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Gijsbert Thyssen Laenen

Also Known As: "Gilbert Lane"
Birthplace: Liege, Liege, Walloon Region, Belgium
Death: Died in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthys Janse Jansen van Pelt, Colonist and Marijken Gijsberts
Husband of Jannetje Adriaense Laenen
Father of Adrian Gysbertse Laenen; Moika "Mercy" Langestraet (Laenen); Jannetje Laen; Willemptje Hendricks; Mattys Laen and 6 others
Brother of Tryntje Thyssen Laenan Van Pelt; Hendrick Thyssen Laenen and Jannette Thyssen Laenen Van Pelt
Half brother of Annetje Thysen Laenen; Jan Thysen Laenen; Adrian Thyssen Lane; Pieter Thysen Laenen; Jacob Thyssen Van Pelt and 1 other

Occupation: farmer
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About Gijsbert Thyssen Laenen

Gysbrecht Thyssen (who became known both as Geisbert, and also as Gilbert Lane), from Liege, Belgium, b. about 1652; emigrated with his father in 1663; d. 1727; m., about 1672, Jannetje Adriaense Lambersen. He was a member of the New Utrecht Dutch ch. in 1677 and a deacon in 1683, but seems not to be among those taking the oath of allegiance to the English Government in 1687. However, he was living there in 1698, when his name appears on the census roll as "Gysbert Tysse," with himself, wife and seven children ("Doc. Hist, of N. Y." Vol. 3, p. 88) ; evidently his two older sons were then living away from home.

In 1706 he was assessed there for eighty-three acres of land, purchased in 1700 of his half-brother, Adriaen. That he had become on Long Island a prosperous agriculturist is evident from the fact that he could make two large purchases of land in Monmouth Co., N. J., in 1709 and '10, a large farm for himself and a smaller one for his son Cornelius. On Apr. 23, 1709, he purchased of Rev. Alexander Innes, of Middletown, 460 acres of land in Middletown twsp., for £5 10. It is described in the deed as bounded by Swimming River, Robert Morris, Daniel Applegate and Hop River. (Trenton Deeds, Book I., p. 387). This he made his homestead, for he removed to Monmouth co. in that year.

On Feb. 5, 1710, he purchased 200 acres in the adjoining township of Shrewsbury, of Tobias Hansen, of Dover, N. H., for £50, (Monmouth Deeds. Book D. p. 138). This tract he conveyed to his "loving son, Cornelius," June 5, 171 1. Geisbert was then nearly sixty years of age, and Cornelius, who probably married that year was twenty-six. The second son, Matthias, did not marry until the next year; and three years later, May 20, 1715. Geisbert conveyed the homestead of 460 acres to his son, Matthias; consideration £500. (Monmouth Deeds, Book E., p. 344).

Of Geisbert's eldest son, Adriaens, who was probably living in 1727, when his father died, I have no information and find no trace of him in Monmouth co., after his father's death. Matthias is the one son who represents the Somerset line, as they were his ch. who migrated to Somerset.

In the same year that he removed to Monmouth the "Reformed Congregation of Freehold and Middletown," was organized 1 in what is the present village of Marlborough, and "Gisbert Laen and Jannetie Lammerse" are recorded as two or the organizing members, along with members of the Van Deventer, Wykoff, van Doom, Schenck, Cowenhoven, etc., families.

death and will

Geisbert lived twelve years after conveying his homestead to Matthias. The draftsman of his will, evidently an English lawyer, used the name "Gilbert Lane," the English equivalent for Gysbrecht, and for Geisbert, but it took another century for the Dutch to go out of use. Geisbert's signature to his will was by mark. This will, dated Nov. 7, 1720, was probated May 17, 1727. (Trenton Wills, Book B., p. 66). In it he names his sons "Adriaens, Cornelius, Matthias and Joseph who is blind," and his daughters, "Moika Langstreet, Catherine D'Hart, Mary van Sicklah and Jane," and "grandchildren born of my daughter, Williamea Hendrickson, deceased, wife of William Hendrickson, deceased." The three sons first named were executors. His real estate was directed to be sold and the money divided into eight parts, to be equally given to eight of his nine children ; the other child, Joseph, being blind, was to have a fund set apart out of the estate for his support.

Geisbert's wife, Jannetje, must have lived thereafter with her son, Matthias, as on June 16, 1732, etc., he gave bonds to his co-executors to contribute £& yearly for the support of his mother, "Jane Lane." (Monmouth Deeds, Book H., pp. 67, 107).

Somerset County Historical Quarterly Volume II.— 1913

Second account

The municipality of Overpelt (13,581 inhabitants on 1 January 2007; 4,085 ha) is located in Kempen, close to the border with the Netherlands.

Overpelt, a fairly ancient settlement, formed together with Neerpelt, Kaulille and Kleine-Brogel, the domain of Pelta, mentioned for the first time in 815, as Palethe, from Middle Dutch pael, "a pond" (in modern Dutch, poel). The domain of Pelta, renamed in 1585 Pelt-Gravenbroek, was one of the six domains forming the County of Loon, with Overpelt as its capital. Most of the village belonged to the Norbertine abbey of Floreffe.

Located on the Antwerp-Cologne road, Overpelt was an important trading place. A cloth hall was planned in 1545, which was never built because of the Religious Wars. In the XIXth century, the main activities in Overpelt were agriculture and hawking - like all villages in Kempen, Overpelt had its teuten. Industrialization started with the building of the Kempen Canal (1846), of the Eindhoven-Hasselt (1866) and Mol-Neerpelt-Mönchengladbach (1879) railways. The first significant factory in Overpelt was set up by Schulte & Co. in 1888.

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Gijsbert Thyssen Laenen's Timeline

December 2, 1646
Liege, Liege, Walloon Region, Belgium
December 2, 1646
Tuil, Gelderland, Netherlands
Age 16
New Utrecht, New Netherlands
- 1675
Age 16
Brooklyn, New Netherlands, New York
Age 26
New Utrecht, Kings County, New York
Age 27
New Utrecht, Kings County, Province of New York
Age 28
New Utrecht, Kings Co., New York
Age 30
Flatbush, Long Island, Province of New York
February 19, 1679
Age 32
Flatbush, Kings County, New York