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Johannes Nevius

Birthplace: Zoelen, Buren, Gelderland, Netherlands
Death: Died in New York, Kings County, New York
Place of Burial: Brooklyn Churchyard, NY
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Nevius and Maria Nevius
Husband of Adriaentje Bleijck
Father of Johannes Nevius; Sara Nevius; Cornelis Nevius; Marie Nevius; Cornelis Nevius and 5 others
Brother of Sara Nevius; Mathias Nevius; Peter Nevius and Abraham Nevius

Occupation: Schepen in 1654/55, schepen; ferry master
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About Johannes Nevius

  • ONE of the 93 who signed the Remonstrance that convinced Stuyvesant to surrender New Netherland to the British in 1664.

In the records of the Dutch Church, on November 18, 1653 the marriage banns of Johannes Nevius and Araientje Bleyck were published. Araientje was from Batavia, isle of Java, East Indies. Johannes was from Solen (probably Sollingen in Westphalia) and was a trader during his early life. He later settled in New Amsterdam and engaged in mercantile pursuits. Johannes was elected a city schepen and became secretary of the court of burgomasters and schepens in 1658. Johannes was secretary of New Netherlands. He lived at the Ferry in 1657. About 1670, he started operating the ferry to Long Island. From 1658 to 1664, he lived at the City Hall opposite Coenties Slip. During this time period, he served as secretary of the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens and was one time granted permission to sow grain in the front yard of City Hall. Johanes probably died in 1672 because on July 1, 1672, Ariantie was allowed to continue the ferry. Johannes Nevius was the son of Johannes Neeff (Nevius is the Latinized form) (baptized November 13, 1594 at Sologne, Rhineland, Germany - ?) and Maria Becks (circa 1600 Cologne) who were married August 7, 1625.


Johannes Nevius' house by the Land Gate (Stokes page 229) cited in documents
Joannes Nevius (circa 1627 - circa June 1672) was the third secretary of New Amsterdam under the Director-General of New Netherland. In 1654, Joannes Nevius was named a city Schepen, as one of five. He eventually became the first secretary of New York City under the English.

He first owned a lot at what is now 80 Broadway and may have had his early home there, but that land was taken from him by the city on May 3, 1657, for a parade ground. In 1655, Nevius purchased a house on the north side of Pearl St. (present nos. 35 & 37). In 1656 he bought land in Brooklyn, at "The Ferry," probably from his father-in-law. By about 1670, Joannes Nevius and family were settled on the other side of the East River in Brooklyn, leasing and living in the ferry house there. He ran the ferry system and a tavern in the ferry house. After his death, his wife signed a petition to hold the ferry house as "widow." His grave was probably unmarked and its location is now unknown.

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Johannes Nevius's Timeline

March 14, 1626
Zoelen, Buren, Gelderland, Netherlands
November 1654
Age 28
New York
August 27, 1656
Age 30
New York
September 2, 1657
Age 31
New York
December 22, 1658
Age 32
New York
January 1661
Age 34
New Amsterdam (NY)
February 16, 1662
Age 35
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
February 4, 1663
Age 36
Flatlands, Long Island, Kings County, New York, United States