*CHANGE THE STARS TO ESTOILS as in the French language heraldic term description. See p. 295 in, "A Complete Guide To Heraldry." More biographical info to add.*

Arms of Wynkoop, of Amsterdam.

ARMS- "aux 1 et 4 d'azur à un rocher d'arg., mouv. d'une mer du méme, acc. en chef de deux étoils (5) d'or; aux 2 et 3 d'azur au lion d'arg., cour. d'or.
This may be translated : In the 1st and 4th quarters of blue, a rock of silver, projecting from a sea of silver; two golden five pointed stars (with wavy lines) side by side, at the top of the shield; in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, also of blue, a silver lion, with a gold crown."

(J. B. Riestap, Armorial General, Gouda, 1884. Translation per R. Wynkoop)

A tradition was preserved in the Pennsylvania branch of the family, descended from the third son, and was reduced to writing, May 12, 1808, by or for Judge Henry Wynkoop, that Cornelius Wynkoop, a young bachelor, migrated early in the 17th century, from Utrecht, in the United Dutch Netherlands, to Manhadoes, now New York City, and soon afterward settled at Vest-Oranje, now Albany, where he erected water-works, which were destoyed by a freshet, and that he then removed to Hurley, near Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

On January 29, 1657, Cornelius Wynkoop bid the sum of nine hundred and eleven guilders at public auction, after much bidding, for a house sold by Marcellus Jansen (Van Bommel). He signed the contract by writing his name, Cornelis Wynkoop.

Cornelius died about 1676. His wife, Maria Janse Langedyck, died about 1679. They lived in Rensselaerwyck until 1664-1667, and then settled at Esopus. Their children, Johannes, Marytje, Evert, and possibly Gerret, were born at Rensselaerwyck.

Richard Wynkoop, Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America, New York, The Knickerbocker Press, 1904, pp. 3, 4, 9-16; Coat of arms on p. 3.

For more information on various Wynkoop families, including an early family commissioned rendition of Wynkoop arms, visit the Wynkoop Family Newsletter at http://www.ddl.lu/~wynkoop/wnewslet.html

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