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- Birth : 23 APR 1640 Husum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
- Death : 1717 Port Jervis, Orange County, New York
- Gender: Male
- Father: Decker, Broor Jansen
- Mother: Jeyltje,
- Marriage: 1653 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York
- Decker, Jacob Jansen
- Decker, Broer Jansen
- Decker, Gaerliff Jansen
- Decker, Jurien Jans
Birth : 1662
Decker, Grietje Janse
Decker, Magdelina Janse
Decker, Cornelius Jansen
Decker, Tietje Janse
Lt. JAN BROERSEN DECKER, born Abt. 1630 in Husum, Schlewig Holstein, Denmark142; died 1712 in Schwangunck, Ulster Co., NY. He was the son of 976. BROER/BREWER. He married 489. HEITJE JACOBS 1660 in Green or Wiltwyck, Ulster Co., Kingston, NY.
489. HEITJE JACOBS, born 1635 in Goteburg, Sweden? [ or Marbletown, NY]; died 1678 in Shawangunk, Ulster Co., NY142.
Notes for Lt. JAN BROERSEN DECKER:
45 JAN BROERSSE DECKER, widower of HEILTIE JACOBS, resid. in Marbleton [Marbletown], and WILLEMTIE JACOBS, widow of JAN CORNELISSE, of Gottenburgh,5 resid. in Kingston. First publication of Banns, 29 Nov.
Jan Broersen DECKER
BORN: 1630, Of Husum, Schleswig-Holste, Denmark
MARRIED: Heyltje JACOBS, 1660, Ulster Co., NY
Cornelius Janse DECKER
Tietje Janse DECKER
Jacob Janse DECKER
Broer Jansen DECKER
Jurien Jan DECKER
Grietje Janse DECKER
Gerrit Janse DECKER
MARRIED: Willemtie JACOBS, 1678,
More About Lt. JAN BROERSEN DECKER:
Emigration: 1644, ship "The Blue Cock"
Notes for HEITJE JACOBS:
Page 374. (Written in Dutch language.)--In den Namen des Heere, April 16, 1740. I, HEYLTIE DECKER, of Kingston, in Ulster County, being sick. Leaves property to the children of her brother, Johanes Decker, and to her brother Verdranke, and to her brother's son Cornelius and his brothers and sisters. Legacy to her sister's child, Maria De Lamater. Mentions bond due from Matys Dubois, Abraham Lamater Van Dyke, and Matys Van Keuren. Mentions Abraham son of Johanes De Lamater, "my brother, Johanes Delamater, "my son, Johanes Ten Broeck."
Witnesses, Thomas Beekman, Edward Thompson, Cornelius Lambertsen Bronk. Proved, March 2, 1744.
"Abstracts of Wills Vol IV 1744-1753 "/ Page 39
Children of JAN DECKER and HEITJE JACOBS are:
i. Jacob Jansen Decker, born 1657 in from Esopus, New York; married Belitie Jans VanKortryk December 08, 1678 in Esopus, New York; born 1651 in Beest, Holland143; died Bef. 1702.
Notes for Jacob Jansen Decker:
Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston
Marriages and Banns (11) by Domine Laurentius Van Gaasbeeck, of Kingston.
8 Dec. 35 JACOB JANSE DECKER, j. m., of Marbleton [Marbletown], and BELYTIE BASTIAANSSE, j. d., from Hollandt [Holland]. Banns published three times in the church, but dates not given.
244 ii. GAERLFF JANSEN DEKKER, born February 16, 1662 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY; died Bef. January 12, 1696 in Marbletown, Ulster Co., NY; married MAGDALENA WILLEMSE SCHUTT Abt. April 02, 1684 in Banns published Kingston twp, Ulster Co., NY.
iii. Grietje Dekker, born 1664; married Gerret Janz Decker January 20, 1684 in Kingston, Ulster, New York; born February 14, 1663 in Esopus, Ulster, New York.
iv. Magdalena Dekker, born 1666 in Ulster County, New York; died 1727 in New York.
v. Cornelius Janse Decker, born Abt. 1678.
