Cornelis Melyn

Cornelis Melyn (1600 – c. 1662) was an early Dutch settler in New Netherland and Patroon of Staten Island. He was the chairman of the council of eight men, which was a part of early steps toward representative democracy in the Dutch colony.

Read more about Cornelis Melyn:  Early Life, Migration To New Amsterdam, Leadership, Conflict With Stuyvesant, Death

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Cornelis Melyn - Conflict With Stuyvesant
... when Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to replace Kieft as Director-General, Melyn and Jochem Pietersen Kuyter, acting in name of the citizens of New Amsterdam, brought charges against the outgoing ... Recognizing the danger of such actions to his own administration, Stuyvesant refused to consider Melyn and Kuyter's demands and caused them to be tried for lèse-majesté ... August 16, 1647, Kuyter and Melyn sailed aboard the Princess Amelia to appeal their convictions to the States-General ...
Cornelis Melyn - Death
... There is no record of Cornelis Melyn's death, but his name ceases to appear in the records of the New Haven colony after 1663 and is not mentioned in ... Melyn's role in history is recognized in a mural in the Staten Island Borough Hall by Frederick Charles Stahr ...