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John (Jan) Lake, IV

Also Known As: "Jan"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Gravesend, Kings, New York
Death: May 17, 1729 (79)
Gravesend, Kings, New York
Place of Burial: Flatbush, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lake, of Great Fanton & Gravesend and Ann Lake
Husband of Mayke Lake and Neeltje Claessen Smit
Father of John Lake, V; Thomas Lake, Sr; Nicholas Lake, Sr.; Mary van Sicklen and Daniel Lake
Brother of Daniel Lake, I, Esq.; Margaret Lake; William Lake; Elizabeth Lake; Michal Lake and 1 other

Occupation: 1700 he was listed as a Captain of the Militia; Jan 4, 1715 with power of attorney, made elder of the Reformed Church over Ministers alongside John Simonson.
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About Capt. John Lake, IV

Respected Elder in the Community, member of New Reformed Church (Anabaptist)

JOHN3 LAKE (JOHN2, RICHARD1)76,77,78,79 was born April 1650 of Gravesend, Kings Co., New York80,81,82,83, and died May 17, 1729 in Gravesend, Kings Co., New York?84,85,86,87. He married (1) MAYKE88,89,90,91 in Gravesend, Kings, New York92,93,94,95. She died Aft. 1729100,101,102,103. He married (2) NEELTJE CLAESSEN104,105,106,107 Abt. 1687 in Gravesend, Kings Co., New York108,109,110,111, daughter of CLAES SMIT and GEERTRUYD WILLEKINS. She was born May 20, 1653 in Flatlands, Gravesend, Long Island, New York, and died Bef. 1729112,113,114,115. 21 Nov 1670 - bought a horse of James Hubbard of Gravesend. 1683 - named in assessment roll of Gravesend. 1694 - bought of Hannah, widow of John Delavall of Pennsylvania, for L164, a house and 40 acres of land on Hogg's Neck in Gravesend. 6 May 1696 - with Joakim Gulick, had a survey of 85 acres at Smoking Point, with nine acres at the mouth of the Fresh Kil, on Staten Island. John appears on the 1698 census of Gravesend with 8 children. It is probable that the identity of the 8 children might be Neeltje's youngest 3 children from her marriage to Goulder/Goulding; Nicholas, Ann and Abraham; and John and Neeltje's children; John, Thomas, Nicholas, Mary and Daniel. 1700 - Captain of militia. 1714 - elder in Gravesend DRC. "In the name of God, Amen. May 4 1723. I, John Lake, of Gravesend, Kings County. I leave to my son Daniel all my estate, houses, and lands in Gravesend or elsewhere. And he shall pay to my four other children, John, Thomas, and Nicholas, and my daughter Mary, wife of Cornelius Van Sickelen, as follows: To my son John, L110. To my others sons, L100 each, and to Mary Van Sickelen, L70. I leave to my son Daniel, a negro boy, 3 cows, 2 horses, wagons, ploughs, and Harrow. All the rest to my 5 children. My son Daniel is to provide my wife Mayke all necessary and needful things, and maintain her in his own house, and a Decent and Christian Burial, at his own cost. Wit: Samuel Hubbard, Samuel Gerritsen, Nicholas Williamse. Will probated New York before Isaac Bobin, 17 May 1729". MAYKE: Could have been Mayke Williamse Marsh, daughter of Mayke Pieterse and William Williamse. The Lake and Williamson families seem to have had several ties. William and Mayke were witnesses to the baptism of John and Neeltje's first child, John. NEELTJE CLAESSEN: Baptized March 21, 1655 at New Amsterdam, witnesses Elmer Huysen, Adries Roos, Catryn Borgers. She m. (1) about 1673 JOSEPH GOULDER/GOULDING, son of WILLIAM and ANN GOULDER, b. about 1654; d. 1683/4. Joseph Goulding is listed on the Gravesend assessment roll in 1683, holding 41 acres of land. Joseph Golder of Gravesend, Long Island in Yorkshire, signed as Joseph Golding his will dated February 16, 1683, probated April 1684, and named his wife Ellinnor, sons Joseph, William, Nicholas and daughter Ann Golding. Also names his brother William Golding, and Jacob Gaylock and John? Children; Joseph, b. April 1, 1674? Gravesend; m. Anneke Daws; poss. m. 2nd Maria Van Dyk. William, b. October 30, 1677, d. 1748/9; m. Geesie. Nicolas, baptized March 18, 1680 at New Utrecht, son of Josias Golers and Neeltje Klass. Anetje, baptized July 23, 1682 at New Utrecht; m. Cornelius Van Doorn. Abraham, baptized August 24, 1684 at New Utrecht; m. Ann.

Taken from:

We learn from the will of Thomas Spicer that his

daughter Anne Spicer married John Lake. This

will is dated 30 September, 1658 and was proven

on the 4th. day of November, 1658. His wife was

named Michal.

Anne Lake Spicer was living in 1709. John Lake

probably died before August, 1696 leaving no will.

The Gravesend NY records mention Anne, the widow

of John Lake, with her eldest son John; of trans-

actions between John and his brother Daniel; of trans-

actions between Anne and her son-in-law Nicholas

Stilwell; of the marriage of Margaret Lake & William

Goulding, Apr. 2, 1676; besides mentions of Wm. &

Elizabeth Lake, other children of John and Ann

(Spicer) Lake. From this information I glean our

ancestor to be:

JOHN LAKE of Gravesend, New Jersey, the eldest

son of Ann Spicer and John Lake. He married Neeltje

Claessen. He is named in the assessment roll of

Gravesend in 1683. In 1700 he was a Captain of

Militia. In 1694 he bought a house with forty acres on

Hogg's Neck in Gravesend. In 1714 he was an elder in

the Gravesend Dutch Reformed Church. His will was

proven in May, 1799 and a wife Mayke is mentioned.


1. Jan born 16 Apr. 1688

2. Daniel born 25 Apr. 1696

3. Thomas

4. Nicholas

5. Mary

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Capt. John Lake, IV's Timeline

April 1650
Gravesend, Kings, New York
April 16, 1688
Age 38
Gravesend, Kings County, New York, United States
Age 39
Gravesend, Kings Co, NY
Age 41
Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States
Age 43
Gravesend, Kings County, Province of New York
March 10, 1696
Age 45
Gravesend, Kings Co., New York
May 17, 1729
Age 79
Gravesend, Kings, New York
May 17, 1729
Age 79
Flatbush, Kings, New York, United States