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Michiel Jansen Jansen Vreeland

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Birthplace: Scrabberkercke, S. Brabant, Zeeland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Hudson, NJ, USA
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Son of Jan Van Vreeland and Jannetje N.N.
Husband of Fitje Hartmans Hartmans Wessels
Father of Elias Michielsen Vreeland; Jannetje Michielse Vreeland; Enoch Michielszen Vreeland; Pryntje Michielse Vreeland; Hartman Michielsen Vreeland and 3 others

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About Michiel Jansen Jansen Vreeland

Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] (1610-1663) was born in The Netherlands. There is no known connection between Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and the town of Vreeland in The Netherlands and in the family name it isn't written "van" (from) Vreeland. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] didn't use the name "Vreeland" himself, but it is used here for family line clarity. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] is from the village of Heer Abtskerke or Scabbekercke on the island of South Beveland in the Province of Zeeland in The Netherlands. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland], in a 25 June 1640 letter he wrote to Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, called himself "Michiel Jansz Van Scrabbekercke". Family tradition holds that Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was "forced to leave Netherlands because of political troubles" and that he "did not come to America empty handed" but brought chests of valuables with him. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] signed on with Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and the Dutch West India Company (DWIC) to go to New Netherlands as a "boereknecht" or farm worker, but before leaving The Netherlands he altered his contract and agreed to go as a "farmer". He sailed from Texel, The Netherlands in May of 1638 aboard "Het Wapen Van Noorwegan" with his wife and two farm workers, Jan Dircksen and Tuenis Cornelisen Van Vechten (the latter on 23 April 1646 had the lease at "den Hogen Berch"), and they arrived at New Netherlands on 04 August 1638. The Van Rensselaer-Boerer Manuscripts (1908) list the passengers of this voyage of "Het Wapen Van Noorwegan", including Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and his party, and a list of what each was charged for passage. On 16 August 1638 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] began work at the Rensselaerwyck Colony as "head farmer" for Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. For 1640-1646 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] leased Van Rensselaer's Rensselaerwyck farm "den Hogen Berch" for 400 guilders a year. In a 03 May 1640 letter Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer wrote of crystal found "in the hill of Michiel Jansz" and wrote that he thought Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was "one of the most upright farmers in the colony". Family tradition holds that during this time Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] made his fortune in the fur trade. Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and the DWIC had a monopoly on the fur trade and prohibited it to private parties unless a fee was paid. Therefore Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] got into difficulties with the Colony authorities and decided in 1646 to leave the Colony and go to Manhattan. On 27 July 1646 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] received permission to leave the Rensselaerwyck Colony and move to Manhattan on condition he settle his account with Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. The account was not settled to the satisfaction of Van Rensselaer or the DWIC and Director Brant Van Slichtenhorset sued Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] on their behalf. The complaint stated that Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] occupied "den Hogen Berch" for 1640-1646 and that when he left he took 3 horses with him without permission. On 08-10 October 1646 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was ordered to sumit all of his records and accounts as head farmer and lessee for that time and to account for the horses that he had been responsible for during that time. Director Brant Van Slichtenhorset asked the court to impose on Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] "the penalty of death or such other sentence as it shall see fit for the sale of contraband munitions to the Indians" and to impose "a fine [of fifty florins] for beaver skins sent to Fort de Hoop in 1644 without paying duties". Much litigation followed and at an extraordinary session on 04 November 1651 the court judgement was pronounced for Director Brant Van Slichtenhorst and required Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] to pay 2954 guilders and 469 guilders as penalties.

Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and his wife Fytje Hartmanse [Wessels] had 2 children while in the Rensselaerwyck Colony and 7 more children after they moved to Pavonia. The 7 children born at Pavonia were baptized at the Dutch Reformed Church at New Amsterdam (where Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and his wife were reportedly members) and the "birth" dates listed for them on the Family Group page are actually their baptism dates. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland], at the 1647 baptism, was listed as "Michiel Jansen Van den Berg" in apparent reference to his years at "den Hogen Berch". The children all initially went by "Michielsen", but later the sons and their descendants used the name "Vreeland".

In 1646 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] leased a bouwerie (farm) at Manahattan, but soon moved to buy (for 8000 florins) on installments the Jan Evertsen Bout (who had been a superintendent for the DWIC) farm at Communipaw in Pavonia that consisted of "a poor, unfinished house and some few cattle". The final payment was due on 09 June 1655 and Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] had the deed on 09 September 1656. On 27 November 1654 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] received a patent for 26 morgens more adjoining this property. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland], on 25 September 1647, was selected by Director-General Peter Stuyvesant to be one of the Nine Men to represent Pavonia and to advise he and his Council on Indian matters and "to assist in promoting the welfare of the colony". This Council of Nine is considered to have been the first representative assembly in the colony and Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] served on it at least through 1650. In 1648 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] is believed to have started raising horses in addition to cattle. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and others came to resent the dictatorial conduct of the Director-General and the DWIC and petitioned for the type of self government they had enjoyed in The Netherlands. They drafted and signed an application for a municipal form of government (it would be the first of its kind in the Colony) "to the Noble, High and Mighty Lords, the Lords States General of the United Netherlands, our Most Illustrious Sovereigns" that asked for more settlers to be sent over, a burgher government, encouragement to trade (low tax or tax free exports), and set boundaries within the Colony. They would see some of their requests granted after a fashion. In 1654 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] applied in a New Amsterdam court for a license to brew and sell beer at Pavonia and, when it was granted, it was the first licnse of its kind in the Colony. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was the inventor and inaugurator of the excise license system in New Netherlands and his plan was presented and granted on 15 June 1654.

