Catharina Jane Johansdotter

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Catharina Jane Johansdotter (Brassert)

Also Known As: "Catherina Brassert"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Sweden
Death: February 9, 1720 (77-85)
Penns Neck
Immediate Family:

Wife of Jacob Jacobson Van Der Veer
Mother of Jacobse; William Vandever; Hendrick Van Der Veer; Cornelius Vandever; John Vandever and 3 others

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About Catharina Jane Johansdotter

Among the passengers on the Golden Shark when it left Göteborg on 15 April 1654 was a young woman named Catharina who expected, like the other passengers, to go to the New Sweden colony. The ship had been scheduled to leave with Governor Risingh and the Eagle, but its departure was delayed by repairs. The ship never did arrive in New Sweden. Instead, it landed near Staten Island on 12 September 1654 and was confiscated by Governor Stuyvesant three days later. Catharina therefore found herself alone in Manhattan.

She was soon befriended by a Dutch corporal, Jacob Van der Veer. After giving birth to a child by him, she was banished to the South River in 1657, probably because of adultery. Van der Veer deserted his Dutch family and followed her. Now a sergeant, he served under Willem Beeckman at the old Swedish fort at Christina (now Wilmington). In 1660, Jacob Van der Veer sought permission to return to the fatherland in the spring, but Stuyvesant persuaded him to stay. Jacob bought a tavern in New Amstel, but after the English conquered the Dutch in 1664 and renamed the Dutch town New Castle, Jacob was banished from the town for his insolence toward the court. He sold the tavern in 1665 and purchased over 100 acres of land north of the Christina River from a former Dutch soldier, Walraven Jansen de Vos. who then occupied the former land of Governor Johan Risingh at “Timber Island.”.............

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October 3, 1655
Age 16
New Netherland
Age 17
New York, NY, United States
January 21, 1657
Age 18
New Netherland
February 1659
Age 20
New Castle, DE, United States
Age 26
Age 29
Age 51
February 9, 1720
Age 81
Penns Neck