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Antony Jansen van Salee

Also Known As: "The Turk", "The Terrible Turk", "van Fez", "Teunis", "Anthony Janszoon"
Birthplace: Sale, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Morocco
Death: Died in Gravesend, New Amsterdam, New York
Place of Burial: Hempstead, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, aka Murat Reis and Moroccan Concubine, of Fez
Husband of Grietje Reyniers and Metje Andries van Salee
Father of Annica Antonis Southard; Eva Antonis van Sicklen; Jan van Salee; Engeltje Anthony van Salee; Cornelia Anthonisdr van Barkelo and 1 other
Brother of Abraham Jansen Janszoon van Salee; Phillip Jansz van Salee and Cornelis Janszoon van Salee
Half brother of Anne Jan Jans and Lysbeth Jansz

Occupation: pirate/privateer, Farmer
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About Antony Jansen van Salee

Anthony van Salee

Birth: 1607 Death: 1676 Manhattan New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA

He was my 10th great grandfather. Some believe he is buried on the property of 29,31,33,35,37 and 39 Broadway, New York. Some believe he was born in Cartagena, Spain and some say Port of Sale, Morocco.

Family links:

  • Grietje Reyniers Van Salee (1602 - 1669)*
 Annica Antonise Van Salee Southard (1635 - 1698)*
 Sarah Antonise Van Salee Emans (1635 - 1715)*
 Cornelia Anthonisdochter Van Salee Borculo (1638 - 1666)*
 Eva Antonise Van Salee Van Sicklen (1640 - 1710)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Body lost or destroyed

Created by: Vicky Record added: Jan 14, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 103573228 _______________________________________

Anthony "The Turk" Jansen van Salee was born in 1607 to Jan Janszoon van Haarlem and Margarita. He married a prostitute by the name of Grietje Reyniers around 1630. They had four children, all girls:

  • Annica Antonise Jansen b. about 1632 in New Amsterdam. m. Thomas Southard
  • Cornelia Jansen b. before 1638. m. William Jansen Van Borkelo
  • Sara Jansen
  • Eva Jansen b. before 1640. m. Ferdinandus Van Sickelen in 1660.

Anthony also married a woman of the immigrant family Grevenraet that had been in New Amsterdam for a few years > Metje Andries Grevenraet sometime after 1669. They had no children.

Anthony died March of 1676 in New Amsterdam (New York).

"Anthony Jansen van Salee is a Turk, a rascal and a horned beast." -- Hendrick Jansen voicing the common view of his neighbor's character in 1638.

New Amsterdam was a litigious place, and Anthony was involved in more than his share of lawsuits. Within five years, Anthony was hauled into court for stealing wood, paying wages he owed with a dead goat, allowing his dog to kill a neighbor's hog, pointing a loaded pistol at the overseer of the West India Company's slaves, threatening a debt collector with bloodshed if he insisted on the money owed and slandering any number of people.

Following numerous legal disputes, including with the church, Anthony was ordered to leave New Netherland, but on appeal to the Dutch West India Company, was allowed to settle on 200 acres (0.81 km2) in what would become New Utrecht and Gravesend, Brooklyn. This made him now one of the largest and most prominent landholders on Long Island. He was the neighbor of Lady Deborah Moody, of whom he was on good terms with, although he had disputes with her husband Sir Henry who filed speech charges against him.

-Anthony "The Turk" Jansen van Salee (as recorded by Diane Foust Hubbard)-

Most famous were the notorious Abraham Jansz and Anthony Jansen van Salee, a mulatto giant of prodigious strength later nicknamed "the Terrible Turk."

Both followed their father’s double life as a pirate and adventurer, and both later chose to join the early settlers of New Amsterdam (later the city of New York) in the New World.

According to a "historian of the African diaspora" named Mario de Valdes y Cocom, Anthony Jansen van Salee's rumored famous descendants include Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jackie Kennedy (whose swarthy father was known as "Black Jack Bouvier"), and Humphrey Bogart.

