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Theunis Janse van Pelt (Laenen)

Birthplace: Overpelt, Limburg, Flanders, Belgium
Death: Died in New Utrecht, Kings County, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Jans Laenen; Johannes Jans Laenen; Catharina Henricusse Bakelmans and Catharina Henricusse Bakelmans
Husband of Grietje van Pelt; Grietje van Pelt; Peterken Andriesse and Geertyd Janse van Pelt
Father of Anthoine Teunisse van Pelt; Teunis Teunisse Laenen; Jacomyntje Laenen; Hendrick Teunisse van Pelt; Wouter Teunisse van Pelt and 19 others
Brother of Bartholomeus Laenen; Matthys Janse van Pelt; Henricus Laenen; Balthus Laenen; Jacobus Laenen and 15 others
Half brother of Anthenius "Teunis" Janzen Lanen Van Pelt

Occupation: Soldier, Fisherman
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About Theunis Janse van Pelt

Immigration: 1663 "Rosebud"

Occupation: Fisher

Note: He was the sponsor and 'Patroon' of the New Utrecht community.

He immigrated in 1663 on the 'Rosebud' with his brother Matthys and their families.

1999 article by Dorothy A Koenig and 2000 article by Gerald James Parsons

Teunis Jansen Lanen Van Pelt and his twin sister Elizabeth, children of Jan [Joannes] and Catharina Bakelmans, were Bapt. 5 May 1622 in St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church in Overpelt, Province of Limburg, Belgium, which at that time was in the Principality of Liege. [His latin name was Anthonius].

His family name was actually Laenen, but he was recorded as 'van Pelt' meaning 'from Pelt' when he sailed from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York in 1663 in "the Rosetree [Roseboom]" Teunis was a fairly recent immigrant to Tuil, The Netherlands from his home of Pelt, Belgium that he had left in 1639" to go north to seek his fortune about the time of his mother's second marriage.

Peter Nouwt commented "During the period 1636-1647 the Company of Captain Peter De Swart was staying in the area of Tielerwaard, not far from the village of Tuil. At some time Mathijs Jansz. Lanen (prior to 1640) and Adriaen Lambertsz. Smeets (prior to 1647) must have joined this Company, but we do not know exactly when or where. Teunis Jansz. Lanen is mentioned as a peddler (1649-1652), but it is possible that he too was a soldier originally."

Three children in 1648, 1651, 1652 are recorded in the Register of Baptisms of the Dutch Reformed Church of Tuil as being children of "Teunis, peddler by the dyke ."

Dorothy A Koenig wrote: "Finally, we can make an educated guess why the Smith and Lanen van Pelt families emigrated to New Netherland. On pages 80 and 83 of 'A Van Tuyl Chronicle: 650 Years of a Dutch-American Family,' by R L Van Tuyl and J N A Groenendijk [Los Altos, CA: Rory Van Tuyl, 1996] we learn that the River Waal had not flooded for years. Then came severe floods in 1651, 1658, and in December 1662. On page 30 of H. van Heiningen's 'Dijken en dijkdoorbraken in het Nederlandse rivierengebied [Den Haag: 1978] is the description of the lay of the land in the Tuil area that December, 'The turmoil and the floods progressed until the land was completely covered, many feet deep, with the water as high as the dike on both sides. The loveliness of the fields was smothered beneath the waters.'"

Listed as passengers on the Rosetree that left The Netherland on 15 March 1663.

  • "Theunis Jansen, from the country of Liege, wife and six children, 18, 16, 14, 9, 7, and 2 years old.
  • Thys [Mattys] Jansen, from the country of Liege, and four children 17, 15, 13, and 11 years old"

Teunis died in "The Van Pelt Manor House" in New Utrecht, Long Island about 1700.

First Marriage

Teunis Jansen Lanen Van Pelt was married abt 1644 in Haaften, Gelderland, Netherlands to Peterken Andriesse

  • 1. Jan [John] Teunisse Lanen VanPelt
    • chr. 14 Dec 1645 in Haaften, Gelderland, Netherlands - 1734 Staten Island
    • married ca 1668 Marytje "Maria/Mary" Pieterse

Jan "John" Teunisse Lanen VanPelt & Marytje "Maria/Mary" Pieterse were married about 1668 Flatbush, Kings Co, NY

Second Marriage

Teunis Jansen Lanen Van Pelt married on 28 Feb 1647 in Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands to Grietje Anthoinis: "Antonis Jansen, widower of Peterken Andriesse, and Grietje Anthonis, young daughter of Asch."

