Jan Martense Van Alstyne

Is your surname Van Alstyne?

Research the Van Alstyne family

Jan Martense Van Alstyne's Geni Profile

Records for Jan Van Alstyne

20,160 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Related Projects

Jan Martense Van Alstyne

Also Known As: "'Jan de Wever''", "Jan Martense Van Alstyne'"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Meppel, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Kinderhook, Columbia, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery Kinderhook Columbia County New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Marten Van Alstyne and Unknown Van Alstyne
Husband of Dirckje Hermanse Van Alstyne
Father of Herman Janse Van Alstyne; Abraham Jansen Van Alstyne; Tytie Damen; Jan Janse Van Alstyne; Lambert John Van Alstyne and 7 others
Brother of Jannetje Martense Van Alstyne and Catalyntje Martense Martense Van Alstyne

Occupation: Trader; supervisor of roads;
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Jan Martense Van Alstyne

Six Greats Grandfather: Pieter Vosburgh

Six Greats Grandmother: Dirkje/Dirckje Van Alstyne

Seven Greats Grandfather: Jacob Abraham Vosburgh

Seven Greats Grandmother: Dorothea Janse Van Alstyne

Eight Greats Grandfather: Jan Martense Van Alstyne

Eight Greats Grandmother: Derckien Hermanse Boertgens

Jan Martense Van Alstyne (aka Jan de Wever) was born about 1623 at Meppel, Drenthe Province, the Netherlands. He was the immigrant ancestor of the Van Alstyne family in America, having first come to America in 1652 as an employee of the West India Trading Company. Sometime later he returned to Meppel and about 1655 returned to America with his wife and two sons Herman and Abraham. His name appears many times in early records. He and his wife were fined on several occasions for selling beer to the Indians, and once he was fined for selling brandy "after the ringing of the bell and during the sermon".

Jan Martense Van Alstyne (circa 1623 - circa 1698) married Derckien\Dirckje Hermanse Boertgens (circa 1625 - 1682), daughter of Harmense Harmense (born circa 1599) of Meppel, Drenthe Province, Netherlands. They had ten children, two of which married children of Abraham Pieterse Vosburgh and Geertruy Pieterse Coeymans. The 6th child, Isaac Janse de Wever Van Alstyne (July 16, 1657 - January 4, 1746) married (October 20, 1689) Marritje Abbedis Vosburgh, in Albany, New York. The 7th child, Dorothea Janse Van Alstyne (1659 - ) married (May 7, 1678) to Jacob Abraham Vosburgh, in Kinderhook, New York. Derckien Hermanse Boertgens died in 1682 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York.

Jan de Wever aka Jan Martense VAN ALSTYNE was born about 1623 Meppel, Drenthe Province, the Netherlands. He was the immigrant ancestor of the Van Alstyne family in America. He and his wife, Derckien Hermanse BOERTGENS and at least two children came to the New York area from Drenthe Province in 1655. On 18 Jul 1655, a son Marten was baptized at New Amsterdam.

Jan came to Wildwyck [Kingston] New York and his name appears on Albany court records 4 Apr. 1656, then in October the same year, he is found living in Beverwyck [Albany]. Jan became a trader, and on 1 May, 1658 he purchased the yacht HOPE from Pieter Lourensen.

He and his wife were fined on several occasions for selling beer to the Indians, and once he was fined for selling brandy "after the ringing of the bell and during the sermon". Jan's wife was in charge during her husband's many absences and she often gave mortgages, made sales and bought land, always signing as "Derckien Hermanse" which means Derckien, daughter of a man named Herman.

On 10 Feb. 1657 Andreis Harpersn gave to Jan Martense alias de Wever, a right and title to a house bought at auction from Jurriaen Theussen/Tappen.In 1660 Jan mortgaged his house, lot and garden in the village of Beverwyck to Nicholas de Meyer and Jan Bastiaensen Van Gudsenhoven, owing the former 576 guilders in beaver skins and to the latter 1042 guilders, 2 stivers and 8 pennies. Jan's Albany real estate was held until 7 Feb. 1694 when he sold it to Mees Hogeboom for 15 pounds. This property was described as being without the north gate, bounded west by the street to Rensselaer's mill, north by the creek, east by the Marselis property and south by the road to the river.

