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Nicknames: "Jan"
Birthplace: Leiden (Leyden), Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Death: Died in Schenectady, Albany, New York, USA
Cause of death: Jan and his wife were killed in the Schenectady Massacre
Occupation: Deacon, Justice of the Peace
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About Johannes (Jan) Rutgerse Pootman

Jan Putman was the member of the family who came to America and was the forefather of the American branch of the Putman (Dutch) family. He was born in Delden in the Netherlands in 1645. In 1661, at age 16, he was apprenticed to Philip Hendrickse Brower of Albany, New York. He signed his own name to these papers after arriving in America. He was a man of some education and signed his name in a "clear and beautiful hand."

He was apprenticed for a three year period on September 14, 1661. It was common in those days to become an apprentice in exchange for passage to America. In 1662, he moved with Brower and was one of the early settlers in Schenectady, New York. Brower died in 1664 and Jan became a freeman.

Sometime in the early 1670s, Jan married Cornelia Brandt, a daughter of Arent Andres Brandt the Vice Governor of Renselaerwyck.

Jan was a Deacon of the Dutch Church and was a Justice of the Peace under the Leyster Administration. Both were very important positions at the time. He remained in Schenectady all his life. He owned considerable lands in the area. Years later, one of his sons sold some of the land and Union College was founded on that property.

On the night of February 8, 1690, the Indians made a surprise attack on the white settlers. Both Jan and his wife were killed in the Schenectady Massacre. He was forty five years of age at the time.

In 1661 he was sixteen years of age, and at that date a merchant of Albany. He and his wife were killed at the burning and massacre of Schenectady, February 8, 1690. He was apprenticed when a lad of sixteen years to Philip Hendrickse Brouwer, and on the removal of the latter to Schenectady went with him. Brouwer died early in 1664. The house lot of Jan Putman was on the north corner of Union and Ferry streets, Schenectady, and later he bought the one hundred feet next west of Jan Roeloffse, elder son of the noted Anneke Jans. He married Cornelia, born 1655, daughter of Arent Andresse and Catlyntje (De Vos) Bratt. Children: Arent, Maritje, Victor, David Cornelis, Catalyntje.

Other Notes: Although but sixteen, Jan signed his name "in a clear and beautiful hand", a somewhat unusual accomplishment for the time and place. Upon Brouwer's removal to Schenectady, the boy went with him. Brouwer died early in 1664. Eighty gulden a year was the recompense Putman received in lieu of outfit. Pearson already quoted largely, states that the house lot of Jan Putman, was on the north corner of Union and Ferry Streets, having a front of 100 feet on the former street; later he bought the 100 feet next west of Jan Roeloffse, son of the well known Anneke Janse". (See Cady quote above.) "In Colonial times the law of primogeniture prevailed in New York, thus the right to his father's lands fell to Arent, the eldest son. He, on 6 April, 1709, conveyed a part of the above described land to his brother Victoor". End. ***NOTE: A gulden was a unit of money in the Netherland. It was worth about 28 cents, when compared to our monies. The eighty gulden would have amounted to about $22.40 a year in those times. [W.T.P.]

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Johannes Pootman (also spelled Putman) was my 9th great-grandfather and according to family history arrived in the New World in 1661. Once in Albany, New York, Johannes (better known as Jan) was apprenticed to Phillip Hendrickse Brouwer for a period of three years. After moving with the Brower family to Schenectady, New York, Jan became a free man in 1664 when Brouwer died.

For the next 25 years, Jan built up a small fortune as a farmer and land owner. In the mid 1670's he married Cornelia Bradt, the daughter of Arent Andres Bradt, the Vice Governor of Renselaerwyck as Schenectady was called at that time. Over the course of 14 years they had six children: Arent Janse, Marietje, Victor Janse, David Cornelius, Cornelius Janse and Catalyntje.

In the early morning hours of February 2, 1690, a large group of Native Americans (mostly members of the Sault and Algonquin tribes) led by the French, descended upon an unprotected Schenectady. During the course of what is now known as the Schenectady Massacre, 60 people were killed including 38 men, 10 women and 12 children. Jan Pootman and Cornelia Bradt Pootman were among the dead, Cornelia having been scalped. Over 27 people were taken as prisoners and brought to Canada.

Fortunately, the children of Jan and Cornelia all survived the massacre on that fateful night. Not much is known as to who raised them but they each went on to have extensive families in the Albany and Schenectady area.

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Notes from Warren T. Putman.

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Notes for Johannes Putman ("Jan")

Putman, A.H.; "History of the Putman Family in the Netherlands"; 1736; p 2. Here we find a

John Putman, born 1645, to Rutger Putman and an unlisted mother. This document was

translated in December of 1898, by DeWitt C. Putman. It was published in "The Putnam

Leaflets"; Vol. III; # 2; in May of 1899, but copies are scarce and hard to find. Due to the fact

that so few copies are still extant, this manuscript was reprinted and indexed in 1989, by the

compiler of this record. [W.T.P.]

NOTE: Copies of the reprint have been distributed to the Library of Congress, and to several

of the large genealogical societies". [W.T.P.]

