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Jan Jansen van Oosterhout

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Oosterhout, Oosterhout, North Brabant, Netherlands
Death: circa August 25, 1695 (57-73)
Kingston, Ulster County, New York
Place of Burial: Kingston, Ulster County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan van Oosterhout and Janneke Anne Peters
Husband of Annetje Hendricks and Annetje Jillis
Father of Hendrick Janszen Van Oosterhout; Hendrick Janszen van Oosterhout; Jan Osterhout; Teunis Jan Oosterhout; Laurens 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."

Misc.

The following material was taken from a letter-manuscript written by Walter Osterhout in 1958. He was 76 years old and lived in Windsor, Ontario, Canada:

"Our Encyclopedia says 3 men in a boat came down the Rhine in the 3rd century after Christ. That seems the start. In many places it is 16 feet below sea level. The German Ocean (North Sea) had been pushed back. Walls built to resist the onslaught. Upon this bottom had been carried out an empire. Contending armies had swayed back and forth over its soil. It became the cockpit of Europe. Belguim was set up as a buffer- North Brabant province remains in Holland. South Brabant was thrown out to Belgium. "At that time lived a man named William van Duivenvoorde (1290-1350) who had a direct bearing on our ancestry. He was very religious, well educated and a financial wizard. He became treasurer of William the III, Count of Holland and amassed a great fortune. He financed foreign governments in their wars. It was his money that set up the present reigning House of Holland (the House of Orange), which furnished a King of England (William, Prince of Orange).

"In the province of North Brabant is a National Park of 1300 Hectres of Woods. In 1324 William van Duivenvoorde built a fortified castle just east of the woods. He died in 1352 and was buried in a cloister in Brussels. His castle took on the name of East of the Woods which in their tongue is Oost-ter-hout and there the name began. Around the castle grew up the city of Oosterhout. Southwest of it is the City of Breda, a manufacturing center. The two cities are now grown together. The city of Osterhout being the high class residential part ........

"At that time many men still had only one name and in the city of Osterhout a man named Jan (John) was born. He in turn had a son and his name became Jan Jansen or in our language, John Johns son. He grew up and performed some deed of valor and was permitted to honor the city of his birth. So he became Jan Jansen van Osterhout (John Johns son East of the Woods). This son, upon coming to America, is the ancestor of all of us about 20,000 descendants.

"The courts cut his family name down to Osterhout. He appears in New Amsterdam in 1653 where he is married October 25, 1953, to Annetje Hendricks in Old Trinity Dutch Reformed Church on Broadway near Wall Street, lower Manhattan. The baptismal records of that church show that she bore him two children, both called Hendricks van Osterhout, baptised Oct. 25, 1654 and the second Feb. 9, 1656.... The first child must have died as they named the second also Hendricks van Osterhout.

"In 1658 Jan Jansen van Osterhout, taking his family, and along with 25 other Dutchmen, trekked up the Hudson, past the Palisades, to a place where the Esopus Creek emptied into the Hudson. There they built a stockade and founded a settlement called Wiltwick, later Brabant, now known as Kingston, New York..... It was at this settlement another Dutch Ref. Church was set up and its records show Jan Jansen van Osterhout again married 18 Feb. 1663 to Annetje Jelles of Bommel in Gelderlandt .....

"In later years Jan Jansen removed with his family to Saugerties in Ulster County, 18 miles from Kingston, where he died and is buried there in the church yard around the old Kaatsbaan Dutch Reformed Church .....

"Over a period of years, I have been interested in collecting Osterhout date and have enjoyed a correspondence with members of many branches of the family. Part of the information thereby collected will be found in this record. Much material on other descendants of Pelatiah, my great grandfather, I hope to compile later as a supplement to be inserted in this booklet. For fifteen years, I have belonged to the Holland Society of Now York, whose membership is composed of descendants in the direct male line of residents of the Dutch Colonies in America prior to 1675.

Their secretary did much valuable research in the Society's library for me, on early Osterhouts. In the Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families of America, Vol. VII page 328 will be found our Osterhout line, 1n brief, which I contributed. It was here that Miss Clara Marks of Westerville, Ohio found my name and wrote concerning early Osterhout graves in that locality and later contributed interesting information.

I am also indebted to Miss Eve Thomas of Owego, N.Y. for her diligent research and generous contributions to Osterhout data. Useful information has also been received from Mrs. Amanda Hickerson, Vandalia, Missouri; Mrs. Grace Herlinger Morton, Bakersfield, Calif.; Mica Beth Osterhout, Scranton, Pa., and many others.

A sketch of the Osterhout coat-of-arms was obtained from the librarian of the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This library was donated to that city in 1889 by Mr. Isaac Osterhout, a wealthy man with no heirs. He was a grandson of the Jeremiah, who was a brother of my ancestor, Gideon Senior.

