Jacobus Gerritszn Stryker (c.1614 - c.1696)

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Birthplace: Ruinen, Drenthe, Holland
Death: Died in Flatbush Long Island, NY, United States
Occupation: Sea Captain, emigrated to New Amsterdam circa 1651
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About Jacobus Gerritszn Stryker

Jan Strijcker was the son of Gerrit Stryker and Altje Lucasdochter.

Jan Strijcker was born in 1617 at Dwinglo, Runien, Netherlands.

Jan Strijcker was born circa 1615 at Ruinen, Drenthe, Netherlands. 

He married Lambertje Seubering, daughter of Roeloff Lucassen Seuberinge, circa 1631.

Jan Strijcker married Swaentje Jans on 30-Apr-1679 at Flatbush, Kings County, New York.

Jan Strijcker married Teuntje Teunis on 31-Mar-1687.

Jan Strijcker died on 3-Mar-1697 at Midwout, Kings County, New York.

He was also known as Jan Stryker. He immigrated in 1652 to New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. On 1654 oversaw the builidng of the Dutch Church at Midwout.

www.conovergenealogy.com/ancestor-p/p199.htm#i35540 -------------------- Jan Strycker is buried in the Cemetery of the First Church of Long Island.

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About the Picture of Jan Strycker, from a book called

An Album of New Netherland

by Maud Esther Dilliard:

"The original painting on canvas was exhibited by Mr. T. B. Clarke at the Union League Club, New York, in March 1924 and the same year at the opening exhibition in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting is signed on the front, Aetatis 38, 1655. The hair is dark brown, the eyes brown, the coat black, the background a warm gray-brown.

"The back of this portrait, which was painted by Jacobus Strycker in 1655, once bore the inscription: 'Given to Altje by her father Jacobus Gerritsen Striker, who, himself, drew this likeness of his brother Jan.' This was signed by Johannes Coerten Van Voorhees, nephew of Altje's husband, Abram Coerten Van Voorhees of Flatlands, Long Island."

Also, at the bottom of the picture that I (Tim Morse) scanned, it is written:

'Jan Strycker. By Jacobus Gerritsz Strycker (?), dated 1655'

'Courtesy of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust'

This picture is currently in storage at the National Gallery of Art in Washington,DC. When a member of the Stryker family asked if they would be able to view the portrait of Jan Strycker when they visited the NGA, this is the response they received from the NGA:

    "The painting that you asked about is currently in storage at the Gallery, and will not likely be on view any time in the future. Although it entered the Gallery's collection in 1947 identified as a portrait of Jan Strycker by Jacobus Gerritsen Strycker, extensive research by our curators in the 1950s and 1960s led to the conclusion that neither the sitter nor the artist could be identified. In 1969 both the attribution and title were officially changed, and scholars continue to be uncertain as to the nationality of the unknown artist. The books that you have probably seen in which the sitter and the painter are identified were all published prior to the change."

So this may or may not be what Jan Strycker actually looked like.

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From the book "Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, N.J." by F.B. Lee:

  "The Strycker family is of most remote antiquity.  Proof has been brought from Holland of the family having remained on the same estates near the Hague and near Rotterdam for full 800 years prior to the coming of the first member to this country in 1652.  The following facts, viz: the ducal coronet on the crest and the family being traced far back to the latter part of the 8th Century, prove that the progenitors were among the great military Chieftains of the Netherlands who were created dukes, counts, and barons by Charles the Bald, in order to bring some form of government out of the chaos of those times long before the Advent of the Dutch republic.  Many legends are told of this powerful family in those warlike days, one particularly accounting for the three boar's heads on the shield."

