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Jonas Bronck

Also Known As: "Jonas Jonsson Brunk"
Birthplace: Norra Ljunga, Komstad, Sävsjö, Jonkoping County, Sweden
Death: 1643 (38-47)
New Amsterdam, Bronxland, N.Y.
Immediate Family:

Husband of Antonia Jeuriaens Slagboom
Father of Pieter Jonassen Bronck and Margariet Fitchett

Occupation: Farmer
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About Jonas Bronck

Jonas Bronck
Jonas, in his wedding certificate from 1638 calling himself Jonas Jonsson Bronck and giving his age to 38 years born somewhere between 1575 and 1600.
Marriage On June 18, 1638 Bronck signed his banns of marriage as Jonas Jonasson Bronck. This patronym indicated that his father's name was Jonas, which supports the theory of Swedish origin. He and his Dutch wife, Teuntje Joriaens, married at the New Church in Amsterdam on July 6, 1638.

In 1619 he went to school in Roskilde Denmark and eventually made his way to Holland.
He married his Dutch wife Teuntje Jeuriaens Slagboom on 6 July 1638. with a wedding certificate referring to him as Jonas Jonasson Bronck.
Jonas was a sea captain before coming to the New World. In the spring of 1639 Jonas and a party of other emigrants, including his good friend Dane Jochem Pietersen Kuyper, departed the Dutch port of Hoorn. In addition to passengers and crew, their ship, De Brandt van Troyen (Fire of Troy) was laden with numerous cattle. On June 1639 the vessel was seen in the harbor of New Amsterdam

He navigated up the East River, and made his home on a piece of land acquired fron the Indians, across the Harlem River from the village of Harlem. The land was within the territory of the Siwanoy and Wecquaegeek groups of Lenape who inhabited it at the time of colonialization.

His farm was located at what now is 132 Street and Lincoln Avenue in Mott Haven. He gave his name to the Bronx River from which the borough Bronx and Bronx received their names.

In 1981, after conducting research in the Netherlands, Sweden, and New York, G.V.C. Young O.B.E. published the 19-page manuscript The Founder of the Bronx. It states that Bronck was born circa 1600 in Komstad in Småland, a historic province of Sweden adjacent to the then-Danish province of Skåneland, at the time inhabited by Jon Nilsson and his wife Marit Brunk. Jonas Bronck made his way to the coast on the Baltic Sea where he became a sailor in the Danish merchant marines, and later transferred to the Dutch fleet.[13][14][15][16] The theory that Bronck was a Swede has been adopted by the official historian of the Bronx, Lloyd Ultan,[17] the Bronx Historical Society[18] and other publications.[19][20]
Jonas Bronck (alternatively, Jonas Jonsson Brunk, Jonas Jonasson Bronk, Jonas Jonassen Bronck) (died 1643) was an immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Netherland after whom the Bronx River, and by extension, the county and New York City borough of the Bronx are named

Jonas Bronck Biographical Summaries of Notable People Birth: 1600 - Sweden Death: 1643 Residence: The Bronx

The Bronx...Its History & Perspective

Excerpts from "At Home in the Unknown," a 1996 Bronk Interview - See section: What’s the origin of the Bronk family?

At Home in the Unknown - An Interview With William Bronk - What’s the origin of the Bronk family?

The Bronx in New York is named after him.

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Norra Ljunga, Komstad, Sävsjö, Jonkoping County, Sweden
Age 43
Bronxland, N.Y.