Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen (1635 - c.1715)

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Birthplace: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Schenectady, Albany, New York
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About Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen

Daniel was a deputy shout fiscal in Albany in 1656. He signed a contract to serve Adriaan Appel, an innkeeper, for one year 24 Sept 1661. He then went to Delaware, returning to the Hudson Valley about 1665. He settled at 8 miles north of Schenectady about 1670. Daniel was a magistrate in Schenectady in 1676, in 1704 a member of the Board of Trustees, deacon in 1703 and probably elder in 1715. That year he deeded part of a lot to the Reformed Church. -------------------- Daniel Janse Van Antwerp was born in 1635. In 1660, he was deputy Schout fiscal at Fort Orange (Albany). In September 1661, he agreed with Adrian Appel, who was an innkeeper in New Amsterdam and trader in Albany, to serve him "in all matters and affairs that are just and right" for one year for thirty five beavers (or one hundred and twelve dollars) and all expenses. In 1662 he was deputy at Altoona on the Delaware River. He went to Schenectady very soon after its settlement, probably in l665. He had much dealing with the Indians, and settled eight miles beyond the village, but took precaution to build a stone-walled house on the bank of the Mohawk, in the center of his "Bouwery" where he and his friends were protected from hostile Indians, yet well in from the path of trade along the Mohawk. The house being close to its bank, the Mohawk River furnished a route for reaching Schenectady. This house now exists essentially as it was with little changes. The early surveys mark the house as Jan Danielse Van Antwerpens, and itineraries of the Mohawk Navigation Company show the adjacent shallow in the river as Van Antwerp's Reef, where a struggle with the current was always expected. The Van Antwerp House, the oldest in New York State, is not now (in 1910) in possession of the family although negotiations are pending for its purchase. The village lot in Schenectady of Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen was on the east corner of Union and Church Streets, which was occupied by him prior to 1671, when a confirmatory grant was made to him by Governor Francis Lovelace. He owned this lot until 1715, when at the age of eighty years, he released it to the consistory of the Netherland Dutch Church. "?good causes and consideration him thereunto moving," for the perpetual and sole use of the church. On 14 March 1909, a white marble tablet, suitably engraved to the memory of Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, was presented to the First Reformed Church of Schenectady by Daniel Lewis Van Antwerp, of Troy, a descendant of the donor of the land on which the church is built. In 1680, land on the Third Plat was patented to him, one half of which he sold in 1706. In 1676, he was one of the five members of the Court of Justices of Schenectady, and in 1701 was Supervisor of the Township.

Daniel Janse Van Antwerp married Maritje (Maria) Groot, daughter of Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca Du Trieux. Her father, Symon Symonse Groot, came early to the New Netherlands in the service of the West India Company, as a boatswain on the Ship Prince Maurice. Maritje Groot's mother, Rebecca Du Trieux (De Truax), was the daughter of Philip Du Trieux, court messenger of New Amsterdam. Their son, Simon, married Maria Peek, daughter of Jacobus Peek, whose father was Jan Peek, innkeeper of New Amsterdam, after whom the creek and town of Peekskill take their name. Children of Simon (Peek) Van Anterwpen: 1 - Maria, married Gysbert Gerritse Van Brockelin on 4 November 1707.; 2 - Lysbeth, born at Albany on 15 January 1710. Married Abraham De Forrest.; 3 - Rebecca, born 21 June 1712.; 4 - Daniel, born 10 January 1719. Married Rebecca, daughter of Jan Danielse Van Antwerpen on 21 October 1738. 7 - Margarita, baptized at Albany on 17 May 1721.8 - Jacobus, baptized at Albany on 22 January 1727. Married Catherine Vedder, daughter of Johanned Vedder, on 11 August 1750. 10 - Lowys (Lewis), baptized at Albany on 25 February 1731. Married Jendrijke Fonda Van Buren.

In 1941, the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society published an article titled, The Family Van Antwerp In America, written by Lee Douglass Van Antwerp, A.B., M.D., of Undercliff, Meriden, CN. He presently resides in a North Shore Suburb of Chicago. This article was commenced in their January 1941, issue on page 18. Though the ancestral data is substantially the same as that already quoted above, we shall bring you some of the added information in this history.

"Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, the first of the name in America, and from whom nearly all of the name in America are descended, came to New Netherland probably a little before 1656. At this time he was about 21 years of age. The exact date of this young man's arrival in America has not yet been found, perhaps never will be found. His name is not on any records of the immigrant passenger lists thus far to come to light, and nowhere in the records of his life which have been found is there any statement of where he came from in Holland or when he arrived in America; neither is there any hint as to his antecedents in Europe. It is possible that some of this information might have come to us if the French and Indians had not destroyed Schenectady, for tradition tells us that all his family records were lost in that terrible massacre on the night of February 8, 1690.

The land on which he settled was, for the times, far in Indian country and was called the Woestyne, or Wilderness. It was located at a bend in the river, and had been a part of the Mohawk maize land probably for centuries. That he obtained this land not only demonstrates his native shrewdness, but the esteem in which the Indians must have held him. It is interesting to note, however, that he took the precaution to build a house of stone which doubtless served as a fort for himself and neighbors in many a skirmish.

The old house is now known as the Jan Mebie House, and still stands near Rotterdam, NY. The identity of the Mebie House as the one built by Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen is just short of positive. In the opinion of authorities, the walls at least are those of the old Van Antwerp home, and it is very probable that when Daniel Janse sold the westerly half of the flat to Jan Pieterse Mebie in 1706, the house went with the land essentially as it stands today. It is thought to have been built between 1670 and 1680, and is a beautiful specimen of Dutch Colonial architecture. Near it is a small, windowless, stone-walled building which tradition tells us was used as a slave house, but which was more probably a storehouse. He was probably an elder of the Netherland Dutch Church in 1715 when he deeded his village lot to the church.

By his marriage to Maria Groot he had five sons and three daughters. Maria was the daughter of Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca Du Trieux. Du Thieus was a Walloon, was born in 1585 and was one of the earliest emigrants to New Netherland."

Dr. Van Antwerp probably obtained some of the data on the children from Professor Reynold's work for he uses the same surname for Maria's husband for he says on page 203 of the Record: "...Maria Van Antwerp, baptized 9 November 1707, in Schenectady, married 5 July 1730, Gysbert Van Brahelyn (Van Brakelen) who was baptized 28 October 1705, in Schenectady. Though he lists Jonathan Pearson's Schenectady Families as his source, he did not find Pearson using this spelling, which brings us to the conclusion that he used for this part the information from Professor Reynolds, who it will be remembered from above said she married Sysbert Van Brahelyn.

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Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen's Timeline

1635
1635
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
1669
1669
Age 34
Schenectady, Albany, New York
1670
November 24, 1670
Age 35
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
1685
1685
Age 50
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, USA
1686
1686
Age 51
Schenectady, Albany, New York
1686
Age 51
Schenectady, , Albany, New York, USA,
1688
1688
Age 53
Schenectady, New York, United States
1690
July 7, 1690
Age 55
Schenectady, Albany, NY, USA
1692
December 25, 1692
Age 57
Schenectady, Albany, NY, USA
1694
January 3, 1694
Age 59
Schenectady, Albany, New York