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Johannes van Beuren

Also Known As: "Johannes Van Buuren"
Birthplace: Amsterdam or, Leiden, Holland (Netherlands)
Death: July 27, 1755 (72-77)
New York, New York, New York
Place of Burial: New York, New York County, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Michiel van Buren and Christina Addickers
Husband of Marytje Meyer
Father of Dr. Johannes van Beuren (II); Pieter van Beuren; Christina van Beuren; Maria Smith; Dr. Peter van Beuren and 10 others
Brother of Arnoldus Van Beuren and Hendrick Van Buuren

Occupation: physician
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About Dr. Johannes van Beuren

The name van Beuren arose from Buren, a village in the province of Gelderland, Holland.

Dr. Johannes Van Buren was baptized 11 February 1682 in Amsterdam, Noord Holland: kind Johannes vader Michiel van Buren moeder Christina Addickers doop 11 februari 1682 religie Rooms-Katholiek, kerk De Lely bron 343 p.70

The near generations of these van B(e)urens did not live in Buren

Reading Dutch history of the late 17th century: It is more than likely that this van "Buren" line was living in cities and towns other than Buren for some time before Johannes' birth. War(s) contributed to this.

French troops devastated Wijk bij Duurstede in 1672 (just north of Buren on the Lek branch of the Rhine River). Nearby Thiel and Crevecoeur also suffered the depredations of war. In 1672, after he conquered it for France, the Maréchal du Turenne’s troops abandoned Crevecoeur having set the entire town ablaze. All these towns in Gelderland were near Buren.

Earlier, in Buren itself, there was the "great fire" of 1575 that destroyed most of the ancient town. Logic & conjecture would suggest that the van Beurens would have already left Buren for Leyden (Leiden), Amsterdam,or some other locale nearer the coast during the invasions of the forces of Louis XIV during 17th century.

possible siblings

There is record of another son (Jacobus) baptized in the same church registry.

New York History:

  1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dutchapples/vbdr1.html
  2. Interactive Connections circa 1665, New Amsterdam
  3. There is a record of marriages in New York (Dutch reformed Church) at: http://archive.org/details/DutchReformedMarriageRecordsOfNewAmsterdamNewYorkCity intention to marry published May 16th, 1707.
  4. baptism: "1709 Sep 18; Jan Van Beuren, Marytje Myers; Pieter(child); Cornelus Timmer & wife Cornelia [Meyer] (witnesses)"

Dr. Johannes Van Beuren's parents are listed as Michiel Van Beuren and Christina Addickers. His info: born 1682 Christened 11 Feb 1682 Geloof Hoop En Liefde (faith hope and charity) Roman Catholic Church. died 27 Jul 1755 NYC. Married 15 Jun 1707 New Amsterdam (NY)
Maryken (Maria) Meyer (Meier) wife of Dr. Johannes was born 1687, christened 13 Feb 1687 Dutch Church, New Amsterdam (NYC) died 28 Apr 1774 in NYC buried 1 May 1774 NYC.

Parent of Dr. Johannes Van Beuren: Christina Addicker born abt 1669 Dutch Church Amsterdam.

(Parents of Maryken Meyer: Pieter Meyer born abt 1661 Duch Church NYC and Batje Jans born abt 1665 Dutch Church New Amsterdam NY (NYC).)

( Maria &ltPieter> Meyer Van Beuren (Rn=12437), who was born February 1687 at New York City and was baptized at Reformed Dutch Church, New York City and died 28 April 1774 at 87 years of age.

Maria (Maryken) Meyer married 15 June 1707 at Reformed Dutch Church, New York City Johannes <?> Van Beuren Doctor (Rn=5731), who was born 1678 at Leyden, South Holland, Netherland and died 27 July 1755 at 77 years of age. (so we have it that Dr. Johannes was born in Leyden but baptized as a Catholic at the kerk de Lely in Noord Amsterdam( !)


(Maria)Baptized on 13 February 1687.

Emigrant in 1700 from Amsterdam to New York City. Source [New Netherland Connections October 1999 Volume 4 Number 4 page 89] Source [New Netherland Connections October 2000 Volume 5 Number 4, page 47] Studied with the celebrated Boerhaave at Leyden, Holland {van Beuren and Boerhaave were born 10 years apart.}

  • Jacob Hendrickszen Varrevanger, surgeon to the Dutch West India Company (1658), may have been the person who hired Johannes out of medical school and brought him to New York. OR, More likely, it may have been Dr. Gerardus Beekman, the acting mayor of the City of New York at the time of Johannes' arrival, who possibly had van Beuren recruited out of medical school. Johannes and Maria honored the Beekman name by naming a son "Beekman". Indeed, the Beekman given name was reused many times in subsequent van Beuren generations even though no 2nd generation van Beuren children married a (blood) Beekman. (a least one later generation one did)

• The Doctors of the Kierstede and Beekman families were well established in New Amsterdam before Dr. Johannes' arrival and ended up being close associates. Gerardus Beekman succeeded Hans Kierstede at his Brooklyn practice.