Jan Broersen was from Husum, in Denmark. As early as 1644, he, as a young man, served Jacob Hay (Huys) in the West Indies. He later came to New Netherland. We find him at Esopus in May, 1658, when he and other settlers of this place made an agreement to remove their dwellings and form a village.
About the same time he and six others sent a letter to the Council of New Netherland, complaining of the Indians, and asking for assistance. The letter states that there were 990 schepels of seed-grain in the ground, that the country was fine, that between sixty and seventy Christian people were living there and were in the habit of attending divine services “on all the proper days,” and that they maintained their [church-] reader at their own expense. To protect them against the ravages of the Indians, the subscribers ask “for help and succor of about forty to fifty men.”
On August 17, 1659, he, with a number of others, signed a petition requesting that the Rev. Bloem be appointed their minister. In 1661 he subscribed, at one occasion, fifteen florins for the support of Rev. Bloem, who in response to the petition had been appointed preacher at Esopus.
In March, 1660, Broersen served as a soldier at Esopus. On account of the Indian raids it was necessary that all who could carry arms should belong to the local militia. In September, 1659, a letter signed by the settlers at Esopus, including Broersen, was sent to Stuyvesant relating that they were besieged in the fort by Indians.
Signature of Jan Broersen
Broersen visited New Amsterdam as occasion required. He was there in 1659. Not long afterward Aeltje Bickers, wife of Nicholas Velthuysen, sued him for a debt of fl. 44. She claimed that “Reinert Jansen Hoorn had promised to pay her in four days for Jan Broersen, and that she thereupon allowed Jan Broersen to depart and that Hoorn will not pay the sum, but gave her ill words.” Hoorn admitted that he had promised to pay for Broersen, but as Aeltje Bickers and her husband were quarreling, he claimed that he had reasons for not paying her.
Broersen was again in New Amsterdam in November, 1661, when he sued a Norwegian woman, the daughter of Dirck Holgersen and widow of Jacob Huys for labor he had done for here husband in the West Indies. We shall let the court minutes relate the details of the case.
[November 15, 1661]
“Jan Broerzen, pltf. v|s Christyntie Capoens, deft. Pltf. demand from deft. sixty guilders Holland currency for wages earned in the West Indies from deft’s. late husband. Deft. says she does not owe the pltf., and full fifteen years is passed, and if pltf. can bring proof that she owes it, she will pay. Pltf. was asked if he had ever spoken to deft’s. late husband about the matter? Answers, Yes and was to him at Breukelen with Albert Cornelissen’s wife, when he gave for answer that he did not owe him and must bring proof. The W: Court order pltf. to bring proof, that something is due him by the deft.”
[November 20, 1661.] “Jan Broerzen, pltf. v|s Christyntje Capoen, deft. Deft in default. In pursuance to the order of the last court day, pltf. produces a declaration of Adrian Huybersen Sterrevelt, who states, it is within his knowledge that Jan Broersen served Jacob Hay as a boy about seventeen years ago in the West Indies, both at Santa Cruz and Curacao, without having received, to his knowledge, any pay therfor: Also a declaration of Tryn Herders declaring that she had been with him to Jacob Hay, and speaking about money was refused any by him. Burgomasters and Schepens order the pltf. to summon Christyntje Capoens and Tryn Herders by the next Court day.”
[November 29.] “Jan Breoerzen, pltf. v|s Christyntje Capoens and Tryn Herders as witnesses, defts. Whereas Tryn Herders is not present, the matter is postponed to the next court day and she is ordered to be summoned again.”
Evidently the case was dropped or adjusted out of court.
Jan Broersen married Heltje Jacobs. They had children: Gaerleff, baptized at Kingston (Esopus), February 26, 1662; Grietje, August 31, 1664; Maddelen, June 27, 1666; Fitie, June 18, 1671.
His wife deceased December 24, 1679, when Broersen married Willemtje Jacobs, who had been married to Albert Geritsen and to Jan Cornelissen, a Swede from Göteborg.
