|Also Known As:||"Pieter Janse", "Pieter van Haugwout", "Peter Hagewout", "Peter Haughwout", "Peter Hagewolt"|
|Birthplace:||Drenthe, Overyssel, The Netherlands|
|Death:||Died in Flatbush, New Netherland Colony|
|Cause of death:||His wife remarries as a widow in Oct 1662.|
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The Lefferts family was among the earliest European settlers in Brooklyn. They trace their roots to Dutch colonist Pieter Janse Hagewout (1621 – 1661), a farmer and cobbler who emigrated from Holland with his family aboard De Bonte Koe (The Spotted Cow) in 1660, and settled in the farming village of Vlacke Bos (meaning "wooded plain"), or Flatbush as it came to be known. In 1687, Hagewout’s son Leffert Pietersen bought 58 acres of land in the area now known as Prospect Lefferts Gardens. He built the original Lefferts Homestead.
On April 15, 1660, the ship de Bonte Koe (the Spotted Cow) set sail for New Amsterdam. Among its passengers were Pieter Janse Hagewout (1621-1661), his wife, and their four children. In 1661, the family settled in Midwout, later called Flatbush. Within a year Pieter Janse Hagewout died, his wife remarried, and his eldest son, seventeen-year-old Leffert Pieterse, began carving out his own destiny in the small frontier town of Midwout.
Extract from ship's manifest:
Pieter Jansz, shoemaker from Drenthe, wife and 4 children: 15, 13, 9, 1/2 yr old (from "New World Immigrants: List of Passengers 1654 to 1664" edited by Michael Tepper.)