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Barent Pietersz Coeymans

Also Known As: "Pieterse", "Coeymans", "Koijemans"
Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Hickoop, , Utrecht, Netherlands
Death: circa 1710 (86-94)
New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieter Barentse Coeymans; Pieter (Coeyman) Coeyman; Jannetje Coeymans and Jannetie Kuijmans
Husband of Unknown Coeyman; Agnietje De Vos and Geertruyt De Vos
Father of Geertruy Coeymans; Peter Barentse Coeymans and Andries Coeymans
Brother of Geertruy Pieterse Bradt; Lucas Pieterse Coeyman; David Coeyman; Arent Coeyman; Jacob Coeyman and 6 others

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About Barent Pietersz Coeymans

Barent Pieterse Coeymans by Stefan Bielinski

According to traditional sources, Barent Pieterse Coeymans was born in Europe during the first part of the seventeenth century. He is said to have been from Utrecht.

He came to New Netherland with his brothers (including Luycas Pieterse) and father in 1639. He was under contract to the Van Rensselaers to work as a miller and seems to have been in their employ into the 1650s. He is said to have been the brother-in-law of the director of Rensselaerswyck. In October 1674, he was among those invited to a Van Rensselaer funeral.

His wife was Geertruy De Vos. Their children established the Coeymans family in greater Albany County. His daughter married patriarch Jacob C. Ten Eyck. Perhaps, he had been married earlier to a woman named "Agnietie." In any event, he was a member of the Albany Dutch church.

Barent Pieterse established a mill (called a sawmill in 1645) north of Beverwyck/Albany and then built a stone house south of Albany and overlooking the Hudson River where he later settled. He is said to have purchased the tract that became known as the Coeymans Patent from the Indians in 1672 or '73.

In 1697, the census of Rensselaerswyck configured his household with four men and three children - but no women.

Although primarily a resident of Rensselaerswyck, he did own property within the Albany city limits. In 1684, his Albany taxes were in arrears. In 1709, his third ward lot received a minimal assessment.

Barent Pieterse Coeymans appears to have died intestate. In October 1712, letters of administration were issued to his eldest son. Barent Pieterse is known as the legendary founder of the town of Coeymans. The "Coeymans house" there remains an outstanding historical landmark.

Notes: The People of Colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barent Pieterse Coeymans is CAP biography number 6155. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The most comprehensive of the traditional sources is VRBM, pp. 821-22.

VRBM: Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts: Being the Letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643, and Other Documents Relating to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck, translated and edited by A. J. F. Van Laer (Albany, 1908). (

VRBM is the basic, printed resource for the history of Rensselaerswyck. The letters of Killiaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643, and other documents relating to the colony of Rensselaerswyck. Contains translations of core documents, biographies of many of the earliest settlers, and one of the first maps of the colony. Available online. (

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Barent Pieterse Coeymans, arrived in 1636 on ship Rensselaerswjck, from Utrecht (NL), died in Nieuw Nederland.

"Ship Passenger Lists, New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)" has the following information: Page 39-40: "Barent Pieterse Koeymans, alias Barent the Miller, entered into the service of the first Patroon at 30 guilders a year. Three brothers accompanied him to Resselaerswyck in 1636, Jacob, David and Arent, who was a lad. It is presumed that they came originally from Utrecht. Barent worked in the Patroon's grist-mill until 1645, in the fall of which year he took charge, with Jan Gerritsen, his partner (who came out with him), of the Patroon's sawmills, being allowed 150gl each year for board, and three stivers a cut for every plank they sawed. He remained in this employment until 1647, having cut between three and four thousand boards in that time... In 1657, he rented, in company with Cornelis Teunis Van Breukelen, for three years, the Upper Mills, (as the mills on the Patroon's creek were called, in contradistinction to those on the Norman's kil), which he leased on his own account in 1660 for 13 years... Barent Pietersen had five children-Andreas, Samuel, Peter, Ariantje, and Jannitje... Pieter married twice, by his first wife he had Mayica, who married Andreas Witbeck, and Elizabeth, the wife of Jacob Van Allen. By his second wife, Charlotte Amelia Drawyer, he had Gerrije, who married John Barclay, mayor of Albany; Anne Margaret, who married Peter Ten Eyck, and Charlotte A, who married John Bromck... All the descendants of Barent Coeymans, after the first generation in the direct line, were females." Barent Coeyman a wealthy mill owner and founder of the town of Coeyman, N.Y.

O'Callaghan's history says Barent the miller came to Rennselaer in 1636 as a "miller for the first patroon, his brothers David, Jacob & Arent accompanied him. Arent was but a lad, they came on the ship Rennsselaerwyck, he is presumed to come from Utrecht, the ship saled from the Netherlands, Oct. 1636, granted the Coeymans (Koyamans) patent 16 Aug 1714, had to build a saw mill."

Page 152.--Robert Hunter, Captain-General and Governor. Whereas BARENT COEYMANS, late of the County of Albany, Gent, lately died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to the eldest son and heir Andries Coeymans, October 20, 1712.

[NOTE.--The persons mentioned in above were the owners of the tract of land known as Coeymans Patent, embracing a tract 12 miles square, on the west side of Hudson's river, and now includes the town of New Baltimore, and lands adjacent in Greene County and Albany County. The rocky islet known as "Beeren Island," which figures so prominently in the veracious Diedrich Knickerbocker's "History of New York," is near the southeast corner of this Patent.--W. S. P.]

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Barent Pietersz Coeymans's Timeline

Hickoop, , Utrecht, Netherlands
April 23, 1654
Age 34
New Amsterdam, , New York, USA
Age 40
Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Age 40
Age 90
New York, USA