In 1673, Jan Broersen was nominated magistrate by the inhabitants of Horly and Marble. The Governor accordingly appointed him a magistrate and notified the inhabitants of it in a letter of October 6, 1673. Besides being the magistrate Broersen was also lieutenant of the militia.
Jan BROERSE was on the muster roll of the garrison of Wilwyck in 1661. In November of that year he sued Christyntie CAPOENS, daughter of Dirck HOLGERSEN (VOLCKERTSEN) and widow of Jacob HUYS, for labor he had done for her husband, Jacob HUYS, in the West Indies. Jan BROERZEN, pltf. produced a declaration of Adrian Huybersen STERREVELT, who stated, it is within his knowledge that Jan BROERSEN served Jacob HAY as a boy about seventeen years ago in the West Indies, both at Santa Cruz and Curacao, without having received, to his knowledge, any pay therefore: Also a declaration of Tryn HERDERS declaring that she had been with him to Jacob HAY, and speaking about money was refused any by him. John O. Evjen SCANDINAVIAN IMMIGRANTS IN NEW YORK (1916), pp.165-66.
In 1662 a schedule of the old and newly surveyed lot in Wiltwyck with the names of their owners, was made out, and in the "List of old lots, before the place was laid out," appear the names of Evert PELS, owner of lot 2, and Jan Broersen (DEKKER) owner of lot 11. In the "List of lots newly laid out," Albert Heymansen (ROOSA) appears as the owner of lot 24, and Juriaen WESTVAEL as owning lot 25. HISTORY OF KINGSTON, p.28-29; NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY RECORD, v.31, p.165.
Signed a will of Joost Adriaensen (of Pynacker, wife Femmetje Hendricks) disposed Sept. 2, 1665. ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. PROBATE RECORDS (Anjou, 1906).
Among those who took the oath of allegiance in the County of Ulster, 1 September 1669, were: Abraham duBOIS, Thomas QUICK, Cornelis SLECHT, Jan ELTING, Jan VanVLIET, Jacob VanETTEN, Jan VanETTEN his son, Roeloff SWARTWOUT, Tomas SWARTWOUT, Benjamin PROVOOST, Louis DuBOIS, Johannes WESTBROECK, Jan Broersen DEKKER, Arrie ROOS, and Evert PELS. NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY RECORD, v.31, p.236.
Jan BROERSEN (DECKER) was nominated magistrate at Horly and Marble; and the Governor accordingly notified the inhabitants of the appointment in a letter of 6 October 1673. Besides being magistrate BROERSEN was also lieutenant of the militia. Elinor Randlemon, OURS - THEN AND NOW, pp.48-54,62-64; OLDE ULSTER, (1906), v.2.
Heyletje (JACOBS) DECKER, wife of Jan Broerse DECKER, died at Shawangunk (Shongum), New York in 1678. He married 2nd on, 14 December 1679, to her sister, Willemtje JACOBS, widow of Albert GERRETSEN and Jan CORELISSEN.
