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ARENT LOURENS TOERS

ARENT LOURENS TOERS

Male Bef 1618 - 1674  (> 56 years)

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  • Name ARENT LOURENS TOERS  [1
    Born Bef 1618  Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    EARL
    EMIG Abt 1653  Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    OCCU Carpenter, granted rights of Small Burgher 13 April 1657 
    Died Jan 1674  Bergen, Hudson Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Jan 1674  Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I212  The Turses
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2017 

    Father Laurens TOERS,   b. Abt 1580, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ANNA CLAES,   b. Bef 1620,   d. 1682  (Age > 62 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1639  Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Lourens Arentsen TOERS,   b. 1640, Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1707, Saddle River, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Lijntje Arentsen TOERS,   b. 1641, Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1655  (Age < 13 years)
    +3. Claes Arentsen TOERS,   b. 1643, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1724  (Age 81 years)
     4. Jan Arentsen TOERS,   b. Bef 1655, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1729  (Age > 74 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 1618 - Amsterdam, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Dec 1639 - Amsterdam, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEMIG - Abt 1653 - Amsterdam, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1674 - Bergen, Hudson Co, NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Jan 1674 - Bergen, NJ Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Arent Laurensen Toers' property map in New Amsterdam abt. 1660.
    Arent Laurensen Toers' property map in New Amsterdam abt. 1660.
    Map originally from Peter Spier's 1979 book, Legends of New Amsterdam

  • Notes 
    • As of October 2015, with the help of Dutch researchers, we have been able to obtain reasonable proof of the family’s Amsterdam origins. Because of the use of the patronymic, we have two possible christening dates for Arent - 1618 or 1614. We have not been able to verify which record is correct for our ancestor, so we have posted the birth date as before 1618. In our research, we have also found record of a daughter being christened at Nieuw Kerk (Amsterdam), but there is no further mention of a daughter in any New World record of the family. Lijnstje was christened 10 Sep 1641. Because there is not further record, we have assumed that she died prior to 1655 and noted her status as Died as a Child.

      We know that it was prior to 1655 Arent, his wife, and three sons, emigrated to New Amsterdam because on 15 October 1655, he volunteered to pay 6 florins in labor for the defense of New Amsterdam. On 13 April 1657, "Arent Lourissen Carpenter" was confirmed in his rights as a Small Burgher. (Small Burgher Right pertained specifically to the right to keep a shop or to trade in New Amsterdam. A fee had to be paid to maintain the right, and the right was only granted to those who lived in New Amsterdam for at least one year and six weeks. It was a device for limiting itinerant merchants and provided a source for tax and guards for the colony.)

      Roelof Jansen, a mason, died at the house of Arent Laurensen on 16 November 1657, and on the 28th he petitioned the Burgomasters and Schepens to authorize one or two persons to sell the property of Jansen at public auction "that thus might be paid the expenses of his funeral, his house rent and other known and unknown debts." Sieur Mattheus de Vos, Notary Public, and Arent Laurensen were appointed. On 12 Dec. Anna Claes appeared before the Orphanmasters and by two affidavits proved that Roelof Jansen "had given her in his liftime everyday clothing, his gun, powder-horn and what belonged to it; she also produces an account for house rent, for care taking and money advanced, amounting to 99fl. 18 st., wherein are included 7 beavers, the balance being in wampum. Anna Claes was one of the "old Memebrs" of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam, before 1660, and was one of the charter members of the Reformed Dutch Church of Bergen in 1664. Arent Laurensen was compelled to pay some money owing to the Orphanmasters in 1660.

      His name appears as Arent Lourensse in translation on the list of 342 properties that appear on the 1660 map of Nieuw Amsterdam. The family residence was in Block K on Smee Straet or Smith. Smith Street is now William Street between Hanover Square and Maiden Lane. It was called Smee Straet, referring to a forge or smithy, on the de Sille list and Smit Straet on the Selyns list. When Smith Street was extended in the early 18th Century, the new part was named William Street. A further extension was called King George Street. In 1794 Smith, William and King George Streets were combined under the name William Street, and Note to the Castello Plan indicate it was 39 William Street.

      Notes to the Castello Plan further describe the line of property ownership:
      Block K NO. 6 Arent Lourens, "residing at the village of Bergen," owned this property.-Liber HH
      (2): 1I2 (Albany); Liber Deeds, B: 62; cf. Mortgages, 1664-1675, trans. by O'Callaghan, 3 I.
      He did not receive his ground-brief until May, 1662. The tax-list of 1665 gives Jan Woutersen
      (Van der Bos) as the owner of the property, the deed to him being found in Liber Deeds,
      B: 95; cf· Book of Records of Deeds Cj Transfers (etc.), 1665-1672 (translated), 39. Arent
      Lawrence took the oath of allegiance at Bergen, November 22, 1665.-N. J. Archives, 1st
      series, I: 49. Present No. 39 William Street.

      Probably about 1661 he removed to Bergen, where in 1662 he signed the petition of the Magistrates of Bergen asking to be provided with a clergyman. He pledged 10 florins for the support of the clergyman. On 4 July 1663, he volunteered for the protection of Bergen, and on 21 Feb. 1664, he signed a petition for the erection of a blockhouse at Bergen. On 29 May 1664, he petitioned "that a piece of low land, close to his plantation, may be given and granted to him; he exhibits besides an extract from the minutes of the village of Bergen, whereby it appears, that the Court there has promised it to him subject to approval. The petition was granted. He also had property in New Amsterdam, for on 31 January 1664, "Arent Lauwrenzen of the Village of Bergen declared, that by virtue of a patent on 10 May 1662, he cedes, conveys, and grants to Adam Onckelbagh, Burgher and inhabitant of this city, a house and lot in the west side of Smee Street." In November 1665, "Arent Lawrence," together with his sons, Claes and Laurens, signed the Oath of Allegiance to the English. On 10 Oct. 1670 six various pieces of property in and around Bergen were confirmed to Arent Laurensen. He joined the Reformed Dutch Church of Bergen 27 September 1672. [1, 3, 5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] The Toers - Tuers Family, Howard S. F. Randolph.

    2. [S17] LDS #16.

    3. [S246] Holland Society of New York Yearbook, (HSNY).

    4. [S764] Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province, Church Records, 1523-1948.

    5. [S765] Netherlands, Select Births and Baptisms 1564-1910.