On 28 March 1662 Jan was raising corn and grain in Wildwyck. Anna Blom demanded payment of 20 beaver skins from him, as did Herman Vedder who demanded 100 schepels of oats. Harmen seized the grain belonging to Jan and the parties agreed about a future settlement. The following spring Jan was back in Albany, selling to Goosen Gerritse Van Schaick 7 head of cattle for 580 guilders payable in beaver skins.

By 25 April 1663 he owned land at Esopus [Kingston]. On 11 June 1667 Jan patented land near Hurley. On 10 Sept. 1684 both parcels of land sold to the heirs of Cornelius Wyncoop. On 7 June 1663 the Indian massacre of Wildwyck occured, and Jan Weever signed on to a military company as a cadet.

Next Jan became a tenant of Volkert Janse Douw and Jan Tomassen Mingael on the Island Schodack. In the summer of 1671 it was recorded that milk and butter had been stolen from the farm of Jan Martensen at Catskill. Around this time Jan was found living at Kinderhook, where with Hendrick Meesen Vrooman, he was made supervisor of roads on 10 Feb. 1670. On 21 Feb. 1671, Derckien Hermanse BOERTGENS, Jan's wife, acknowledged owing Goosen Gerritse 318 guilders or beaver skins, for which she pledged her "winter wheat, house, barn, ricks, land, and soil behind Kinderhook".

On 31 May 1671 Jan purchased from Robert Orchard and Jannecken Donckers "a certain parcel of land lying behind Kinderhook, adjoining to the south Dirck De Sweed [aka Dirk Hendrickse Bye] to the west Jacob martense and the kil and easterly a little brook dividing the same from the land of Andries Hanse [Sharp]" for the sum of 70 beaver skins. Derckine Hermanse acknowledged her debt to Jan Bruyns for that amount and promised to pay "thirty next spring, 1672, and the remaining forty beaver skins also in the spring". In default of this payment, she promised to pay as interest 4 beaver skins a year and if she could not pay in beaver skins then with good winter wheat "at beaver and market price, therefore pledging specially her land and bowery behind Kinderhook".

On 7 Feb. 1675, Herman Bastiaensen Visscher was given a contract to build a house at Kinderhook for Jan Martensen, and later on 14 March 1676 he received pay for building a barn and clearing land.

In 1683 the records of the Albany Dutch Reformed Church show that Jan Martensen, his wife and all of his children except Herman, were members. In Sept. 1682 Derckien de Wever was paid for board and care of Jan Cornelissen. Again in Sept. 1684 Jan Martense was paid 135 guilders for three months board of Jan Cornelissen.

On 16 June 1697 Jan de Wever was a resident in the Rensselaerswyck colony with two children and no women in his family. It would appear his wife was dead at this point, and whether the children were grandchildren or children is not known. Tradition states that Jan died about 1698 and both he and his wife were buried under the church at Kinderhook.

The surname VAN ALSTYNE does not appear until 1689 in Albany church records. Prior to that date, Jan used the patronymic Martensen, meaning son of Marten. His children used Janse or Jansen, meaning son of Jan. The surname has been found as Van Alstyn, Van Valsteyn, Van Aalstein, Van Aelstein and VAn Alstyne. Herman Jansen continued the name without the Van, and in some cases it became Alston.

The children of Jan Martense Van Alstyne and Derckien Hermanse Boertgens were:

(1) Jan Janse VAN ALSTYNE baptized 22 Aug 1647 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands, died young.

(2) Herman VAN ALSTYNE aka Van Mepplen baptized 9 Jul 1648 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands. He married 5 Jul 1682 to Brechtje ELSWAERT. His second wife was Geesje SHUUERMANS.

(3) Abraham VAN ALSTYNE baptized about 1650 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands. He married 8 Sep 1684 to a daughter of Jacob Janazen VAN NOESTRAND. His second marriage on 17 Jan 1694 was to Marritje VAN DEUSEN.

(4) Lambert Janse VAN ALSTYNE was born circa 1652 and died 16 Oct 1703. He married circa 1682 to Jannetje Thomase MINSAR, the daughter of Thomas Janszen Minsar and Marritje Abrahamse Van Deursen.