On 15 September 1655 a large group of Indians (1000) in 64 canoes attacked New Amsterdam and, when they were rebuffed there, then attacked Staten Island and Pavonia. At Pavonia the Indians burned every structure to the ground and killed every white man except Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and took many captives. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] and his family took refuge at Manahattan. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] petitioned the Director-General and the Council for permission to open a tap room in New Amsterdam. The Council, because he was "an old man with a heavy family" whose plantation at Communipaw had recently been devastated by Indians at which time he lost "not only of what he had earned here with God's blessing during a period of seventeen years, but also of all that he, the petitioner, had brought to this country and what had been sent to him" and he was left without means to support his family, gave him permission to open a tap room on 22 November 1655. The tavern was located "between the old church and the Gracht" (ditch that ran through the center of town) on the north side of present-day Pearl Street just south of Broad Street (where the ditch was). Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was granted a house and lot in the city (near the corner of William and Beaver Streets) for the same reason. He ran this tavern successfully for many years. On 21 February 1657 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was appointed "measurer of lime and grain" and on 13 April 1657 he was enrolled as a "lesser burgher". He remained in business as a tapster "until Indian affairs settled" and he had accumulated enough funds to request permission on 22 January 1658 to return to Communipaw. On 30 January 1658 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] witnessed the official purchase of the Bergen Tract of land (that included his Pavonia farm) from the Indians and it was hoped that this purchase would go a long way to settling affairs with the Indians.

In 1658 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] returned to Pavonia and rebuilt his farm at Communipaw. It is believed that he named the rebuilt farm "Vreeland" which means "peace-land". He began raising cattle there on a large scale and did very well at that. In 1661 Bergen was incorporated and Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] was one of the first magistrates of the first court of justice in the earliest organized government in what is now New Jersey. He was seen as "a man of competence". In December of 1662 Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] joined his neighbors in petitioning for a preacher at Bergen and he pledged 25 florins annually toward his support. Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] died in 1663 before the English took over the government and named the area where Michiel Jansen [Vreeland] lived New Jersey.

Michiel Jansen [Vreeland]'s widow continued to live at Communipaw and to manage the cosiderable land holdings that were left her. She sold and traded and was said to have been an excellent businesswoman. On 18 June 1663 she joined her neighbors in petitioning the Director-General to enclose their rebuilt homes with long palisades as protection from the Indians. In 1664 she joined the Bergen Dutch Reformed Church. The English Governor Carteret confirmed her ownership of the Bergen holdings on 12 May 1668 and she left all of this to her children when she died there in 1697. In 1679 Labadist missionaries visited Fytje at Communipaw and wrote this account: "Our old woman at the house [in Brooklyn] told us of another good woman who lived at this place [Gemoenpa], named Fitie, from Cologne, and recommended us to visit her, which we did as soon as we landed. We found her a little pious after the manner of the country, and you could discover that there was something of the Lord in her, but very much covered up and defiled. We dined there and spoke to her of what we deemed necessary for her condition. She has many grandchildren, all of whom are not unjust." This was considered really warm praise!

Sons Elias Michielsen Vreeland and Hartman Michielsen Vreeland and Johannis Michielsen Vreeland were three of the fourteen purchasers of the Acquackanonk Patent (1679/1684).

Daughter Pryntje Michielse [Vreeland] (1649-1711) married Andries Claesen (1644-1710) in 1668 in Bergen, NJ and they had 8 children there.

Sources: Annals of the Vreeland Family by L. B. Vreeland, 1950; New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed Church records; History of the City of Patterson ... by W. Nelson, 1901; History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey by C. H. Winfield, 1874; Holland Society Yearbook of New York; Passaic and its Environs by W. W. Scott, 1922; History of Industrial Paterson by L. R. Trumbull, 1882; Historical Sketch of the County of Passaic, New Jersey by W. Nelson, 1877; Documentary History of the State of New York by E. B. O'Callaghan, 1849 (application); Records of New Amsterdam 1653-1674 by B. Fernow, 1897; New Amsterdam and its People by J. H. Innes, 1902; Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey by F. B. Lee, 1910; Bergen burial records; Vreeland Family Summary by R. L. Peterman (ancestry.com)

-------------------- Michiel Jansen Vreeland, born 1610 in Broeckhuysen, Brabant, Netherlands; died June 1663 in Gamoenepa, NJ. He married 617. Fitje Hartmans Wessels 1631.

  617. Fitje Hartmans Wessels, born 1611 in Cologne, Rheinland, Germany; died October 17, 1697 in Bergen County, New Jersey.

