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Roeleff Jansen

Also Known As: "Rolv Jonssøn", "Roeloff Janssoon", "Jants", "Roelof JANSOON", "Jansze", "Roeloff van Masterland"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Marstrand, Västra Götaland County, Bohuslän, Sweden
Death: 1637 (35)
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan
Husband of Aneka Webber and Anneke Jans
Father of Sarah Jansz Roelofs; Lijntgen Roeloffs; Trijntgen Roeloffs; Fytje Roeloffs and Jan Roeloffson

Occupation: A seaman age 21. employed in early 1630 in Amsterdam, to be a farmer at Rensselaerswyck, farmer
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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]

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.

Fact and Fiction

"Anneke Jans in Fact and Fiction" by George Olin Zabriskie, F. A S. G in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 104, Number 2, April 1973:

"Roelof Janszen was born in Marstrand, a village on an island of the same name, now in Goteburg Och Bohus, Sweden, and about 18 miles northwest of the city of Goteburg. Marstrand was in Bohusland, a historic section of Norway ceded to Sweden in 1658...

At Renssalaerswyck Roelof farmed the de Laets Burg farm on the east bank of the Hudson near Mill Creek (Normans Kill) in the present city of Rensselaer. While living there Roelof was appointed a schepen (magistrate) by van Rennselaer, but he and the others so appointed were not sworn in and never served. In April 1634 Roelof was replaced as farmer by Gerrit Theuniszen de Reux under uncertain circumstances. He and his man had served most, if not all, of their regular period of employment and did not 'desert' van Rensselaer as claimed by some writers. Roelof had not been successful as a farmer and was in debt to van Rensselaer when replaced. In 1637 van Rensselaer said that he had cancelled the debt 'long ago'.

When Roelof left the farm at Rensselaerswyck, he, his family and his mother-in-law moved down-river to New Amsterdam, where he became an employee of the West India Company. Roelof probably farmed on one of the company bouweries and likely continued to do so until his death in 1636. He did not go to Brazil during this two year period as has been suggested."

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Roeleff Jansen's Timeline

Marstrand, Västra Götaland County, Bohuslän, Sweden
July 21, 1624
Age 22
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
December 3, 1626
Age 24
Amsterdam, Holland
June 1629
Age 27
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Age 29
New Netherland Colony
Age 31
Beverwyck, New Netherland Colony
Age 35
New Amsterdam, New Netherland Colony