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Jan Gerritse de Potter Stryker

Also Known As: "Jan Strijcker"
Birthplace: Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Midwout/Midwood, Kings County, New York
Place of Burial: Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery, New York, USA, Midwout/Midwood, Kings County, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerrett Strucker (Strijker)Van Strycker and Altje Strijcker
Husband of Lambertje Roelofse Seubering; Swantje Jans Andriaens and Teuntje Teunissen Teunis
Father of Jannetje Janse Stryker; Aeltje Maria Janse Stryker; Angnietje Janse Bogert; Hendrick Janse Stryker; Eytje Ida Janse Reynerson Stryker and 3 others
Brother of Jacobus Gerritszn Stryker and Agnietje Gerritsen Stryker

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About Jan Gerritse de Potter Stryker

Born in 1615 in Ruinen in the province of Drenthe, Holland. Immigrated in 1652 to New Amsterdam with wife and four children from Ruinen in the province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Immigrated about 1654 to Flatbush from New Amsterdam. Jan Gerritse died before 1697 in Midwout (now Flatbush), Long Island, New York. Buried in Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Flatbush, Kings, New York. Occupation: armorer, chief magistrate of Midwout, "Schepen" (judge).Religion: Dutch Reformed Church. Alias/AKA: Jan STRIJCKER.

Jan Strycker was born in Holland, in the year 1615. He emigrated from Ruinen, a village in the province of Drenthe, with his wife, two sons and four daughters, and arrived at New Amsterdam in the year 1652. Leaving behind him all the privileges and rights which might be his by descent in the old world, he sought to start his family on new soil in habits of industry and honesty. He was a man of ability and education, for his subsequent history shows him to have been prominent in the civil and religious community in which his lot was cast.

His first wife in Holland was Lambertje Suebering, and by her all his children were born there or in this country. She was certainly living in 1663. Jan Strycker remained in New Amsterdam a little over a year after his arrival there, and in the year 1654 he took the lead in founding a Dutch colony on Long Island, at what was called Midwout, probably from a little village of that name in the province of North Holland. It was also called Middlewoods. The modern name of the place is Flatbush.

On the 11th of December, 1653, while still in New Amsterdam, Jan Strycker joined with others in a petition of the Commonalty of the New Netherlands and a remonstrance against the conduct of Director Stuyvesant. The petition recited that "they apprehended the establishment of an arbitrary government over them; that it was contrary to the genuine principles of well regulated governments that one or more men should arrogate to themselves the exclusive power to dispose at will of the life and property of any individual; that it was odious to every freeborn man, principally so to those whom God has placed in a free state or newly settled lands. We humbly submit that 'tis one of our privileges that our consent, or that of our representatives is necessarily required in the enactment of laws and orders."

It is remarkable that at this early day this indictment was drawn up, this "bill of rights" was published. But these men came from the blood of the hardy Northmen and imbibed with the free air of America the determination to be truly free themselves next, on the present state of the country.

To turn from the civil and military man we find him in the first year of his residence at Midwout, one of the two commissioners to build the Dutch church there, the first erected on Long Island, and he was for many years an active supporter of the Dominie Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, of the Reformed Church of Holland, in that edifice.

After raising a family of eight children, every one of whom lived to adult life and married, seeing his sons settled on valuable plantations and occupying positions of influence in the community, and his daughters marrying into the families of the Brinckerhoffs, the Berriens and the Bergens, living to be over eighty years of age, he died about the year 1697, full of the honors which these new towns could bestow, and with his duties as a civil officer and a free citizen of his adopted country well performed.

In connection with this purchase of Jersey land it is well to note that the Dutch land owners in and around New York thought the rule of the British Crown very oppressive. Looking across the harbor they saw the fine farms and the benign rule of the proprietors. In the year 1654 Jan Strycker was selected as the chief magistrate of Midwout, and this office he held most of the time for twenty years. The last time we find notice of his election was at the council of war holden in Fort William Hendricks, August 18, anno 1673, where the delegates from the respective towns of Midwout, Bruckelen, Amersfort, Utrecht, Boswyck and Gravesend selected him a "Schepen."

In Dr. O'Callaghan's Colonial History of New York, Volume II, page 374, we find a letter to the Right Honorable Petrus Stuyvesant, Director General and Council of New Netherlands, from the same Long Island towns just mentioned, "naming Jan Strycker as one of the embassy from New Amsterdam and the principal Dutch towns to be sent to the Lord Mayors of Hollands; they complain that they will be driven off their lands unless re-enforced from Fatherland."

On the 10th of April, 1664, he took his seat as a representative from Midwout in that great Landtag, a general assembly called by the burgomasters, which was held at the City Hall in New Amsterdam, to take into consideration the precarious condition of the country. This meeting was presided over by Hon. Jeremias Van Rennselaer, and Governor Stuyvesant was presant at this august and memorable council. (See Mrs. Lamb's History of New York, Vol. 1, pp. 205, 206 and 207. Also O'Callaghan's New Netherland Register, p. 147.)

Director Stuyvesant, August 28, 1664, addressed a letter to the Dutch towns on Long Island, calling upon them "to send every third man to defend the Capital from the English now arriving in the Narrows." This the court of commonalty of the town of Midwout unanimously answered by Jan Strycker that it was impossible to comply with his demands, as "we must leave wives and children seated here in fear and trembling, which our hearts fail to do, as the English are themselves hourly expected there."

He was one of the representatives in the Hempstead convention in 1665, and he appears as a patentee on the celebrated Nichols patent, October 11, 1667, and again on the Dongan patent, November 12, 1685.

On October 25, 1673, he was elected captain of the military company at Midwout, and his brother Jacobus was given the authority to "administer the oaths and to install him into office."

