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Birthplace: Winkel, North Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in New Netherlands
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About Jacob Walichsen Van Winkle

Notable Citizen: In 1641 he was elected as one of the twelve men who represented those within the New Amsterdam city limits.

Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] (1599-1657) was born in The Netherlands and was "from" the village of Winkel, about 15 miles northwest of the port city of Hoorn. He was sometimes referred to as "Jacob Walichsen Van Hoorn". There are those who believe that Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] visited New Netherland as a deckhand on a Dutch vessel in about 1618, but there is no documentation yet. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] was definitely at New Netherland before 1630 and was "among the very first farmers to permanently locate in New Netherland".

In New Netherland the Dutch West India Company (DWIC) established bouweries (large, self-sufficient farms) and plantations (smaller, specialized farms for corn or tobacco) and there was no privately owned property. The DWIC leased bouweries and plantations to its settlers. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and partner Claes Cornelissen Swits farmed Bouwerie No. 5 on Manhattan Island from 1620-something (1624 maybe) through 1636 when their lease expired and both men left that bouwerie. On 02 Jul 1631 Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer submitted a 01 May 1630 inventory that listed by each farm and tenant name an inventory of farm animals present at that date. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and his partner's Bouwerie No. 5 had 6 saddle horses, 2 stallions, 6 cows, 2 bulls, 22 sheep, and it noted that they were "successful in breeding cattle" there.

Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and his brother Symon Walichsen [Van Der Bilt] were sent aboard "den Soutbergh" to arrive in The Netherlands in April of 1633 by Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer to get more stock for the DWIC farms. The Patroon must have held the brothers in high esteem as it seems curious that he sent tenant farmers on such an errand. At Hoorn the brothers joined the Dutch Church for the time they were in The Netherlands on 18 December 1633 by certificate from their New Netherlands church. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle]'s partener CLaes Cornelissen Swits managed the farm on Manhattan Island at Bouwerie No. 5 in his absence. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] returned to New Netherlands in 1635 aboard "de Konig David".

Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle], after the lease at Bouwerie No. 5 ran out in 1636, signed a contract with Patroon Kiliaen Rensselaer 15 August 1636 to settle and farm at Rensselaerswyck (later Greenbush) which was up the Hudson River 150 miles from Manhattan and on the opposite shore from Albany. It is unclear how long Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] farmed at Rensselaerwyck, but it is apparent that he was away from the farm for periods of time. He was at New Amsterdam on 12 January 1639 to testify concerning the captain's behavior on the trip back from The Netherlands in 1635 aboard "de Konig David". Included in his testimony was that he was 40 or 41 years old at that time and that he was a resident of New Netherland. On 29 August 1641 Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] was selected as one of the board of Twelve Men representing Manhattan, Breuckelen, and Pavonia to advise Governor Kieft at Manhattan concerning Indian matters. This board only existed for about a year. In 1642 it is likely that Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] made another trip back to The Netherlands (it may have been protracted for some currently unknown reason) and he seems to have returned to New Netherland by about 1648. Records for these voyages have not yet been found. Certainly Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] married Tryntje Jacobse in about 1642 somewhere and they started their family by having children in about 1644, 1646, and 1648. No records of this marriage or the births or baptisms of these children have yet been found. The marriage and births and baptisms may have taken place in The Netherlands or in New Netherland or perhaps even out in Pavonia where brother Symon Walichsen [Van Der Bilt] had settled. In 1649 Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] petitioned the DWIC for permission to settle on the Fresh (Connecticut) River and was sadly refused such permission. On 28 July 1649 there was a demonstration concerning this New Amsterdam court petition reported. On 12 May 1650 Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkel] was at the Rensselaerwyck farm with his family and he was preparing to move out of that colony. Perhaps he was ready to leave the tenant or leasing system of the DWIC and look into owning his own land. Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer reportedly offered Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] his choice of several farms as he tried to entice him to stay in the Rensselaerwyck Colony, but Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] was determined to go. He got permission to move to Manhattan on 01 October 1650 and his infant son Jacob Jacobsen [Van Winkle] was baptized there at the New Amsterdam "fort church" on 10 October 1650. Also in 1650 Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and his wife joined the New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed Church. Their 6 children all initially went by "Jacobsen", but later went by "Van Winkle".

