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Jan Stevense Van Voorhees

Also Known As: "Stevense", "van Vorhees"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Ruinen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Death: November 20, 1735 (83)
Flatbush, Kings County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: Flatbush, Kings, Colony of New York, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Steven Coerten Van Voorhees and Willempje Roelofse Van Voorhees
Husband of Cornelia Reinier Wisselpenning and Femmetje Aukes Van Voorhees
Father of Auke Janse van Vorhees; Willemptje Jansen Wyckoff; Jan Janse van Voorhees; Roelof van Voorhees; Magdelena Janse van Voorhees and 7 others
Brother of Hendrickje Stephense Terhune (Van Voorhees); Lucas Stevense Van Voorhees; Elder Albert Stevense Van Voorhees; Aeltje Stevense van Voorhees; Jannetje Stevense van Voorhees and 1 other
Half brother of Coert Stevense van Voorhees; Merghin Stevense Van Voorhees and Wessel Stevense Van Voorhees

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About Jan Stevense Van Voorhees

Father, Steven Coerte immigrated to "Nieuw Amsterdam" with his wife and eight children (and one son-in-law) in 1660. They sailed on a ship "De Bonte Koe" (the Spotted Cow) captained by Pieter Lucasz. Jan was 8 on arrival. Married twice. Had eight sons and three daughters.

Jan came with his father and family to Amersfoort as a small boy in 1660. Some of the seven known sons of Jan and Femmetje Aukes (his second wife) took the name of Van Voorhees. Jan's father Steven Coerten had come from the Manor of Voor-hees, Province of Drente, the Netherlands to the village of Amersfoort, now Flatlands, Long Island.
1881 Register of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, New York


Jan Stevense Van Voorhees of Flatlands, L. I., b. 1652,

d. (will proved Nov. 20, 1735) ; m. I st , March, 17, 1678, Cornelia Reiniers Wizzel-penning, dau. of Reinier Wizzel- penning and Jannetie Snediker, b. , d. . m.

2 d , Oct. 8, 1680, Femmetje Aukes Van Nuyse, dau. of Auke Janse Van Nuyse and Magdalena Pieterse ; bap. Mar. 12, 1662 ; d.

On the assessment rolls of Flatlands of 1675 and 1683 and took the oath of allegiance there in 1687.

On Oct. 7, 1681, he bought of Auke Janse Van Nuyse, for 300 guilders, the land at " Pardegat," which Auke Janse Van Nuyse bought of Bartel Claesen, as per Flat- bush Records, Liber A. A., p. 144.

On Nov. 17, 1693, he bought of Roelof Martense Schenck his farm lying in the " Pardegat," in Flatlands.

On May 5, 1714, he bought from his brother, Lucas Stevense Van Voorhees, 280 acres of land in Middlesex Co., New Jersey, " beginning 80 chains from the Raritan river by the land of Cornelius Langstreet, running thence S. W. 80 chains, from thence at right angles 35 chains the course being N. 45 degrees W., thence N. E. 80 chains, from thence to the place of beginning."

On July 1, 1714, he bought of Engelbert Lott, Pieter Stryker and Daniel Polhemus, 15 morgens of land in the town of Flatbush for the consideration of 70 pounds.

On July 23, 1716, he bought of William Couenhoven 7 acres of land in the town of Flatlands.

On May 19, 1729, he bought of John Waldron two lots of woodland in Flatbush, " lying in the 2d Keuters division, known as lots Nos. 9 and 10."

His Will dated, Jan. 3, 1723, proved Nov. 20, 1735, re- corced in the Surrogate's Office, New York City, in Liber 12, p. 356, is as follows :

