Jan Dircksen Meyer (c.1630 - 1700)

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Birthplace: Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
Occupation: painter
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About Jan Dircksen Meyer

Jan Dircksen Meyer

New Amsterdam Immigrant

-------------------- His son Pieter was born in New York in 1657.

• (from the Cornelius Mitchell genealogy) New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vols. 4, 9, 61. .Annals of Newtown, by James Riker, Jr. JAN DIRCKSZEN MEYER (468) Jan Dirckszen Meyer, obviously son of a Direk Meyer, is the earliest ancestor in this line of whom we find any record. He was born, probably in Amsterdam, Holland. The date of his death is uncertain. He was living Feburary 26, 1689 a n d had died prior to June 12, 1700. He married Tryntje (Catharina) Grevenraedt (469) probably in Amsterdam, Holland. They came to New Amsterdam after the birth of their second child. Jan married second, Badatje Kip, widow of Jan Wanshaer, November 25, 1677. He was variously known under the following names: Jan Janszen van St. Obyn or van St. Cubis or van St. Ubus or Jan van Sara or Jan Wanshaer van St. Beuen or Jan Wanshaer (sometimes written Manshaer) or Jan de Caper (i.e. in English Jan The Sailor). To understand this confusion of names we quote from Annals of Newtown, by James Riker, Jr., page 265, as follows: "Many of the original Dutch settlers in this country were destitute of family or surnames, while others who had them, frequently neglected to use them, and instead adopted their patronymic, or in other words, formed a surname of the christian name of the father (usually but not always) adding to it either sen, se, sz, or z, all of which when thus used had the same meaning and signified son. Hence, for example, the name Joris Jansen was understood to mean Joris the son of Jan, and Pieter Claesz, Pieter the son of Claes. The effect of this custom, after the second generation, was to create confusion by producing as many surnames or patronymics in the several branches of the family as they had baptismal names. It was probably to correct this evil and preserve the identity of the families that the Dutch inhabitants, just before the beginning of the eighteenth century, dropped this custom, and either resumed their proper surnames, or adopted one, or else retained the patronymic then in use in the family, as a permanent name for themselves and their offspring." (Compiler's note: Where the word van is used above, it is probably a place name, i.e., where Jan lived at one time or another. See under Van Beuren for explanation.) There is reason to believe that Jan Meyer was a painter and that he was admitted to the rights of small burgher on April 14, 1659. His wealth at the time of the final cession of New York to the English in 1674 has been estimated at $2000. He resided then in the present Bridge Street but in 1686 he was living in Stone Street between Whitehall and Broad.

•The children of Jan Dirckszen Meyer and Tryntje were: 1. Andries, born in Amsterdam, Holland, date unknown; m. Vrouwtje Iden Van der Vorst (or Van Vorst). The date of his death is not known. 2. Dirckje (sometimes called Dirckje Jans), born in Amsterdam, Holland; m. June 3 or June 20, 1670, Enoch Michielszen (or Vreeland). She died October 5, 1688. 3. Johannes, baptized in the Dutch Church in New Amsterdam, February 25, 1652. He was called in the baptismal record son of Jan Dirckszen. The mother's name is not mentioned in the record. 4. Lysbeth, baptized January 31, 1655. She was called daughter of Jan Dircksen in the baptismal record. Mother's name not mentioned in the record. 5. Pieter (234), baptized March 25, 1657. 6. Elsje, baptized February 25, 1663. No further record. Not to be confused with Elsje Meyer, a daughter of Andries Meyer who married Evert Duyking on February 3, 1704.

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The name of Meyers (or Myer) is a very ancient and common one both in Germany and Holland, and is supposed to take its derivation from Meyer, a country Mayor, or Sheriff, sometimes, though rarely, translated Farmer ; Meyery, a Manor, Mayoralty, or Lordship ; or, perhaps, from Meir, a lake. Its exact designation among the individuals here given, we have not more definitely attempted to trace. The orthography varies in the same family, but the most common form of the name as it appears in the records is Meyer and Myer. There were four persons,* early resi- dents of New Amsterdam, who do not appear to have been related to each other, but from whom sprung four distinct lines of this family in New York. These Were Jillis (or Gillis) Pieterszen [Meyer], Jan Dirckszen Meyer, Marten Janszen Meyer, and Adolf Meyer

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Jan Dircksen Meyer's Timeline

1630
1630
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
1647
1647
Age 17
NEW NETHERLANDS
1650
1650
Age 20
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland
1653
1653
Age 23
Holland, Reusel-de Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
1655
1655
Age 25
New Amsterdam, New York City, New York, Ny
1655
Age 25
New York
1657
March 25, 1657
Age 27
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland
1673
1673
Age 43
New York
1700
January 17, 1700
Age 70
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA