in New Jersey about twenty-seven miles about Amboy.

      His marriage was somewhat romantic. He was the captain of a vessel and on one of the voyages from Scotland, he had as a passenger a young Scotch woman by the name of Sarah Mills. They fell in love and the passage across the Atlantic in those days consuming several months, they had ample opportunity for courtship and ascertaining their true feelings, so that when they landed they were prepared to become man and wife, which they at once did.

      He finally settled with his family in Baltimore, MD, where he died, as evidenced by a letter still in possession of Miss Sarah Wemple, of Charlton, NY, which was written in 1760 by his widow, who had at that time married a Harris, for her second husband, and is directed as follows: Mr John Wempell, son of Captain Myndert Wempell deceased in Maryland, living in Schenectady.

      Myndert's children all moved North and settled close to the old home, in or near the Mohawk Valley.

      On November 3, 1767 his son Myndert sells to Philip Walker, 250 acres of land in Dorchester County, Maryland, on Great Choplank River; the deed recites that Mindart Wimple (son of Mindart Wimple, late of Dorchester County, deceased) is the grantor. A copy of this deed is in possession of the above mentioned Miss Sarah Wemple.

      From his roving disposition, the common error has crept in that he was born in Holland, England, or some other foreign country and emigrated to America. Many are the stories on this basis that have been related by some of his descendants, but they are all illusions and the above facts can be implicitly relied upon, for great care has been taken on that account.


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