" In the name of God, Amen. This third day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and twenty-three, I, John Stevenson, of Flatlands, in Kings County, on the Island of Nassau, Yeoman, being very well and in good health, and of perfect mind and memory — thanks be given unto Almighty God — calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament — that is to say — Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christianlike and decent manner at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God — and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in manner following. Imprimis, I give and bequeath to Femmetje, my loving wife, all my estate of houses, lands, meadows, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate, lying and being in the town of Flatlands, or else- where, for and during her natural life, to the sole and proper use, benefit, and behoof of my said loving wife, for and during her natural life. Item, It is further my will that immediately after my loving wife's decease, all my whole estate of houses, lands, meadows, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in any ways appertaining, either in the Town of Flatlands or elsewhere, shall be sold to the best advantage, and the moneys as shall arise by the sale of my aforesaid estate shall be equally divided among my eleven children, by name, Stephen, Auken, Willemtie, John, Roelof, Magdelena, Lucas, Albert, Abraham, Femmetje, and Jacobus, unto them and each of them, and every of their heirs and assigns forever. Item, It is further my will that my loving wife Femmetje shall have all my goods and chattels, rights and credits for and during her natural life, and im- mediately after my loving wife's decease I give all my goods and chattels, rights and credits, to my eleven chil- dren above named, unto them and each of their heirs, and in equal proportions, except my eldest son Stephen shall have twenty shillings over and above his equal share with the rest of my above-named children, for his birthright. Item, It is also my will that if any of my above-named children shall happen to be unmarried at my loving wife's decease, them that are then unmarried shall have so much out of my whole estate as those have had that are mar- ried, for their setting out, besides their or any of their equal proportion. Item, It is further my will that if any of my above-named children shall happen to die under age and without issue, that then the deceased's portion shall be equally divided among the survivors of my above- named children or their heirs. And I do hereby consti- tute and appoint my loving wife Femmetje to be whole and sole Executrix of this, my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills and Legacies, Bequests, and Executors by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirm- ing this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

John Stevenson. [l.s.]

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared by the said John Stevenson as his last Will and Testament, in the presence of subscribers, William Couwenhoven, Dirck Amerman, Gerrit Foy. William Cosby, Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey, and the Territories thereon depending in America, Vice-Admiral of the same, and Colonel in his Majestie's Army, etc. To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, Greeting : Know ye, that at Kings County, the twentieth day of November instant, before Richard Stillwell, Es- quire, being thereunto duly authorized and appointed, the last Will and Testament of John Stevenson was proved, and now approved and allowed of by me, having while he lived, and at the time of his death, Goods, Rights, and Credits in divers places within this Province, by means whereof the full disposition of all and singular the Goods, Rights, and Credits of the said deceased and the granting administration of them, as also the hearing of accounts, calculations or reckoning, and the final discharge and dis- mission from the same, unto me solely and not unto any other inferior judge, are manifestly known to belong, and the administration of all and singular the Goods, Rights ? and Credits of the said deceased, and his last Will and Testa- ment in any manner or way concerning, was granted unto Femmetje Stevenson, the Executrix, in the within Will named, chiefly of well and truly administering the same, and of making a just, and true, and perfect Inventory of all and singular, the Goods, Rights, and Credits of the said deceased, and exhibiting the same into the registry of the Prerogative Court in the Secretary's Office for the Province of New York, and that on or before the twentieth day of May next ensuing, and of rendering a just and true account, calculation and reckoning when thereunto required. In testimony whereof I have caused the Prerogative Seal of the said Province of New York to be hereunto affixed this twentieth day of November, 1735.

Jan Stevense VAN VOORHEES (1652-1735) aka: Jan Stevenson VAN VOORHEES Jan Stevensen van Hees Date and Place of Birth: 1652 - Hees, Drenthe, Netherlands Date and Place of Death: 1735 - Flatbush, Kings County, New York Father: Steven Coerts VAN VOORHEES (1600-1683/84) Mother: Willemtje Roelofs Seuberinge (1619-1690) Arrived 1660 from Amsterdam Aboard Ship "De Bonte Koe" ("The Spotted Cow") - See Above Spouse: Femmetje Aukes VAN NUYSE (1659/60-????) (Second Wife) Married: October 8, 1680

Children: Willemptje Jansen VAN VOORHEES (1683-????) m. Jacobus Wyckoff Jan VAN VOORHEES (1686-1771) m. Neeltje Nevius Lucas VAN VOORHEES (1692-????) Albert VOORHEES (1691-1784) m. Ariaantje Jan Vandervoort

First Wife of Jan Stevense VAN VOORHEES: Cornelia Reiniers Wizzelpenning (????-1680)

  • Cornelia was the sister of Helletje who married Jan's brother Albert
  • Child of Jan and Cornelia:
  • Stephen VAN VOORHEES (????-????) m. Catrina Van Duyn

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Jan Stevense Van Voorhees's Timeline

January 7, 1652
Drenthe, Overijssel, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Age 29
Long Island, Province of New York
February 24, 1684
Age 32
Flatbush, Kings County, Province of New York
May 2, 1686
Age 34
Flatbush, Kings County, Province of New York
Age 35
Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York
Age 37
Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York
March 1691
Age 39
Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York