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Johannes Pieterszen van Brugh, I

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Nederland
Death: Died in New York, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieterse Van Brugge/Van Brugh and Helena Von Burgh
Husband of Trijntgen Roeloffs
Father of Anna Grevenraet; Catherine Annetje Van Rensselaer; Pieter Van Brugh; Johannes van Brugh, II; Maria Richard and 1 other

Occupation: Johannes made a fortune by migrating from the Netherlands to New Netherland and exporting furs and other natural resources from Manhattan.
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About Johannes Pieterszen van Brugh, I

1659 Apr 04; Johannes Van Brug, Catharina Roelofs; Helena; Johannes de Peyster, Annetje Bogardus, Marritje Loockermans

marriage to "Tryn" Roelofs

• 1658 29 Mar; Johannes Pieterszen Ver Brugge, van Haerlem; Catharina Roelofs, wid Lucas Rodenborg

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

Johannes Van Brugh and his wife, Tryntje, the daughter of of Roeloff Jansen and Anneke Jans, lived in a stone house near Hanover Square, in front of which several large trees cast their shadow over the green." Thus says Mrs. Lamb in her History of New York.... although anothe map shows a house on the East River.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Brugh were the first of the Dutch residents who gave a dinner party in honor of the new governor, Nichols. In October, 1664, Van Brugh and two hundred others took the "oath of allegiance." Broadhead's History of New York, Stene's history, also state more about him. Concerning the new council of Governor Nichols, Broadhead states: "On extraordinary occasions Stuyvesant, late Secretary, Cornelis Van Ruyven and Johannes Van Brugh were sometimes called to assist." The great burgher right, or the upper class from whom officials were to be elected, was introduced into New Amsterdam. There were only twenty members, and one of the three Van Brughs was Johannes Pieterse.

On the reconquest of New York by the Dutch fleet, Van Brugh comes into conspicuous relations, once more, 1673. In 1673, the burgomasters were ordered "to be chosen from the wealthiest inhabitants, and those only who are of the Reformed Christian Religion." Van Brugh was one of the two selected.

He was one of those who estimated the value of the houses and gardens destroyed to make a suitable glacis for the fort. He was one of the council selected to confer with the war council in behalf of the safety of New Orange. In 1673 he was commissioned captain of the militia. In 1674 he was again burgomaster. One of the rules adopted by the burgomasters was that "Whoever should smoke tobacco in court should forfeit two and a half guilders." The burgomaster sat in council with Governor Colve regularly at all their meetings.

In 1674, when peace was declared between Holland and England, with the clause that each should surrender its conquests made during the war, a new trial of the heart fell on these ancient Netherlanders, lovers of liberty and individual independence.

Governor Colve, the Dutch governor, preparing to leave requested the Court to select ten persons to exercise executive authority until his majesty's commission should take possession. Van Brugh was one of the ten.

When Andros took the government of New York in 1675, Van Brugh, De Peyster and others of the Dutch burghers were willing to take the oath of allegiance, as they did to Governor Nichols, saving the terms of capitulation of 1664, giving them freedom as to religion, property, etc. But Andros demanded it unconditionally. Then they petitioned to be allowed to dispose of their estates and leave. He arrested the eight signers, charging them with endeavor to raise a rebellion. They were examined, ordered to be tried, and after awhile, on giving heavy bonds, released from imprisonment.

A stout old Dutchman he was, and stood manfully for the rights of the people, occupying a prominent position in the negotiation of the old residents with Governor Andros. Van Brugh was one of the committee who went on board the frigate on which Andros arrived, to welcome him, and he made great effort to secure for the Dutch the privileges and rights which had been acknowledged them on the original conquest and surrender in 1664 to Governor Nichols. He perilled his liberty and property, incurring even imprisonment for standing up for the rights of the Dutch.

The spirit of religious toleration, elective government and personal liberty of the Hollanders strike us most gratefully, and draw sighs of sympathy at their hard fortune in descending from such a state to be subjects of the Duke of York and his despotic viceroy, Andros. But the spirit of these old burghers was exemplified in their descendants in the Revolution. Every old Dutch family rallied to the cause with t heir fortunes, influence and swords: Schuyler, Morris, Livingston, Van Cortland, Van Rensselear.