Appears in court records, New York Manuscripts: Dutch, Kingston Papers 1661-1667 as follows:
January 23, 1672 - Appeared before me, W. Montagne, Secretary for the hon. court at Kingston, Cornelis Barentse Sleght, of the first part, and Theunes Jacobsen and Anderies Pieters, who declare having agreed in the following manner: Cornelis Barentse declares having sold and Teunes Jacobsen having bought his farm under the jurisdiction of Marbleton, the farm being named, by the people, "Steen Rapie" [corruption of Stone Arabia]. With the farm is to be delivered the storehouse and everything fixed in the ground and fastened by nail to same. Three horses, a black mare, a gelding and a stallion, and two cows, with wagon, plow and harrow with the ropes and everything belonging to the same, as, according to the lease, Jan Broersen at the expiration of the lease is obliged to return the same, as also the sowing which Jan Broersen is to return at the expiration of the lease. The grantor is to receive the rent till May next. Then Cornelis Barentsen shall be obliged to deliver said farm, with all such right and title as are vested in corneli Barentse, in accordance with the deed existing of the same, granted by the very honorable Heer governor general, under his Royal Highness James, duke of York over all his territories in America, without prejudicing the lease of Jan Broersen which shall continue. But the grantees T. Jacobsen and Anderies Pieters shall receive the rent from May next till the expiration of the lease for the farm with everything belonging to the same. The aforesaid purchasers shall pay the quantity of 1,350 sch. of wheat, under this condition, that at the expiration of the time no more or less than 25 sch. of wheat shall be sown. The 1,350 sch. shall be paid as follows, viz., one just third portion of the aforesaid quantity of wheat being 450 sch. of wheat in all grains at current market prices, in the following winter, February 1673. And precisely one year after the first, being 1674, again a just one-third portion of 900 sch. of wheat, being 300 sch. of wheat, and again in 1675, 300 sch. of wheat, in the same kind as mentioned above, and in 1676 again 300 sch. of wheat. Then Cornelis Barendtsen is obliged to grant a free and unencumbered conveyance, save the Lord's right. Parties promise to comply with the foregoing under obligation as per law, and have subscribed to the present besides Roelof Swartout and Wallerand DuMon, as witnesses requested for the purpose, this January 23, 1672, at Kingston. (Signatures)
December 18, 1675 - Appeared before me, W. Montagne, Secretary for the hon. court, Jan Broersen who admits having sold to Mr. Wm. Asforbie his farm situated under Marbletown, 20 morgens in extent, 15 morgen being on the second parcel across the great kill and further five morgen on the first piece, having prior to this belonged to Evert Prys and Samuel Olivier, as the same is limited as per deed existing of the same, with house and barn, the mountain plow, two pair of rope plow chains, the wagon, harrow and six stack-poles, lying there. For which Mr. Asforbie is to pay, once and for all, 700 sch. of good winter wheat, as much kersey as is necessary for a dress, and a new hat. The wheat shall be paid in two installments, the just half in March 1677, and precisely one year after the first installment the remaining half, to be delivered at Marbletown on half in wheat and one half in summer grain at market price, and then Jan Broersen is obliged to furnish a free and unencumbered conveyance, save the Lord's right. Parties promising to comply per law, and have subscribed to the present, besides the sherif Hall and Jan Jansen, witnesses invited for the purpose. The produce of the sowing of 20 sch. across the kil, growing on the field, is delivered free to Mr. Asforbie with the land, as per the conditions. Done this December 18, 1675 at Kingston. Jan Broersen shall surrender the house, barn and empty land in the month of March, or when said Asforbie shall commence plowing. (Signed) Jan Broersen, Wm. Asfordbie. (Signed) G. Hall, Jan Jansen. To which testifies, Wm. Montagne, Secretary.
Ulster Co. N.Y. Probate Records (Anjou, 1906 - See Note): p. 192 (Addenda) Ibid., part A., p. 56. (T. D. R., II., p. 635) Jan Broersen and his wife Willemtie Jacobsz
Testamentary disposition, dated June 1, 1682, at Kingston, and written in Dutch.
"Survivor to inherit everything, land, houses, money, moveables, etc. ." - Both signed their marks. No witnesses.
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Reportedly immigrated on The Blue Cock, although no documentation has been found. See following from Sharilyn Whitaker:
Re: "Jan BROERSE was on the muster roll of the garrison of Wilwyck in 1661. In November of that year he sued Christyntie CAPOENS, daughter of Dirck HOLGERSEN (VOLCKERTSEN) and widow of Jacob HUYS"
See New Netherland Connections Vol.3 Number 3 for 1998, page 71 "Cappoens-Hay" written by Eunice H. Young, and edited and published by Dorothy Koenig.
Christina Cappoens was bpt. 30 November 1614 Amsterdam, North Holland, in the New Church (S.L. #113,144) with witness Susanna de Latre to Hans Capoen and his wife Sara Van Hooblit, who resided on Slyck Straet in Amsterdam.