So the following explains the Strycker Coat-of-Arms (from the same book, page 50)

  "There is a legend in the family that during the 12th Century, the brothers by this name were very clannish and constituted a very strong body of valiant men able and ready to defend their own rights with their own good swords.  A jealousy of the most bitter kind broke out between them and another family equally renowned for prowess in combat.  On one occasion the Van Stryker family received an invitation to a great feast at which it was proposed to come to some final settlement of the feud which existed between these rival parties.  They accepted, at the same time suspecting some treachery.  The secret was discovered beforehand and a plan arranged to meet it.  The feast began and in the middle of it the servants of the host placed upon the table three boar's heads.  This was the signal agreed upon for the extermination of the Van Stryker family.  They however rallied quickly to a certain portion of the room, and were terrible when they acted thus on the defensive and turned the plot with deadly effect upon their opponents.  This tradition has come down through the family, and may account for the boar's heads which appear on the Coat-of-Arms.  The motto of the family which in English means 'most terrible at bay' has been Latinized 'In Extremis Terriblis' and although it still preserves the legend referred to is of little value historically, as few if any Dutch families retain the Motto, even though it may have been hereditary with those who first adopted it.  It is understood it is never given with the Coat-of-Arms in Holland."

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I (Tim Morse) have more information forthcoming about the Strycker family, and Jan in particular. You can view a copy of the book referred to above by F.B. Lee just by going to Google and typing in the full name "Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County". Google has a scanned copy from the University of Virginia library. There are two volumes, and all this information is from volume 1. You can even search for Jan Strycker, or any of the other Strycker/Stryker family mentioned right there in the Google book copy. -------------------- Jacobus Gerritsen Stryker was born about 1620 at Ruinen, Drenthe, Holland.1 He married Ytie Huybrechts.1 He died in October 1687 at Midwout, Kings County, New York.1

Strycker, Jacobus Gerritsen: Artist. Born in 1619. Farmer, trader, magistrate, and "limner".

Born in Ruinen, province of Drenthe, in the Netherlands. His wife was Ytie Huybrechts, possibly related to the lady of the same surname, whose daughter at about the same time married Titus van Rijn, the son of a greater "limner," Rembrandt.

Stryker came to the New Netherland in 1651, a gentleman of considerable means and decided culture, and after a successful career died in 1687. We knew something of his office holding; he was Burgher in 1653 and afterwards Alderman of New Amsterdam, and also Attorney General Sheriff of the Dutch towns on Long Island up to August 1673.

Very little of his work as an artist is known. three of his portraits have been identified.

He left a son, Gerrit, who became Sheriff of Kings' County in 1688, and a brother, Jan, who also left descendants.

Compiler: Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta

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Jacobus Gerritszn Stryker's Timeline

1614
1614
Ruinen, Drenthe, Holland
1649
1649
Age 35
Ruinen, Drenthe, Holland
1652
1652
Age 38
1653
December 11, 1653
Age 39
Rouen, Netherlands

"On the 11th of December 1653, while still in Amsterdam, Jan Strycker joined others in a petition of the Commonality of the New Netherlands and a remonstrance against the conduct of Director Stuyvesant. The petition recited that 'they apprehended the establishment of an arbitrary government over them; that it was contrary to the genuine principles of well regulated governments that one or more men should arrogate to themselves the exclusive power to dispose at will of the life and property of any individual; that it was odious to every freeborn man, principally to those whom God had placed in a free state of newly settled lands. We humbly submit that 'tis one of our privileges that our consent, or that of our representatives, is necessarily required in the enactment of laws and orders.'
"It is remarkable that at this early day this indictment was drawn up, this 'bill of rights' was published. But these men came from the blood of the hardy Northmen and imbibed with the free air of America the determination to be truly free themselves."
From "Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, N.J." by F.B. Lee
Volume 1, pages 58-59

1654
1654
Age 40
Midwout, New York, Namibia

"During the first year of his residence at Midwout he was one of the two Commissioners to build the Dutch Church there, the first erected on Long Island, and he was for many years an active supporter of the Domine Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, of the Reformed Church of Holland, in that edifice."

1654
Age 40
Midwout, New York, United States

"In the year 1654, Jan Strycker took the lead in founding a Dutch Colony on Long Island at what was called Midwout. It was also called Middlewoods. The modern name is Flatbush."

1654
Age 40
1664
April 10, 1664
Age 50
Midwout, New York, United States

"On April 10, 1664, he took his seat as a representative from Midwout in that great Landtdag, a general assembly called by the burgomasters, which was held at the City Hall in New Amsterdam, to take into consideration the precarious condition of the country."

1665
1665
Age 51
1673
1673
Age 59