On 23 October 1654 Director-General Peter Stuyvesant issued a patent or grant of 25 morgens of land to Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] at Pavonia "across the North River, between Gemoenpa and the Kil van Kol" (now Bergen Point, Jersey City, NJ) and Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and his family soon settled there. This grant was confirmed for Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle]'s heirs by Governor Carteret on 31 March 1668 (this document listed the original owner as "Jacob Wallingen Van Hoorn"). Pavonia was destroyed by Indians in September of 1655 and Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] and his family went to Fort Amsterdam to wait for the Indian trouble to settle down. Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] was admitted as a lesser burgher of new Amsterdam on 17 April 1657. The family is believed to have gone back to Pavonia in 1657 and Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] is believed to have died there.

On 16 October 1657 widow Tryntje Jacobse [Van Winkle] petitioned for appointment of guardians for her minor children as was required before she could remarry. Michiel Jansen and P. L. Vandergift were appointed as guardians for the children. Widow Tryntje Jacobse married second to Jacob Stoffelsen on 17 August 1657 and they settled at the Ahasymus, Pavonia property he had inherited from his first wife, Vrouwtje Idese (died 1641) who was the widow of Cornelis Hendricksen Van Voorst. Tryntje Jacobse and Jacob Stoffelsen had 2 children and both of them died very young. They were granted 8-10 morgens of woodland at Ahasymus on 21 January 1664. Tryntje Jacobse was one of the first members of the Bergen Dutch Reformed Church in 1664. Tryntje Jacobse appeared in court for Jacob Stoffelsen on 06 June 1666 as he was too ill to attend. Jacob Stoffelsen's and Tryntje Jacobse's 01 Jan 1667 lease on the Ahasymus farm (called "Duke's Farm" by the English) was confirmed to Tryntje Jacobse on 31 March 1668 after Jacob Stoffelsen's death and this confirmation listed the farm as "between Communipaw and Kill van Kil".

Widow Tryntje Jacobse married third on 08 June 1668 at Bergen DRC Michiel Tadesen [Van Yderstyne] and they lived at Ahasymus, NJ together until he died in 1670.

Widow Tryntje Jacobse married fourth on 15 March 1671 at Bergen DRC Caspar Steynmets who brought 9 children including a one-year-old into this marriage. Their wedding was a double-wedding with Tryntje Jacobse's son Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle as he married his step-sister Catharyna Michielse Van Yderstyne. On 10 November 1677 Tryntje Jacobse's title to 6 acres at Ahasymus, NJ where she gardened and kept her orchard were confirmed to her and to her heirs by Casper Steynmets.

