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Jan Dircksen STRAATMAKER

Jan Dircksen STRAATMAKER

Male 1642 - Aft 1708  (> 67 years)

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  • Name Jan Dircksen STRAATMAKER 
    Born 1642  prob Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1708  Tappan, Rockland, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4538  The Turses
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2017 

    Father Dirck STRAATMAKER,   b. Abt 1620, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1643, Hudson Co. NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years) 
    Mother Jannetje TEUNIS,   d. 25 Feb 1643, Hudson Co. NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Geesje Gerritse VANSTEENWYCK,   b. 1646, Zutphen, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1700, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 14 Jan 1666  RDC Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Annetje STRAATMAKER,   b. 1669, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jannetje STRAATMAKER,   b. Abt 1670, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Dirck Jansen STRAATMAKER,   b. 1671, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1732, Tappan, Rockland, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Tryntje STRAATMAKER,   b. 1674, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1744  (Age 70 years)
     5. Gerrit STRAATMAKER,   b. 1676, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1686  (Age 10 years)
     6. Infant STRAATMAKER,   b. 1678, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1678, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Grietje STRAATMAKER,   b. 1680, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Rachel STRAATMAKER,   b. 1683, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707, Bergen, Hudson, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     9. Lea STRAATMAKER,   b. 1685
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Neeltje BUYS 
    Married Feb 1707 
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jan 1666 - RDC Bergen, NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 1708 - Tappan, Rockland, NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • The first settlement of Jersey City (Bergen) was at Communipaw, which stretched roughly from what is now Johnston Avenue on the north to Caven Point on the south, where an indentation of New York Bay called South Cove or Communipaw Bay (now filled in by the railroads and developed as town houses) reached up to what became Phillips Street, just east of Central Railroad of New Jersey tracks, along the waterfront. The Massacre at Communipaw, refers to a violent massacre of 80 natives by the Dutch in retribution for a single murder of a colonist by a member of the local tribe, for which the tribe had already paid atonement, but would not bring forward the perpetrator. It is here that one of the original progenitors of our family nearly met with death. William Kieft, a notoriously cruel, and vicious tyrant, who at the time was Director General, on the night of 24 Feb 1643 hatched a plan to attack a peaceful gathering of Indians who had sought refuge in Pavonia from attacks by the Mohawks. (Krieft was the Director General for the United New Netherlands Company from 1638, until relieved by Peter Stuyvesant in May 1647).

      Dirck Straatmaker lived on the bluff near where the old Central Railroad crossed the Morris Canal. The morning after the Indian massacre of Feb.25, 1643, Dirck and his wife went to the scene, along with an English settler to plunder what they could. She was carrying her son Jan, who was less than a year old. The fact that there is no record of his baptism at New Amsterdam suggests that they might have been new arrivals. The soldiers, who accompanied them there, had to leave and warned Dirck of the Indians, but he replied, ”There is no danger. If there were a hundred savages, none of them would hurt us.” As the soldiers were leaving they heard a shriek, and upon returning found Dirck mortally wounded, his wife dead, and the Englishman alive with the only weapon among them. Although this was the beginning of a period of unrest that cost the Dutch many more lives well into 1645, the child was saved and was raised by Classie Teunis in New Amsterdam.
      Ref: 1. N.Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record,Vol.56, pg.262
      2.FHL Book #-974.7/B2N

      Jan was raised by Classie Teunis, (possibly the widow of Romeijn Teunis), in New Amsterdam after his parent's death. On 19 Feb 1659 Classie Teunis asked the Orphanmasters for money owing to her for boarding him for 16 years (MOM-1-74).

      Jan joined the Bergen church 30 Dec 1665 and seems thereafter to be a resident of Bergen, till he moved to Tappan, on 14 Jan 1666. He married Geesje Gerrits the sister of Guert Gerrits. This was the second marriage recorded at Bergen.

      On 24 Mar 1686 he was one of the Tappan Patentees and built a house there in 1700. On 18 Mar 1698 he gave a quit-claim to the tract at Communipaw owned by his father.

      In about 1680 John Stratmaker from a New Jersey settlement, was one of 14 men who joined with Manhattan Bouwery resident John Pietersen Haring to purchase land from the Tappaen Indians in what became known as the Tappan Patent. Among the others were two Blauvelts, three Smiths, two De Vries, and Claes Manuel from the Bouwery, along with four other men from New Jersey settlements: Cornelius Cooper, Garret Steynmets, Ide Van Vorst, and Staats De Groot. The Tappan Patent lay from north to south from the valley between the Hudson River on the east (not on the river) and the Hackensack River on the west. It was entered by boat from the Hudson up the Tappan Creek. The settlers plan was to avoid the English port duties in New York by trading from the Hackensack River. This plan began to be thwarted by 1684 as the Common Council of New York began the appeal to the New York governor to include East Jersey land in the New York territories. The dispute with the English over this land went on through various divisions of the land until 1769 as the land was surveyed, conveyed, and titled to the founding families heirs.

      HIs life was chronicled in Tappan by the following events:

      He witnessed the Baptism of Joanna Steynmets, daughter of Caspar Steynmets and Jannetje Gerrits 29 Dec 1667. (Ber 22)

      Re. Tappan Patent, 1683: "The remaining five shares belonged, one share each, to people from settlements on the west side of the Hudson - Bergen (Jersey City), Ahasymus (Weehawken), and Hoboken. They were Ide Van Vorst, Cornelis Claesen Cooper, Garret Steynmetz, Jan Straatmaker [John Stratmaker of Hobogen, NJ], Staats De Groot." "Tappan 300 Years", W. Talman, et al; Tappantown Hist. Soc., Tappan, NY, 1988, pg. 20

In 1683, the County of Orange, named for William of Orange (King William III), which included present-day Rockland County, was formed. In 1686 the Town of Orangetown was created by a royal grant in the Tappan Patent. Shortly after 1686, the few inhabitants in lands northward were united with it for the purpose of assessment and court jurisdiction. "The History of Orangetown", http://www.orangetownpd.com/history.htm

Witnesses to baptism, RDC NY:
"1684 Aug 13; Cades Michielszen, Annetie Caspers; Annetie; Jan Dirckszen Straetman, Geesje ?????"
"1693 Jan 01; David Danielszen, Anna Straet; Johannes; Jan and Geesje Straet"

Quit-Claim, Communipaw/Tappen Patent: On 24 Mar 1686 he was one of the Tappan Patentees and built a house there in 1700. On 18 Mar 1698 he gave a quit-claim to the tract at Communipaw owned by his father. http://www.geocities.com/jf_game/tappanpatent.html

His wife having died 11 Feb 1700, he married again in Feb 1707 (banns published 27 Jan 1707). His second wife was Neeltje Buys, widow of Jan Harmens Coerten and Jacob Vigoor. On 12 Oct 1708 he and his wife [Neeltje Buys] were received by letter at the church in Tappan " With banns published 12 January 1707 at the Reformed Dutch Church of Bergen and with certificate received 27 January 1707, Jan married as his second wife and as her third husband NEELTJE BUYS, the widow of Jan Harmens Coerten and Jacob Vigoor, who was a daughter of Jan Cornelise Buys and Eybe Lubbertse. Domine Bertholf performed the ceremony. "The Ancestry and Family History of JOHN H. CAMP"
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  • Sources 
    1. [S791] A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies, Firth Haring Fabend, (Rutgers University Press).