More About Fitje Hartmans Wessels:

Burial: October 16, 1697, RDC Bergen, NJ

Children of Michiel Vreeland and Fitje Wessels are:

 i. Jannetje Michielsen Vreeland, born Abt. 1643 in Rensselaerwyck, NY; died September 11, 1714 in Albany, NY; married Dedrick Van Vechten 1659; born 1634; died 1702.
 ii. Elias Michielsen Vreeland, born 1645 in Rennselaerswyck, New Netherlands (Albany, NY); died

January 18, 1706/07; married (1) Grietje Jacobs Van Winkel August 30, 1665; born Abt. 1645 in Wijngaerden; died Unknown; married (2) Greitje Van Winkle August 30, 1665 in Jersey City, New Jersey; born 1645 in Wijngaerden, Holland; died September 20, 1732.

 iii. Enoch Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. January 20, 1646/47 in Bergen, NJ; died 1724 in Bergen, NJ; married (1) Dircksje Meyers June 20, 1670; born 1653; died 1690; married (2) Dierckje Myers Bef. 1691; died Unknown; married (3) Grietje Wessels October 23, 1693; born 1646; died November 20, 1697; married (4) Aagtje Van Horn January 13, 1704/05; born 1677; died 1727.

More About Enoch Michielsen Vreeland:

Burial: August 1724, RDC Bergen, NJ

 iv. Pryntje Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. October 24, 1649 in Bergen, NJ; died April 1711 in Bergen, NJ; married Andries Claesen March 25, 1668 in Bergen, NJ; born Bef. February 22, 1642/43; died August 07, 1710.

More About Pryntje Michielsen Vreeland:

Burial: April 21, 1711, RDC Bergen, NJ

 v. Hartman Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. October 15, 1651 in Bergen, NJ; died 1707 in Bergen, NJ; married (1) Maritje Dirckse Braecke 1672; married (2) Maritje (Dirck) Braecke 1672. 
 vi. Ariaentje Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. March 08, 1653/54 in Bergen, NJ; died September 1697 in Bergen, NJ.

More About Ariaentje Michielsen Vreeland:

Burial: September 22, 1697, RDC Bergen, NJ

 vii. Johannis Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. October 01, 1656 in Bergen, NJ; died June 26, 1713 in Bergen, NJ; married (1) Claesje Dirckse Braecke May 14, 1682; born February 1658/59; died 1713; married (2) Aagtje Van Horn May 11, 1723; born 1677; died 1727.

More About Johannis Michielsen Vreeland:

Burial: June 29, 1713, RDC Bergen, NJ

 viii. Cornelius Michielsen Vreeland, born Bef. June 25, 1658 in Bergen, NJ; died Abt. May 02, 1727 in Bergen, NJ.
 ix. Cornelis Michielsen Vreeland, born June 03, 1660 in Bayonne, New Jersey; died May 02, 1727 in Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey; married Metje Dirckse Braecke May 11, 1681; born June 03, 1657; died May 02, 1717.

Michiel Jansen M, b. 1610, d. before June 1663

    Michiel Jansen was also known as Michael Jansen Vreeland.1 He There was in Holland a place named Vreelandt, but whether a hamlet, parish or manor has not been ascertained. The family in this country bearing the name is descended from Michiel Jansen, who came from Broeckhuysen (North Brabant). He owned a farm or polder in South Beveland, one of the islands in the Province of Zeeland, but his church home was in the village of 'sHeer Abskerke, three miles from his farm, the common name of the village being Schabberkerke. From here he went to Bergen-op-Zoom in Brabant, and took a boat to Amsterdam, from whence he sailed in May, 1638 on the ship, Het Wapen van Norwegen, (Arms of Norway) and arrived in New Amsterdam on August 4th of that year.

Arrangements had previously been made with Patroon Killian van Rensselaer, who had been granted a large tract of land surrounding the present site of the Hudson River near Albany. Jansen leased the farm known as the 'Hooge-Berg,' located on an elevation immediately opposite the present city. He settled at what is now Greenbush, opposite Albany, as a boereiknecht, or farm servant. It was not long before he grew weary of agricultural pursuits and the narrow road thereby opened to wealth, and engaged in the fur trade, in which 'he made his fortune in two years.' Such private speculation being prohibited by law, soon brought him into difficulty with the authorities. He thereupon abandoned his farm, and came to Manhatten. The date of this change is not known, but he was a resident in New Amsterdam November 4, 1644, on which date he empowered Arent Van Curler to settle with Patroon van Rensselaer all accounts and differences.

In the years 1647, '49 and '50, he represented Pavonia in theCouncil of 'Nine' and joined his associates in their crusade against Governor Stuyvesant. It was at his house that the journal of Vander Donck was seized, and it was suspected upon information furnished by himself. Michiel was a signer of the application for the first municipal government of New Netherland, July 26,1649.

During the troubles of 1655, the Indians drove Michiel from his home, when on September 15, they made a raid on Pavonia and killed every man there, except the family of Jansen. From the dangers and uncertainties of border life at 'Gamoenepa,' he took refuge in Manhatten, where, because he was an 'old man with a heavy family,' and had lost his all, he was on November 22, 1655, permitted to keep a tap room. Like many modern tapsters, he soon learned how to keep the letter of the law while he violated its 'spirit.' An ordinance prohibited tapping afterbell-ring, and on October 23, 1656, the schout prosecuted Jansen for its violation. The defendant confessed that two soldiers were playing at back-gamnon and three sailors waiting for their skipper; denied that he had tapped after bell-ring; admitted that his guests 'had their cans by them and got chatting,' but shrewdly omitted to state that he had filled their cans aginst the time when he could not lawfully tap.

see interactive map: http://www.ekamper.net/gr-misc.htm run cursor over the southernmost properties. You will see his name come up as an owner.

