Early Harsen Family Ties: Woffert Gerritze Van Kouwenhoven aka Couwenhoven
Nearly twenty-five years before Gerrit Graveraet’s great grandfather, Isaac Graveraet, came to Manhattan Island (aka New Amsterdam/New Netherland) as a “free trader”, Jacob Harsen’s 3rd great grandfather, Wolfert Gerritze Van Kouwenhoven, aka Couwenhoven, stepped foot upon the soil of this New World 
Our beliefs form from our experiences, what we see, hear, read, and think about. They are assumptions or thoughts we associate with who we are and how we perceive others to be. They shape and form our opinions and attitudes about what we perceive to be “good” or “bad”. Values come from our beliefs. They are the things we think are important. Honesty, education, loyalty, money, faithfulness are just a few examples.