(5) Marten Janse VAN ALSTYNE was baptized 18 Jul 1655 New Amsterdam. He died 1765. About 1678 he married to Jannetje Cornelis BOGAERT.

(6) Isaac Janse de Wever VAN ALSTYNE was born 16 Jul 1657 Albany, NY. He died 4 Jan 1746. He married first 20 Oct 1689, Albany, NY to Marritje Abbedis VOSBURGH, daughter of Abraham Pieterse Vosburgh and Geertruy Pieterse Coeymans. He married second 20 Feb 1698 Albany, NY to Jannetje Jochemse Van Valkenburgh, the daughter of Jochem Van Valkenburg and Eva Hendrickse Vrooman.

(7) Dorothea Janse VAN ALSTYNE was born 1659 and married 7 May 1678 Kinderhook to Jacob Abraham VOSBURGH (~1654-), the son of Abraham Pieterse Vosburgh and Geetruy Pieterse Coeymans.

(8) Flammetje VAN ALSTYNE born about 1661 New Amsterdam, NY.

(9) Teuntje VAN ALSTYNE born about 1663 New Amsterdam, NY.

--------------------

The children of Jan Martense Van Alstyne and Derckien Hermanse Boertgens were:

(1) Jan Janse VAN ALSTYNE baptized 22 Aug 1647 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands, died young.

(2) Herman VAN ALSTYNE aka Van Mepplen baptized 9 Jul 1648 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands. He married 5 Jul 1682 to Brechtje ELSWAERT. His second wife was Geesje SHUUERMANS.

(3) Abraham VAN ALSTYNE baptized about 1650 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands. He married 8 Sep 1684 to a daughter of Jacob Janazen VAN NOESTRAND. His second marriage on 17 Jan 1694 was to Marritje VAN DEUSEN.

(4) Lambert Janse VAN ALSTYNE was born circa 1652 and died 16 Oct 1703. He married circa 1682 to Jannetje Thomase MINSAR, the daughter of Thomas Janszen Minsar and Marritje Abrahamse Van Deursen.

(5) Marten Janse VAN ALSTYNE was baptized 18 Jul 1655 New Amsterdam. He died 1765. About 1678 he married to Jannetje Cornelis BOGAERT.

(6) Isaac Janse de Wever VAN ALSTYNE was born 16 Jul 1657 Albany, NY. He died 4 Jan 1746. He married first 20 Oct 1689, Albany, NY to Marritje Abbedis VOSBURGH, daughter of Abraham Pieterse Vosburgh and Geertruy Pieterse Coeymans. He married second 20 Feb 1698 Albany, NY to Jannetje Jochemse Van Valkenburgh, the daughter of Jochem Van Valkenburg and Eva Hendrickse Vrooman.

(7) Dorothea Janse VAN ALSTYNE was born 1659 and married 7 May 1678 Kinderhook to Jacob Abraham VOSBURGH (~1654-), the son of Abraham Pieterse Vosburgh and Geetruy Pieterse Coeymans.

(8) Flammetje VAN ALSTYNE born about 1661 New Amsterdam, NY.

(9) Teuntje VAN ALSTYNE born about 1663 New Amsterdam, NY.

First Generation

Marten VAN ALSTYNE was born circa 1591. He was of Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands and married circa 1617 to an unknown woman.

Second Generation

The children of Marten Van Alstyne included:

(1) Catalyntje Martense VAN ALSTYNE born about 1618 and died 1648. She married 1635 Gelderland, the Netherlands to Cornelis Maessen VAN BUREN, son of Bartolomeus aka Maes Van Buren.

(2) Jannetje Martense VAN ALSTYNE married to Jan Thomas MINGAEL from Wedbek, Holstein.

(3) Jan de Wever aka Jan Martense VAN ALSTYNE was born about 1623 Meppel, Drenthe Province, the Netherlands. He was the immigrant ancestor of the Van Alstyne family in America. He and his wife, Derckien Hermanse BOERTGENS and at least two children came to the New York area from Drenthe Province in 1655. On 18 Jul 1655, a son Marten was baptized at New Amsterdam.

