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Jacques Cossart, Jr.

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Leyden, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Bushwick, Kings, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacques Jacob Cossart, Sr and Rachelle Gelton
Husband of Lydia Lea Villeman
Father of Lea Cossart, I; Rachel (Rachelle/Racheld) Cossart; Susanna Cossart; Jannetje Cossart; Jacob Jacques Cossart, III and 3 others
Brother of Rachelle Cossart; Joris George Cossart; Jan Cossart and Anthony Cozart

Occupation: married 8-14-1656 - Netheria
Managed by: David Michael Parrish
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About Jacques Jacob Cossart

Jacques came to New Amsterdam (what is now New York City) in 1663.

Jaques, the younger, and his wife, Lydia moved to Frankenthal in Bavaria where their first three children were baptized. This couple was the first to bear the name of Cossart to come to the American Colonies. They departed Holland on 14 Oct 1662, arriving at New Amesterdam (Now New York City) in the sailing vessel "Pumerlander Kerck" in Feb 1663. Both were members of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City.

He was a mill owner and collector for the support of the Clergy and Soldiers of New Amsterdam. His home was located where New York Produce Exchange Building now stands on lower Broadway, New York City.

About 1673 he moved his family to Bushwick (now in Brooklyn), on Long Island, locating on a farm of about 40 acres. It was here that he died.

After 1685, the name of his wife appears on an old church list as "Lydia Willems, a widow of Jaques Cossart."

The tax lists show that he first aqcuired about ten acres of land which was subsequently increased to about 40 acres.

Records show that in 1683 he paid a total tax on personal property and real estate of 114 pounds. At this time, he had 2 horse, 5 cows, 1 hog, and 18 acres of land.

There seems to be no record of death for Lydia Willems, a widow of Jacques Cossart. her name does not appear on the census returns of 1698, she probably died before this date.

The church buildings have all disappeared and with them, most of the church books and documents. The burying grounds have disappeared likewise, and no one knows positively where he or his wife were buried.

A portrait of him is now hanging in the Astor Library in New York City.

Source: http://www.e-familytree.net/f4864.htm


Date: Tue Sep 22 20:15:48 1998

Name: Jessie Larson

E- mail: larson- house@writeme.com

Address: 4050 E. Huber Mesa, AZ 85205

Surname of Immigrant: Cossart

Given name(s) of Immigrant: Jacques

Name of Ship: Pumerlander Kersch

Arrival Date: 14 Oct 1662

Origin of Immigrant: Leiden, Holland, Netherlands

Immigrant's Date & Place of Birth: chr 29 May 1639, Leiden, Holland

Immigrant's Date & Place of Death: 1684. Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings, NY

Immigrant's Spouse: Lydia or Lea Williams, Villems, or Villeman

Source of Information: Chr from Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam Records; Gen Rec of John Preston Rencher; Will of David Cossart dated 10 Jun 1736

Immigrant's Children:

Lea COSSART, chr 31 May 1657, Frankenthal, Bavaria, Germany

Rachelle COSSART, chr 11 Nov 1658, Frankenthal, Bavaria, Germany

Susanna COSSART, chr 3 Feb 1661, Frankenthal, Bavaria, Germany

Jannetje COSSART, chr 28 Nov 1665, New Amsterdam, America Marr: 10 Jan 1688 to Jacobus GOELET

Jacques COSSART, chr 11 Apr 1668, New Amsterdam, America; Marr: Anna Maria SPRINSTER; Died: 1731

David COSSART, chr 18 Jun 1671, New Amsterdam, America Marr: 16 Aug 1696 to Styntje Joris VAN HORN; Will proved 13 Jan 1740, Bound Brook, Somerset, New Jersey

Anthony COSSART, chr 19 Nov 1673, New Amsterdam, America; Marr: 2 Aug 1696 to Elizabeth Tymenson VALENTINE in Schenectady, Schenectady, NY

Notes: Jacques Cossart & wife Lea settled on Manhattan Island, but afterwards joined a party of French Hugenots and a few Dutch and founded the village of Bushwick, now the city of Brooklyn. In 1666, Jacques was elected treasurer of New Amsterdam. At one time a portrait of him hung in the Astor Library, New York. (Does anyone know how I can get a copy of this picture?!!!)

Source: http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/17th/dny_21.shtml


From Holland they sailed on the vessel, De Pomerlander Kirche, of which Captain Barentz was the Master, arriving in New Amsterdam on October 14, 1662. Their home was where the New York Stock Exchange now stands. The elevator shaft in the New York Exchange Building was their water well. Jacques was the first immigrant to America bearing the surname Cossort.

