THE ROMEYN FAMILY.
Prior to the middle of the thirteenth century, Giacomo de Ferentino, an Italian gentleman, settled at Rongham Manor, Norfolk, England, married Isabella de Rucham, a lady of that place, by whom there were two sons, Peter and Richard (or Thomas). They were sent to Rome to be educated. After their return, Peter, at least, took surname of Romaeyn (Peter the Roman). Although educated for the priesthood, he married the daughter of Thomas de Leicester. Her mother's name was Agatha de Cringleford, of Norfolk. Peter Romaeyn devised property, made out leases, granted "charters," many of which still exist over the name assumed by him. His widow sold the property at Rongham in that name. In the third year of Edward II, A. D., 1387, Thomas Romayn was Lord Mayor of London. His arms (foreign) not granted in England. Described in the register "Argent" (white) on a fesse gules (red) three crosses pater or crest, a deer's head erased. Soon after the above date, troubles broke out between the king and the house of Leicester (see History of England) and many of the Leicester family and adherents were forced to flee the kingdom, and it is probable, though not a part of family history, that some of the Romayns went to the "low countries" at that time. There is a claim made that the name in France is spelled Romaine, in England, Romain, and in Holland, Romeyn —the latter we know to be a fact. Jan Romeyn, of Amsterdam, Holland, was a descendant of the Romeyns who went from England to the low countries, he had three sons, Simon Janse, Christoffel and Claas or Klass. (Note—In Valentine's Manual, 1863, is the facsimile signature of Simon Jansen Romeyn, 1661, in the Dutch Church records of New York is the marriage, 1668, of "Simon Jansen Romeyn, young man from Amsterdam and Sophie Jans, maiden from the Hague.") Christoffel and Claus sailed from Rotterdam for Brazil with the expedition of Prince Maurice. When Brazil was ceded to Portugal, they sailed for New Netherlands, and settled on Long Island (there is a dispute as to the date, some claiming 1654, others 1661), then removed to Hackensack, N. J., remaining about ten years, and later to Greenwich, on the island of New York. Claus married Christianje or Styntie Albertse Terhune, May 2, 1680, of Amsfort now (Gravesend, N. Y.), and died at Greenwich, N. Y. His children were Garrebregt, (a) John, Elizabeth, Lydia, Albert, Cora and Daniel. Daniel married in Hackensack, May 17, 1716, Martie (Mary) Westervelt.
James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900