In one of the stained glass windows in the library is the family coat-of-arms, painted on a wall, that of the town of Osterhout, Holland, I wish to thank the contemporary members of the family for their assistance. Each can add to this outline information concerning his own immediate family as desired. As research is never ended, any contribution to the early history will be welcomed.

We appreciate the records left by our forbearers enabling us to compose a genealogical record such as this and thereby come to a better understanding of our own personalities. We can be proud of our heritage. This book is dedicated to my son, Roger Dunham Osterhout. December 1953

" Homer C. Osterhout Supplementary Edition completed November 1954. OOSTERHOUT- "A market town in province of North Brabant, Holland, 5 miles northeast of Breda." BOMMEL - 25 miles east of Dort, on the island of Bommelerwaard, in province of Gelderland, Holland." (I found Bommel and Thuyl in the locations where Wamel and Tiel are now on maps. Bommel was situated on the south side of the Waal River on a 1600's map. Evidently in real olden days it was on or included an island in the river? Did the Jelles family live on the island at this location?) JAN JANS VAN OOSTERHOUT Jan Janse van Oosterhoudt, called the "Brabanter", was from Oosterhout, a market town in North Brabant, Holland. The first mention of him in America was in 1653 in New Amsterdam (New York City). He and Annatjen Hendricks were married there, 25 october 1653 in the Old Dutch Reformed Church, corner of Broadway and Wall Streets. Two children born to them- Hendrick baptised 4 October 1654 died soon, as the next baby, baptised 2 February 1656, was also named Hendrick. In 1658 the family remove to Esopus (Kingston), Ulster County, New York. And that year, Jan obtained a lot inside the Old Stockade at Esopus/Wildwyck. We presume, that with the other settlers there, he built his home and settled down to the village life. We don't know when Annatjen died, but before 1663, as that year Jan was married again: "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 Banns, 4 Feb 1663; second 11 Feb 1663: third, 18 Feb 1663. By Domine Hermannus Blom, of Wiltwyck." They were the parents of ten children. THE OLD DUTCH CHURCH - Wildwyck/Kingston

"In August of 1659, after Domine Blom had preached .... a petition, in the nature of a call, was made for him to become pastor." Among the signers of this petition was JOHN JANSEN ...... "The first entry in the Kingston Church records reads: 'Hermanus Blom, the first minister in the land of Esopus, preached my first sermon there on the 12th of September, 1660, having arrived there on Sunday, the fifth of the same month, in the company's yacht.'" "They promised to provide Dominie Blom with a good farm, house, and barn, cows and oxen, and pay him 700 guilders ($280) at beaver valuation, to commence from the 5th Sept. 1660." A parsonage was built for them: "... a stone edifice, with its fireplace bordered by Scriptural tiles. It's cost in dollars and cents- $1202.96, which must have built a very comfortable residence." Jan de Branbander was taxed for the parsonage- 10 guilders. 4 Mar 1661 - Jan de Brabander subscribed 15 florins for Blom's salary. 24 June 1661 - from Kingston Church records: "Members received in presence of my Elders on 24 June 1661:... Barber Jan Jans ....." 21 Nov 1661 -About building the church at Wildwyck, a second tax was levied on liquor .... Among names of contributors: Jan Jansen Brabander, 14 guilders. (a guilder- 40c) The name of Anneke Jelles appears in records of 16 April 1666 and 30 December 1666. "Jan Janse Oothout was a brewer in Greenbush, and made his will 13 Mar 1687-8, and letters of administration were issued to his sons, Hendrik and Jan, 3 Jan 1695-6.

He left six children- three sons and three daughters." (This item was a footnote from the book, Early records of the city and county of ALbany, 1656-1675, by Jonathan Pearson, written in 1869. I think he was in error in stating only 6 children alive when the will was made. We know that the first Hendrik and Catlyn were dead, and possibly Arlaantje was dead; but nine were still alive.) Greenbush is upon the Hudson River, near Wynants Kill, now in county of Rensslaer; first settlements made in 1631. In 1642 a ferry was established at mouth of Beaver Creek.