For the same reason that he was permitted to tap he received gratis, in February, 1656, a lot of ground in the city. On February 21, 1657, he was appointed one of the Measurers of Lime and Grain. On April 13, 1657, his name was placed on the roll of small burghers. Much to his credit, he soon grew weary of tap room life, and longed to return to his wheat-producing bouwerie. During the war he had not parted with the title to all the land which he had previously bought of Bout for 8,000 florins. In 1658 he sold part of it to Harman Smeeman. On January 22, 1658, he asked for permission to return to Pavonia, and to be relieved from certain tithes. In September, 1661, he had become a man of 'competence, 'living on his bouwerie at Gemoenepa. He was one of the first magistrates of the new court at Bergen. In December, 1662, he joined his neighbors in asking the Governor for a minister of the gospel, and for whose support he subscribed twenty-five florins.

Michiel died between the dates of 4 Jan 1663 and 18 Jun 1663.(3) Circumstances as to how, where and why are unknown. Michiel Jansen was also known as Michael Jansen Van Broekhuysen.1 He married Fitje Hartmans, daughter of Hartman Wessels and Preyntje (?). Michiel Jansen was born in 1610 at Scrabberkerche, Netherlands. He was the son of Jans (?) and Jannetje (?). Michiel Jansen died before June 1663. Children of Michiel Jansen and Fitje Hartmans Jannetje Michielsen Vreeland+ d. 11 Sep 1714 Elias Michielsen Vreeland+ Enoch Michielsen Vreeland+ b. 20 Jan 1647, d. 17 Aug 1717 Pryntje Michielsen Vreeland+ b. 24 Oct 1649, d. 21 Apr 1711 Hartman Michielsen Vreeland+ b. 1 Oct 1651, d. 18 Jan 1707 Ariaentje Michielsen Vreeland b. 8 Mar 1654, d. 22 Sep 1697 Johannes Michielsen Vreeland+ b. 1 Oct 1656, d. 26 Jun 1713 Cornelis Michielsen Vreeland b. 25 Jun 1658 Cornelis Michielsen Vreeland+ b. 3 Jun 1660, d. 2 May 1727 Citations [S259] Mary DeWitt, Vreeland File - DeWitt, Compiler Address: Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

