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Jan Jansen van Oosterhout

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Birthplace: Oosterhout, Oosterhout, North Brabant, Netherlands
Death: Died in Kingston, Ulster County, New York
Place of Burial: Kingston, Ulster County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan van Oosterhout and Jannekke Anne Peters
Husband of Annetje Hendricks and Annetje Jillis
Father of Hendrick Janszen Van Oosterhout; Hendrick Janszen van Oosterhout; Jan Osterhout; Laurens Oosterhout; Catelyn Catherina Oosterhout and 6 others

Occupation: immigrated on the Coddleback - 1660s
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About Jan Jansen van Oosterhout

From JAN JANSEN OOSTERHOUT (1630-abt 1696) Powell Ancestors

The name Oosterhout is derived from the name of the town in which the immigrant ancestor to this country was born. It is spelled various ways; the first part being "Oster", "Ooster", "Ouster" and the latter "hout", "houdt" or "hour". The van preceeding it means from and was dropped very early here. In the town of Oosterhoudt in the northern part of the province of Brabant was born in 1630, Jan Jansen Oosterhout.

Arriving at New Amsterdam in about 1650, he married there in 1653 according to the records of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Church, Annatjen Hendricks. By her he had two children - Hendrick, baptised 4 Oct 1654, who apparently died before 2 February 1656 when they had another Hendrick baptised.

In 1658, Jan obtained a lot inside the old stockade at Wiltwyck (Kingston). On October 8, 1666; Jan conveyed to Mattbys Blanshan from Artois a house and lot in Wiltwyck. In 1669. he was granted five acres north of Kingston on the Esopus Creek. On May 21 1671 Jan, with Jan Burhans, applied for a right of way over the Great Bridge which crossed the Esopus Creek property in the vicinity of Leggs Mills. The court granted the right of way on condition they pay one scheppel of wheat for every morgan of cleared land.

His first wife having died, he remarried at Kingston on February 18, 1663 Annette Jelles of Bommel, Guilderland. They had ten children.


From Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Dec 4 2016, 0:43:11 UTC

Other Osterhout research has asserted that Jan is the same person as Jan Janse Oothout, a brewer in Greenbush near Albany, NY, who died in 1696. Also, that he moved to Saugerties and was part of the founding of the Katsbaan church there. However, the Katsbaan church was loosely begun in 1710 and the church structure was built in 1732, both of which are well after Jan's death. The first Oosterhouts to appear in the Katsbaan records are in 1737, and these descendants may be who Walter Osterhout was referring to in his family remembrances. There is no evidence that an earlier Katsbaan group had formed. Jan and Annetje also appear in the records of the Kingston Church up until the time of their deaths, showing involvement here and not in Saugerties until very late in their lives.


A careful following of Jan's land purchases and sales shows that he lived in the area known as the Brabant, north of the stockade district of Kingston some 4-5 miles, where the Saw Kill meets the Esopus Creek. (Thanks to Chris Brooks for finding the Burhans deed/map that identified this exact location.) Jan patented this land originally with Jan Burhans and Cornelis Vernooy, but they eventually split the property. The latest deed I have for Jan shows he was in this place in 1693, only a few years before his supposed death in 1696. There is mention of a will and the splitting of Jan's property at Brabant (not Saugerties) between his nine living children in a land sale from Teunis to Pieter in 1708. But the will must not have been proved/recorded, as it is not found in the county records. Jan's son Pieter bought the inherited land back from siblings Teunis and Catelyn (and possibly Jan Jr.), and continued to live there after Jan's death.

I have not yet found evidence for exactly when Jan and Annetje died. They both appear and are clearly identified in the records of the Old Dutch Church in Kingston up until late 1693. Jan's son Jan appears in the records in June of 1694 and February of 1696, with "junior" written after his name. After that point, there is no mention of Jan Sr., and Jan Jr appears without the "junior" added… possibly corroborating that Jan Sr. died sometime in 1696. Annetje appears in the records, usually with her maiden name of Gilles/Jillis/etc. identified, up until July of 1697. So the guess of 1697 for her seems close as well. But I have not yet seen anything definitive.

The Chase Burial Ground in Sawkill stands on the Oosterhout/Burhans property, but identified gravestones are all from the late 1700's and 1800's. There is no record of Jan and Annetje's burial at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, but none of records of the burials here before 1710 have been found. Since there is a family cemetery on their property at Brabant, it is possible they were buried in that place. The Oosterhouts, Burhans, and Myers families owned land there for several generations, and some intermarried. However, the Old Dutch Church master records for the earlier Oosterhouts buried here match Jan's sons Pieter and Jan Jr., along with their wives, and it appears that they are buried on the church grounds. Pieter and Jan Jr. both lived the closest to their parents in their later years. Therefore, it is likely that Jan Sr. and Annetje are buried here also! Since the earliest burials at the Old Dutch Church are not available, we cannot know for sure, but I feel this is the likeliest place. The location would be around the SW corner of the church property, where the earlier stone church stood from 1679-1852.



From page 485 of The History of Kingston, New York: From Its Early Settlement to the Year 1820 By Marius Schoonmaker

Osterhoudt.—The Osterhoudt family is descended from Jan Janse van Osterhoudt. He was sometimes called " Brabanter;" his wife's name was Anna Hendricks. He first resided in New Amsterdam; his son Hendrick was baptized there on the 9th of February, 1656. He afterward moved to Esopus and founded the Osterhoudt family.


  • Jan Jansen, of Oosterhout, in Brabant, widower of Annetje Hendricks, and Annetjen Jelles, j.d., of Bommel, in Gelderland, both residing here (Wildwyck). First pub of bans, 4 Feb 1663; second,11 Feb 1663; third, 18 Feb 1663. By Domine Hermannus Blom, of Wildwyck."
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Jan Jansen van Oosterhout's Timeline

1630
1630
Oosterhout, Oosterhout, North Brabant, Netherlands
1654
October 1654
Age 24
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
1656
January 1656
Age 26
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
1663
November 7, 1663
Age 33
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
1666
November 5, 1666
Age 36
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
1667
October 15, 1667
Age 37
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
1672
1672
Age 42
Kingston, Ulster County, Province of New York
1672
Age 42
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York (first known as Wildwijk and Esopus)