Jan came to Wildwyck [Kingston] New York and his name appears on Albany court records 4 Apr. 1656, then in October the same year, he is found living in Beverwyck [Albany]. Jan became a trader, and on 1 May, 1658 he purchased the yacht HOPE from Pieter Lourensen.

He and his wife were fined on several occasions for selling beer to the Indians, and once he was fined for selling brandy "after the ringing of the bell and during the sermon". Jan's wife was in charge during her husband's many absences and she often gave mortgages, made sales and bought land, always signing as "Derckien Hermanse" which means Derckien, daughter of a man named Herman.

On 10 Feb. 1657 Andreis Harpersn gave to Jan Martense alias de Wever, a right and title to a house bought at auction from Jurriaen Theussen/Tappen.In 1660 Jan mortgaged his house, lot and garden in the village of Beverwyck to Nicholas de Meyer and Jan Bastiaensen Van Gudsenhoven, owing the former 576 guilders in beaver skins and to the latter 1042 guilders, 2 stivers and 8 pennies. Jan's Albany real estate was held until 7 Feb. 1694 when he sold it to Mees Hogeboom for 15 pounds. This property was described as being without the north gate, bounded west by the street to Rensselaer's mill, north by the creek, east by the Marselis property and south by the road to the river.

On 28 March 1662 Jan was raising corn and grain in Wildwyck. Anna Blom demanded payment of 20 beaver skins from him, as did Herman Vedder who demanded 100 schepels of oats. Harmen seized the grain belonging to Jan and the parties agreed about a future settlement. The following spring Jan was back in Albany, selling to Goosen Gerritse Van Schaick 7 head of cattle for 580 guilders payable in beaver skins.

By 25 April 1663 he owned land at Esopus [Kingston]. On 11 June 1667 Jan patented land near Hurley. On 10 Sept. 1684 both parcels of land sold to the heirs of Cornelius Wyncoop. On 7 June 1663 the Indian massacre of Wildwyck occured, and Jan Weever signed on to a military company as a cadet.

Next Jan became a tenant of Volkert Janse Douw and Jan Tomassen Mingael on the Island Schodack. In the summer of 1671 it was recorded that milk and butter had been stolen from the farm of Jan Martensen at Catskill. Around this time Jan was found living at Kinderhook, where with Hendrick Meesen Vrooman, he was made supervisor of roads on 10 Feb. 1670. On 21 Feb. 1671, Derckien Hermanse BOERTGENS, Jan's wife, acknowledged owing Goosen Gerritse 318 guilders or beaver skins, for which she pledged her "winter wheat, house, barn, ricks, land, and soil behind Kinderhook".

On 31 May 1671 Jan purchased from Robert Orchard and Jannecken Donckers "a certain parcel of land lying behind Kinderhook, adjoining to the south Dirck De Sweed [aka Dirk Hendrickse Bye] to the west Jacob martense and the kil and easterly a little brook dividing the same from the land of Andries Hanse [Sharp]" for the sum of 70 beaver skins. Derckine Hermanse acknowledged her debt to Jan Bruyns for that amount and promised to pay "thirty next spring, 1672, and the remaining forty beaver skins also in the spring". In default of this payment, she promised to pay as interest 4 beaver skins a year and if she could not pay in beaver skins then with good winter wheat "at beaver and market price, therefore pledging specially her land and bowery behind Kinderhook".

On 7 Feb. 1675, Herman Bastiaensen Visscher was given a contract to build a house at Kinderhook for Jan Martensen, and later on 14 March 1676 he received pay for building a barn and clearing land.

In 1683 the records of the Albany Dutch Reformed Church show that Jan Martensen, his wife and all of his children except Herman, were members. In Sept. 1682 Derckien de Wever was paid for board and care of Jan Cornelissen. Again in Sept. 1684 Jan Martense was paid 135 guilders for three months board of Jan Cornelissen.

On 16 June 1697 Jan de Wever was a resident in the Rensselaerswyck colony with two children and no women in his family. It would appear his wife was dead at this point, and whether the children were grandchildren or children is not known. Tradition states that Jan died about 1698 and both he and his wife were buried under the church at Kinderhook.

