Anthony van Sickelen is on the ships passengers list by Boyer as arriving in New Netherlands in1635 from Gent. No one ever tied him to Ferd. except to say that it may have been his father or grandfather...without any proof except the name.
Jeanne Elva and Gene VS were barking up the wrong tree in Europe. It apears they based their research on the spelling of VanSickelen( Zickelen) but Ferdinandus was not from that line but rather from a family in Amsterdam. He was sent to the colony as an indentured servant. His mother signed the papers on April 25, 1653 in Amsterdam to have him work for Gijsbert Cornelisz Oudekerk for four years from the point in time at which he reached Fort Orange. His name was Ferdenande van Sicheler. His mother signed the document with comment indicating that she was literate, which the researcher said was "quite remarkable". Her name was Susanna van Sichlaer. The difference in spelling may indicate something like sex..
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