SECOND GENERATION Michiel Jansen Vreeland and wife, Fitje Hartmans had children: 1, Jannetje Vreeland was evidently the eldest child of the family and was born in Rensselaerswyck. She married Dirk Teunissen Van Vechten, who resided "In the county of Albany in Katskill, on a farm to him belonging." The statement made in Winfield's History and copied by others, that they settled on the Raritan, is an error. April 4, 1687, being then in Albany, he made his will and gave his residence as above. The will (Early Records of the City and County of Albany, vol.4,page 139), executed at the house of his son in law, Gabriel Thomas, gives a great deal of information. He reposed the greatest confidence in the judgment and ability of his wife and names his children, with their ages. His wife was nominated administratrix and executrix without bond. Guardians for his minor children were appointed "Mr. Marte Gerritse van Bergen, Gerrit Teunise, Elias and Enoch Michielsz either all four together or two in particular." Elias Michielsz and Enoch Michielsz are, of course, his brothers In law and not of the Collier family as mentioned in the foot note. The will was probated before Dirk Wessels, a Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of Albany, March 31, 1703. His wife, Jannetie MIchiels became executrix. He died November 25, 1702. Dirk Teunissen van Vechten was the son of Teunis Dircksz van Vechten. (See affidavit April 13, 1676,0„S. and quit claim deed from the heirs of Teunis Derek van Vechten to the R.D. Church at Albany June 29, 1700. Early Records of the City and County of Albany). And in further proof that this family did not reside on the Raritan, we find a receipt dated September 13, 1703 from Kiliaen van Rensselaer to "Jannetie Teunise ye widw & Relect of Dirk Teunise van Vechten late of Cat skill in ye County of Albany" which acknowledges payment of a mortgage on the Catskill land bought from Stephanus van Cortlandt director of Rensselaerswyck. (Early Records of the City and County of Albany). It is interesting to remember that the parents of both Jannetje Michielsen Vreeland and her husband, Dirk Teunissen van Vechten came to New Netherland in the same vessel, Het Wapen van Noorwegen. Jannetje Michielsen Vreeland van Vechten died September 11, 1714. (Van Vechten Bible records). Vechten. In 1687 his children as named in his will were Jannetie aged about 27 years; Weyntie aged 25 years; Michiel aged 23 years; Neeltie 22 years; Johannes 20 years; Theunis 18 years; Annetie 16 years; Fytle 15 years; Samuel 14 years; Sara 12 years; Abraham 8 years. 2, Ellas Michielsen Vreeland (10) was probably born in Rensselaerswyck and the date of his birth and baptism are not known. He married Grietje Jacobs van Winkle, the record in the church at New Amsterdam being "Aug, 30, 1665, Elias Michiels j.m.op Goemonepa en Grietje Jacobs Wyngaerden, op Hasymes." Elias was the eldest son of the family and in t h i s connection i t is interesting to note that in mentioning t h e i r children the parents of those large families were accustomed to name them in order of b i r t h . This i s particularly true in wills and other important papers. August 30, 1665 a commission was issued to Captain Nicholas Verlett to be President of the Court of Judicature for Bergen, Gemoenepaen, Ahasymes and Hobooken, with the assistance of Harman Smeeman and Casper Steynmets, of Bergen and Elias Michiels, of Gemoenepaen. He took the oath of allegiance to the king November 22, 1665; was a member of the Bergen Church December 30, 1666; elected representative to the General Assembly from Bergen June 7, 1673; from Essex 1683; from Acquackanonk and New Barbadoes 1692; 1693, 1694, 1695, 1698 and 1707. The records of the Legislature show that he was quite a prominent member of the House, serving frequently on committees of conference with the Governor and Council. In 1692 and 1693 the East Jersey Legislature appointed him one of the commissioners to assess the provincial tax in Essex County. The Act c a l l s him "McKilson" and his name i s misspelled in every possible way through the records of the Assembly. March 13, 1675-6 he was commissioned assistant for the County Court at Bergen and again February 18, 1676. In 1683 he was one of the judges for the County of Essex. July 15, 1675 he was commissioned ensign in Capt. John Berry's company at Bergen, and was appointed one of the Justices of the Peace for Essex County March 24, 1682-3. Winfield states that he was a resident of Essex County in 1683. By deed dated April 26, 1698 Elias received from his brother Hartman, for t 17,10s, a one-fourth int e r e s t in the t r a c t bought by Hartman from Christopher Hoogland, known as " S t o f f e l ' s Point." It is understood that he lived on his portion of the t r a c t , at what was known l a t e r as "Dundee" In the present City of Passaic. He probably moved on t h i s land when he left Gemoenepa, as Hartman's deed for the tract was dated February 16, 1679-80. He f i r s t occupied a small stone house near the south side of Passaic S t r e e t , a short distance east of the Dundee Canal. This was replaced by a larger stone house, near the site of the other, but the foundation of the f i r s t house was plainly v i s i b l e about 1800. 