Caspar Melchiorsen Springsteen

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About Caspar Melchiorsen Springsteen


Casper, as an infant, removed from Boswyck with his prents to settle at Crippelbush in the town of Brooklyn.

Before 1690, he took up residence in New York City where he had children baptised 1694-1697, and where, in 1694 a permit was issued to Casper Melle to transport soldiers. This record suggestrs he operated a boat commercially, to account for the fact that both his first and his second wife lived in Albanly County. He had established residence before January 1693 in the "Highlands" (then Orange Co, and now Rockland Co, NY), at or near Tappan where his father had purchased lands from the Indians in about 1692, and which Casper is considered to have occupied from time to time until about 1700 when he made permanent settlement in Albany County, as shown by the recorded baptisms of his five children, in the period 1701 - 1709, at Albany and Schenectady. In 1707, Casper Spsringsteen was recorded as a "miller" at Schenectady. It is thought he may have taken up that trade as a young man, while living on the waters of Wallabout Creek at Crippelbush. His cousin, Casper Jokannes Springsteen owned and operated a grist mill at nearby Bushwick before he removed to Orange County.

Early Settlers of Bushwick, Long Island, New York and their Descendants Vol II Andrew J. Proost, Jr.


Caspar was a son of Melchior Caspers Springsteen and Geertruy Bartholds. He was born about 1670 in Bushwick, New York (now part of Brooklyn, New York).[1]

Casparus Springsteen, "j.m. Van Boschwyck," was married to Wyntie Jurcx, "j.d. Van N. Albanien," in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York (i.e., Manhattan) on 9 August 1693. One daughter was born to this marriage:[1]

   Melle Springsteen, baptized 31 January 1694 in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York (witnesses: Laurensz Wesselszen and Aeltje Jans). 

Wyntie died, and on 28 July 1695 Caspar Springsteen was married to Jannetje Jans Schermerhorn in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York.[2][3] Marriage license Casper Springsteen - Jannetie Jacobs 24 July 1695 recorded with NY Probate records. [4]

Children of this second marriage were:

   Jannetje, b 1697[5] Must have died before 1705.
   Jacob, bapt 14 May 1699[6]
   Casper, baptized 20 April 1700 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany, New York[7]
   Abraham, bpt 9 Sep 1703[8]
   Jannetje, bpt 1705 (apparently the first Jannetje died)[9]
   Reyer, bpt 30 Apr 1707.[10]
   Simon, baptized in the Albany Reformed Dutch Church on 19 June 1709.[11]

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Caspar Melchiorsen Springsteen's Timeline

Bushwick, Province of New York
January 31, 1694
New York, NY, United States
June 13, 1697
New York, NY, United States
May 14, 1699
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
September 19, 1703
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
October 28, 1705
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
April 30, 1707
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
June 19, 1709
Albany, Province of New York