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Jan Gerretse van Couwenhoven

Male 1639 - Abt 1724  (85 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Jan Gerretse van Couwenhoven was born in 1639 in Flatlands, Long Island, New York (son of Garret Wolfertse van Couwenhoven and Aeltje Cornelis Cool); died about 1724.

    Notes:

    Recorded as a member of the Reformed Dutch church of Brooklyn in 1677 and 1685. Resided at Brooklyn ferry. "On the settlement of his father's estate, he was allowed more than his brother on account of his being lame." [Register in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, citation details below.]

    Jan married Gerdientje de Sille on 18 May 1670. Gerdientje (daughter of Nicasius de Sille and Cornelia Meulmans) was born on 10 Feb 1642 in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Aeltjie Couwenhoven died on 9 Mar 1740 in Flushing, Long Island, New York.
    2. Gerret van Kouwenhoven was born about 1676 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York; died between 16 Apr 1711 and 3 Nov 1712.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Garret Wolfertse van Couwenhoven was born about 1610 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands (son of Wolfert Gerretse van Couwenhoven and Neeltje); died about 1645 in Flatlands, Long Island, New York.

    Notes:

    He was a member of the Council of Eight in 1643.

    Although most of the American descendants of the Kouwenhoven/Couwenhoven family eventually changed their surname to Conover, there were descendants of Garret Wolfertse van Kouwenhoven in Brooklyn calling themselves Kouwenhoven as late as 1939, and possibly more recently.

    Garret married Aeltje Cornelis Cool about 1635 in Flatlands, Long Island, New York. Aeltje (daughter of Cornelis Lambertse Cool and (Unknown first wife of Cornelis Lambertse Cool)) died before 21 Jul 1683. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Aeltje Cornelis Cool (daughter of Cornelis Lambertse Cool and (Unknown first wife of Cornelis Lambertse Cool)); died before 21 Jul 1683.
    Children:
    1. Neeltje Gerretse van Couwenhoven was born in in Flatlands, Long Island, New Netherland; died about 1672.
    2. Willem Gerretse van Couwenhoven was born in 1636 in Flatlands, Long Island, New Netherland; died about 1728 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
    3. 1. Jan Gerretse van Couwenhoven was born in 1639 in Flatlands, Long Island, New York; died about 1724.
    4. Marretje Van Couwenhoven was born before 10 Apr 1644; died before 1709.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Wolfert Gerretse van Couwenhoven was born in in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands; died between 2 Mar 1662 and 24 Jun 1662 in New Netherland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1660, New Netherland
    • Alternate death: Bef 27 Apr 1662

    Notes:

    Also known as Wolfert or Wolphert Gerretse; also van Kouwenhoven; also "Van Amersfoort", etc.

    Possibly a son of Gerrit Wolferts Suype of Nijkerk, in the Dutch province of Gelderland, and his wife Styne Roberts. Gerrit Wolferts Suype was buried in the chancel of the church at Nijkerk on 12 Dec 1604. Suype was a common surname in sixteenth-century Gelderland, along with its variants Sube, Zuben, Supen, etc.

    Wolfert is first seen circa 1630 as a superintendent of farms at Rensellaerswyck, near what is now Albany. From about 1632 to 1636 he leased and farmed a bouwerie on Manhattan, running roughly from today's Chatham Square down to Pearl Street. In 1636 he was granted several hundred acres on Long Island, where he named his plantation "Achervelt." This settlement was later named New Amersfoort, in honor of his birthplace. It is now known as the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn.

    In 1654 he served as a schepen (roughly, alderman) of New Amsterdam, and in 1657 he was made a burgher. He served on the Council of Eight Men. Gerritsen Beach is named for him.

    Wolfert married Neeltje. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Neeltje
    Children:
    1. 2. Garret Wolfertse van Couwenhoven was born about 1610 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands; died about 1645 in Flatlands, Long Island, New York.

  3. 6.  Cornelis Lambertse Cool died before Sep 1644 in Gowanus, New Netherland.

    Cornelis married (Unknown first wife of Cornelis Lambertse Cool). [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  (Unknown first wife of Cornelis Lambertse Cool)
    Children:
    1. 3. Aeltje Cornelis Cool died before 21 Jul 1683.