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Wortendyke, Raymond P.

RAYMOND P. WORTENDYKE is descended from Cornelius Jacobse, alias Stille (or The Silent), a farmer, who, with his brother John, came to New Amsterdam from Amsterdam Holland, in 1639. Shortly after their arrival they assumed the surname of Somerendyke. Cornelius, after remaining a short time in New Amsterdam, bought and located on a plantation at Bushwick, L. I. From thence he removed to what is now the Williamsburgh district of Brooklyn. In 1664 he took the oath of allegiance to the British king, at which time he was residing on a farm of one hundred acres in what was formerly the Greenwich district of New York City. He married (1) August 24, 1692, Classic Tennis and (2) July 28, 1695, Tryntie Wallings Van Winkle, of Amsterdam, Holland. He died in New York in 1679, having had nine children of the second generation, the oldest of whom was Jacob Corneliesen, born in 1644, who married, March 11, 1671, Aeltje Fredericks, an estimable Brazilian lady. Their children were four of the third generation, to wit: Jacob, Nicholas, Frederick J., and Cornelius. Frederick (3rd gen.), known as Frederick Jacobsen Somerendyke, located on the upper west side of Manhattan Island. He and his descendants adopted the surname of Wortendyke, while those of his brothers retained that of Somerendyke. The old Somerendyke mansion house, built of stone, stood, a few years ago, on the Bloomingdale road near West Seventy-fifth Street. Frederick (3d gen.) married, June 10, 1707, Divertie Rynearsen Quackenbush, a granddaughter of Peter Quackenbush, of Oostergeest, Holland. About 1722 Frederick removed to Bergen County, N. J., where he purchased several tracts of land, the principal one of which was nearly five hundred acres in area of what is now Park Ridge, formerly Pascack. On this tract, lying on both sides of Pascack Brook, he built his residence and two or more mills. He was the founder of the Pascack settlement and left a large landed estate. After his death his will became the subject of a long litigation. His children of the fourth generation were Aeltie, Rynier, Elizabeth, Frederick F., and Classic.

Frederick F. Wortendyke (4th gen.), born in New York City, April 10, 1720, married April 3, 1748, Sara Peters Durie, of Pascack. By the will of his father he obtained half of the homestead at Pascack on which he resided, besides lands at Tappan and on the Palisades. He died about 1770, leaving issue of the fifth generation Frederick, Jannetje, Jacobus, Marya, Elizabeth, Judith, Peter F., Sara, Susanna, Divertie, Mensie and John. Of these, Frederick was taken by the British in 1776 and confined for some time a prisoner in the old Sugar House in New York.

Peter F. Wortendyke (5th gen.), baptized August 29, 1754, married Martha Demarest. He resided at Pascack, where he was a farmer and miller. His children of the sixth generation were Frederick P., Augenitle, Peter P. and Jacobus.

Peter P., of the sixth generation, born June 15, 1797, died at Pascack, January 31, 1885. He was farmer and married, January 6, 1816, Maria Banta, by whom he left issue of the seventh generation Peter P., Maria, Frederick P., Cornelius P., Martha, Laney, and John.

Peter P. Wortendyke, of the seventh generation, born June 14, 1816, died April 12, 1900. He married Harriet Cummings, a native of Spring Valley, N. Y. He resided as Pascack and spent most of his life as a tanner. His children of the eighth generation were Maria, Raymond P., John H., and Charles P., the second of who is the subject of this sketch.

Raymond P. Wortendyke (8th gen.), one of the prominent members of the bar of Jersey City, was born at Pascack, Bergen County, N. J., December 30, 1845. He is the youngest son of Peter P. and Harriet (Cummings) Wortendyke, and inherits from a long line of ancestors on both sides the sturdy characteristics of his race. He attended the public schools at Pascack and Hackensack, Bergen County, and was graduated from the New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, June 15, 1862. Subsequently he taught school for upward of seven years, during the last three of which he was connected with Hasbrouck Institute in Jersey City. In the meantime he studied law in Jersey City three and one-half years in the office of Hon. Jacob R. Wortendyke, member of Congress, and for six months with Hon. William Brinckerhoff, State Senator. He was admitted to the bar at Trenton as an attorney June 3, 1869, and as counselor June 6, 1872, and for over thirty years has been actively and successfully engaged in the general practice of his profession, his present office being in Jersey City.

Mr. Wortendyke resides in Englewood, Bergen County, where he has served as a public school trustee for twenty years and as counselor of the old Public Road Board for ten years. He has been counsel for the Township of Englewood for many years, and is now City Attorney for the City of Englewood. During his career at the bar he has been connected with a number of important cases in which he has displayed marked ability, sound judgment, untiring industry, and great force of character. He is public spirited, progressive, and patriotic, thoroughly identified with the best interests of the community, and holds a prominent place at the bar.

Mr. Wortendyke has been twice married, first on December 30, 1869, to Caroline, daughter of Levi and Wilhelmina (Ackerman) Gurnee, of Pascack, N. J., who died February 11, 1895. On September 29, 1897, he married Mrs. Ann E. H. (Demarest) Gurnee, of Hackensack, daughter of David A. Demarest, of Tenafly, Bergen County.


Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, page 91-93.