Barent Jacobsen Kool

Barent Jacobsen KOOL (1610 – 1676) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Barent Jacobsen Kool was born 10 MAY 1610 in Niewe Kirk, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. His parents were Jacob Barentsen KOOL and Aeltje DIRCKSE. He married Marretje Leenderts  DeGRAUW in 1637 in Kingston,  New York.  Barent died in 1676 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

Barent Jacobsen Cool sailed to New Amsterdam, possibly from Amsterdam as a sailor in late 1632 on the ship Soutberg, which arrived in April 1633 with 140 soldiers. At that time, New Amsterdam, now New York City, had a population of only 400 to 500 people.

Marretje Leenderts DeGrauw was born in 1617  in Aalsmeer, Noord, Holland, Netherland. Her parents were Leendert Arentsen DeGRAUW and Leuntie Albertse LYDECKER.  Marretje died in 1670 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

Children of Barent and Marretje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Jacob Barensten Cole 25 Sep 1639
Kingston, Ulster County, New York
Marretje Symons Schepmoes (Daughter of Sijmon FLORISZEN)
Aft. 1660
Kingston, NY
1719 Kingston, Ulster, New York
2. Aeltje Barentse KOOL (Cool or Coel) 23 Sep 1640
New Amsterdam NY
Paulus Jacobszen TURCK
2 Sep 1660 New Amsterdam
New York City
3. Dievertje (Deborah) Jacobszen Kool 1 Feb 1642/43
New City, Rockland, New York
4 Apollonia Barents Kool (Cole) 29 Jan 1645
Esopus, Ulster, New York
Willen Isacsen Van Vredenburg
19 Oct 1664
Kingston, NY Dutch Reformed Church
Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York
5. Leendert Kool 1 Dec 1647
New Amsterdam
Marretje Cornelis (Della) Van Dort
1670 in Kingston, Ulster, New York
28 Sep 1735
Kingston, New York
6. Arent (Aaron) Kool (Cole) 9 Oct 1650
New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam
7. Theunis Kool 17 Aug 1653
Manhattan, Kings, New York
Marretje Gerrits (widow)
12 Jan 1676
Willemje De Lange
(Daughter of Adrianus Franciscusz De LANGET)
22 Nov 1696 in Kingston, Ulster, New York
c. 1715
Kingston, Ulster, New York
8. Barent Jacobsen Kool (Cole) 19 Jan 1655
New Amsterdam
Kingston, NY
9. Pieter Kool (Cole) 29 Aug 1657
Kingston, NY
Henrica Jans
New York City
3 Nov 1680
Jannetje Dingman Kingston
5 Feb 1688
Hackensack, NJ

This family’s name in Holland was Kool.  After the surrender of 1664 it passed into Cool.  Persistent mispronunciation of it from the time of this change compelled the family to adopt the spelling used at today (Cole).

From “The Barent Jacobsen Cool Family,” Richard H. Benson, Newbury Street Press, Boston, 2001.

Barent Jacobsen Cool sailed to New Amsterdam, possibly from Amsterdam as a sailor in late 1632 on the ship Soutberg, which arrived in April 1633 with 140 soldiers. At that time, New Amsterdam, now New York City, had a population of only 400 to 500 people.

On June 8, 1633, Barent and six others signed a treaty with the Sickename Indians [Note: this purchase is the only reference to this tribe name] for purchasing land on the Connecticut River. The cost was recorded as 27 rolls of cloth, 6 axes, 6 kettles, 18 knives, and other articles. This was done to halt English exploration of the land. Barent’s group also built a trading house called “The House of Good Hope” and fortified it with several cannons.

Barent returned to Amsterdam by November 16, 1635. At that time, he and a gold wiremaker named Jacob Hanssen lodged a complaint about withholding pay from officers of the West India Company returning to Amsterdam on the ship Eendracht against Lubbert van Dincklagen, the former sheriff of New Netherland. Van Dincklagen said it was part of dispute with the director-general of the colony, Wouter van Twiller.

Wouter von Twiller (c. 1580 – 1656)

Barent sailed on the ship Den Dolphyn to New Amsterdam in early 1638 with his father-in-law, Leendert Arentsen DeGrauw. It is presumed that his wife and her brothers and sisters were also on board. On April 19, 1638, the crew of the Den Dolphyn made a formal complaint to the provincial secretary about how the ship leaked during the voyage and that the captain had not provided enough food for the passengers. Barent and DeGrauw testified that several children belonging to Jan Schepmoes and his wife didn’t receive enough food.

Barent later was captain of the yacht Amsterdam between 1638 and 1644. He sailed on the Hudson River and was a river pilot for other boats.

