Jan Cornelissen van Tassel (c.1625 - c.1704) MP

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Nicknames: "Jan Cornelius van Tassel", "John Cornelius van Tassel", "Jan Cornelius van Texel", "Jan Cornellissen Van Texel"
Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States
Birthplace: Fort Amsterdam, Mahattan Island, New York
Death: Died in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States
Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy, Vol. Curator
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About Jan Cornelissen van Tassel

http://www.gardnerz.org/famhist/grandpa/pafg324.htm#8994 JAN CORNELIUS3 VAN TEXEL (CORNELIUS JENSEN2, JAN1) was born 1625 in New York, Fort Amsterdam, Mahattan Island, New York, and died 1704 in Midwont, Flatbush, New York. He married ANNETJE ALBERTS May 01, 1657 in Tarry Town, Westchester, New York, daughter of ALBERT ALBERTS and GRIETJA STEVENKONIN.

Biography

Born about 1625, first American-born Van Texel. His father bound him to Hendrick Harmensen for the term of 7 consecutive years. Jan Cornelius lived at Midwond (Flatbush), Long Island. It was there he married and his children were born. Married Annetje Alberts. They became members of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow when it was organized about 1697. He was at one time a Deacon and at another Elder of the church. Jan Cornelius, alone represents his generation as American born and his children form the second generation. His name appears on the Flatbush records as Jan Cornelissen Van Texel and as Jan Cornelius Van Texel. On the 12 day of March, 1661 he got a grant of 60 morgens (120 acres) of land at that place and on the 26th of October, 1664, his land is referred to. He was later allotted in pursuance of the patent at Flatbush, 23 morgans (46 acres) of land in the said town-on the south side of the Bowery of Bastel Classen with plain land and salt meadow. He sold it January 20, 1670 to Aucke Janse Van Meyse.

Children of JAN VAN TEXEL and ANNETJE ALBERTS are:

3. i. CATRINA4 VAN TASSEL, b. 1664, Midwont, Flatbush, New York.

4. ii. CORNELIUS VAN TASSEL, b. 1667, Flatbush, Midwont, Long Island Col, New York; d. WFT Est. 1725-1759.

 	iii. 	  	SARA VAN TASSEL, b. 1670; d. WFT Est. 1671-1764.
 	iv. 	  	MARGARET GRIETJE VAN TASSEL, b. 1672.

5. v. JACOB VAN TASSEL, b. July 23, 1676.

 	vi. 	  	WILLEM VAN TASSEL, b. October 06, 1678; d. WFT Est. 1679-1768.
 	vii. 	  	ANNETJE VAN TASSEL, b. October 09, 1683; d. WFT Est. 1684-1777.
 	viii. 	  	CATRINA VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1664; d. WFT Est. 1665-1758.
 	ix. 	  	SARA VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1670; d. WFT Est. 1671-1764.
 	x. 	  	GRIETJE VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1672; d. WFT Est. 1673-1766.
 	xi. 	  	JACOB VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1676; d. WFT Est. 1677-1766.
 	xii. 	  	JAN VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1678; d. WFT Est. 1679-1768.
 	xiii. 	  	WILLEM VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1678; d. WFT Est. 1679-1768.
 	xiv. 	  	ANNETJE VAN TEXEL, b. Abt. 1683; d. WFT Est. 1684-1777.

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Jan Cornelius (Cornelius) VAN TEXEL b. 1625 d. 1704; married Annetje (dau. of Albert and Grietje (STEVENKONIN) ALBERTS bp. 3 June 1640; occupied a farm comprising nearly all of the Village of Sing Sing;

They became members of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow when organized aboutt. 1697; Deacon and Elder of the Church;

Children all born in Flatbush, Long Island, bp. First Dutch Church, Fort Amsterdam:

1. Catrina VAN TEXEL b. abt. 1665; md. Hendrick LENT.

2. Cornelius VAN TEXEL b. abt. 1667; md./1 Antje (dau. of Dirck and Maria Peters (VAN MONTFORT)) STORM; md./2 Meyntje KRANKHEYT (CRANKHEYT).

