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Sara Roelofs Jans (daughter of Roelof Jans and Anneke Jans)34 was born April 05, 1627 in amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands, and died October 21, 1693 in Kingston, New York35. She married William Hans Kierstede on 1642 in Kingston, New York36.

Includes NotesNotes for Sara Roelofs Jans:

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #0935, Date of Import: Feb 10, 2000]

In her later years, after she was widowed, Sara became famous for her work with the Indians, acting as interpreter between them and the Dutch settlers. For these services she was awarded a patent, October 10, 1673, "a lot on Manhattan Island, northwest of the windmill on the west side of the road to Kolchook.[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #3595, Date of Import: Feb 10, 2000]

Sarah was an interpreter for the Dutch colonies and the surrounding Indian tribes. She helped negotiate a treaty on behalf of Peter Stuyvesant with the Indians. In exchange for her services, she was granted a title or deed to 62 acres of land in Manhattan, NY. After her death, the land was usurped by the Trinity Church while all male heirs to the land where off serving in the War of 1812. This land has been hotly contested since that time by both the decendants and the parishoners of Trinity Church, with numerous lawsuits on both sides, culminating in a suit before the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the Church in ownership. For further information see the following web site:

as well as numerous others available by searching any web search program for "Anneke Jans Bogardus" who was Sarah's mother.

Dutch Reformed Church Baptisms List

21 Apr[1642];[father] Philip du Trieux;[child] Isaacsen;[witnesses] Mr. Herman Reyniers, Jan Willemszen Schut, Philip Gerritsz., Sara du Trieux, Sara Roelofs

9 Nov[1642];[father] Isacq de Foreest;[child] Jessen;[witnesses] Jochem Pieterszen, Philip du Trieux, Madam de la Montagne, Sara Roelofs

23 Nov[1642];[father] Ulderick Cleen;[child] Mechior;[witnesses] Jacob Swart, Sara Roelofs

3 May[1643];[father] Mr. Herman Meyndertsz;[child] Meyndert;[witnesses] Hendrick Van Dyck-flag bearer, Gysbert Opten Dyck, Corn. Tienhoven-secretary, Anneken Loockermans, Sara Roelofs

21 Jun[1643];[father] Aert Willemszen;[child] Elbert;[witnesses] Brandt Pylen, Corn. Claeszen-Swiss, Elbert Elbertszen, Sara Roelofs, Ariaentje Cornelis

5 Aug[1643]; Adriaen Pietersz. Van Alcmaer;[child] Jannetje;[witnesses] D. Everardus Bogardus, Egbert Wouterszen, Sara Roelofs, Tryntje Everts

More About Sara Roelofs Jans:

Date born 2: 1626, Amsterdam, Holland.37

Date born 3: 1626, Holland.38

Died 2: Abt. 1693

Died 3: 1693, Kingston, New York.38

More About Sara Roelofs Jans and William Hans Kierstede:

Marriage 1: 1642, Kingston, New York.38

Marriage 2: June 29, 164239

Marriage 3: June 29, 1642, New Amsterdam, Dutch Ref Ch, NY.

Children of Sara Roelofs Jans and William Hans Kierstede are:

  1. Jochem Kierstede, b. WFT Est. 1638-166439, d. WFT Est. 1644-174839.
  2. Lucas Kierstede, b. WFT Est. 1638-166439, d. WFT Est. 1644-174839.
  3. Jacob Kierstede, b. WFT Est. 1638-166439, d. WFT Est. 1644-174539.
  4. Rachel Kierstede, b. WFT Est. 1638-166439, d. WFT Est. 1644-174839.
  5. +Roelof Kierstede, b. January 01, 1646/47, Kingston, New York40, d. WFT Est. 1680-1738, Kingston, New York (?)40.
  6. +Catherine Kierstede, b. January 04, 1659/60, New Amsterdam, NY Dutch Ref Ch, d. WFT Est. 1705-1755, New Netherlands41.

Created with Family Tree Maker -------------------- It's recorded that I was born "Sarah Jans Roelofs" on September 3, 1632 and when I was old enough to do so, I married Dr. Hans Keigtda. --------------------

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  • ROELOFS, Sara (geb. Amsterdam ?-4-1627 – gest. New York ?-9-1693), trad in Nieuw-Nederland op als tolk in onderhandelingen met Indianen. Dochter van Roelof Jansz. (1601/02-1637), varensgezel en later pachtboer, en Anneke Jans (1604/05-1663), de mythische stammoeder van Nieuw-Nederland.

Sara Roelofs trouwde

  1. (1) op 29-6-1642 in Nieuw-Amsterdam met Hans Kierstede (ca. 1612-1666), scheepschirurgijn bij de WIC;
  2. (2) op 1-9-1669 in Nieuw-Amsterdam met Cornelis van Borsum (gest. 1682), landeigenaar op Manhattan en uitbater van het veer naar Long Island;
  3. (3) op 21-7-1683 in New York met Elbert Elbertsz Stouthoff, koopman en officier van de schutterij.

Uit huwelijken geboren kinderen

  • (1) werden 6 zoons en 4 dochters, uit (2) werd 1 dochter geboren.


  • Documents relative to the colonial history of the State of New York, 13, E.B. O’Callaghan ed. (Albany 1881).
  • Howard S.F. Randolph, ‘The Kierstede family’, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 65 (1934) 224-233, 329-338.
  • P.J. Risseeuw, Anneke Jans. Een roman uit de jaren toen New York nog Nieuw Amsterdam was (Kampen 1958).
  • John O. Evjen, Scandanavian immigrants in New York, 1630-1674 (Baltimore 1972) 105-108.
  • Lois M. Feister, ‘Linguistic communication between the Dutch and Indians in New Netherland’, Ethnohistory 20 (1973) 1, 25-38.
  • David M. Riker, ‘Surgeon Hans Kierstede of New Amsterdam’, De Halve Maen 57 (1983) 3, 11-13, 24.
  • Willem Frijhoff, Wegen van Evert Willemsz. Een Hollands weeskind op zoek naar zichzelf, 1607-1647 (Nijmegen 1995), passim.
  • Mark P. Meuwese, ‘For the peace and well-being of the country’: intercultural mediators and Dutch-Indian relations in New Netherland and Dutch Brazil, 1600-1664 (ongepubliceerde diss., Notre Dame Univ., Indiana, 2003) 408-410, 444-447
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Sarah Roelofs's Timeline

December 3, 1626
Amsterdam, Holland
April 4, 1627
Amsterdam, Holland
April 5, 1627
Rensselaerwyck, New York
Age 3

She traveled with her parents and her sister

Age 11
Age 11
June 29, 1642
Age 15
New Amsterdam Reformed Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherlands

"He married Sara Roelofs in Manhattan 29 June 1642." Note from David Baker, Historian of Hurley, NY, Jan 2013

Age 17
Manhattan, NY
January 1, 1646
Age 19
Kingston, New York, United States
October 10, 1649
Age 22
New York, New York, USA