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Anthony Jansen Westbrook

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westbroeck, Utrecht, Netherlands
Death: Died in Flatbush, Long Island, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Theuniszoon Westbrook and Eychgan Cornelise Westbrook
Husband of Orseltie Ursula Dircks
Father of Annetje Westbrook; unknown Westbrook; Johannes Westbrook, I; Johannes Westbrook, Sr. and Dirck Dirk Westbrook

Occupation: Tavern Owner
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About Anthony Jansen Westbrook

New Amsterdam - Immigrants

Anthony is the only person who adopted the surname 'Westbroech' when required to distinguish himself from another when the British controlled the colonies. He signed his full name shortly before his death. Anthony was a member of Joseph Brant war party July 29, 1779. A fellow genealogist traveled thru the area where the war was waged, specifically around Gold Spring Harbor on the Hudson River. He noted that the memory & anger was still alive to attest to the brutality of the Brant War. He appears with his family as a Loyalist on the Return of Person at Niagara, 1793. On April 28, 1786 he submitted as Anthony Westbrook, late of Orange Co., N.Y. in the dissident colonies, but now of Niagara in the province of Quebec; a claim for relief due to the loss of his property at the time of his escape to the British Army in the year 1778, & sold by the Commissioners of the state of N.Y. The claim was received too late & is on file. He & his wife had a tavern & resided in Flatbush on Long Island, & at Albany, New York. Their names appear in over 125 records during the period April 23, 1658 & December 22, 1678; many of these records have been published.

Sources:

Flatbush Town Record, May 11, 1672.

Info from cousin, John Jaffee of Michigan.

Public Paper of George Clinton, vol. V, 1901, p. 163.

Haldimand Papers, vol. 105, p 395a in the Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

audit Office paper in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London, Middlesex, England.

-------------------- Anthony is the only person who adopted the surname 'Westbroech' when required to distinguish himself from another when the British controlled the colonies. He signed his full name shortly before his death. Anthony was a member of the Joseph Brant war party July 29, 1779. A fellow genealogist traveled thru the area where the war was waged, specifically around Cold Spring Harbor on the Hudson River. He noted that the memory & anger was still alive to attest to the brutality of the Brant War. Anthony appears with his family as a Loyalist on the Return of Persons at Niagara, 1793. On April 28, 1786 he submitted as Anthony Westbrook, late of Orange Co., N.Y. in the dissident colonies, but now of Niagara in the province of Quebec, a claim for relief due to the loss of his property at the time of his escape to the British Army in the year 1778, & sold by the Commissioners of the state of N.Y. The claim was received too late & is on file.

Sources:

Flatbush Town Record, May 11, 1672

Info from cousin, John Jaffee of Michigan

Public Paper of George Clinton, vol. V, 1901, p. 163

Haldimand Papers, vol. 105, p. 395a in the Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Audit Office paper in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London, England -------------------- It is interesting to note that there is an old Flatbush community on the town line of Saugerties and Ulster just north of Kingston. Is there a possibility that it is to this location and not Long Island that the family relocated from Albany? It would better explain their presence at Kingston after 1678. There is also much considered speculation in the details of the births of their children. Some maintain that either Annatje or Johannes was the child born in 1663, and that the two deaths were her two children by the earlier marriages. It also seems odd that there weren't other children born as well, particularly if they married as early as 1658.

From 1662 until 1668 he owned and operated a tavern in Albany on the south side of what is now State Street, east of Broadway, which he purchased 14 January 1662. He was described as a tavern keeper and also served as Court Messenger, for the court of Rensselaerwyck. The duties of this office were to serve summons, make arrests, levy executions and as such were similar to those of a present day Marshall or Constable. There are several citations documenting these activities in the published Early Records of Albany, Vol 3 & 4. Other mention of him is found in the Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts 1908:833, the Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck Vol II:311, and the New Netherland Register 1865:110.

These records also identify this Anthony Jansen as the one who is referred to as Anthony Jansen Westbrook and state that his descendants appear under the name of Westbrook in the Reformed Dutch Church at Kingston. He sold his tavern 15 July 1668 and moved to Flatbush on Long Island in 1668, where he remained until he died. He is recorded as having bought land there 27 Oct 1661, which was later sold to Thomas Willett on 20 March 1670.

Anthony Jansen is still involved in court activity at Albany as late as 1671 and then disappears from the record. It seems odd that both he and his alleged father, Jan Teunisen, were active in both Albany and Brooklyn/Flatbush at the same time, suggesting that they were either highly mobile, or perhaps two different sets of individuals. Some clarification might come from the source William Westbrooke refers to as the "Flatbush Town Records," but I have been unable to locate them or even find anyone who has heard of them.

For many years some stated that Johannes and Dirck Westbrook of Ulster Co. were the sons of Jonathan Westbrook, a Cromwellian officer who found refuge in this obscure Dutch outpost after the restoration of Charles II. Later research has established with reasonable certainty the Dutch origin of the family in the person of Anthony Jansen (see NYGBR 64:309 and Ulster Co Records BB:217).

He bought from Tielman Van Vleeck and Claes Gangeloff Villet, orphanmaster of New Amsterdam, in charge of the estate of Nicholas Volthuysen, a parcel of land in Flatbush on the east side of the road, containing 18 morgens, with plain and meadow land abutting on Canarisie flats or plains, with 2 small house-plots, as per p. 109 of Lib. A of Flh rec. The name in the deed is simply Anthony Jansen, by which name he is generally designated on the Flatbush records.

-------------------- Anthony Jansen van Westbrook was born on date unknown and died abt 1672.

Parents: Jan Teunissen, the first sheriff of Brooklyn, (now New York). He was appointed sheriff in 1646 by Gov. Kieft and was the son of Teunis Ryersen

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Married:

  1. about 1658 to Orsseltie Dircks, widow of Jan Hendricksen and Teunis Jacobs

The names of the deceased children are unknown. His wife had two children at the time she sailed to America. However, at least two children of Ursel Dircks and Anthony Jansen van Westbrook survived.

Notes

Anthony Jansen Westbrook and his wife Orrseltie Dircks are the progenitors of this New York Westbrook family. They had a tavern and resided at Flatbush on Long Island, and at Albany, New York. Their names appear in over 125 colonial records between 1658 and 1678.

References

  1. New York State Library Historical Bulletin #10, Vol 3, Notorial Papers 1 & 2r 1660-1696 (U. of N.Y.,1918), pp 140-141.
  2. Albany, Rensselaerwyck & Schenectady Court Minutes 1668-1673, pp 25-27.
  3. William E. Westbrook, "The Westbrook Family of New York" (An unpublished paper, 1972).
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Anthony Jansen Westbrook's Timeline

1635
1635
Westbroeck, Utrecht, Netherlands
1655
1655
Age 20
Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA
1658
1658
Age 23
Kingston, NY
1660
1660
Age 25
Beverwyck, now Albany, New York
1662
1662
Age 27
1668
1668
Age 33
Beverwyck, Albany, New York, USA
1671
October 22, 1671
Age 36
Flatbush, Long Island, New York
1672
May 11, 1672
Age 37
Flatbush, Long Island, New York, USA
1672
Age 37