3. Sara VAN TEXEL b. abt. 1670; md. Barent DE WITT b. 18 Jan. 1666 Netherlands d. aft 1723 Raritan, NJ.

4. Grietje (Margaret) VAN TEXEL b. abt. 1672; md. Peter (son of Dirck and Maria Peters VAN MONTFORT)) STORM.

5. Jacob VAN TEXEL bp. 23 July 1676 d. bef. 1723; md. 1697 Aeltie (dau. of Dirck and Maria Peters VAN MONTFORT)) STORM.

6. Jan VAN TEXEL bp. 1 May 1678 d. 1727; md. 5 Oct. 1700 Catherina SPRINGSTEEN b. 6 Apr. 1684.

7. Willem Willem (William) VAN TEXEL bp. 6 Oct. 1678; md. Weyntie (dau. of Abraham) KRANKHEYT (CRANKHEYT).

8. Annetje VAN TEXEL bp. 9 Oct. 1683.

Fight with Rutgert Jansen

He came to blows with Rutgert Jansen, who called him an "Indian dog."

"The Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Jan Cornelisen and Rutgert Jansen, defts. The schout states, that about half a year ago Rutgert Jansen was beaten by Jan Cornelisen, so that the blood flowed, where-upon they were at law together, and the Court ordered, as Jan Cornelisen said, that Rutgert Jansen abused him as an Indian dog, from which the fight arose, that Jan Cornelisen should prove it, whereupon there was no result--demanding the fine thereon affixed, and that Jan Cornelisen shall be further condemned to pay Rutgert Jansen for smart and pain according to aforesaid Rutgert Jansen's petition exhibited in writing to the Court. Deft. Jan Cornelisen answers, he can prove that Rutgert Jansen had abusively called him an Indian dog. The Court orders him to produce his proof, which he does, and to this end: Joannes Withart appears, who declares, he heard and saw Rutgert Jansen and Jan Cornelisen having hard words together, and heard say, Indian and Indian dog and such like, whereupon blows followed. Jan Cornelissen says further, that he called Rutgert Jansen Spitter Baard, as the abovenamed Rutgert Jans was so named throughout the whole of Flatbush, and he, Rutgert Jansen, called him an Indian dog. The Court condemns the deft. Jan Cornelisen to pay the Officer as a fine the sum of 12 gl. for having struck Rutgert Jansen, and Rutgert Jansen to pay the Officer for his foul and abusive language the sum of six guilders; Rutgert Jansen's further demand is dismissed." --------------------