25, 1693 he was appointed a lieutenant in the foot company for Acquackanonk and New Barbadoes; August 29, 1693 he was commissioned one of the judges for the small cause Court for the same two settlements; 1694 he was appointed by the Legislature one of the road commissioners for Essex County, his name being written "McChilson" and again Justice of the Peace for Essex County December 26, 1699. March, 1684 he united with his brothers Hartman, Johannis, Cornells and others in the purchase of "Haquequenunk" from the proprietors. They had previously purchased the Indian t i t l e and he was an actual resident there in 1683, The Indian conveyance i s as follows; "March 28, 1679, Captahem, Indian Sachem and Chief, in the Presence and by the approbation and consent of Memiseraen, Mindawas, Ghonnajea, Indians and Sachems of the said Country for and In Consideration of a certain P ' r s a l l of Caotes, Blankets, k e t t l e s , powder and other Goods" conveyed the t r a c t known by the name of Haquequenunk unto Hans Dederick, Gerrit Gerritsen, Walling Jacobs and Hendrick George. This purchase was in behalf of themselves and other associates of Bergen. The next record is as follows; "Att a Council held at Eliza Towne the 30th May Anno Dnl 1684, "The petic'on of Hans Dedricke Ellas Mekellson and Adrian Post in behalf of themselves and other Inhabitants of Aquaquanuncke setting forth they had purchased by order of the late Governor Carteret A Tract of Land Containing 5520 acres wch i s to bee devided amongst fourteen famelys of them, those settled pray that they may have a gen'all Pattent for the same, - I t ' s ordered that the Indian sale being recorded = Arrerages of Rent paid, that a pattent be made and granted them at one halfpenny p. Acre yearely Rent." Accordingly about ten months l a t e r , or March 16, 1684 (N, 1685) a patent was issued by the East Jersey Proprietors to He J"3 o Hans Didericks, Garrett Garrett son, Walling Jacobs, Elias Machielson, Hartman Machielson, Johannis Machielson, Cornelius Machielson, Adrian Post, Urian Tomason, Cornelius Lubbers, Cornelius Rowlafson, Symon Jacobs, John Hendrick Speare, Abraham Bookey, The consideration was a h 50 sterling the same being in full payment and discharge of all arrears of quit rent" and a yearly quit rent of half a penny per acre, or k 14. At the recapture of New Netherland by the Dutch, Elias was constituted one of the Schepens for Bergen on nomination by the people, (August 18, 1673), In a deed executed by his children dated June 24, 1711, he is spoken of as "late of Acquackanonk, deceasedou In 1694 he was the first Elder of Acquackanonk Church and May 22, 1698 and May, 1703 he was elected to the same office. (See Hackensack records), 3. Enoch Michielsen Vreeland (17). The record of his baptism in the church at New Amsterdam is: January 20, 1647 Michiel Janszen Van de Berg; child Enoch. Witnesses Jacob Stoffelsen, Adriaen Dircksen, Brechtie Maryns," The descriptive "Van de Berg" has reference to the earlier residence of the family on the farm "den Hogen Berch" in Rensselaerswyck. He married, first Dirckje Meyers, of Amsterdam, certificate dated June 20, 1670. She was buried at Bergen October 5, 1688. His second wife was Grietje Wessels, widow of Jan Janse Langedyck, whom he married September 16, 1691. He was then living in "Minkachqwee" and she in New York, Grietje Wessels was buried at Bergen November 20, 1697. His third wife was Aagtje Van Hooren, of Minkachqwee, whom he married January 13, 1704. Dominie Dubois performed the ceremony in New York. Enoch died in August 1717, The record is much defaced and blurred, but his will was proved November 13, 1719, dated April 12, 1715. Aagtje Van Hooren, his third wife, survived him. He described himself as of "Naitsionk, alias Pemprepogh, Bergen County." His residence was at Cavan Point (Hudson County). Deed9 1678-9, February 13, recorded December 3, 1695, Derrick Sicken of New York and wife, Gerty Johnson to Enoch Machilson, of Bergen County for fifty Dutch morgen in said county, at Neyeusick, also fifteen morgen of meadow adjoining, as per patent. Liber E, page 248. He was a member of the General Assembly of the Province 1675, 1695, 1698, 1707, 1708, 1709. In the last year he was not prompt in his attendance and the sergeant=at=arms was directed to bring him forthwith before the House. July 4, 1681 he was commissioned ensign of the militia at Bergen and Associate Judge of the Court at Bergen in 1673, 1674, August 31, 1681, 1682-and 1683. Commissioner of Highways for the County of Bergen 1682 and 1692 and Assistant Judge of the Bergen Common Pleas May 22, 1705. He was one of the Assessors of Bergen in 1682 and Assessor in Essex County in 1692 and 1694. March 13, 1685 he bought from Edward Ball fifty acres of land at Second River and on June 29, 1686 he purchased from Edward Rigg, of Newark, a tract of sixty acres adjoining the former tract on the Passaic River and made other purchases of land in that town on which some of his descendants later lived. He was never directly interested in the Acquackanonk purchase nor did he live in its vicinity. He was a member of the Bergen Church May 29, 1672, Dirckje Meyers was a member July 10, 1670. April 29, 1696, Jan Dirksen Straetmaker and Dirk Jansen Straetmaker, both of Bergen County, conveyed to him 15 morgens of upland at Nyacksick bounded, southwest by Lawrence Andrisse; northeast by Cornells Macheelse Vreeland; northwest the commons; southeast Hudsons River ana a creek. 4. Pryntje Michielsen Vreeland, who was probably the child baptized October 24, 1649 in the church at New Amsterdam, the record omitting the name of the child. She and Andries Claesen were married by the minister at Bergen March 25, 1668. "Tryntje Michiels" h.v. Andries Claesen in 1688 was a member of the New York Church, living on Pearl S t r e e t . (Holland Society Year Book 1916, page 23).' Andries Claesen was drowned August 7, 1710 and was buried August 11, 1710 in the Bergen cemetery. She was buried April 21, 1711 at Bergen. (See Bergen Church record), 5. Hartman Michielsen Vreeland (32). The record of his baptism in the church at New Amsterdam: October 1, 1651. Michiel Janszen, Fytje Hartmans, child, Hartman. Witnesses Thomas Hall, Lysbeth Thyssen. His wife was Maritje, daughter of Dirck Claase Braecke, whom he married 1672. (Bergen record). They lived at Rechpokus on part of his wife's inheritance from her father. Her mother's maiden name was Echtje Jacobs. April 4, 1678 he purchased from Captahem Peeters, the Indian Sachem, "a great Island lyeing in the River Pisaick near by Aquickanunk by the Indians called Menehenicke." The English called it Hartman's Island. He obtained a patent from the East Jersey Prop r i e t o r s for t h i s island, January 6, 1685, in consideration of the yearly payment of "the chief or quit rent of one f a t t henn" , forever if demanded. This island contained about