  • 1. Anthoine [Anthony] Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt
    • bap/chr Nov 1648 Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands - 2 Feb 1720/1 New Utrecht
    • married bef 1679 Magdalena Joosten
  • 2. Hendrick Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt [lived in New Utrecht and Staten Island]
    • b.ab 1650 Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands
    • married bef 1681 Annetje Meinders
  • 3. Jacomyntje Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt
    • bap/chr 18 May 1651 Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands - dy bef '63
  • 4. Teunis Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt
    • bap/chr 15 Nov 1652 Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands - dy bef '63
  • 5. Wouter Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt ca 1654 Feydersweeof, Netherlands - 1744
    • Wouter Teunisse Lanen Van Pelt wrote his will 10 May 1728 and his will was probated [in Kings County NY] 29 Sep 1744 They lived in New Ultrecht and Gowanus, Brooklyn
    • married at Flatbush 22 Mar 1686 Maria Janse Schaers
  • 6. Van Pelt ca 1656 Feydersweeof -
    • married ca 1676 Jochem Gulick d ca 1723 of Gravesend, Kings Co, NY
    • will was dated 20 Dec 1711 - prob: 26 Aug 1723
      • a. Pieter Gulick bapt. 22 Sept 1689 Flatbush, Kings Co NY -

Third Marriage [just when they married is not known so she may be mother of some listed above]

Grietje Jans was the third wife of Teunis Jansen Lanen VanPelt

  • 7. Elisabethan VanPelt ca 1661 Feydersweeof -
    • (she was one of the sponsors for bap/chr of Pieter Gulick on 22 Sep 1689, Flatbush, Kings Co, NY s/o Joachim Gulick & Jacomymtje VanPelt; the other sponsor was her half-brother Jan)
  • 8. Aeert [Adrien] Teunise Lanen Van Pelt ca 1663/1664 New Utrecht, Kings Co, NY - aft July 1735
    • he is listed in NY records as being native born
    • married Flatbush Reformed Dutch Ch 3 Oct 1686 Neeltje Janse Van Tuyl, daughter of Jan Otten VanTuil & Geertryd Janse VanLent

Fourth Marriage

Geertryd Janse VanLent, (widow of Jan Otten VanTuil) was 4th wife of Teunis Jansen Lanen VanPelt. Teunis & Geertryd were married on 6 Aug 1696 in Manhattan, New York Co, NY

She had 8 children by her first husband

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His Parents:

  • Father: Jans * Lanen VAN PELT b: Abt 1595 in Liege, Belgium (if Theunis' family name was Laenen before leaving Amsterdam, and Theunis was the first to be assigned the name that describes him as being "from Pelt," then the father wouldn't have the name "VAN PELT" - only Laenen or Lanen -Ben M. Angel)
  • Mother: Catherina * BAKELMANS b: 1593 in Belgium, Europe

Marriage 1:

  • Peterken * ANDRIESSE
    • Married: Abt 1644 in Tuyl, Gelderland, Netherlands 3


  • 1. Jan * "John" Teunissen Lanen VAN PELT

Marriage 2 :

  • Greitje Janse ANTHOINES
    • Married: 28 FEB 1647 in Tuyl, Gelderland, Netherlands 3 1
    • Note: Alt. marr.: 28 Feb 1646


  • 1. Anthony Teunissen Lanen VAN PELT b: Abt 1647 in Liege, Belgium
  • 2. Hendrick "Henry" Teunissen Lanen VAN PELT b: Abt 1649 in Liege, Belgium
  • 3. Jacomyntje Teunisse "Magdalena" VAN PELT b: Abt 1651 in Liege, Belgium
  • 4. Wouter Teunissen Lanen VAN PELT b: Abt 1654 in Liege, Belgium
  • 5. Aerte "Art" Teunisse VAN PELT b: Abt 1663 in New Utrecht, Kings, New York
  • 6. Teunis VAN PELT

Marriage 3 :

  • Geertryd Janse VAN LENT
    • Married: 06 AUG 1696 in New Amsterdam, New York, New York (Nieuw-Amsterdam changed to New York City in 1664 following English invasion and annexation. It was briefly named "New Orange" during the Dutch occupation of July 1673 to November 1674. Ever after, it was simply called New York City. -Ben M. Angel)


  • 1. Maritie VAN PELT b: Abt 1696 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York
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Theunis Janse van Pelt's Timeline

May 5, 1622
Overpelt, Limburg, Flanders, Belgium
May 5, 1622
Overpelt, Fürstbistum Lüttich, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation

Baptised in St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church.

Age 21
Haaften, Gelderland, Netherlands
Age 22
Haaften, Hertogdom Gelre, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
February 28, 1647
Age 24
Tuil, Hertogdom Gelre, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden

Married in Dutch Reformed Church.

Age 25
Tuil, Hertogdom Gelre, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Age 25
Tuil, Neerijnen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Age 27
Age 27
Tuil, Hertogdom Gelre, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Age 28