Her parents were Hans Laurijnse Cappoen and Sara Van Houck, who appears as Van Ho(oblit) in baptismal records, and also as Van Houck and Van Houcken. They were received as members into the Dutch Church at Vlissengen, Holland 1 July 1625, "with attestations from Amsterdam", and thus a seach was made of the Amsterdam records, which revealed the baptisms of Christina and her siblings.
"DIRCK VOLKERTSE is referred to by various names in official documents such as Dirck Holgerson Norman, Dirck Volkerson the Norman, and Dirck DeNoorman. He was born about 1595-1600 and arrived in America between 1625-1630; he died about 1678-1680. He was a carpenter. Dirck married CHRISTINE VIGNE about 1630-31; she was born about 1612; died 1663; daughter of Guillaume Vigne and Adrienne Cuvielle/Cuvelier.I have seven children for this couple. This was an entirely separate family from that of Christina Cappoens. A distinction should be made between Jacob Hay/Hays/Hey/Haes and Captain Jacob Huys. They were two entirely separate individuals. Christina Cappoens husband was from London, England and the other Jacob Huys appears alive and well after the death of Christina's Jacob Hay.
The assertions, totally undocumented, that Jan Broersen emigrated as a child of ten from Bremerhaven, Germany and that he arrived in NA in 1644 on The Blue Cock were originally from:
Manuscript--Paternal Lineage of Frank Norton DECKER, N.Y.,Genealogical and Biographical Soc. Library, dated July 9,1935 by F.N. Decker, 1882-1958. (Though many other later genealogies repeat very similar remarks, this appears to be the earliest--None however cite authoritative documents for his presence on the "Blue Cock"). I am indebted to Robert Decker for sharing this information about the origins of this story with me.
Importantly there is no documentation, no passenger list, nothing that specifically names the passengers on The Blue Cock, other than Captain Jan De Vries who brought his personal West Indian servants and 130 soldiers, and a number of refugees from strife in Brazil, plus crew. This has been exhaustively searched for and simply does not exist. The first time Jacob Hay shows up is in 1648 sponsoring an NA DRC baptism, and the first time Jan Broersen appears is ca 1657 in Wiltwyck.
There is absolutely nothing to connect either of them with The Blue Cock. The court records say in one case "about 17 years" before the date of 1661, which would be ca 1644, and in another case, Christina Cappoens refers to it having been about fifteen years ago. So in approximately that time frame Jan Broersen was serving in Curacao and Santa Cruz with Jacob Hay. This does not emigration on The Blue Cock establish in my opinion anyway.
Jan Broersen - Parents Research
Paper delivered at the Decker reunion June 19, 1999 by Sonja Malm Decker (Mrs Harold Alvin Decker)
This is edited from the original.
In this paper I shall present strong evidence concerning the previously unknown birth record of Jan Broersse Decker. If this evidence can be accepted, the identity of his parents and grandparents can also be proposed.
I quote first from a document from the NYG&B Library entitled “Paternal Lineage of Frank Norton Decker. Bob Decker presented this information at an earlier reunion.
“Jan Broersen sailed from Bremerhaven on the Elbe River (in present day Germany) to Curacao, West Indies and later to Santa Cruz, Cuba. He sailed to New Amsterdam in 1644 on the Blue Cock. He came to the New World as a very young boy. The fact that he was from Husum was documented on his statement in 1660 on the “Muster Rolls of the Company at Esopus” published in Callaghan’s NY Historical Records. He was living in Kingston, NY in 1658 when he signed a bond to become part of a palisade fort built for protection from the Indians. He was a lieutenant in the militias of Hurley and Marbletown, NY.”
I saw many records which mention Jan Broersse. In each instance the recording clerk spelled the last name differently: Broer, Broersse, Broersen and when he married for the second time he had taken the name Decker.