nine acres. February 16, 1679-80 he purchased from Christoffel Hoogland two t r a c t s of land adjoining the island at "Haquickuenock" containing 150 and 128 acres. This l a s t purchase was known as " S t o f f e l ' s Point." I t was a long time after that he received a deed for t h i s purchase. April 23, 1696, deed from Dirk Hogeland of New York City, mariner, son and heir of Christopher Hogland of the same place, merchant, d e c ' d . , and his mother, Catharina Hoogland, to Hartman Macheelson, of Qumunepa, farmer, confirming conveyance by his father of February 16, 1679-80, under patent of July 15, 1678. (Liber F, page 585, N. J. Archives vol.21, First Series). Hartman shared t h i s t r a c t with three of his brothers as we see from the following deeds: April 26, 1698, Hartman Macheelsie of Bergen t o Elias Macheelsie of Achquickenunck, Essex County, for one-fourth of the land conveyed to him by Christopher Hoogland, etc, Liber F, page 588. April 28, 1698, Hartman Macheelsie of Bergen to Cornelius Macheelsie of the same place, for one-fourth of the t r a c t bought of Christopher Hoogland. Liber F . , page 602. April 28, 1698„ Hartman Macheelsie to Johannes Macheelsie for one=fourth of the same t r a c t. The Legislature in 1692 appointed him one of the commissioners to receive taxes in Bergen. In 1700 he was one of the signers of the p e t i t i o n to the king for redress against the East Jersey Proprietors. 1693 Writ of election for a General Assembly, with return of Captain William Lawrence for Hackensack, Hartman Michielsen and Edward Earle, Junior, for Bergen; by John Edsal, Sheri f f . Liber C. page 160, reversed page 213, N„J.Archives, vol. 21. September 1, 1696, a deed of p a r t i t i o n , Hartman Macheilse, Johannes Macheilse, Cornelius Macheilse, dividing the real estate of Derick Claes Braecke, deceased, with the consent of Maritie Derickse Braeke, Metie Derickse Braeke and Claese Derickse Braeke, daughters of said Derick Claes. Hartman took a home lot at "Comunipan, next to F i t i e Hartmans, a lot adjoining I t , a third home lot next to Johannes Micheilse, the island of Reckpokus and a parcel called the Bush land. I do not think Hartman ever resided at Acquackanonk. If he did, he made i t his home for only a few years. He i s always described as of Gemoenepa or Bergen and represented Bergen in the General Assembly in 1693. His l a s t years were certainly spent at Gemoenepa. He died January 18, 1707 and was buried at Bergen, the one hundred and eighteenth person to be buried with the p a l l . It was a curious custom of the old church that the pall belonged to the congregation. Those who could afford i t were buried with the pall thrown over the coffin, and in the record of burials kept by the o f f i c i a l s of the church careful note i s made of the use of the pall at a funeral. He was a member of the Bergen Church October 2, 1682, Hartman died i n t e s t a t e and his family apparently waited unt i l a l l the children were of full age before a division of the property was made. Maritje, his widow, sold to her youngest son, Michiel Hartmanse Vreeland, July 13, 1723 the same t r a c t , called Reckpokus, where she lived. It had been a part of her f a t h e r 's land. The sale price was £ 450, (Winfield = Land T i t l e s ), June 16, 1724, inventory of the estate of Hartman Michaelson Vreeland of Bergen County (£ 103;12;6) made by his eldest son, Claes Hartmanson Vreeland with the consent of his younger brothers and s i s t e r s and appraised by John Sip and Wander Diedericks, July 30, 1724, administration granted to Claes and Derrick Vreeland of said county, July 30, 1724 bond of Claes and Derrick Vreeland both of Bergen County as administrators, (N.J.Archives vol, 23, page 484), And, most interesting in t h i s connection, is an unrecorded deed dated August 22, 1724 by Claes Vreeland and Dirk Vreeland of ACQUACKANONK, and Michiel Vreeland, of GEMOENEPA, to Enoch Vreeland, of ACQUACKANONK, conveying to Enoch the island granted to Hartman Michielsen by patent of January 6, 1685 and the land conveyed to him by Hoogland, except such portions as Hartman had disposed of. (Nelson- Hist, of Paterson). Through t h i s we learn the disposition of Hartman's land. His eldest sons, Claes and Dirk settled in Acquackanonk on his portion of the Acquackanonk Patent. His third son, Enoch, received the land described in t h i s deed, that i s the remainder of the land which Hartman had purchased at Acquackanonk independent of the Patent, while the youngest son, Michiel, remained at Gemoenepa, In a l l probability the sons had lived for years on the parcels which they took in severalty at t h i s time, as our people, and I presume the Dutch families in general, when their sons grew to manhood settled them on some portion of the family holdings, and in many cases the children did not receive t i t l e to those acres until many years l a t e r . There are very many instances of division of r e a l t y by a f a t h e r ' s will which confirmed arrangements made and carried into effect long years before the parent's death. 6. Ariaentje Michielsen Vreeland, Baptized March 8, 1654 in the New Amsterdam Church. The witnesses were Nicolaes Backer and Annetje Hartmans. She never married and was buried at Bergen September 22, 1697, the 77th person with the p a l l . She was a member of the Bergen Church May 29, 1672, 7. Johannes Michielsen Vreeland (44) baptized October 1, 1656, The witnesses were Nicolaes Backer, Samuel Etsal, Anna Wessels and Anna Elizabeth Maskop. In the entry, records of the New Amsterdam Church, the mother's name i s given as "Fytje Wessels," and the same i s repeated in the Bible entry e a r l i e r referred to. Anna Elizabeth Ma scop was the wife of Warner Wesselszen. Anna Wessels was the wife of Samuel Edsal. "John Vreeland" ship carpenter, was admitted to the rights of a freeman in New York September 6, 1698, but t h i s might have been his nephew. He married Claesje, daughter of Dirk Claese Braecke and Echtje Jacobs, at Bergen, May 14, 1682. He was one of the Acquackanonk