Saturday, August 16, 2008

Self Indulgence

I did a little study into my family background and found the Brinkerhoff’s have quite an illustrious presence. Constance, Fidelity, and Integrity proclaim our Family Crest, (in Latin even!). We Brinkerhoff’s hopped off the boat from Holland around 1641, but the family crest reads 1307. I had known about the Brinkerhoff Piano and the Brinkerhoff barbed-wire, (to keep renegade pianos from roaming), for some time. Now I find not only do we have streets named after us, we are also practiced in other arts such as syndicated comics, inventing, novel writing, Post Master General, oil drilling, (are these arts?), music, painting, and medicine. Of course it would be a Brinkerhoff that came up with a rectal spectrum.

UPDATE:  Oh, we also have a Ridge worth fighting over....

Brinkerhoff Family Crest (spelled Brinckerhoffe)

Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, New York.

Brinkerhoff Piano

Brinkerhoff Barbed wire

The history of Brinkerhoff Drilling is long and illustrious. Zach Brinkerhoff Jr. along with his father Zach Senior, started Brinkerhoff Drilling in 1940 in the Illinois Basin with 3 rigs.

Brinkerhoff Author

Brinkerhoff Metal Band

Post Master General

Little Mary Mixup by R.M. Brinkerhoff

Brinkerhoff Invention

Brinkerhoff Health Restoritive

Brinkerhoff Amputation Saw

Brinkerhoff Rectal Spectrum


Anonymous said...

Neat!! Considering I am a Brinkerhoff myself, this was cool read!

Mark Nelson said...

Are you related to the Brinkerhoff who invented the interesting barbed wire? Do you collect antique barbed wire? I'd like to hear of your research.

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

Hi Mark, Apparently three brothers, (represented by three hills on our family crest), were responsible for the New World Brinkerhoffs. What that means is I think we're all related somehow, but I don't know.

Anyway I don't collect barbed wire. Do you?

Thanks for looking in!

The Queen of the Universe said...

the third son died as a child. All Brin(c)kerhoffs stem from Joris Dirksen Brinckerhoff and his wife Susannah. The two surviving sons are the branches of our family tree. One line dropped the C from the name, and that is pretty musch how you can tell which line you stem from, with the exception of Andrew Brinckerhoff's line which put the C back in their name after WW2. The family came over from Holland in 1641.

Kristin Brinkerhoff said...

I meet so few Brinkerhoffs in real life; it's nice to know that they do indeed exist outside of my immediate family. Thank you for the information, feel free to send more my way if you ever stumble upon anything else.

~Kristin Brinkerhoff~

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

Kristin and your Majesty, thank you so much for looking into my humble blog. I have a story about Stoffle Brinkerhoff I should share with you one day. I suppose I should thank Joris too for procreating. Happy Holidays!

Unknown said...

The drilling Brinkerhoff family are in Calgary, Alberta.

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

Thanks Carol, those pesky Brinkerhoffs' are hard to keep track of!

CsBrinkerhoff said...

The fides in our crest means “good faith” not fidelity. I have it tattooed on my chest. “Constant faith and integrity”. 👍

waterfallteapot said...

Hi Joel,

Where have you found the most information about family lineage going back to these 3 brothers that were the hills in the crest?
Also, do you have a high resolution image of the family crest?
I am a Brinkerhoff and am doing a little reading up about the family :)

Thank you!

Unknown said...

Many Brinkerhoffs reside in the western US and there are a few of us left in Michigan. According to a book I have all Brinkerhoffs in the US are descendants of Joris and are indeed related. A cousin of ours did the genealogy and verified the same. I have it all on my computer.

Unknown said...

Hello fellow Brinkerhoff's! I just wanted to add that there is a Brinkerhoff family homestead within the Gettysburg Battle theater. It is located about 4 miles east of Gettysburg and was the site of a pivotal skirmish, described in depth in a book titled "The Battles for Brinkerhoff’s Ridge and East Cavalry Field, July 2-3, 1863" by author Eric J. Wittenberg

Joel Brinkerhoff said...

Thanks Unknown, I will add that we have a ridge too, who knew?!

gjb said...

In researching a project for my stepsons, I stumbled upon this fun/interesting 223-page book:

"The Family of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff 1638) (published in 1887 by Richard Brinkerhoff, NY)

Pages 18 & 20 have an interesting image/description of the "Brinckerhoffe" Coat of Arms.

I hope this can be of help/interest to others who may be researching these family lines.


Joel Brinkerhoff said...

GJB, the book is very cool and I downloaded it to read later. I did skip to the chapter about our crest and hoped it would be more detailed, still very cool, thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

More Brinkerhoff people! A number of us ended up back on the East coast after parting ways with our Western kin. Nice to know that the interest in the family name stays alive and well.

Anonymous said...

Fort Lauderdale florida

Anonymous said...

AWESOME THANKS SO MUCH fellow Brinkerhoff
BEST to you all - HANS BRINKERHOFF ALASKA UsA p.s. we should have a Brinkerhoff family reunion one day to exchange Brinkerhoff info 😆