The surname VAN ALSTYNE does not appear until 1689 in Albany church records. Prior to that date, Jan used the patronymic Martensen, meaning son of Marten. His children used Janse or Jansen, meaning son of Jan. The surname has been found as Van Alstyn, Van Valsteyn, Van Aalstein, Van Aelstein and VAn Alstyne. Herman Jansen continued the name without the Van, and in some cases it became Alston. -------------------- Jan MARTENSE (Jan s/o Marten) was also known as Jan DE WEVER (the weaver) in Colonial New York. He is the immigrant ancestor of the VAN ALSTYNE family. His wife was identified as Dirkje (sometimes written as Dirckien) Harmensdr. (or Harmense, meaning d/o Harmen) BOERTGENS, in a notorial paper dated 24 May 1658 at Amsterdam. [Source: Random Notes Concerning Settlers Of Dutch Descent by William J. Hoffman, in New World Immigrants: A Consolidation Of Ship Passenger Lists And Associated Data From Periodical Literature edited by Michael Tepper (2 vols).] Jan and Dirkje were from Meppel, Netherlands and they came to the New World with at least 2 children. The first time we see them in New York in 18 July 1655 when a son Marten was baptised at New Amsterdam. Jan died about 1698 and is buried at Kinderhook, NY beneath the Dutch Reformed Church. Dirckje Harmense BOERTGENS died about 1682 and is also buried there. Children:

•Jan Janse VAN ALSTYNE
Bpt 22 Aug 1647 Meppel, Drenth, Netherlands

•Herman Janse VAN ALSTYNE aka VAN MEPPELEN

Bpt 9 Jul 1648 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands 
Resided In Albany, NY
Married (1) 5 Jul 1682 New York, NY  Brechtje ELSWAERT
Married (2) 7 Nov. 1688 New York, NY Geesje SCHUUERMANS 

•Abraham Janse VAN ALSTYNE

born circa 1650 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands 
Married 8 Sep 1684 unknown VAN NOESTRAND
Daughter Of Jacob Janszen VAN NOESTRAND
Married (2) 17 Jan 1694 Albany New York Marritje VAN DEUSEN 

•Lambert Jansen VAN ALSTYNE

Born About 1652
Died 16 Oct 1703
Married Circa 1682 Jannetje MINGAEL
Baptized 18 Jan 1660
Daughter Of Thomas Jansen MINGAEL and Marritje Abrahamse VAN DEURSEN 
[She married second Jochem Lambertse VAN VALKENBURG the widower of Eva Hendrickse VROOMAN] 

•Marten Janse VAN ALSTYNE

Bpt 18 Jul 1655 New Amsterdam, NY 
Married 1 circa 1678 FN 3 Jannetje Cornelis BOGAERT
Married 2 5 Dec. 1705 Albany New York Cornelia Van Den Bergh 

•Isaac Janse VAN ALSTYNE

Born 16 Jul 1657 Albany, NY
Died 4 Jan 1746
Married (1) 20 Oct 1689 Albany, Ny  Maritie Abrahamse VOSBURGH
Dau of Abraham Pieterse VOSBURGH & Geertruy Pieterse COEYMANS 

married (2) Jannetjie Jochemse VAN VALKENBURG

Dau. of Jochem Lambertse VAN VALKENBURG & Eva Hendrickse VROOMAN 

•Dorothea Janse VAN ALSTYNE

Born 1659
Married 7 May 1678 Jacob Abraham VOSBURGH
Born circa 1654
Resided Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY
Died 15 Oct 1732 Linlithgo, Columbia Co., NY

•Flammetje VAN ALSTYNE

Born About 1661 New Amsterdam, NY  

•Teuntje VAN ALSTYNE

Born About 1663 New Amsterdam, NY  
view all 19

Jan Martense Van Alstyne's Timeline

1623
1623
Meppel, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands
1630
1630
Age 7
NY, USA
1644
1644
Age 21
The Netherlands
1646
1646
Age 23
Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands
1647
1647
Age 24
Meppel, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands
1648
July 9, 1648
Age 25
Meppel, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands
1650
1650
Age 27
Meppel, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands
1652
1652
Age 29
Kinderhook, Columbia, NY, USA
1655
July 18, 1655
Age 32
Kinderhook, Columbia, NY, USA
1655
- 1655
Age 32