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Roeleff Jansen

Also Known As: "Jants", "Roelof", "JANSOON", "JANSSOON", "Jansze", "van Masterland"
Birthplace: Maesterland, Goteburg Och Bohus, Sweden
Death: Died in New Amsterdam,New York,New York,USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anneke Jans
Father of Lijntje Jans; Sarah Jansz Roelofs; Catharina Roelofs Roeloffse; Tryntje ROELOFFSE; Fyntie Roelofs Van Maesterland and 2 others

Occupation: A seaman age 21. employed in early 1630 in Amsterdam, to be a farmer at Rensselaerswyck, farmer
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Roeleff Jansen

Roelof Jans27, 28 was born Abt. 1602 in Maesterland, Bohusland, Sweden29, and died Abt. 1637 in New Amsterdam29. He married Anneke Jans on April 18, 1623 in Amsterdam, Holland29.

Includes NotesNotes for Roelof Jans:

Employed in early 1630 in Amsterdam, to be a farmer at Rensselarswyck.

More About Roelof Jans:

Date born 2: WFT Est. 1575-1605, Holland.30

Died 2: WFT Est. 1630-1691, New Amsterdam.30

More About Roelof Jans and Anneke Jans:

Marriage 1: April 18, 1623, Amsterdam, Holland.31

Marriage 2: Abt. 1625, Holland.32

Children of Roelof Jans and Anneke Jans are:

  1. Lijntje Roelofs Jans, b. July 21, 1624, Amsterdam, Holland33, d. Bef. March 21, 1629/3033.
  2. +Sara Roelofs Jans, b. April 05, 1627, amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands, d. October 21, 1693, Kingston, New York33.
  3. +Trijntje Roelofs Jans, b. September 06, 1633, d. Bet. 1696 - 169933.
  4. Fytje (Sytje) Roelofs Jans, b. 1631, Rensselaer, New Amsterdam33, d. Bef. January 29, 1662/6333.
  5. Jan Roelofszen Jans, b. 1633, de Laets Burg Fa, NY33, d. Abt. 169033.
  6. Annetje Roelofs Jans, b. Abt. 1636, New Amsterdam, NY33, d. Aft. August 15, 164833.

The spirit of adventure, however, was abroad. Emigrants of high and low degree were leaving old homes for new fields of enterprise and industry. Bold discoverers were revealing new wonders of the sea and land., and bringing to light the hidden mysteries of the geographical world. New maps were planned; new enterprises stimulated the curious or the avaricious. ....

.......Roeloff Jansen caught the spirit of unrest. He had a strong young wife, willing to brave the seas, and a little family, and there was a future to make for them; so they bade farewell to the fatherland and sailed for the Dutchman's new field of adventure and fortune, "Nieuw Nederland."

Jansen procured a position as one of the superintendents at Rensselaerswyck, on the Hudson, the great territory granted as a patroonship to Kilian van Rensselaer, the rich diamond polisher of Amsterdam.

Jansen's name was perpetuated there in that of the kill or creek called "Roeloff Jansen's Kill," which runs in the Hudson River between Red Hook and the present city of Hudson.

After a sojourn of a few years, filling the duties of his post under the patroon's agents at Rensselaerswyck, Jansen seems to have moved with his family to New Amsterdam, having obtained from Director Van Twiller, in 1636, a ground brief or patent for the farm or Bouwery of about sixty-two acres which has been for nearly two hundred years a prominent bone of contention.

Roeloff Jansen did not long enjoy his new possessions; he was called to another world about the year 1637 or 1638, leaving behind him five sturdy little children, and a buxom, attractive widow, then and now widely known as Mrs. Annetje or Anneke Jans.

...and within a year of her bereavement the subject of our monograph could boast of being the wife of one of the most prominent and remarkable characters in the early history of our city. [Domine Everardus Bogardus]

Anneke Webber (wife) a direct descendant of the King of Holland, and a lineal descendant of William the First of Orange, being the daughter of Prince Wolfert Webber of Orange , was born in Holland in 1605, married Roeloff Jansen in 1628 They emigrated to America in 1630, locating at Beverwyck (Albany). They moved to New Amsterdam in 1633 where Roeloff died in 1637 leaving four children. Anneke Jans married her second husband Dominie Bogardus.
In 1628, I married Anneke. We left Holland in 1633 for the land of America.

Historians write what they will, like at but Anneke and I were only doing what was important -- our survival depended on it.

Jan Roeloff was born in Maasland. His wife, Annetje Jans Webber, was born at the Hague. She died at Beaverwyck (now Albany) N.Y. They had five childen.

The Roeloffs sailed in the ship "Eendracht" for New Amsterdam in 1630 and landed with their three children at Rensselaerswyck, on the Hudson. This was the patroonship; of Killiam Van Rensselaer, a rich diamond polisher of Amsterdam. Jan Roeloff procured a position as one of Van Rensselaer's superintendents. He went to New Amsterdam after being granted 62 acres of land between what is now Warren and Christopher Streets in New York City. The grant was made in 1636. He died in 1637.

After Jan's death Annetje married the Reverend Evardous Bogardous and they had four children.

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Roeleff Jansen's Timeline

Maesterland, Goteburg Och Bohus, Sweden
July 26, 1624
Age 23
Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands
December 3, 1626
Age 25
Amsterdam, Holland
June 24, 1629
Age 28
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Age 28
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Age 30
Rensselaer, Netherlands
Age 32
ade Laets Burg Fa, New York, United States