Rev. Gerard Beekman… 1558–1625 Ancestral Men of Faith

Translated The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version

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Ancestral Men of Faith

Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558-1625                                                                                 11th Great Grandfather

He lived most of his life at Cologne on the Rhine. Died at Mülheim, Germany

The Beekmans were steadfast Protestants from the time that Martin Luther       in 1521 protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

Gerardus Beekman received a University education and studied theology at Frankendale in the Palatinate Region, during the years 1576-78. He became one of the most learned scholars of his time. He is said to have been able to “speak, think and dream” in five languages.

He lived during the unsettling times succeeding the religious movement begun by Martin Luther, when a fanatical warfare was waged between the Roman Catholics and the followers of the reformed religion.

The persecution of Protestants by the Archbishop of Cologne was the cause of Gerardus’ settling in the neighboring city of Mülheim, a refuge for Protestants. Rev. Gerard Beekman took a prominent part in the support of the principles of the new church and was chosen one of the delegates to visit the Duke of New Berg, the Elector of Brandenburg and James I to secure their support in behalf of the reformed religion.

He was a distinguished theologian and one of the distinguished scholars who translated the Bible from the original manuscripts into English, The King James Version, for King James I.   -This is the Version we use.

He received special honors from the King for his services.

King James I. granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.


“Distinguished Families in America, Descended from Willhelmus Beekman & Jan Thomasse VanDyke” by William B. Aitken. A.M., Ph.D. Illustrated by the author. New York & London, The Knickerbocker Press, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. published 1912, 316 pages


It is of interest to note here that,

the Beekmans have always been large landowners, and their preference has always been for a water view from their home estates, whether it was on the Rhine; on the Hudson or East Rivers of New York; or the Raritan or Millstone Rivers of New Jersey.

When the Princess of Portugal visited Holland in the seventeenth century the Dutch government received the permission of the Beekman family then residing at Nijmegen to hold the reception in her honor at their house.


The name Beekman is from “beck,” the Dutch for “mouth,” the English “beak,”          or it maybe an abbreviation of “bekken,” the Dutch word for basin.

According to Putnam’s Historic New York, “Beekman or the man of the brook;           this interpretation of the name was recognized by King James I. of England,           when he granted to the Rev. Mr. (Gerard) Beekman, grandfather of William,               as a coat of arms, a rivulet running between roses.” The crest is three feathers             on a helmet of steel represented in profile. The motto is: Mens conscia Recti.

This coat of arms was used by the grandson Wihelmus Beekman in his correspondence with Governor Stuyvesant.


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


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