Note: "Having through very sad cases and to our general injury, experienced and borne, from time to time, the treacherous and intolerable audacity of the wild and barbarous natives, and realizing the folly of trusting to their promises and our own risk and danger in living separated and far apart from each other among such treacherous and vindictive people, "We, the undersigned inhabitants of the Esopus, in meeting assembled, have, upon the suggestion of the 'Director General, the Lord Petrus Stuyvesant', and his promise to provide us with a protective guard, and, when needed, to assist us with additional troops, "Resolved, that, for the greater security of ourselves, our wives and children, we will, immediately after subscribing to these presents, completely demolish our separate dwellings, and locate at the place designated by the Lord General, and, by our own united efforts, together with the assistance of the Lord Director General, surround the place with palisades of a proper height, in order, with the blessing of the All-Good-God, the better to protect ourselves and our property against the hostile assaults of the savages. And, invoking the Divine blessing and help, and using all honorable means, we bind ourselves to enter upon this work at once and to complete it as soon as possible, a fine of one thousand dollars to be paid into the treasury of the community, as a penalty, by any who by word or deed oppose this. " For the greater security whereof we have personally signed our names hereto, in the presence of the Right Honorable Lord Director General and Mr. Goovert Loockermans, former Schepen of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland. Done this last of May, Ao. 1658. "Jacob Jansen Stol, Thomas Chambers, Cornelis Barense Slecht, the mark (x) of Willem Jansen made by himself, the mark (x) of Pieter Dircksen made by himself, Jan Jansen, Jan Broersen his mark (x) made by himself, Dirck Hendricksen Graef (x) the mark made by himself, Jan Lootman.

" In presence of the Lord Petrus Stuyvesant and Goovert Loockermans. "The above copy, made by order of the Commissaries, has been found, after comparison, to agree with the original.

"Attest, Roeloof Swartwout, Schout." (from New York Historical Manuscripts.)[29]

Note NI742Jan was from Oosterhout, a market town in the Province of North Brabant, five miles northeast of Breda. Arrived in New Netherlands bef. 18-Feb-1663, possibly on the "Bontecou" (Spotted Cow) with the ROOSA family. Jan's father may have been named Jan.

Note N6486 Originally from Ooserhout (East Wood) south of the Rhine delta near Breda in the North Branant province of The Netherlands. The came to New Amsterdam (later New York) before 1653, and lived first in Brooklyn, then later moved up the Hudson settling near Kingston.

  • Surname of Immigrant: Van Osterhout[30]
  • Given name(s) of Immigrant: Jan Jansen
  • Origin of Immigrant: Oosterhout, Brab, Netherland
  • Name of Ship: ?
  • Arrival Date: before 18 Feb 1663
  • Immigrant's Birth: about 1628, Netherland
  • Immigrant's Death: ? Ulster Co., N.Y.
  • Immigrant's Spouse: Annetje Jellis/Jeles[31]
  • Immigrant's Children:
  • Lysbeth bpt.7 Nov.1663, Kingston, N.Y., m.Brunn Bresser, 18 June 1682, Ulster, N.Y.,
  • Catelyn bpt.20 Sept 1665, Kingston, N.Y. Jan bpt. 5 Nov.1666, Kingston, N.Y., m.1st-Annetje Hendricks, 2nd- Annetje Ploeg
  • Teunis bpt 15 Oct.1668, Kingston, N.Y., m.Ariaantje Roosa about 1692
  • Pieter Jans born about 1671, Kingston, N.Y., m.Hyltje Schut 26 Dec.1696, Ulster Co., N.Y.
  • Katelyn bpt. 21 July1674, Kingston, N.Y., m.Dirreck Westbroek 25 Aug.1695, Ulster Co., N.Y.
  • Laurens born about 1676, Kingston, N.Y., m.Rebecca Roosa 4 May 1701, Ulster Co., N.Y.
  • Crispyn bpt 31 Aug.1679, Kingston, N.Y., m.1st-Marytje Schut 5 March 1704, Ulster Co., N.Y., 2nd-Marytje Ploeg 21 Jan 1716.
  • Gysbert born 8 Aug.1681, Kingston, N.Y., bpt 28 Aug 1681, Kingston, N.Y., m. Marretjen Bogaard

Notes: Jan Jansen Van Oosterhout was first married to Anneken Hendricks 25 Oct,1653. His second wife was born about 1641 in Bommel, Geld, Netherland.[32] Confusion when it comes to the son(s) Pieter Jans and Jans, for Thomas shows well that there were two sons, showing marriages and children. Dates in Thomas are confused however. Miller shows Jan Peter bapt. 5 Nov 1666 with no Pieter. Osterhout shows Jan bapt 5 Nov 1666 with only indications that there *might* be another child named Pieter.

Walter Thomas' work published by the Ulster Genealogical Society is a descendant report of Jans Jansen, but the dates are not as complete as the other two sources. It, however, references church records for further research. It is updated by Ms. Prehn the Ulster County Genealogical Society. The work by Prevost at the back of the update conforms to the history in Osterhout. Records of Prevost appear to be based on the records of the Dutch Reformed Church at Kingston, although there are not reference numbers as in Thomas.

From the Kingston marriage register: 18 February 1663 Jan Jansen of Oosterhout, in Brabant, widower of Annetje Hendricks, and Annetjen Jelles, j.d., of Bommel, in Gelderlant [Gelderland], both residing here [in Wiltwyck, now Kingston]. First publication of banns, 4 Feb.; second, 11 Feb; third, 18 Feb.

Note N732 was from Osterhoudt, a market town in North Brabant,

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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)