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Teunis Janszen Covert

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Heemstede, Nord Holland, Netherlands
Death: March 13, 1697 (77)
Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Pietersen Couvert and Sarah Lucassen Coevers (Covert)
Husband of Barbara Lucas van Kessel and Jannetje Brokaw
Father of Lucas Tunisse Couverts; Jannetje Covert; Aeghie Tunis Hoff; Hans Teunise Covert; Sarah Teunise Covert and 3 others

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Teunis Janszen Covert

Teunis Jansen married Barbara Lucas Van Kessel in December of 1645 near her hometown of Hoorn located in North Holland, the peninsula shown on the map north of Amsterdam. After their marriage they moved to Teunis’ home in the village of Heemstede located just south of Haarlem and east of Amsterdam. Barbara and Teunis raised four children between the date of their marriage and their departure to the New World in 1651. Their youngest child, Jan, was born in January of 1651; their oldest child, Lucas Teunise, my 9th great grandfather, was born on February 24, 1647. The parents embarked for New Amsterdam sometime in the early summer of 1651 leaving all four of their children behind with relatives.

We can only speculate what motivated Teunis and Barbara to leave the Netherlands for America and leave their four children behind. The war had ended in 1648 and the Netherlands had become a prosperous nation. It may be however, that after the close of the war the influx of new immigrants into Holland resulted in a high unemployment rate despite the general prosperity of the nation as a whole. Teunis may have had trouble finding a job and he may have been influenced by the constant advertised promises by the Dutch West India Company of free passage to and free land grants in America and New Amsterdam in exchange for a short period of indentureship to cover the company’s expenses. Unlike the Puritan migration to the north in New England, the Dutch West India Company was a business venture that required workers and was expected to show a profit. They therefore encouraged and even sponsored the migration of young singles and young married Dutch men and women without children. The company was less interested in starting a new settlement in America than they were in promulgating a business, especially the fur trading business, and children were no help to them in achieving these goals. It is possible that the only way for Teunis and Barbara to take advantage of the company’s offer was to leave their children behind and send for them later. Incidentally, this attitude on the part of the Dutch West India Company was not appreciated by many of the early Dutch settlers of New York and when the English finally gained control of the area by treaty in 1674, the change in the political control of the colony was welcomed by many of the Dutch settlers.

Teunis and Barbara lived in New Amsterdam on the southern tip of Manhattan Island from the time of their arrival in 1651 until they moved out to Bedford on Long Island in the year 1660. In 1660 Bedford was a small growing community located just east of the village of Breuckelen (Brooklyn). While in New Amsterdam the family had grown by three with the birth of a child in 1653, 1654, and 1658. Church records show that they were members of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam. In the 1667 map of Brooklyn shown on the left, Bedford is located in the lower right hand corner, southeast of “Brookland [Brooklyn] Parish” and almost due south of Wallabout Bay off the East River. In the upper left hand corner of the map is the tip of Manhattan Island. In the 1600s a ferry operated from Manhattan to Brooklyn and from there the road ran southeast through Bedford. Joris Jansen Rapalje, my 8th great grandfather (and the subject of Chapter 1 in my Baker Family Tree Blog) occupied and farmed a major parcel of land that fronted on part of Wallabout Bay (now the site of the Brooklyn Naval Yard). As the map clearly shows, in the 1660s most of what is now Brooklyn was a series of large farmlands.

Born in Lommel, Brabandt, Kempenlandt, Holland on 1630 to Bourgon Broucard and Catherine Lefevre. Teunis Janse married Barbara Lucas Van Kessel and had 8 children. He passed away on 1695 in Brooklyn New Amsterdam Ny Brooklyn Kings, New York, USA.

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Teunis Janszen Covert's Timeline

January 5, 1620
Heemstede, Nord Holland, Netherlands
February 24, 1647
Age 27
Heemstedt, North Holland, Netherlands
March 29, 1648
Age 28
Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Nederland
January 15, 1650
Age 30
Probably Sint Anthonis, Staats-Brabant, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Age 29
Heenstede, N Holland
April 20, 1653
Age 33
Brooklyn, NY, USA
December 20, 1654
Age 34
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
August 28, 1661
Age 41
Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, United States
December 5, 1663
Age 43
New York, Kings County, New York, United States