Who is the Vanderbilt ancestor?

Over the past week as I have been learning more about the Vanderbilts, it seems to be oft-stated that the ancestor of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt is one Jan Aoertson Van Der Bilt who arrived in this country from Holland in 1650. I would love to get ahold of some great primary evidence that confirms this, because I have already seen at least one contradiction to this theory. In his 1886 book about the Vanderbilt family, W.A. Croffut states that the Commodore’s great-grandfather was Aris Van Der Bilt and that Aris may have been a brother to Jan. The relationship is not stated. So far, I have not yet found any earlier accounts of the ancestry than this book. Now, in the 1887 History of Richmond County (Staten Island) book by Brayles, the claim to Jan is already made. Hmmm.. what is the true ancestry??


One thought on “Who is the Vanderbilt ancestor?

  1. taneya: I have run onto this by accident. I hope you are still interested in the Vanderbilt family. I have been trying to find anything about Barbara Vanderbilt Whitney b-1903 d-1982. Her mother was Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) I have happened on Wikipedia page that stated – Barbara Whitney – this page has been deleted. The deletion and move log for the page are provided for reference 14:36 22 ov. 2005 Graemel (talk/contribs) deleted “Barbara Whitney” “(content was {{nonsense}} she sux”)
    I have found information on both Flora and Cornelius, but evidently information on Barbara Whitney has been deleted. Could you be interested and perhaps help? I am new to computers and still find stuff by accident. Thanks Bobbi


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