Patentees and lived on his purchase. In 1700 he signed the Remonstrance against the East Jersey Proprietors, His lot in the first division of the lands of the Acquackanonk Patent was number 7, He bought a tract of six and three-quarter acres of land at "Beeffe Point" on Passaic River, within the bounds of Newark, from Caleb Ball, February 4, 1707-8 and on June 2, 1709 he bought from John Johnson a tract of salt meadow in Newark, "near the mouth of Maple Creek island." In the conveyance he is described as Johanus Michielson alias Johanus Vrelandt of Communipan. He seems to have owned at the time of his death nearly six hundred acres of land, showing that he was a man of considerable ability to have acquired so valuable an estate. He died June 26, 1713, and was buried at Bergen. He and his wife were members of the Bergen Church October 7, 1678. He devised all his real estate to his two sons, Dirk Vreeland and Elias J. Vreeland, who divided it June 7, 1750. Dirck Claeszen j.m. Van Bremen en Aechtje Jacobs j.d. van s'Hertogenbosch married November 12, 1650. Klasle, daughter of Dirck Clase Braeck and Aeschtje Jacobs, baptized March 7, 1659. (New Amsterdam Church records and Vreeland Bible), 8. Cornells Michielsen Vreeland, baptized June 25, 1658 (New Amsterdam Church), The witnesses were Samuel Edzal and Jannetie Wessels, He died In infancy, 9, Cornells Michielsen Vreeland (54), Baptized June 3, 1660 (New Amsterdam Church), The witnesses to the baptism were Warner Wesselszen and Hendrlckje Wessels, He married Metje, daughter of Dirck Claese Braecke and Echtje Jacobs, with certificate to New York, May 11, 1681. There is no record or information which shows that he married a second time. The statement by Winfield and by others copied that he married Lysbet Jacobs, a widow, is an error. The New York Church record of marriages has the following entry: Cornells Michielszen, Wedr Van Niesje Ysenbrants, en Lysbeth Jacobs, Wede Van Wibrant Abrahamszen beyde wonende alhier. 1692, den 17 Apr." Those who earlier examined the records seem never to have realized that the name Michielsen did not always denote a member of our family, Cornells Michielsen Vreeland was never the widower of Niesje Ysenbrants, March 13, 1707 he and his wife "Metje Dierck Braack" were sponsors at the baptism of Feytje, the daughter of his brother Enoch and his wife, Aagtje Van Hooren, (Bergen Church record), He was one of the Acquackanonk Patentees, but if he ever l i v e d on any portion of h i s purchase i t was for only a very few y e a r s . By deed dated October 30, 1695, consideration E 100, Cornells Michelse, of the Town and County of Bergen, farmer, conveyed to Thomas Yowrians, of Acquackanonk, land in Acquackanonk on the Passaic River, The t r a c t was one hundred a c r e s, part of the patent of March 16, 1684, fronting on t h e Passaic River, bounded on the northeast by the land of Hans Dedricks, on the southwest by the land of Johannes Meckilse and on the northwest by t h e common woodland. The conveyance a l s o included a one-twenty-eighth part of the common land of the p a t e n t. (Transcribed deeds in Passaic County office Book A, page 244). March 17, 1696 he purchased of William Douglas land at Pembrepoch on which he afterward lived. April 27, 1696 confirmation t o Cornelius Macheelsie of Bergen in r i g h t of Gerret Peterson, John C o r n e l l s i e Schoenmaker and John G e r r e t s i e van Inne of 150 acres between Hackensack Bay, Pissaick and Hudson Rivers, bounded south Pawll Dowessee, north John van de B i l l i (Bilt?) west said bay, east Hudson River. (East Jersey Deeds, Liber F, page 372. N, J , A r c h i v e s ) . For t h i s land he was to pay a yearly quit rent of E 15, He was one of the l a s t two survivors of the Acquackanonk P a t e n t e e s . His wife died in the month of May, 1717 (Bergen). By t h e year 1714 most of the Acquackanonk Patentees had died. A parchment dated March 12, 1712-13 r e c i t e s that Hans Diederick, Garret Garretsen, Walling Jacobs, E l l a s Machielsen Hartman Machaelson, Adrian Post, Jurian Thomason, Cornelius Roelofson and Abraham Bouquee were then dead, (Nelson), In 1714 i t was decided to divide the unpartitioned lands among those e n t i t l e d , A s u i t was brought In Essex County Common Pleas over t h i s p a r t i t i o n . There i s no evidence of i t except the summons which gives the names of John Bradberrie, John Hendrick Speare, Cornelius De Riemer, Hendrick Speare, Adrian Post, Garret Post and Hendrick Garritson, P l a i n t i f f s versus John Courter, John Sip, Christopher Steenmets, Hermanus Garretson, Hessel Plote r s e , Michiel Vreeland, Jacob Vreeland, Claese Vreeland, Dirck Vreeland, Dirck Vreeland, Junior, Rineer Cornellssen Van Houten, Thomas Uriansen, Roelof Cornelissen Van Houten, Symon Jacobs, Cornells Lubbers, Francis Post, Peter Paulussen, (Nelson), Of the Vreelands, Michiel Vreeland and Jacob Vreeland were sons of E l i a s ; Claes and Dirck Vreeland were sons of Hartman; and Dirck Vreeland, Junior was the son of Johannes. Cornells Michielsen Vreeland had disposed of his holdings, so none of h i s family were included in the p a r t i t i o n. -------------------- Michiel Vreeland came to the United States in 1636 from Holland on the Rensselaerwic. He is known as the founder of the Vreeland family of Eastern New Jersey. -------------------- Michael Jansen Vreeland was elected in 1647, 1649 & 1650 as one of the New Amsterdam 'Nine Men' of the 'New Amsterdam Council'

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Michiel Jansen Jansen Vreeland's Timeline

1610
1610
Scrabberkercke, S. Brabant, Zeeland, Netherlands
1638
August 4, 1638
Age 28
ship Het Wapen van Noorwegan (Arms of Norway)
1640
1640
Age 30
Rennsselaerswyck, New York, United States
1640
- 1646
Age 30
Head Famer for the Patroon
1642
1642
Age 32
Holland
1643
1643
Age 33
Rensselaerwyck, New Netherland
1646
January 20, 1646
Age 36
Bergen, New Jersey, USA
1649
1649
Age 39
Pavonia,Bergen,New Jersey,USA
1651
October 1, 1651
Age 41
New Amsterdam,New York,New York,USA
1654
1654
Age 44