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Jan Vigne

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: New Netherland Colony
Death: December 21, 1689 (65)
New York City, Province of New York
Place of Burial: New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Vigne and Adrienne Cuvellier
Husband of Emmichen Goosens van Nieuwersluys and Wietse Huytes
Father of Johannes Vigne; Johannes Vigne and Gossen Vigne
Brother of Maria de la Vigne; Christina Guleyne Vigne; Rachel Vigne; Abraham Vigne, (twin of Sara); Sara Vigne, (twin of Abraham) and 2 others

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About Jan Vigne

The year 1624 (or 1625) witnessed the birth of Jan [Jean] Vigne, the first white male born in New Netherland. He was probably born on Manhattan Island. It is also possible that he was born at Albany, or in Connecticut or New Jersey. The Nieu Nederlandt's passengers were scattered to all of these places for a short time before returning to the safety of Manhattan. Jan's honor to be the first-born male was well-known and is recorded in The Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, [ed. by Bartlett Burleigh James and J. Franklin Jameson. New York, 1913]. Excerpt from entry of 24 Sept. 1679, translation from Dutch: "We conversed with the first male born of Europeans in New Netherland, named Jean Vigne. His parents were from Valenciennes and he was now about sixty-five years of age."

Danckaerts overestimated or miscopied Jan VIGNE'S age - he would have been about 55, and not 65, in 1679. His true age is roughly substantiated by the fact that Jan was still in school in 1635, according to a prenuptial agreement in which his future step-father promised to feed and clothe him and ensure he attended school. At one time there was also a bronze plaque in the Town Hall, naming him as the first-born. The first European child born in New York was Sara RAPALJE, daughter of Joris Janszen RAPALJE and Catalina TRICO, in June 1625.

Jan grew up on the Vigne farm, just north of what is now Wall Street. We know there was a precipitous falling-out among the family after his stepfather Jan Jansen Damen moved into the house. Damen evicted two of Jan's married sisters and their husbands in 1638, and a year later his presence or influence may have pushed the third sister into marrying the scoundrel Cornelis Van Tienhoven when she was just 16 years old. It's difficult to pass judgment on this situation, however, since contemporary social standards did make him master of the house.

Atlantic Crossings . . . Jan may have sought an early exit from his stepfather's realm and apparently took the biggest step in leaving - by the age of 21 he was across the Atlantic and living in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. Jan's brother-in-law Van Tienhoven was from Utrecht, so it is likely that he was involved and may even have recommended this venture. It's also likely, knowing the characters of Damen and Van Tienhoven, that both of these men wished the only male Vigne heir would leave New Netherland and never return.

He married Emmerentje Gosens VAN NIEUWERZLUYS [during her lifetime there were numerous spelling variations for every part of her name] in Utrecht in 1645, when he was 21. She was the widow of Lambert Wolf and already in her mid-to-late thirties. Her children by Lambert were daughter Aeltgen (1627), daughter Gysbertgen (1628) and son Herman (1631). Jan moved into her home on Oude Gracht in the Jacobsbridge section of the city.


There they had three more children: Johannes in 1646 (probably died in infancy), Johannes (2nd, 1647, also died young) and Gosen (1648).

Jan returned to New Netherland in the spring of 1647. While there, his stepfather Jan Jansen Damen entrusted him to collect on some payments from the Dutch West India Company upon his return to Europe.


• with 92 others, co-signed the Remonstrance that convinced Stuyvesant to surrender New Netherland to the British in 1664.

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Jan Vigne's Timeline

New Netherland Colony
Age 22
Utrecht, Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Age 23
Utrecht, Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Age 24
Utrecht, Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
December 21, 1689
Age 65
New York City, Province of New York
Igi, 17
New York, New York, United States