  At the time of the first Dutch and English settlers, Long Island was occupied by a number of Indian tribes.For the most part these tribes were peaceful and friendly toward the newcomers. War like action on their part can be traced to outside influences;cruelty of the settlers, usually Dutch, under the government of Director-General KIEFT,goading by the warlike tribes of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, and the fire-water of the Europeans.Lion GARDINIER was on good terms with all the tribes but in particular the Montauks under the leadership of the Sachem WYANDANCH.Following the battle at the mouth of the Mystic River,Conn., where Englishmen attempted to settle on land bought by the Dutch from the Indians,WYANDANCH came to GARDINIER to ask if he were "angry with all the Indians," and offered to pay tribute to the English in the interest of peace  Then began a close relationship and sincere friendship between Lion GARDiNIER and the Montaukatts.Not long after, GARDINIER bought from WYANDANCH, for a large black dog,a gun,some powder and shot, and a few Dutch blankets, the island of Honchonock, which has since borne the name. Gardiner' s Island. 
    WYANDANCH had already given GARDINIER in recognition of GARDINIER's chivalrous rescue of his daughter the entire territory later known as Smithfield and finally Smithtown. 
"When MIANTONOKAH, chief of the Narragansetts tried to draw the Montauketts into plots against the English, they repeatedly disclosed to their new friends the plans of their hereditary enemies WYANDANCH at his death made him (GARDINIER) the guardian of his heir, the young WEONCOMBONE, and during the regency of his mother, the Sachem-squa, her acts were valid only as confirmed by GARDINIER." WYANDANCH, the Great Sachem of Long Island,died in 1659. (History of Long Island from its Discovery and Settlement to the ?resent Time by Benjamen F.Thompson,3rd edition, N.Y.,Robert H. Dodd 1918) 
    The young Indian girl WUCHIKITTAWBUT, stolen on her wedding day by NINIGRET, Chief of the Narragansetts and rescued by GARDINIER became the wife of Jan Cornelius VAN TASSEL and was known from then on as CATONERAS. 
    After their marriage, Jan Cornelius and Catoneras claimed ownership of part of Long Island and settled on the North Shore of the Sound at a place called Eaton's Neck in Suffolk County. Cornelius Jensen Van tassel was selected to represent the Long Island Indians before the commissioners appointed to settle the wars among the Pequots,Narragansetts and other tribes and was present at meetings of the Commissioners held at Boston and elsewhere.Only one child of this marriage is known, Jan Cornelius, the first of the family born in America and whose indenture papers establish the probable year of the family's arrival in the New World Catoneras died shortly after her father's death in 1659. 
    The son, Jan Cornelius, married Annetje ALBERTS,daughter of Albert KONING.baptised 3 June 1640, and lived in Midwont (Flatbush). He appears in Flatbush records as Jan Cornelissen,Jan Janssen,J.C.,and variously TEXEL, VAN TEXEL and VAN TASSEL. Among the records concerning land transactions of Jan Cornelius are: 
1661,12 March - Grant of 60 morgens (120 acres) in Flatbush. 
1664,26 October - Later allotted in persuance of patent at Flatbush 23 morgens (46 acres) on the south side of the bowery of Bastel CLASSEN. The holding was plain land and salt meadow. This was sold on 20 January,1670 to Auchs Janse Van MYSE.(Liber A page 15 Flatbush Records) 
1670,14 March - Allotted a building lot at Flatbush which was sold the following May to Hendrick KIP.(Liber A Flatbush Records) 
1685-Survey of tract of land east of the town of Huntington, Long Island allotted to him by the Indians.(Calendar of Colonial Minutes page 45) 
1685,8 October-Papers before Council for patents at Haverstraw. (Calendar of Colcnial Minutes page 106) 
1685,13 October Granted land east side of Hudson next to S. Van CORTLANDT.(Calendar of Colonial Minutes page 45) 
1695 - Jan Cornelius VAN TASSEL and Lucas TIENHAVEN request license to purchase Indian land on Hackensack Creek in Orange County. Survey of land purchase ordered. (Calendar of Colonial Minutes page 106)
    VAN TASSEL had requested 100,000 acres. The Council felt this was too much and agreed that each was to have 1000 acres.(Calendar of Colonial Minutes page 109) 
1702-Jan Cornelius VAN TASSEL and Other5 request license to purchase Indian lands in Suffolk County,Long Island. (Calendar of Colonial Minutes page 167) 
1705- Petition for Patent 4 miles wide on the Sound "From the Sound running into the wood 6 miles or thereabout. (Land Papers page 77) 
   The original form of the family name, "Van Texel" - of Texel indicates that the general ancestor was born, or for a time resided on the well known island of that name, situated off the coast of Holland. 
   This surname, the latinized form of which was Texelius, had become fixed upon the family long before the Dutch established a trading post upon Manhattan Island. The family also had a coat of arms which was recorded. 
   Among the very early settlers in the New Netherlands from Holland was a member of the Van Texel family. He was generally known as Cornelis Jansen, that is, Cornelis son of Jan. Once only, and that in a legal document, a copy of which is hearafter given, does his full name appear. He is the first American Ancestor. 
   The year of his coming cannot be exactly fixed, as the records of that time are incomplete. But he must have come over in one of the Dutch vessels which commenced trading with the Indians shortly after Hendrick Hudson, in 1609 sailed up the River which bears his name, and could not have arrived in this country later than 1624. In all probability he came over a few years earlier. From papers examined it is the belief that he came here from the province of North Holland, in the Netherlands. 