For anyone interested in the location of Anthony Jansen's Brugh Straet house - the "footprint" of the original lot still exists, though the lot is a small parking lot now. It is on Bridge Street, just west of Broadway if memory serves me, adjacent to the White Horse Tavern (which incidentally was open in the mid-1600s though at a different location). (as recorded by Brian Smith)


  • "Muslims in Early America" (see sources tab)
  • "Sex and the City: The Early Years" (see sources tab)
  • PBS "Frontline: Van Salees" (see sources tab)
  • Anthony and Grietje are mentioned several times in this book:
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, vol. 103, p. 16
  • The Washington-McClain Ancestry, by Charles A. Hoppin, vol. 3
  • Teunis G. Bergen, "Register, in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, NY, from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700" (Polyanthos, Cottonport, 1973). (see documents under media tab)
  • Corwin J. Emmons, "An Emmons Genealogy" p. xviii (printed by Heuer Bookbinding Service of Chesire, Connecticut, published 1983 by Wilbur D. Emmons) Note: excellent photocopy of original in possession of Michael S. Caldwell. Text: "he died in March, 1676 without a will" Note: Dave Savage owns copy #40. It is through Anthony and Gretje's daughter, Sara, that he descends from the Emmons family.
  • There is a map here that shows New Amsterdam in 1660. The map depicts homes and farms and it has an accompanying table identifying the owners of the homes/farms. Anthony had two houses (E21 and E22).
  • Benjamin F. Thompson, "History of Long Island, 3rd Edition" New York, 1918. Vol IIII page 109

Unverified sources:

worth reading

Leo Hershkowitz, "The Troublesome Turk: An Illustration of Judicial Process in New Amsterdam," New York History, 46, no. 4 (1965): 299‑310;
Hazel Van Dyke Roberts, "Anthony Jansen Van Salee 1607‑1676," NYGBR 103 (1972): 16‑28



3 May 1652 [not. H.Schaef, 1347 / 40] In the name of Antony Jansz van Salee, a farmer in New Netherland, has been engaged Thomas Cornelisz from Flensburg with consent of his father, Cornelius Thomas from Flensburg, to work for him for three years as a farm-hand, earning 36 guilders in the first year, 40 in the second and 50 in the third. -- New Netherland Connections, Volume 5, Number 1, p. 28

Court Records:

April the 24th . A. 1666. Att a Mayors Court held in New York.

In the difference between Anthony Jansen van Sale, pltf. on the one side, and Thomas Cocx, deft. on the other, for balance of rent, the Worshipful Court order the case to be placed in the hands of arbitrators, and therunto were nominated and elected M. Samuel Edsal and Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven, who are hereby requested to reconcile parties, if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. Ady as above.

At a Court of Schout, Burgmast. and Schepens holden in the City Hall, the 17th. Jan. A. 1674.

Schout A. De Mill, pltf. v/s Anthony Jansen Salee, deft. Pltf. says, the the deft. sold 4 mutsjens of drink to the Indian, who was lately shot dead by the sentry and as he is the cause of the consequent accident etc. Defts. wife appears and denies, that she gave any drink to the Indian and offers to confirm the same by oath. The W. Court dismiss pltfs. complaint, unless he can prove his statement.

At a Court of Schout, Burgomast. and Schepens holden at the City Hall of the City N: Orange the 29th. May A. 1674.

Schout Anthony de Mill, pltf. v/s Anthony Jansen van Salee, deft. Pltf. says, that the deft. furnished lodging in the night between the 28th and 29th of April to an Englishman, named Edwaert Bambri, residing at Martenaers Neck, which is directly contrary to the Placard made on that subject: he concludes therefore, that the deft. shall be condemned according to said Placard in a fine of fl. 600 in beavers with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard defts. excuse condemn him (for reasons) only in a fine of one beaver, worth costs.

Note: This was a continuation of the case which was heard on 22 May when Anthony maintained that the daughter of Margriet Philips had brought the Englishman to lodge at his house, saying the Schout was already notified about him, but that was not the case.

Anthony Janszoon van Salee was a prominent early Dutch settler in the English settlement under Dutch rule in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Kings, western Long Island, after 1645. Gravesend is now a neighborhood in south-central Brooklyn, along the shore of Gravesend Bay and Coney Island. In 1609 Henry Hudson landed his ship the Half Moon there at the island known by the natives as Narrioch (Coney Island). In 1643 Gravesend then became one of the original towns founded in the Dutch colony of New Netherland when Governor Willem Kieft granted a land patent to the Anabaptist Lady Deborah Moody, as a site where that English sect could settle free from religious persecution. Clashes with the natives delayed the town for two more years, until December 19, 1645

Anthony Janszoon van Salee (1607–1676) was the son of famed Dutch pirate Jan Janszoon van Haarlem. Anthony was an original settler of and prominent landholder, merchant, and creditor in New Netherland, and may have been the first Muslim in the New World.

From The History of the Van Sickle Family in the United States of America by John Waddell Van Sickle:

Antony Jansen is supposed to have come from Fez or Salee in Africa, and was probably a son of Jan Janse, of Haerlem in Holland, "a freebooter and pirate, who settled in Salee in MOrocco, where he married, turned Turk or Mohammedan, deserting his lawful wife and children, whom he had left at Haerlem." Was a pirate with his father. Emigrated to New Amsterdam. Gave Ferdinandus his deed to a plantation in 1661

Name: Anthony Van Salee formerly Jansen

Born in Amsterdam


In 1624, Anthony was in Salé, Morocco with his father, leaving in 1627 for Algiers with his family. Van Salee was living near the harbor in Amsterdam when he obtained a marriage license on December 15, 1629 to marry 27-year old German-native Grietse Reyniers two days before his ship to the New World left. Husband of Grietje Reyniers — married 1629 in on board ship


In 1630, at the age of 22, he immigrated to New Netherland, along with his bride, as a colonist of the Dutch West India Company.


He had four daughters with Reyniers who married into respectable colonial commercial families: 1. Eva Antonis, who married Ferdinandus van Sycklin, an original immigrant to New Netherlands for whom Van Siclen Avenue in Brooklyn is named for. He was a descendant of a crusader and banker named Simon van der Sicklen, whose family possessed the domain of Nazareth, Belgium during the medieval ages and founded the town of Seclin, now in France. The family's original surname was de la Faucille. 2. Cornelia, who married William Johnson 3. Annica, who married Thomas Southard. Annica and Thomas's daughter Abigail was the great-great-grandmother of Cornelius Vanderbilt 4. Sara, who married John Emans. They are fifth great-grandparents of Warren G. Harding.

2nd Marriage

Grietse died in 1669, and Anthony married Metje Grevenraet, before dying in 1676 after passing his final years at his home on Bridge Street. Metje was a Quaker who helped Anthony tolerate the church.

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Antony Jansen van Salee's Timeline

Sale, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Morocco
December 15, 1629
Age 22
New Amsterdam
Age 25
- 1633
Age 26
New Amsterdam, USA
Age 28
Age 31
Nieuw-Amsterdam, Nieuw-Nederland
April 7, 1639
Age 32


Anthony Jansen Van Salee, called the Turk, occupied this bouwerie prior to 1639. He and his wife† were banished on April 7, 1639, from New Amsterdam on account of their being disturbers of the peace, and he was given, on August 1, 1639, one hundred morgens (two hundred acres) of land on a bay in the North River on Long Island over against CONYNE EYLANT extending along the shore some two hundred and fifty-three rods."

editor notes:
The “22” is a sequential number of enumerated early farms on Manhattan.

† the wife being Griete Reyniers the renowned former prostitute

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Age 32
Age 34
Gravesend, Long Island, Nieuw-Nederland
- 1662
Age 55