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Abraham Pietersen van Deursen

Also Known As: "Abraham Pietersz van Deusen"
Birthplace: Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in New Amsterdam, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieter Jansz Lucasz van Deursen and Paulina Vincke
Husband of Tryntje Melchiors
Father of Mattheus Teuwis Abrahamsen; Marytje Abrahamse Van Deursen; Isaac Abrahamszen Van Deursen; Jacob Abrahamszen Van Deursen; Pieter Abrahamszen Van Deursen and 5 others
Brother of Janneken Pieters Van Deursen; Mechelkin Pietersen Van Deursen; Johannes Pietersen Van Deursen; Ideken Van Deursen; Sara Pieters Van Deursen and 2 others

Occupation: Miller, innkeeper, first to arrive New York area, Miller & Innkeeper married 1629, miller burgher
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About Abraham Pietersen van Deursen

He was the first miller in New Amsterdam. In 1659 he was a burger and lance corporal of the Second Co. of Burgher Corps. In 1665 he was living on Broadway, opposite Trinity Church.

"ABRAHAM PIETERSEN VAN DEURSEN, the Ancestor, was born in the city of Haarlem, Holland, where he was baptized Nov. 11, 1607, in the Dutch Reformed Church. His intention of marriage was recorded at Haarlem Nov. 25, 1629, at which time he was dwelling on the Groote Houtstraat (Great Forest Street), Haarlem, and a bachelor. He was married on Dec. 9, 1629, to TRYNTJE MELCHIORS, spinster, born in Gorningen and dwelling at the Smedestraat (Blacksmith Street), Haarlem, (Records of the Groote Kerk, Haarlem).

It is probable that Abraham Pietersen and his wife left Haarlem for America very soon after their marriage, as baptismal records of any of their children are found at that place between 1630 and 1635, and he is known to have been in New Amsterdam, now New York, in 1636, when he was recorded as 'of Haarlem.' The baptismal records of the Dutch Reformed Church at New Amsterdam date from 1639, therefore we have no record of the baptisms of the first four children of Abraham Pietersen and Tryntje Melchiors, though, doubtless they were born in that city. The baptisms of their two youngest sons, Pieter and Melchior, are found on the registers of the church, however. On April 14, 1657, Abraham Pietersen was granted a 'Small Burgher Right' (New York Historical Society Collection, Vol. 18, p 22). Four of his children, viz., Teuwis, Marytje, Jacob and Melchior, settled in Albany, their names as found in various deeds, being almost invariable spelled Van Deusen, omitting the 'r' which appears in their father's name.

Abraham Pietersen lived on the Heerewegh Straat, or Broadway, New Amsterdam, where he carried on t he occupation of miller and inkeeper, trading also in land and cattle. The date of his death is not known."

Van Deursen Family, Volume 1

By Albert Harrison Van Deusen

Page 3

Abraham was baptized Nov.11, 1607 in Haarlem Holland at the Dutch Reformed Church. It is probable that he and his wife Tryntje left Haarlem for America soon after their marriage as no Baptismal records for their children are found at that place between 1630 and 1635. He is known to have been in New Amsterdam, New York in 1636 when he was recorded as "of Haarlem".

The Baptismal records of the Dutch Reformed Church at New Amsterdam date from 1639 therefore there was no record of the Baptisms of the first 4 children, though doubtless they were born in that city. Their sons Melchior and Pieter are on the registers of the church.

On April 14, 1657, Abraham Pietersen was granted a "small Burgher Right". Four of his children (Teuwis nicknamed Matthew, Marytje, Jacob and Melchior settled in Albany, their names as found in various deeds being almost invariably spelled Van Deusen, omitting the R which appears in their fathers name.

He lived on the Heerewegh Straat on Broadway, New Amsterdam, where he was a miller and innkeeper, trading also in land and cattle.