His wife was Tryntje Roeloff, who had previously married Lucas Rodenburg, vice director at Curacoa, 1646 to 1657, where he died. When she married Van Brugh, her friends there sent her one keg of salt, one keg of preserved lemons, one of lemon juice, a parrot, and twelve parroquets. Robert Livingstone, son of Robert Livingstone, first proprietor, is the ancestor of Chancellor Livingston and of Edward Livingstone, secretary of state under Jackson. When Levi Woodbury was secretary of the treasury, the families lived in adjacent houses on Lafayette Square in Washington.

Roeloff Janson was the husband of Anneke Jans, coming to Rensellearwych with his family in 1630. In 1636 he removed to New Amsterdam and secured a ground brief or title to sixty-two acres, "bounded west by the Hudson, north by the old Jans Land." Shortly after he died, leaving Anneke a widow with five small children. Soon after, March, 1638, she married the Rev. Everhardus Bogardus, dominie of the church in New York and the first settled pastor in the country, a man of intelligence. It is as witness to the contract to build this church that Captain Willett's name first appeared on the Dutch records of New Amsterdam, a few years after.

Johannes Pieterse Van Brugh was born in Haerlem, Holland, about 1624, and died about 1696-1699. Trijntje Roeloffs was baptized in the Lutheran Church, Amsterdam, Holland, on Wednesday, June 24, 1629. Witnesses at her christening were Cornelis Sijverts and Trijntgen Siewerts.

Johannes and Trijntje were married in Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, America, on Monday, March 29, 1658. She took the name Trijntje Van Brugh. He is the son of Pieter and Helena (Pottai) Van Brugge. She is the daughter of Roelof and Anneke (Jans) Janse. They had seven children:

i. Helena Van Brugh: She was christened on April 4, 1659, in New Amsterdam, America; probably died very young.

ii. Helena Van Brugh: She was christened on July 28, 1660, in New Amsterdam, America. She married Theunis De Kay on 26 May 1680.

iii. Anna Van Brugh: She was christened on September 6, 1662, in New Amsterdam, America. She married Andries Grevenraedt on July 2, 1684.

iv. Catharine Annetje Van Brugh [#963]: She was baptized in Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, on April 19, 1665, and died in Greenbush, New York, on December 6, 1730.

v. Pieter Van Brugh was baptized in New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church on July 14, 1666. buried on July 20, 1740. He married Sara Kuyler on November 2, 1688.

vi. Johannes Van Brugh was baptized on November 22, 1671. He married Margaret Provoost.

vii. Maria Van Brugh was baptized in New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church on September 20, 1673. She married Stephen Richard. Their son Paul Richard became mayor of New York.

The first husband of Trijntje Roeloffs was Willem De Kay. Their marriage banns were dated February 24, 1647, at the New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church. They had one child:

i. Abigael Willems was baptized in Amsterdam Lutheran Church on February 9, 1648. No marriage or death records have been found for her.

Her second marriage was to Lucas Rodenburgh after 16 Sep 1652. She took the name Trijntje Rodenburgh. He died between March 22 and June 8, 1655. They had two children:

i. Elizabeth Rodenburgh was born in Curaçao.

ii. Lucretia Rodenburgh was baptized in New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church on July 1, 1657.

Her third marriage was to Johannes Pieterse Van Brugh.

in Stokes' Iconography

Conveys "A Certaine Tract or Parcell of Land upon this Island Manhatans lying and being to ye North of ye Great Creeke or Kill Stretching in Length from ye said Creeke alongst ye Ryver comonly called and knowne by ye name of Hudsons or ye North Ryver 800 r. and from ye said Ryver stretching in depth or breadth from ye length aforementioned into ye woods 250 r., conteyning in all by estimation about acres or Margen."

Johannes van Brugh, the wealthiest of the patentees, acquired the southerly 150 acres of the land lying along the Great Kill, undoubtedly the most desirable farm. Jan Vinge got 150 acres, more or less, north of Van Brugh's land.

Maria van Brugh, a daughter of Johannes van Brugh, who owned the 150 acres at the southerly end of the patent, married Stephen Richard, July 23, i6g6. Her son, Paul Richard, was born April 11, 1697. In 1713, the farm was still spoken of as the land of Trintje ver Brugge. (See the R. B. Norton farm.) (in Stokes' Iconography)

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Johannes Pieterszen van Brugh, I's Timeline

Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Nederland
July 28, 1660
Age 36
September 10, 1662
Age 38
Dutch Church,New Amsterdam,New York,USA
April 19, 1665
Age 41
New Amsterdam, New Netherland
July 14, 1666
Age 42
New York, NY, USA
November 22, 1671
Age 47
New York, NY, USA
September 20, 1673
Age 49
Age 75
New York, New York