About Jacob Burhans
BURHANS GENEALOGY: DESCENDANTS FROM THE FIRST ANCESTOR IN AMERICA, JACOB BURHANS, 1660, AND HIS SON, JAN BURHANS, 1663, TO 1893. COMPILED BY SAMUEL BURHANS, JR.: TRUSTEE OF THE NEW-YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, MEMBER OF THE HOLLAND SOCIETY, CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE MINISINK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
NEW YORK, PRINTED FOR PRIVATE DISTRIBUTION, 1894.
JACOB BURHANS was the first of the name in this country, so far as can be ascertained by patient research. His place of birth I have not been able to discover, though, from his being favored with an office by Stuyvesant, it is reasonable to suppose he was from Holland, and family tradition also claims Holland as his native place. In what capacity he came is unknown, but the first record we find of him shows him to be a soldier in the Netherlandish service.
In 1660 March 28, he appears as a soldier in the Netherlandish service on the Esopus, in the company of his Noble Honor the Director-General.
1660 Dec. 7. His name is third on the list of church members at Wiltwyck (Kingston, N. Y.), at the date of the first organization of the church.
1661 June 15. He appears on the muster-roll.
1661 Nov. 12. He offers fl. 20 for a house-lot, he having no farm lands.-*
1661 Nov. 21. He was appointed Collector of Church Rates and Excise on consumption of Wine and Beer.
1661 Nov. 24. Was by ordinance authorized to collect arrears.
1663 June. He had two houses burned down, in the second Esopus War, in the "New Village outside the Stockade."
1664 July 3. Was witness with Roeloff Swartwout for his son Jan Burhans upon his admission to Church membership.
1664 July 4. He, with others, delivered the Company's property to William Beekman, Schout and Commissary.
1665 March 7. He was sworn as Curator of the estate of Hendrick Jansen and Willem Jansen, deceased. He asked to be excused on account of his age. His petition was granted, and Roeloff Swartwout appointed in his place, with Aert Jacobsen.'"
1666 April 28. He was elected and confirmed as Schepen (Justice-magistrate) of the Court at Wiltwyck, for one year.
1667 Nov. Was again Commissioner of the Court until April 28 1668.
1668 Nov. 27. Was a witness in the case of Tjerck Claessen De Witt agt. Matthys Blanshan, in which he made the statement that he was appointed Collector by order of the noble Stuyversant, but that he could not say further at that time, as his papers were burned during the Indian War.
1668 Dec. 4. He again appears and informs the Court Commissioners that he was appointed "Collector by the Hon. Lord Petrus Stuyversant on the 21st November 1661," and that he collected the excise on the consumption of Wine and Beer, not only for one year, but was in the same office until August 6 1664, when the said excise for the consumption of Wine and Beer, in the new town, as well as in this place (Wiltwyck), without exception, was sold by order of the Hon. Lord Stuyversant to the highest bidder. The said Jacob Burhans showed several ordinances from the Captain of the Army then residing here, whereby it appeared the said excise money was used in part for the expenses of the Pastor's house and for wages, and construction of the New Fort.
1668 Dec. 15. He together with Jan Willemse (Hooghtaling) was appointed to sit on the case of Tjerck Claessen De Witt agt. Matthys Blanchant, because the Bench was not full. The verdict in this case was in favor of Tjerck Claessen De Witt, the charge being for libel.
Jacob Burhans was owner of Lot No. 11 of new lots in Wiltwyck, he was also owner of land in Brabant (Esopus).
When Jacob died does not appear on any public record. His death must have taken place before September 1677, as at this date his son Jan deeded a house and lot, which, he slates in the deed, formerly belonged to his father.
No mention is made of any wife or children at his first appearance, nor at any time after until the arrival of Jan Burhans, at whose admission as a church member Jacob officiates as a witness. Jan is admitted under the name of Jan Jacob Burhans, thus, according to the custom of those days, confirming his parentage.
Jacob was evidently a man of note and ability in those early days, to enable him to occupy the various important public positions that he filled during his life.
The late Mr. Jonathan W. Hasbrouck a short time before his death stated, that he had discovered a statement made in 1663 before the Court at Wiltwyck, by Jan Willomsen and his wife, in which they aver that their characters are good, as "Jacob Burhans who comes from their town Einingen in Brabant can testify." It is to be regretted that Mr. Hasbrouck could not show the authority for his statement.
Jacob Burhans's Timeline
Deventer, Deventer, Overijssel, The Netherlands
September 22, 1677
Kingston, Ulster , New York Colony, Colonial America
Kingston, Ulster County, New York, United States