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Jan Winans (Wijnants), I

Also Known As: "ohn", "Jan /Winans/", "Jan"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Ma Haarlem, Watertown, Netherlands
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Wijnants and Luytgen Winans
Husband of Susannah Winans and Ann Winans
Father of Samuel Winans, Sr.; Elizabeth Lyon; Joanna Winans; Conrad Winans; Jacob Winans and 14 others
Brother of Barnabas Wines (probably)
Half brother of john winans

Occupation: Weaver
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About Jan Winans, I

Immigrated w/ brother (Barnanbus?) before 1653

It is generally believed, based on research by European genealogists, that Jan is the son of the famous 17th century Haarlem landscape painter Jan Wynants and his first wife. Although there is no known proof, it is thought that the painter's son by his first wife left home to become an apprentice to a Gobelin weaver after his father's second marriage. The son, presumably Jan/John Winans, removed to New Netherlands sometime before 1653.

Jan sometimes signed his name Jan Wynants, which is Southern Netherlandish ("Jan Wijnants, Weaver" by Edythe D. Winans Groome, 1980)

His marriage is the first known record of Jan Winans in the New World. Jan and Susanna were married in a double wedding ceremony with her widowed sister Maria Paradys to Matthias Hatfield, also a professional weaver.

Jan, along with brothers-in-law Jacob Melyn and Matthias Hatfield, was one of the original "Associates" who founded and settled Elizabethtown, New Jersey about 1664. He was well educated, as evidenced by the number of books in his home.

He was granted 200 acres of land in Elizabethtown on December 9, 1676 (General Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Liber I, page 161 and Liber II, part II, page 37.)

His will (under the name John Winance) was written February 14, 1687 and his inventory was appraised in 1695. His estate was valued at 271.15.8 pounds by Obadiah Sale and Benjamin Meeker.

Besides household goods and weaving apparel, he owned gold and silver plate. The inventory of his property included six oxen, six 3-year-old steers, six cows, nine 2-year-old cattle, seven 1-year-old cattle, three calves, 60 sheep, one mare, 22 swine, one cart and wheels, one sled, two yoke and yoke irons, two chains, and one plow and iron harrow. [Jan Wijnants, Weaver by Edythe D. Winans Groome, 1980] ("As We Were - The Story of Old Elizabethtown" by Theodore Thayer, 1964)

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Jan Winans, I's Timeline

Ma Haarlem, Watertown, Netherlands
July 1, 1665
Age 25
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Age 25
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
March 28, 1671
Age 31
Staten Island, Province of New York
Age 31
Elizabethtown, New Jersey, United States
Age 31
April 2, 1672
Age 32
New York, New York, United States
October 3, 1673
Age 33
Staten Island, Province of New York