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Cornelius Jansen Van Hoorn

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hoorn, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in New York City, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Cornelisen van Hoorn and Hillegond Joris
Husband of Anna Maria Jans
Father of Hillegonda Van Hoorn; Isaac Van Hoorn; Johannes "John" Van Horne; Jannetje Van Hoorn; Cornelius J Van Hoorn and 5 others
Brother of Joris Jansen van Hoorn; Vroutje Van Hoorn; Abraham Van Hoorn, child; Abraham van Hoorn and Aefje Van Hoorn

Occupation: furrier and hat dealer
Managed by: Peter Louis Corbasson, III
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About Cornelius Jansen Van Hoorn

(1) Zabriskie, George Olin, "The Jan Cornelisen Van Hoorn/Van Horne Family," The American Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 1 (January 1970), pp. 47, 51-54:

Cornelis Jansen Van Hoorn, eldest son of Jan Cornelisen Van Hoorn by his wife Hillegond Joris, was born about 1636 or 1637 in Hoorn, Noordt Holland. Williams and Marvin say that he was born 3 Aug. 1642. A Jan Corneliszen had a son Cornelis baptized on that date in the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam but the father was Jan Corneliszen Joncker, usually known as "Jan of Rotterdam."

On 15 Sept. 1659 Cornelis received from his father a lot just north of "the Waal." He was living on this lot in 1665. In 1663 he appeared in court with his neighbors regarding the condition of the wall. On 16 May 1667 he obtained a confirming patent to land along the East River, between Broad Street arid Coenties Slip. He had apparently owned this land earlier for on 31 Aug. 1663 he and two others were required to pay for sheet-piling along the strand of the East River. His fishing sheds stood on this land and, later, in 1674 and in 1686, he lived on a portion of it. His home was on the "northerly side" of present Pearl Street, between (1674 description) Old Slip and Broad Street, and (1686 description) Hanover Square and Wall Street (HSYB 1896:169, 1916:24).

Cornelis obtained small burgher rights, 20 Dec. 1659. A 1663 court case successfully charge him with unlawfully taking one half of a bear, and winning the skin in a "toss up,"from one of the boys in the city. He had to return the skin to the rightful owner, the boy's mother, she being content, as Cornelis had eaten the half of the bear he had taken. Williams states that Cornelis was a furrier and a hat dealer.

On 5 Sept. 1664, as Cornelis Janss, he may have joined with his father in the request to Pieter Stuyvesant concerning the surrender of New Amsterdam to the English (N.Y. Col. Docs. 2:250), and as Cornelis Janszen van Hoorn he swore allegiance to the British Crown in October 1664 (ibid. 3:75). His will is given in New York Wills 1:213:

In the name of God, Amen. Know all men by these Presents that on the 11th day of October, 1689, I, Cornelis Jansen Van Hoorn, inhabitant in this city of New York, have of my free will made this my last will and testament, without any persuasion of others. I leave to my eldest son John 50 shillings, made in consideration of the Prerogatives of the first born. I leave to my wife Anna Maria Van Hoorn, all my estate during her life, she remaining unmarried, to bring up and maintain the under aged children, and after her decease, to be divided among my children, and they to be instructed in an art or trade by which they may live.

He made his wife executor. The witnesses were Thomas Burroughs and Albert Bosch (a next-door neighbor). The will was probated 15 Feb. 1692/3 "at Fort William Henry," in New York City.

Note that Cornelis's children are "to be instructed in an art or trade by which they may live." In other words, the estate of Cornelis did not provide legacies large enough to remove the need for working for a living on the part of his children. Thus, it is unlikely that Jan Cornelisen, and, in turn, Cornelis Jansen, were men of extreme wealth as some accounts state. They did own property, and this perhaps laid the ground work for some of the children of Cornelis (e.g. John) to become wealthy.

The record of Cornelis's marriage in the Dutch Reformed Church of New Amsterdam, under banns dated 4 Oct. 1659, is printed as follows: "Cornelis Janszen Van Hoorn, en Anne Marie Janszen Van Tamerica." This indicates that Cornelis was born in Hoorn and that the "Van Hoorn" was not used in the sense of a surname inherited from his father; also that Anne Marie Jans was born in America, but probably not in New Netherland. Abram Van Horne in 1888, Williams in 1912 and Marvin in 1929, all identify Anne Marie Jans as a daughter or half-sister of the famous Anneke Jans Bogardus, probably "guided" by the thoughts concerning the Trinity Churchyard claim by the heirs of Anneke Jans Bogardus.

There is no evidence that substantiates a relationship of any sort between Anne Marie Jans and Anneke Jans Bogardus. In fact, one appears to be of French or French-speaking Swiss descent, and the other Swedish. From the miscellaneous records of the City of New Amsterdam, as published in The Holland Society Yearbook of 1900, page 172:

30 April 1654. Fransoys Paschot, born at Lausanne, in Switzerland, widower of Annatje Jans, dec'd makes will. Appoints Oloff Stevensz. and Abraham Clock guardians of his wife's daughter by a former marriage, Anna Maria Jans, born in Brazil, on the island of Itamarca, now about 14 years old. Said girl is at present living at the house of Paulus Van der Beeck. Said girl is to be his heir.

Subsequent entries show that a codicil was added to this will on 25 July 1654, providing a legacy for Paulus Vander Beeck (a physician who had previously lived in Brazil). Paschot died on 8 Aug. 1654.

These entries provide the parentage and approximate date of birth of Anne Marie Jans[zer]. She was the daughter of Jan _____ and Annatje Jans, born about 1640 on the island of Itamarca, Brazil. She joined the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam on 1 April 1663 (Record 9:76) and was still a member in 1686. She served as executor of her husband's estate and, as such, bought and sold property. In the census of the Dock Ward of the City of New York of about 1703, she is shown as Widdow Vanhorne. In her household were one male and three female adults and one female negro (Doc. Hist. of N.Y. 1:622). Next door lived her daughter Vroutje, and in the same general area her daughters Aefje and Jannetje, and sons John and Garret. The date of her death is not known.

The children of Cornelis Jansen Van Hoorn and Anne Marie Jans at times used the patronymic "Cornelisen" with and without the place name "Van Hoorn/Van Horne." They were born in New York and baptized at the Dutch Reformed Church.

Children:

  • Hillegond, bapt. 10 Oct. 1660.
  • Johannes, bapt. 17 Jan. 1663, witness: Jan Corneliszen Van Hoorn (grandfather); d.y. . . .
  • Jannetje, bapt. 10 Feb. 1664. . . .
  • Vroutje, bapt. 25 July 1666. . . .
  • Jan/John, bapt. 11 Jan. 1669. . . .
  • Gerrit, bapt. 17 Dec. 1671. . . .
  • Aefje/Effie, bapt. 31 Oct. 1673. . . .
  • Abraham, bapt. 31 Jan. 1677. . . .
  • Marritje/Mary, bapt. 23 July 1681.
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Cornelius Jansen Van Hoorn's Timeline

1636
1636
Hoorn, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
1642
August 3, 1642
Age 6
New Amsterdam, New York, NY
August 3, 1642
Age 6
New Amsterdam, New York, NY
1660
1660
Age 24
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
1661
December 30, 1661
Age 25
New Amsterdam, New York, United States
1663
January 17, 1663
Age 27
New Amsterdam
1664
February 10, 1664
Age 28
Flatlands, Long Island, Province of New York
1667
May 3, 1667
Age 31
Nieuw-Amsterdam, Nieuw-Nederland
1667
Age 31