Genelogical records of The Holland Society of New York, as quoted in the "Memoirs" of

Joseph Wendell Putman, living in 1989, age 93, see page 2, Quote: "As indicated in the

genealogical records of the Holland Society of New York, our family history in America begins

with the arrival (about 1665) in New Amsterdam, of young Johannes Putman, a cabin boy on a

Dutch ship. The pros- pects for a Dominie's son in Holland were not good in that period, so he

jumped ship in New Amsterdam and, not relishing arrest and return to Holland, made his way to

the outpost stockade of Schenectady. In the next few years, he met and fell in love with

Cornelia Bradt (or Bratt). in the 1670's or 1680's they were married and lived in a cabin in the

southeast corner of the stockade (now the corner of Union and Ferry Streets). As a son of a

Dominie, I suppose he must have had a fair education, but I have no record of how Cornelia and

Johannes Putman lived". End quote.

Callaghan, E.B.; "Documentary History, State of New York"; 1849; Vol 1; p 305. Quote: "List

of ye people kild and destroyed by ye French of Canida and there Indians at Skinnechtady

between Sat. and Sun. ye 9th. of February, 1689/90. Joh. Potman kild and his wife kild and her

scalp taken off". End quote.

Callaghan, E.B.; "Documentary History, State of New York"; 1849; Vol 2; p 201. Quote: "List

of goods sent from New York and received from Mons. Jan Hendricksen Brujn and Johannes

Proofoost, to be distributed among the refugees of Schoonech- tede, to wit: LIST OF

OSENBURG LINEN "Johannes Pootman's children.... 70 ells". End quote.

Note: The ell was used chiefly for the measurement of cloth in England. It was equal to 45

inches by our measure. [W.T.P.]

Pearson, J; "Genealogies of the First Settlers of Schenectady" 1873; p 142, 143 Quote:

"POOTMAN (Putman)..Johannes (Jan), sixteen years of age in 1661, was app- rentised by Jan

Hendrickse Van Bael for three years to Philip Hendrickse Brouwer for his food and clothes. He

married Cornelia, daughter of Arent Andries Bratt and Catalyntje De Vos. His home lot, in the

village, was on the north corner of Union and Ferry streets, having 100 feet frontage on the

former street; later he purchased the 100 foot lot next west, of Jan Roeloffse (*), son of the

celebrated Anneke Janse." (* Jan Roeloffse De Goyer. [W.T.P.]) "On the fatal night of the 8th.

of February, 1690, both Pootman and his neighbor, Roloffse, with their wives, were slain by the

French and Indians. The following children were living in 1715, when they received their

mother's port- ion of her father's estate. (101 Pounds, 13 Shillings, 4 Pence.) Arent; Maritie she

married Stephen Beduet; Victoor; David; Cornelius; and Catalyntje, who marr- ied Cornelius

Post". End quote.

Putman, A.B.; Unpublished papers; 1870-1890; p 1; Bette Bradway; Schenectady.

Frothingham, W.; "History of Montgomery County"; 1892; p 110. Quote: "Putman (Pootman),

Johannes, (Jan), born 1645, lived in Albany 1661-- age 16 years. Moved to Schenectady 1662;

married Cornelia Bradt, daughter of Arent A. Bradt. Both massacred by Indians 1690." End

Quote.

Cady, Rev. Putnam; Unpublished papers; 1897; p 2; Montgomery Hist.; file 57K. Quote:

"Jan Roeloffse, the oldest son of the celebrated Anneke Janse, by her first marriage. He sold

subject to the life estate, of himself and wife. They had no children." End quote. [Jan Roeloffse

De Goyer, and his wife, were both slain during the Schenectady massacre of February 8/9,

1690.] [W.T.P.]

Putnam, E.; "A History of the Putnam Family in England and America"; 1908; Vol. II; pp 101

& 102. Quote: "Jan or Johannes Putman, of Schenectady, was the founder of the principal

‚utman family in America. His parentage is at present unknown. It is supposed he was born in

Holland in 1645. In 1661, he was 16 years of age, and at that date a resident of Albany. He

and his wife, were killed by Indians at the burn- ing of Schenectady, 8 February, 1690. He

married Cornelia, the daughter of Arent Andriese and Catalyntje Bratt, of Schenectady.". "On 14

September, 1661, Jan Hendrickse Van Bael apprenticed Jan Putman for three years to Philip

Hendrickse Brouwer. "Soo heeft Jan Hendr. Van Bael besteet ende Philip Hendr. Brouwer aen

genomen Johannes Pootman, jong gesel out jegenwordich omtrent sestien jaaren" to serve said

Brouwer, "van drye achtereen volgende jaaren". Although but sixteen, Jan signed his name "in

a clear and beautiful hand", a somewhat unusual accomplishment for the time and place. Upon

Brouwer's removal to Schenectady, the boy went with him. Brouwer died early in 1664. Eighty

gulden a year was the recompense Putman received in lieu of outfit. Pearson already quoted

largely, states that the house lot of Jan Putman, was on the north corner of Union and Ferry

Streets, having a front of 100 feet on the former street; later he bought the 100 feet next west of

Jan Roeloffse, son of the well known Anneke Janse". (See Cady quote above.) "In Colonial

times the law of primogeniture prevailed in New York, thus the right to his father's lands fell to

Arent, the eldest son. He, on 6 April, 1709, conveyed a part of the above described land to his

brother Victoor". End.