His intention to marry Tryntje was recorded at Haarlem Holland on Nov. 25, 1629 at which time he resided at Grootee Houtsraat (Great Forest Street) Haarlem Holland.

9th great grandfather of Lee Angela Watts Bowen

Abraham and Trijntie had six children:

  • Teuwis (Matheus), b abt 1629, m Helena Robberts

Isaac, b abt 1632, Jannetje Jans

Marritje, b abt 1634, m Thomas Janszen Minsar

Jacob, b abt 1640, m Catalyntie Van Eslant

Pieter, b 23 Mar 1642, m Hester Webb

Melchior, b 6 Mar 1644, m Engeltje Rutgers

Abraham emigrated to New Amsterdam in1636 and took possession of the Isle of Quentensis for the Dutch West Indies Co. The Isle is also known as the Isle of Quateurs. It is located in front of Sloops Bay and the Pequator's river. In 1638, he was noted for being the first miller in New Amsterdam, an important and lucrative position in those days. In 1641, on Aug 29, he was one of the "Twelve Men" whom the commonalty chose and empowered to resolve on everything with the Director-General and Council, and on Nov 3 he was one of the "Eight Men" who sent a memorial to the State General of Hollalnd, setting forth the distressed state on account of the Indian Outbreak, and begging for assistance. In 1657, on April14th, he was granted The Burgher Right, and was Lance Corporal of Company Second of the Burghers Corp. In Oct 1664, he and his son, Isaac, swore allegiance to the (Dutch) King of England, William the Third. He lived on the east side of Heeren St., now Broadway; the third place south of Wall Street, opposite Trinity Church.

Abraham was the 3rd great grandfather of Marten Van Buren, the 8th president of the United States. He was the 7th great grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States. He also was an ancestor of Elizabeth Kortright, the wife of James Monroe.

Joanne Benne:

Abraham P. Van Deusen

C: 11 Nov 1607

M: 9 Dec 1629


Abraham Pietersen Van DUERSEN (VANDUESEN) (AFN: 1B7C-CT)

Birth: 11 Nov 1607 Haarlem, Groote Kerk, Holland

Christening: 11 Nov 1607 Dutch Reformed, Church, Haarlem, Holland

Death: Aft 1678 New York, , Ny


Father: Pieter Jans VAN DEURSEN (AFN: 1B7C-F6)

Mother: Paulina VINCKE (AFN: 8P82-V9)


Spouse: Tryntje MELCHIORS (AFN: 1B7C-D1)

Marriage: 9 Dec 1629

Dutch Ref Ch, Haarlem, N-H, Netherlands

He emigrated to New Amsterdam before 1636 with his wife, and several of his children. In 1638 he was listed as a miller in New Amsterdam

  • en.wikipedia... ;
  • Abraham Pietersen van Deursen (before November 11, 1607 – c. 1670), aka Abraham Pietersen van Deusen, was an immigrant from Holland who settled in New Amsterdam and become one of the Council of 12 that was the first representative democracy in the Dutch colony. The Van Deursen, Van Deusen, Van Duser, Van Duzer, Van Duzor, and Van Dusen families of the United States and Canada are all descended from Abraham Pietersen van Deusen, a miller and a native originating from Haarlem in the Netherlands.[1]


He was born in 1607 in Haarlem to Pieter van Deursen (c1575-?) and Maria or Paulina Vincke (c1575-?). Pieter and Maria/Paulina were married on January 15, 1591 in Haarlem. Abraham was baptized in Haarlem on Wednesday, November 11, 1607 and the witnesses were Jan Jans and Styntjen Jans.[1][2]

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Abraham Pietersen van Deursen's Timeline

November 11, 1607
Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
November 11, 1607
Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
November 11, 1607
November 11, 1607
Witnesses were Jan Jans and Styntjen Jans
November 11, 1607
Dutch Reformed Church, Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands
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November 25, 1629
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Groote Houtstraat (Great Forest Street), Haarlem
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