   The following agreement, the original of which was contained in Volume one of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts, on file in the Archives Room of the New York State Library in the Capital, Albany, N.Y., until it was burned in the great fire of March 29, 1911, which partially destroyed the Library. It reads as follows: "This day, date underwritten, in the presence of the underwritten witnesses, have amicably agreed and covenanted in manner as followeth: 
   Cornelis Jansen Van Texel binds his son, Jan Cornelissen, to Hendrick Harmensen, and for the term of seven consecutive years; who also acknowledged to have accepted the above named Jan Cornelissen for the above mentioned term, with the express promise that he, Hendrick Harmensen, shall take care of the boy, as if he were his own son, during the seven years aforesaid. Also Cornelis Jansen shall not have power to take his son from the above named Hendrick Harmensen, but only whenever the above mentioned time shall be expired. 
   "For all that is aforesaid, parties on either side shall, at the expiration of the aforesaid years, have no claim the one against the other, nor any manner of demand. 
   Although the volume containing the original contract was burned, a copy of it, made by Dr. E. B. OCallahan, for the state, is now on file in the manuscript section of the State Library. 
   When Cornelis Jansen Van Texel came to the New Netherlands he went to Long Island, where he resided, so far as known, the rest of his life. From a study of papers, copies of which will hereafter appear, we learn that Jansen married an Indian girl named "Catoneras", the daughter of the Sachem or chief of a tribe of Indians which then lived on , and claimed ownership to that portion of Long Island, situated along the north shore, or sound, about Eaton's Neck in Suffolk County." 
   Jan Cornelius and Annetie had at least 8 children. All the children were baptized in the First Dutch Church of New Amsterdam. In 1687 while living in Orange County, he took the oath of Allegience and some time before the census of 1702 he crossed the river to live at Van Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County.The Indians called the place Meahagh, the Dutch called it Verplanck's Point.Just to the east was Appainaghpogh and it is from Appamaghpogh that the tax collector recorded "Received from J.C.VanTassel, by the hand of Stevan Courtlandt sum of nine pounds, first of four first taxes and of such proportions of the same as become payable out of Westchester County and town of Appamnepoe I so received the 31st July 1694. "signed Chidley Brorie, Col.(Leber B of Deeds page 231 Westchester County Registers Office) 
    In their petition to join the church at Sleepy Hollow they state they have nine children but only eight are registered.Jan Cornelius died in 1704 and both he and Annetie are buried in the Sleepy Hollow Churchyard, Tarrytown Westchester County,New York. 
   The exact date of the birth of Jan Cornelissen Van Texel, who is the first American born Ancestor, is unknown, but judging by the apprenticeship paper, a copy of which has been given, and the general custom in such cases, it is the best opinion that at the end of the term of seven years apprenticeship to Hendrick Harmensen, Jan Cornelissen was twenty one years old. From this it is concluded that he was fourteen years old in 1639 and was born in 1625. His father was born in Holland about 1600. 
   Jan Cornelissen lived in Midwont (Flatbush) Long Island. It was there that he married his wife, Annetje Alberts, and his children were born there.  His name appears on the Flatbush records as Jan Cornelissen and as Jan Cornelissen Van Texel. On the 12th of March, 1661, he got a grant of 60 morgens (120 acres) of land at that place, and on the 26th of October 1664, his orchard is referred to. 
   He was later allotted, in pursuance of the patent of Flatbush "23 Morgens (46 acres) of land in said town, on the south side of the bowery of Bastel Claessen, with plain land and salt meadow." He sold it January 20, 1670 to Aucke Janse Van Meyse. Liber A page 15 Flatbush Records.  On the 14th of March, 1670, he was allotted a building lot at Flatbush, which he sold the 15th of the following May to Hendrick Kip. 
   Not long after this sale to Kip, Jan Cornelissen removed with his family to Westchester County, and settled on the east bank of the Hudson River in that portion of the present town of Cortlandt which the Indians called "Meahagh." It later became known as Verplank's Point. The lands immediately east of "Meahagh" bore the Indian name of "Appamaghpogh." After Steven Van Courtlandt had purchased Meahagh and Appamaghpogh of the Indians, August 24, 1683, the whole territory seems, for a short time, to have been called by the latter name. 
   Jan Cornelissen was for a time Collector of taxes for the town of "Appomaepoe." One of his receipts which is recorded in Liber B. of Deeds page 231, Westchester County Register's office, reads as follows: 

"Received from John Cornelious Van Texel, by the hand of Steven Courtland, the sum of nine pounds, out of the four first taxes, and of such proportions of the same as became payable out of Westchester County and town of Appamaepoe. I say received this 31st of July 1694 Chidley Brooke Col."

Parts of the above were taken from the work of Daniel Van Tassel entitled: "Genealogy of the Van Texel/Van Tassel family in America, 1625-1900."

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Jan van Tassel's Timeline

1625
1625
Fort Amsterdam, Mahattan Island, New York
1657
May 1, 1657
Age 32
Midwont,Flatbush,New York,USA
1664
1664
Age 39
Flatbush, Midwont, Long Island, New York
1668
January 7, 1668
Age 43
Midwont, Flatbush, Long Island, New York
January 7, 1668
Age 43
Flatbush, Long Island, New York
1670
March 3, 1670
Age 45
Midwout, Flatbush, New York, USA
1672
1672
Age 47
1672
Age 47
Montgomery, New York
1676
July 23, 1676
Age 51
Flatbush, Long Island, New York
1678
May 1, 1678
Age 53
Cortland Manor, West, New York, USA