!NOTE: A gulden was a unit of money in the Netherlands. It was worth about 28 cents,

when compared to our monies. The eighty gulden would have amounted to about $22.40 a

year in those times. [W.T.P.]

!Reynolds, Cuyler; "Hudson and Mohawk Genealogical"; Vol. 1; p 179. Quote: Jan Putman

was born in Holland, in 1665, and came to America in 1661. He married Cornelia, daughter of

Arent Andries Bradt and Catalyntje De Vos. He and his wife were killed in the Schenectady

massacre of February 8, 1690."

!Ibid, p 1089.

!Putman, C.W.; Unpublished manuscript; 1914; p 1; Schenectady Historical Soc. Quote:

"Jan and Cornelia were both slain, and she was scalped, 8 February, 1890, during the

Schenectady massacre. They are both buried under a boulder, in the "Old" Cobblestone

Church yard, Rotterdam, Albany County, New York". End quote.

!Putman, G.W.; "Genealogy of David Putman"; 1916; pp 7 & 55; Schenectady Hist. Quote:

"Johannes Pootman was born in 1645. In 1661, being 16 years old, was apprentised to P. H.

Brower of Albany, N.Y., for three years, signing his name to the papers in a clear, beautiful

hand, from which we infer, that he was well educated, an uncommon thing in those days. He

was then living in Albany, N.Y. He moved to Schenectady in 1662, being one of it's first settlers.

He married Cornelia Bratt, a daughter of Arent Andres Bratt, the Vice-governor of Renselaerwyck,

one of the prominent families of the state". "Jan was orphan master, Deacon of the

church, hired the minister, and was Justice of the Peace, under the Leyster administration,

those being the most prominent positions in Schenectady in those days. On February 8th.,

1690, he and his wife were killed at Schenectady in that awful Indian Massacre of that date,

which is recorded in American history. In 1715, the following children were living: Marite,

married Stephen Bedent; Aaron; Victor; David; Cornelius; and Catalyntje, who married

Cornelius Post". "It is believed that he came from one of the prominent and noble fam- ilies of

Holland, and investigations have been made or attempted to prove it, but with what results is

unrecorded. He owned considerable land in Schenectady, a part of which was sold later by one

of his sons to Union College". End quote.

!Ibid: p 55.

!Vrooman, J.; Unpublished notes; p 4; Schenectady Historical Society.

Notes for Cornelia Andriese Bratt

!Pearson, J.; "Genealogies of the First Settlers of Schenectady"; 1873, p142.

!Putman, A.B.; Unpublished papers; 1870-1890; p 1; Bette Bradway, Schenectady.

!Frothingham, W.; "History of Montgomery County"; 1892; p 110.

!Cady, Rev. Putnam; Unpublished papers; 1897; p 1; Montgomery Hist.; file 57K.

!Putnam, Eben; "A History of the Putnam Family in England and America"; 1908; Vol. II; p

101. Quote: "Catalyntje De Vos was three times married, first to Bratt (by whom she had: Aefie,

married to Claas Frederichse Van Petten; Ariaantje, married first Helmer Otten; second, 1676,

Reyer Schermerhorn; Andries, killed by the Indians, 1690; Cornelia, born 1655, married Jan

Poutman; Samuel; Dirk). Second to Barent Jans Van Ditmar, who was killed in 1690. And third,

in 1691, to Claas Janse Van Bockhoven. Her will was made in 1699, but she lived till 1712. In

the latter year a division of her estate was made between the following parties, by agree- ment

dated August 11th.: Anne, Arent Bratt (son of Andries), Samuel Bratt, Dirk Bratt, Claas Van

Petton and Eva (Aefie), "Syn-wyf", Reyer Schermerhorn and Arianetie his wife, Arant Pootman

in behalf of Victor Pootman, David Pootman, Maria Pootman "wyf Van Steven Cofooy",

Cattolina Pootman "wyf of Cornelius Post" Children of Cornelia Brat, "housewife" of Johannis

Pootman, etc." End quote.

!NOTE: Thus it will be seen that Pootman was connected with the leading families of

Schenectady Patent, particularly the Shermerhorns and Bratts. In the divis- ion above

mentioned among the signers were Cornelius Pootman and David "Potman". The deed was

recorded May, 1715, at albany, and may be found in book I.

!Putman, G.W.; "Genealogy of David Putman"; 1916; pp 7 & 55; Schenectady Hist.

!Vrooman, J.; Unpublished notes; p 1; Schenectady Historical Society.

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July 4, 1645
Leiden (Leyden), Zuid-Holland, Nederland
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Beverwyck, , New York, New Netherland, USA,
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Albany, Albany, New York
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Schenectady, , Albany, New York, USA,
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Age 39
Schenectady, Albany, New York