Their marriage could have been in either Frankenthal, Germany or Leyden, Holland.



Name also given as Jacob.

Occupation: 1666 Was collector of weekly assessment for the behoof of soldiery and the support of the clergy of New Amsterdam

Occupation: Miller

Religion: 1 APR 1665 Joined the Dutch Church in New York City

Jacques and Lydia and their two children, aged 5 years and 18

months, sailed to America on the De PURMERLANDER KERCK (Captain Benjamin Barentsz, master) ,leaving Leyden, Holland and arriving on October 12, 1662. They settled on Manhattan Island (then New Amsterdam). For a while, Jacques was the Collector of Revenues for the pay of the clergy and

soldiers. They moved, along with some other Huguenots and Dutch, and founded the village of Bushwick (Brooklyn). There is a portrait of Jacques hanging in the Astor Library in New York City.

Information from THE COSSAIRT FAMILY by Joseph A. Cossairt.

De Purmerlander Kerck (The Purmerland Church) Oct.12, 1662

Ship's Passenger List


Edited and pub. by Carl Boyer III, Newhall,CA 1978

Claes Paulusz, from Ditmarsen, and wife.

Nicholaes Du Pui, from Artois, wife and three children, 6, 5 and 2 yrs.

Ernou Du Tois, from Ryssel (Lisle), wife and child, 14 yrs. old.

Gideon Merlitt, wife and four children, 15, 8,6, and 4 yrs.

Louis Lackman, wife and three children, 6, 4 and 2 yrs.

Jacques Cossaris, wife and two children, 5 and 1- 1/2 yrs. old

Jan De Conchilier (Consilyea)

Jan Bocholte (Boeckholt), wife and five children, 13, 9, 8, 4 and 1 yr. old

Jacob Colff, from Leyden, wife and two children, 5 and 3 yrs.

Judith Jansz, maiden, from Leyden

Carsten Jansen

Ferdinandus De Mulder

Isaac Verniele, wife and four children, all over 20 yrs. of age.

Abelis Setskoorn

Claes Jansen Van Heyningen

Their home was located at the site of the New York Produce Exchange Building in New York City.

April 1, 1663, they joined the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam.

1683: He paid personal property and real estate taxes of 114 pounds. He had 2 horses, 5 cows, 1 hog and 18 acres of land.

1664, he took the Oath of Allegiance to the British Crown.

1673, the family moved to a 40 acre farm in Bushwick (Brooklyn) where he owned a mill and was a tax collector. (From information received from Joyce Nickless, by Jeanine Cozad Bass.)

After 1685, his widow's name was on the church list as "Lydia Willems, widow of Jacques Cossart".

From Crispin Vessell's website: "Their home was where the New York Stock Exchange now stands. The elevator shaft in the New York Exchange Building was their water well."



Clerissa H. Tatterson's The Cozad Family (1985) on p. 82-91 of Hacker's Creek Journal (vol. 4, Issue 2; Jan-Mar 1986) provides a brief history of the early Cossart family and in particular the branch that migrated into Monongalia and Lewis Counties of West Virginia.


From A Brief Account Of The Casad Family

Compiled by Alice Casad Francisco Ross

In the year, 1927

December 16, 1859 Received as members of the church of Leydon Pia Jacques Cossart and wife Lea Vilman bringing letters from Frankenthal

7th of April 1660 Jacques Cossart and his wife left Leydon for ---------.

On October 14, 1662, Jacques Cosart and his wife set sail for New Amsterdam in the ship Pomerlander Kerch, bringing with them two children, one of two years and one of eighteen months. They joined the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam in 1663, and took oath of allegiance to England in 1664, and Jacques was elected tax collector in New York in 1666-76


HISTORY: (The author of this history is unknown to me, Janice Johnson, because several histories were sent to me by my Aunt Fern and others who found them in libraries somewhere and no authorship is noted. A Cozad/Cossairt HISTORICAL COLLECTION by Dr. James Cozad of Reynolds, Ill.; Clara Cozad Keezel, his daughter, of Ottawa, Kansas, and Oliver Lindley Cozad of Marion, Ohio may have been the source).

Jacques Cossart, son of Jacques and Rachael, was the first to come to America. Jacques was received into the Walloon Church in 1657 and was married subsequently to Lydia Willems and went with his wife to Frankenthaul, Pjalz Province, a small Huguenot village on the Bavaria highlands where three of his daughters were baptized; in about three years he returned to Leydon where they were received into the church, and again left there April 7, 1660.