On March 26, 1674, Captain Jan Strycker was named as a deputy to represent the town in a conference to be held at New Orange to confer with Governor Colse "on Monday, of Jersey, and they resolved that at least some of their descendants should settle there. The exactions of the English in the matter of their town governments, and more especially the establishment of the Church of England among them, made them long to remove further away from their conquerers. Various parcels of land were purchased by companies, and the Strycker family selected the fertile soil of Somerset county for their future home.

Source: http://www.dennisberrien.com/StoriesJanS.html

Jan Gerritse Stryker was born 1615 in Drenthe, Netherlands. Jan Gerritse Stryker married Lambertje Seubering in 1640. Captain Jan Geritse Stryker took the lead in establishing the new Dutch settlement of Midwout, what is now called Flatbush, a section of Brooklyn, New York. Captain Jan Geritse Stryker was the second wealthiest man in Midwout. Jan served as church master, elder, judge and also a military leader. Jan was one of the two overseers of the new construction of the Dutch Reformed Church at Midwout in 1654, just a few years after he arrived in the New World. Materials for the church were brought in from Holland. It was the first church erected on Long Island, New York and was on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Church Lane.

Jan Gerritse Stryker

  • Birth: 1615 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  • Death: 03 MAR 1697 in Flatbush
  • Father: Garrett Hermans Stryker b: ABT 1584 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  • Mother: Altje Lucasdochter Van Meppel b: BET 1584 AND 1599 in of Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  • Marriage 1 Lambertje Roelofse Seubering b: 1621 in Beyle, Drenthe, Netherland


  1. Aeltie Stryker b: 1632 in Dwinglo, Ruinen, Netherlands
  2. Agnietje Stryker b: BET 1636 AND 1664
  3. Eytie Stryker b: BET 1636 AND 1664
  4. Jannetje Stryker b: ABT 1642 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  5. Angenietje Stryker b: 1647 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  6. Sarah Stryker b: 1649
  7. Sarah Jan Stryker b: 1655 in Flatbush, Kings County, New York, USA
  8. Hendrick Stryker b: ABT 1657 in Flatbush, Kings County, New York, USA
  9. Eytie Janse Stryker b: ABT 1651 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  10. Pieter Janse Stryker b: 01 NOV 1653 in Flatbush, Kings County, New York, USA
  11. Garret Janse Stryker b: 1652 in Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
  • Marriage 2 Teuntje Teunissen Hellakers b: BET 1611 AND 1631
  • Marriage 3 Swaentje Janse b: BET 1611 AND 1631


Name : Jan Gerritse STRYKER Born : 1615 At: Ruinen,Drenthe,Neth Married: (1st) Pre 1648 At: Ruinen,Drenthe,Neth Died : Abt 1697 At: Midwout(Flatbush),LI,NY Father : Gerrit STRIJCKER Mother : Altje JOHANSDOCHTER Spouse : (1st) m. Lambertje SEUBERING Spouse : (2nd) m. 1679 Swantje JANS Spouse : (3rd) m. 1687 Teuntje TEUNIS Notes/Sources


Name : Lambertje SEUBERING (SEBRING) Born : c. 1621 At: Beyle,Drenthe,Neth Died : 21 Jun 1675 At: Midwout(Flatbush),LI,NY Father: Roeloff Lukassen SEUBERING (SEBRING) Mother: Unknown Notes/Sources


Name : Altje (Aeltie) STRYKER Born : ca.1640-1642 At: Ruinen,Drenthe,Neth Married: 20 May 1660 At: Unknown Died : ca. 1714 At: Unknown Spouses: Abraham Jorise BRINCKERHOFF

Name : Jannetje STRYKER Born : ca. 1632-1643 At: Ruinen,Drenthe,Neth Married: (1st) 1652 At: Midwout(Flatbush),LI,NY Died : ca. 1705-1714 At: Unknown Spouse : (1st) Cornelius Jansen BERRIEN of Flatbush Spouse : (2nd) Samuel EDSALL of Newtown,LI Notes for Jannetje & Cornelius Berrien Notes for Jannetje & Samuel Edsall

Name : Gerrett Janse STRYKER Born : 1652 At: Neth Married: 1683 At: Unknown Died : Date Unknown At: Unknown Spouse : Styntie Gerritse DORLANDT

Name : Angenientje STRYKER Born : ca. 1650 At: Unknown Married: Date Unknown At: Unknown Died : Date Unknown At: Unknown Spouses: Cornelise BOOMGAERT

Name : Hendrick STRYKER Born : Date Unknown At: Neth Married: 1687 At: Unknown Died : 23 Jan 1688 At: Unknown Spouses: Catharine HYS

Name : Eytie (Ida) STRYKER Born : ca. 1650 At: Neth Married: ca. 1671 At: Unknown Died : ca. 1687-1705 At: Unknown Spouses: Christofell (Stoffel) PROBASCO

Name : Sarah STRYKER Born : ca. 1640-1649 At: Unknown Married: 1678 At: Unknown Died : ca. 1738 At: Unknown Spouses: Joris Hanse BERGEN

Name : Pieter STRYKER Born : 1 Nov 1653 At: Unknown Married: (1st)1681 At: Unknown Died : 11 Jun 1741 At: Unknown Spouses: (1st) Annetje BARENDS (2nd) Aertje BOGART

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Jan Gerritse de Potter Stryker's Timeline

Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, The Netherlands
Age 27
Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
Age 27
Dwingeloo, Drenthe, Netherlands
Age 31
Ruinen, De Wolden, Drenthe, Netherlands
Age 35
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Ruinen, Drenthe, Holland, Netherlands
Age 37
Dwingelo, Drenthe, Holland
November 1, 1653
Age 38
Flatbush, Kings County, New York
Age 40
Midwout, Flatbush, Kings Co., Li, NY