~• It is of note that the influential Sara Kierstede married secondly Cornelius Van Borsum having previously been married to Dr. Hans Kierstede. It may well be that this is the primary connection that united Pieter Meyer and Baetie Jans' daughter Marytje Meyer with Dr. Jan van Beuren.
Sarah Roelofs was also the mother of doctors in the Kierstede line. These men would have been looking for medical professionals to bring to the colonies in their generation. It is my theory that this situation influenced or directly brought about the arrival of Dr. Johannes van Beuren from medical school at the University of Leiden .

• read Physicians and Surgeons by Donna Speer Ristenblatt for an account of New Amsterdam medical practice. this includes a list of professionals.

After practicing medicine in New York for more than twenty years, Dr. van Beuren removed about 1724 to Flatbush, L.I., and lived there until 1728, when he returned to New York. He was appointed first head of the (1736) almshouse " Publick Workhouse and House of Correction" Held position until his death. A son served with him there also. Numerous sons were doctors.

a review of some notable van Beurens

He and wife, Maria, had 15 children


JOHANNES VAN BEUREN, born 1682 (or 1678?), died 27 July 1755, married Maria (Pieter) Meyer, born around 1686 and died 28 April 1774. Johannes is somewhat famous as one of the doctors who founded (the future) Bellevue Hospital in New York City. We know something of his background from “An Account of Bellevue Hospital,” edited by Robert J. Carlisle, M.D., published 1893. Dr. Van Beuren was born in Holland and came to New York around 1700, not long after graduating the University of Leyden. His wife was a New York native, Maria Meyer, daughter of Pieter Mayer and Baetje Jans. The record of the marriage in the register of the Dutch Church reads: “Junii 15, 1707, Johannes Van Buuren, j.m. (young, ie, unmarried, man) van Amst(derdam) met Maria Meier, j.d. (young, ie, unmarried, woman) van N.York.” Dr. Van Beuren practiced in New York for more than 20 years, then moved about 1724 to Flatbush, Long Island and lived there until 1728, when he returned to New York. In 1736 an almshouse known as the “Publick Workhouse and House of Correction” was built on the site of the present New York City Hall. Dr Van Beuren was appointed the first medical director and held the position until his death. His salary was 100 pounds a year, out of which he was expected to provide his own medicines.

•~ it is proposed that Johannes Van Buren had at least 2 brothers, also baptized in Amsterdam:

kind Hendrick vader Michiel Hendrricksz moeder Christina Jans doop 25 januari 1680 religie Rooms-Katholiek, kerk De Lely bron 343 p.62

kind Arnoldus vader Michiel van Beuren moeder Christijn N. N. doop 22 april 1684 religie Rooms-Katholiek, kerk De Lely bron 343 p.79

but I would like this to be double checked... MMvB (2014)

Leyden (Leiden) had been a major city for centuries and the University there (the first university of the northern Netherlands ) had been founded by William the Silent. http://fydutchhistory-archive.tumblr.com/post/32818979462/on-this-day-in-dutch-history-on-the-3rd-of

spelling of surname

Spelling of the van Beuren surname is interchangeable. Expect to see all variations in this family: Van Buuren, van Beuren, Van Bueren. There is, as most genealogists and historians are aware, another Van Buren family that preceded Dr. Johannes' line to New Netherland (Martinus Van Buren). We see evidence of this even in New Amsterdam baptisms (1657 Jun 06; Adriaen Post; Margarita; Pieter Tenneman, Cornelia Van Buuren) {Cornelia being a witness of the birth of a Margarita Post}


VAN BEUREN Schutte, Otto, “The Origins of the Van Beuren Family of New York and New Jersey” 137:264-266 [family of Michiel Van Beuren and Christina Jans, parents of Johannes and Johanna of N.Y.C.] see: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/sites/default/files/files/Record%20Subject%20Index%201983-2013.pdf
Purple's work see pages 69 & 70 for Meyer and van Beuren
Buren history from its earliest days

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Dr. Johannes van Beuren's Timeline

Leiden, Holland
February 11, 1682
Age 4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

various transcriptions of the baptism have been handed down through the ages. Here is a very close translation of one without embellishment.
Gedoopt 11 Feb, Johannes de vader Mingael Van Buren en Christina addickers, de peets Gerrit Gerritsz en Maria van Niande
{ Baptism Register, Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic Church, Amsterdam, Holland }
Baptized 11 Feb, Johannes - The father Michael Van Buren and Christina Addickes; the godparents Gerrit Gerritsz and Maria van Niande

Age 22
University Of Leyden
Age 22
University Of Leyden
New York, New York, New York, United States

Dr.Johannes II went on to have eight (8) children

New York, New York, United States

Pieter did not live to adulthood.

New York, New York

Christina does not seem to have married, nor did she have offspring.

New York

Pieter went on to have seven (7) children.

New York, New York, United States

Maria went on to have three (3) known children.