After taking their letter from the Huguenot Church at Leydon, Jacques with his wife and two children embarked on Oct 12, 1662 in the ship Pumerland Kerck, of which Captain Barentsen was skipper, and which on the 14th weighed anchor and passed the village of Texel, bound with supplies to New Amsterdam. Of approximately 90 men, women and children passengers, the French composed one third and the Dutch colonists the remainder. Each adult was charged for passage and board 39 florins, children 10 years and under, except infants, half price, which was considered a large sum of money . At that time a florin was worth about $1.60 of our money so the fare would have been $63.20. The ship is said to have arrived early in 1663.

"Jacques Cossoris debet - Voo Vrocht en castgt day h y a 1662 12 oct. pr. 't Schip De Pummerland Kerck, Schipper , Benjamin Barentsen, is herewaerts gocomen---------------- -----------Fl. 39 Voor syn vrou---------------------------- ------- 39 En 1 kinder unter 10 Jairen------------------ --- 19-1/2



The little town of New Amsterdam, nestled upon the lower end of Manhattan Island, presented a curious appearance to the strangers. Enclosed within the limits of Wall St. and Broadway, two hundred poorly constructed houses gave partial comfort to some 1400 people. The Fort loomed up broadly in front, partly hiding within the Governor's Residence , and the Dutch Church. The flag of the States-General and a windmill on the western bastion, were notable indication of Holland rule.

Upon his arrival he and his wife joined the Dutch Church and their children are recorded here.

It is evident that he was not a rich man; he with six other French immigrants sent in a petition March 19th 1663, praying for a grant of land and seed grain with provision for six months.

He was among those who took the oath of allegiance to the British Flag when New Amsterdam became New York. That he was an honest man is evident as he was trusted by both the Dutch and English alike, he was subsequently appointed collector of the church tithes; and it is supposed he remained a member of this church until his death in 1685; for his name appears on the tax books for the year 1684 and his wife's name appears in his place for 1686 and the following years. For collecting for the support of the clergy he was allowed a commission of 4%, and for collecting for the support of the soldiers he was allowed 7-1/2%, with the provision that he made good whatever he fell short.

In October 1664 Jacques Cossart swore allegiance to the British by the following oath:

"I swear by the name of the Almighty God, that I will be a true subject to the King of Great Brittaine , and will obey all such commands, as I shall receive from his Majestie, his Royal Highness James, Duke of York, and such Govenors and Officers as from time to time are appointed over me, by this authority, and none other, whilst I live in any of his Magesties territories: So help me God."

In 1667 Jacques purchased a house and lot in New York City, the site now occupied by New York Produce Exchange Building at the corner of Whitehall and Marketfield Streets. This is near the Bowling Green park and Broadway. The tower of this building is directly over what was one the backyard to Jacques property.

Sometime after 1673 they moved to a small farm on Long Island at a place known as Bushwick (now Brooklyn). The tax list shows that he subsequently increased to about 40 acres. Records show that in 1683 he paid a total tax on personal property and real estate of 114 lbs. At this time he had 2 horses, 5 cows, 1 hog and 18 maryens of land.

There is no record of the death of Liydia Willems. The church buildings have all been destroyed and with them most of the documents. The burying grounds have disappeared likewise and one might hazard the guess that their burial place now lies under the paving stones or skyscrapers of Brooklyn.

2048. Jacques Cossart, born 29 May 1639 in Leyden, Holland; died 1685 in Bushwick, Kings County, New York. He was the son of 4096. Jacques Cossart and 4097. Rachelle Gelton. He married 2049. Lydia Willems 14 August 1656 in Frankendael.
Jacque Cossart was the first immigrant of the family in the New World,(Ref.: Baird's Huguenot Emigration to America, V. 1, p. 182-183) who after taking his letter from the Huguenot Church at Leyden, Holland sailed on the Pumerlander Kerch arrived in New Amsterdam October 14, 1662. With them were two daughters, Lea and Susanna

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Jacques Jacob Cossart's Timeline

May 29, 1639
Leyden, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
May 31, 1657
Age 18
Frankenthal, Schwandorf, Bayern, Germany
November 11, 1658
Age 19
Frankenthal, Schwandorf, Bayern, Germany
February 3, 1661
Age 21
Baptised in Walloon Church in Frankenthal, Bavaria; listed on ship's log when parents migrated to America at age 18 mo.
October 14, 1662
Age 23
October 14, 1662
Age 23
- October 14, 1662
Age 22
New Amsterdam (now New York, New York, USA)
November 28, 1665
Age 26
New York, New York, New York, USA
April 11, 1668
Age 28
Bushwick, Brooklyn, King Co, NY (Baptised Dutch Church of NY); progenitors of Cashow, Kershaw, Kershow famileis