Son Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle (1648-1728) inherited Pavonia land from his father. On 03 January 1658 Governor Stuyvesant formally purchased disputed Pavonia land from the Indians and this included Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle]'s land that son Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle inherited. On 16 August 1660 Bergen was founded (in 1871 it became Jersey City, NJ) and it included what had been Pavonia (houses inside palisades and farms outside palisades. This is the first permanent organized settlement in what would become New Jersey. In 1664 the English took over the government and named the area that included Bergen "the province of New Jersey". The Jacob Walichsen [Van Winkle] grant at Pavonia/Bergen/NJ was confirmed by English Governor Carteret on 31 March 1668. On 15 March 1671 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle married his step-sister Catharyna Michielse Van Yderstyne (born 1650) in a double wedding with his mother and her fourth groom Caspar Steynmets at Bergen DRC and they settled at Bergen, NJ and began their family. They would have 9 children and the first 2 were baptized at the New York DRC and the next 7 were baptized at the Bergen DRC. The "birth" dates for these children on the Family Group page are actually their baptism dates. On 15 August 1671 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle was elected schepen (judge) at Bergen, NJ. A schepen was to be honest, intelligent, a landowner, a lover of peace, and a professor of the Reformed Religion. On 28 March 1679 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle and his brother Symon Jacobsen Van Winkle were two of the fourteen buyers of the Acquackanonk Patent (a large tract of land in the vicinity of present-day Passaic and Paterson) from Indian Chief and Sachem Captahem. [This purchase was confirmed on 16 March 1684. On 06 May 1692 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle conveyed part of this purchase to Cornelisse Van Waggim and on 14 October 1702 he conveyed part of this purchase to son-in-law Hermanus Gerritsen Van Wagenen.] By 30 June 1682 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle and his family lived at Barbadoes Neck and owned land there (500 acres) on the "east bank of the Passaic, [opposite and below the drawbridge,] where he had an extensive farm [embracing much of the present Rutherford"]. This was probably part of Acquackanonk at this time [as the bounds of Acquackanonk then were sometimes construed to extend across the river into the present Bergen County] and may have been part of the Acquackanonk Patent. In 1692 Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle represented Acquackanonk (elected 02 March 1692) at the General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey and in 1693 he represented Barbadoes Neck there. On 30 June 1695 his home is listed as New Barbadoes, Essex, NJ. Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle was one of the founders of the Acquackanonk Dutch Reformes Church (later the First Reformed Church of Passaic) and he was named as elder there in May of 1696 and on 20 May 1701. Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle's will was dated 01 November 1707 and it was proved 12 September1729 (Trenton, NJ, liber B, p.133). It lists Acquackanonk as his home and gives his land to his sons with the provision that they pay their sisters appropriately. He stipulates that "all my children shall divide my said estate equally".

Granddaughter Sara Walichse Van Winkle (born 1688), daughter of Walich Jacobsen Van Winkle (1648-1728), married Gerrit Corneliusen Van Voorst (1689-1785) at New Barbadoes, NJ and they raised 9 children there.

Sources: Genealogy of the Van Winkle Family by D. Van Winkle, 1913; Genealogy of the Van Winkle Family 1630-1993 by J. Van Winkle, 1994; History of the City of Patterson ... by W. Nelson, 1901; Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey by F. B. Lee, 1910; Passaic and Its Environs by W. W. Scott, 1922; Yearbook of the Holland Society of New York, 1914 and 1915; Van Winkle Family Homepage (online); New Amsterdam and Bergen DRC records; NYGBRecord v.56 no.3 July 1925 (Tryntje Jacobse 4 Husbands by H. S. F. Randolph)

-------------------- Between 1624 & 1636, Jacob farmed Bouwerie No. 5 with his partner, Claes Cornelissen, when their lease expired and both of them left. Cornelissen started his own farm but was killed by Indians in 1641.

In 1633, Jacob and Symon returned to Holland on the ship SOUTBERGH to ontain additional cattle for the Dutch West India Company under the sponsorship and financing of Killean Van Rensselaer. In June 1635, they returned to new Amsterdam on the ship KING DAVID.

In August 1641, he was recorded as advising the Gov. Kieft's council on the treatment of the Indians.

About 1645, he settled on a farm in Rensselaerwyck, New York (up the Hudson, near present-day Albany). In 1654, he moved to Bergen, New Jersey. In April 1657, the Pavonia settlement (present-day Hudson County, New Jersey) confirmed him in his rights as a small burgher.

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Хронология Jacob Walichsen Van Winkle

1599
1599
Winkel, North Holland, Netherlands
1635
June, 1635
Age 36

Ship: King David

1642
1642
Age 43
New Netherlands
1643
1643
Age 44
Bergen, New Jersey, USA
1645
1645
Age 46
New Jersey
1650
October 10, 1650
Age 51
Albany, Albany, New York, USA
October 16, 1650
Age 51
Middelburg, Zeeland, Nederland
October 16, 1650
Age 51
New Amsterdam, New York
1652
1652
Age 53
New Amsterdam, New York
1653
July 24, 1653
Age 54
Pavonia, Bergen, New Jersey, USA