I looked at film records of births at the LDS Family History Library for the name Broer or Broersse or Broersen . There was no record with that name, but numerous records appear for Broder and Brodersen. In my study of French and German I learned that both Broder and Bror can be translated as Brother. It is consistent with the language that he could have been Broders in Husum and Broers by the time the ship lists recorded him,. I propose that the ordinary spelling problems of poorly educated clerks could be compounded when a man traveled through several countries where different languages were spoken.
My next step was to test my theory by seeing if there was a Jan Broders born in Husum at the appropriate time. The Family History library had a n number of microfilms for Husum, Schleswig Holstein. I chose to look first at the records of the Evangelical Church because in this country Jan and his peers were members of the Dutch Reformed, likewise a Protestan Church, not Roman Catholic.
What date? The information from the Frank Decker Biography stated that Jan sailed to NY as a very young boy in 1644. That being the case, he should have been born between 1624 and 1634, when he would have been ages ten to twenty. I returned to the film of the birth records of the Evangelische Kirche in Husum: this time to look for a boy born between those years with a name in some way similar to Jan Broersse. I was startled and delighted to find that, on May 6, 1632, a son Hans was born to Detlef Broders and his wife Anna. This boy would have been twelve when he sailed on the Blue Cock. But there was another name problem: this child was Hans, not Jans. Although I pursued the birth records for fifty five years, from 1605 to 1660 I found no Jans in all of those records. There were a few Jens, but none of them had a last name remotely resembling Broersse or Broder. At this point I used the same reasoning with this name as I had with the last name. Jan and Hans are Dutch and German nicknames for the name Johann.
Unfortunately, the marriage records for Husum are not available for the period of time when Hans Broders’ parents Detlef and Anna would have been married. However, I did find a birth record in Husum for Detleff, son of Heinrich and Ingeborg Broders on May 2, 1613. This record is on film #1945977. If this Detleff were Jan’s father, he would have been nineteen at the time of Jan’s birth. Once again, perusal of all fifty five years of the record shows only this one Detleff.
I needed to resolve one other challenge. There is another Husum near Copenhagen. I tried to find Broersses in this Husum. In the Family History Library there is a listing for Husum found under the town Bronshoj. The Bronshoj records began in 1660, sixteen years after Jan was in America. Knowing that I could not find hi birth record there, I next looked in the Register of Persons in the Copenhagen area in 1659 (catalog 948.911/k1x2m) hoping to find his parents or relatives. However there are no Broersses, Broders or Brodersons in Bronshoj Parish. Neither do tax records show anyone of these names. This does not prove that Jan’s family hadn’t lived there twenty to 40 years previously, but having no one with that name twenty years later is strongly suggestive that the Broders or Broersses were not from Husum Denmark, but instead were from Husum, Schleswig Holstein (sometimes called Friesland.)
To bolster my name theory, Bob Decker has sent information form a German genealogist who supports the language assumptions. To quote him:
Broer for Frieslanders can also be written Broder (brother) since they both mean the same thing. The name can also mean brewer. It is widespread as Brorsen, Broersen and Broer through Germany as a surname. It has definitely been established that it is a Frieslander name.”
Bob adds, “With Jan as a mercenary for the Dutch West Indies Company, a settler in New Netherlands, and not being literate himself, all his statements were recorded by people speaking Nederlander Deutsch”
To reiterate: It has been definitely established that it was a Frieslander name, and Friesland is is the part of Schlewig Holstein where Husum is located.
In summary, I submit, but cannot prove, that Jan Broersse or Broders was born Hans Broders in Husum , Schleswig Holstein on May 6, 1632. His parents were Detlef and Anna Broders. The records are found in the Evangelische Kirsch of Husum birth records on microfilm #0414641 page 67 at the LDS Faily History Library.
(all information on this page provided by Sonja Malm Decker)
Lieut. Jan Decker's Timeline
April 23, 1630
Husum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
November 17, 1658
Esopus, New Netherland Colony
Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA
New Netherland Colony
August 31, 1664
Kingston, Ulster, New York
October 3, 1666
Kingston, Province of New York
Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA