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1 James Riker. Revised History
of Harlem (City of New York), Its Origin and Early Annals.
Revised by Henry P. Toler and edited by Sterling Potter. New
York: Privately Printed, 1904. Facsimile Reprint. Bowie, Maryland:
Heritage Books, 2001. 79-80. Many descendants take for fact
Riker's statement that "His surname might betoken social
rank, or, as already suggested, point to a family origin in
La Montagne, or both, yet without doubt connects him with
the talented family of that name which became so distinguished
in the fields of theology, medicine, and literature, during
the sixteenth century." The reference here is to Michel
Eyquem de la Montaigne, French literary figure still famous
for his essays. Michel Eyquem de la Montaigne (1533-1592)
was a Catholic and an aristocrat, but he belonged to the Eyquem
family, not the Mousnier family. His descendants are well
documented and they do not include our ancestor.
2 Riker. Harlem. 48.
3 Research report by S. Bonniot, 12, rue Guilbaud, 17000 La Rochelle, France. SDJM Newsletter.
Springfield, MO: Society of Descendants of Johannes de la
Montagne, Summer 1991. 780.
4 He is described as a Walloon by Henri van der Zee in A Sweet and Alien Land, 74.
5 The DeForests were from Sedan and Avesnes, the DuCloux were from Chateau Regnault, the Maillards from Felleries, the DuFossets from Mons, all part of what used to be called Wallonia.
6 Chris Brooks, "What About Santes near Lille?" SDJM Newsletter. Springfield,
MO: Society of Descendants of Johannes de la Montagne, Winter-Spring
7"Rectore Reinero Bontio 1619." Album Studiosorum Academiae Lugduno Batavorum 1575-1875.
Printed version of the records of the University of Leyden,
printed at Leyden in 1875. 144. Photocopy made by N. Plomp,
Deputy-manager of the Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie, Prins
Willem-Alexanderhof 22, Postrek 65260. The Hague, Holland.
8Since "Xanto" is in Latin, it is not really clear if it refers to Saintes or to Santes or to yet another location .
9 Therefore, he was born in 1595.
10 Riker, Harlem, 79.
11 Two men, both single, named Mousnier de la Montagne, signed the round robin petition. It is assumed that the other man, who signed J. Mousnier de la Montagne, was an older brother of Jean, possibly named Jolant, since that name is given to several descendants of Jean Mousnier de la Montagne. Riker speculated that the brother might have died in Brazil. He notes, "One La Montagne, captain in the Dutch service in Brazil, was killed in the Portuguese assault upon Fort Hinderson, 1646." Footnote in Riker, Harlem, 85.
12 His name is recorded as Jehan in the Journal of Jesse DeForest.
13 DeForest, Jesse and Jehan Mousnier de la Montagne. "A Voyage to Guiana; Being the Journal of Jesse de Forest and His Colonists 1623-1625." Sloan MS 179b in the British Museum, London. Printed in French and translated into English in volume 2 of Mrs. Robert DeForest's A Walloon Family in America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Co., 1914. 2 volumes. The journal is a record of the entire
trip and recounts the death of Jesse DeForest and the return
of the other men. Clearly, even if the journal was started
by Jesse DeForest, it was continued by some other writer,
believed to be Dr. Jean de la Montagne.
14 Riker, Harlem, 85.
15 Marriage records; Leyden Dutch Church, Leyden Walloon Church; Leyden, Netherlands. Original records photocopied, transcribed, translated, and printed in the SDJM Newsletter, 18:2; 2120-2121. Marriage intentions were listed on 28 November 1626; the date of the actual marriage ceremony was added in the margin on 12 December 1626.
16 DeForest, John William. The
DeForests of Avesnes and of New Netherland. New Haven,
CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1900.
17 Lucy Garrison Green. The
DeForests and the Walloon Founding of New Amsterdam (NY).
Lincoln, NE: Manuscript for Master's thesis, 1916. New York:
Gillis Press, 1924. Facsimile reprint Bowie, MD: Heritage
Books, 2003. 48-49.
18 Henri and Barbara van der Zee. A Sweet and Alien Land; The Story of Dutch New York.
New York: Viking, 1978. 75.
19 Research report by S. Bonniot, 12, rue Guilbaud, 17000 La Rochelle, France. "La Montagne entry in Dictionnaires des familles protestants de France."
SDJM Newsletter. Springfield, MO. Society of Descendants
of Johannes de la Montagne, Summer 1991. 779.
20 Arnold J.F. Van Laer, archivist, translator, and editor. New York State Library: Van Rensselaer-Bowier
Manuscripts; Being the Letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer 1630-1643
and Other Documents. Albany, 1908. Among the other documents
in this volume is the entire log of the ship Rensselaerswyck
for the journey to America between September 1636 and March
1637. The log has been translated into English..
21 Riker, Harlem, 129.
22 Samuel S. Purple. Records
of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York;
Marriages from 11 December 1639 to 26 August 1801. New
York: NYG&BS, 1890. Facsimile reprint Bowie, MD: Heritage
Books, 1997. 14. Johannes is named as the widower of Rachel
DeFour [sic] and Agnietie Jilles is named as the widow of
Arendt Corszens Stam.
23 Andrew J. Provost, Jr. "History of the Provoost Family of New Amsterdam and Colonial New York from 1545 to 1724." New York Genealogical and Biographical
Record 89 (1958) 205 and 90 (1959) 31-41.
24 Riker, Harlem, 785.
25 Riker, Harlem, 785.
26 SDJM Newsletter, 18:2.
27 SDJM Newsletter, 18:2.
28 SDJM Newsletter, 18:2.
29 Riker, Harlem, 785.
30 SDJM Newsletter, 18:2.
31 Van Laer. "Log of the Rensselaerswyck." Van Rensselaer-Bowier Manuscripts.
Albany, 1908. 382. This information is also given in Riker,
32 Records of the Reformed
Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York; Baptisms From
25 December, 1639, to 27 December 1730. Ed. Thomas Grier
Evans. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society,
1901. Facsimile reprint Englewood, NJ: Bergen Historic Books,
1998. 1: 12. Baptismal sponsors were the Director of the Colony,
Willem Kief; Domine Everardus Bogardus; Marritje Thymes; and
Cataline Strafele. Willem's father's name was given as Jan
de la Montagne and his mother was not named, showing that
she might have been too ill to get to the church for the baptismal
33 Records of the NYRDC,
1:28. The baptismal sponsors for Gillis were Olof Stephenszen
Van Courtl. and Grietie ten Waert. The father's name was given
as Johan de La Montagne and no mother's name was given.
34 Records of the NYRDC,
1:34. Parents were listed as Jan de La Montagne and Agneta
ten Waert. Baptismal sponsors were Sara du Trieux and Anna