Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen

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Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen

Birthplace: Haarlem, Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Boekenoogen and Tanneken Symons van Aerdenburgh
Husband of Sytje Gerrits Dekker and Dina Hubers
Father of Sophia Armitt and Stephanus Boekenoogen

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About Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen

Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen the settler of Germantown, was born at Haarlem about 1632 and became in 1652 Master of the Guild of Coopers there but removed later to Alkmaar. He married Sytje Gerrits Bontekoe at Beverwyk near Haarlem, 14 Nov. 1655, after publishing banns at Alkmaar - his bride's residence - on Oct 31, in a civil marriage before Schepens, indicating that he did not belong to the Dutch Reformed church. Her father was Gerrit Jansz Decker a "grutter", dealer in milled grain or grist, in the house in the sign of the "Bontekoe" (the Spotted Cow)(1). Sytje was a step-sisteer of Cornelis Bonetkoe physician to the Elector of Brandenburg, author of many medical books among these a pamphlet, "The Excellence of the Herb Tea".

After the death of his wife, Sytje, who was bur. at Haarlem on Apr. 18, 1679, Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen, together with his two youngest children, set sail for America where he settled at Germantown continuing his trade as a cooper.

He became a minister of the Society of Friends. A certificate of removal for Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen of Haarlem, having lately lived there, was issued by the Amsterdam monthly meeting, "third of mo. 5, 1684, Stilo Loci".

Jan Willemsz who, after death of his first wife , had in vain sought the hand in marriage of Maria Weyts, the rich widow of the prominent Dutch Quaker of Rotterdam, Simon Jansz Vettekeuken, married a second time. He must have married her in Holland for his certificate of removal, referred to above mentions his wife. She is named Dina Hubers in his Will dated 5-24-1688 and proved 4-7-1692 . The Will was executed by John Willemsz Bockenogen, cooper. In it he provides that his children Stephanus and Sytie Bokenogen shall have fifty guilders Holland money for their "Sparing Box" i.e., their savings box or bank as well as some silver trinkets, etc. What remains he leaves to his wife Dina Hubers, which after her death is to be divided between his two two children. He appoints John Goodson and John du Plovis of Philadelphia to assist in the care of his children. The witnesses were Angenietje Boon, Jan Du Plouvys.

His house at Alkmaar had been sold by his representative in 1684.

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Jan Willemsz Boekenoogen's Timeline

Haarlem, Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
Age 26
Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Age 28
Alkmaar, Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
April 7, 1692
Age 60
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Age 60
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States