This may not be connected to your Bertus family history, but in case it helps, here is what I found about the ancestry of the Burtis family. The first Italian to come to New Amsterdam in the 1600's was a sailor, who was on a ship which first stopped in the Caribbean. His name was spelled many ways, Pietro Caesare Alberti, Cicero Albertus, etc.
(He is one of my ancestors). Later descendants changed the name to Burtis. This Pietro married a Flemish woman who was named Judith Janse Meynje. They had a tobacco farm where the Brooklyn navy yard is now. They were killed in an Indian raid, leaving behind several children who were spared.There is a plaque in Battery Park in NYC which commemorates Pietro as the first Italo-American to settle in New York.
The emigration story is that the ship captain and Pietro had an argument about his pay, and Pietro jumped ship somewhere in the islands, or Florida, and eventually made his way to New Amsterdam.
Alice Carmel, Cambridge
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