On April 13, 1654, Barent became a wine and beer carrier for the Dutch West India Company. He watched the company warehouse and was appointed by the New Amsterdam burgomasters as an exciseman. He, along with Joost Goderus, boarded ships in New Amsterdam, searched their contents, and levied duty on the goods they found. On September 21, 1663, Barent was appointed as a public porter and was elected foreman (Elder of the Beer Porters) on July 17, 1665.

On April 14, 1657, he was enrolled as a burgher of New Amsterdam and took an oath of allegiance to the city authorities, the States-General of the United Netherlands, and the Dutch West India Company and its director-general. After the surrender of New Amsterdam to the English in September 1664, Barent took an oath of allegiance to the king of Great Britain.

Barent and his family lived in house that was owned by the West India Company. This house was on Brough (Bridge) Street.

Here is today’s Google Maps Street View of Bridge Street

In 1668, the governor conferred title of Barent’s father-in-law’s land to him. This lot was on Broadway, just south of Wall Street across from the south yard of Trinity Church.

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The last known record of Barent Jacobsen Cool is at the baptism of his grandson in New York, dated October 21, 1671, in which he is listed as a sponsor.

Early Germans of New Jersey by Chambers.

He was in New Amsterdam in the employ of the Dutch West India Company. Barent’s family was one of the five families living, June 8, 1633, on Bridge Street in New Amsterdam. Barent was a Dutch government representative with the Dutch West Indies Company He was a very respected man.


1. Jacob Barensten Cole

Jacob’s wife Marretje Symons  may have been born in 1640 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Her parents were Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca Du Trieux.  Marretje died 1 Jan 1673 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.

Alternatively, Marretje Simons Schepmoes was baptized 12 October 1632 in the Nieuwkerk (New Church), Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands to Sijmon Floriszen and Claertje Arents.  Another way to record her parents is Symon Florizen GROOT (1602 – 1699) and Claertje Arents or Rebecca De TRIEUX (1607 – 1689).  She had four sisters, Lijsbet, Machtelt, Marij (who probably died young), and Jannetje, and three brothers, Floris, Arent (who probably died young), and Arent.

She seems to have arrived from the Netherlands as an indentured servant to Pieter Pietersen Harder “in the city of New Amstel, on the South River”.

Evert PELS, the husband of her sister Jannetje, paid for the remainder of her indenture in 19 February 1659. The Cools lived in Wildwyck/Esopus (now Kingston, Ulster, New York) where he worked for Juriaen Westfael, a farmer, and Marritje also worked, probably as a laundress. They moved to New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1667, where Jacob became a porter in the Weigh house and a beer and wine carrier like his father. By 1689, they had returned to Ulster County, where Jacob took an oath of allegiance.

2. Aeltje Barentse KOOL (See Paulus Jacobszen TURCK‘s page)

4. Apollonia Barents Kool (Cole)

Apollonia’s husband Willen Isacsen Van Vredenburg was baptized 1 Jan 1637 at Kloosterkerk, The Hague, Netherlands. His parents were Isack Willemsz Van Vredenburg and Cornelia Jans. Willem died in 1703 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York,

5. Leendert Kool

Leendert’s wife Marretje Cornelis was born 1651 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Her parents were Cornelisz Hendricksen Van Dort and Magdelena Dirksen Volkertsen. Marretje died 1699 in Hurley, Ulster, New York.

Leendert lived in Marbletown, 7 miles southwest of Kingston. He owned and mortgaged several properties at Monbackus, now the town of Rochester. He was listed on the tax lists until February 1728.

Cole, Rev. , Isaac Kool (Cool or Cole) and Catherine Serven, New York: John F. Trow & Son (1876), p. 25:

“On page 26 of Book of Deeds AA in CountyClerk”s Office at Kingston, also on pages 70 and 266 of the same volume, and again on page 404 of Book BB, are found deeds of land sold by this Leendert Kool to different individuals. The first of these deeds is dated Feb. 18, 1685, and the last is after 1700. In them he styles himself Leendert Kool, and calls his wife Mary. The deed show that his residence was at Marbletown in Ulster County, about seven miles from Kingston, but he attended church at thelatter place. In these deeds his name is spelled in several different ways,among which are found Coule and Colle, as well as Cool and Kool. “I may adhere that possibly Leendert Cool and Marretje Della, who were stated . . . to have had a son Cornelis baptized in New York, April 18, 1694, may have been Leendert Cool and Marretje Cornelis. If so, the wife’s full name was Marretje Cornelis Della. Della appears, however, nowhere else in the many occurrences of her name.”

7. Theunis Kool

Theunis’ first wife Marretje Gerrits (widow), was born 1655 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Marretje died 1696 in Ulster, New York

Theunis’ second wife Willemje De Lange was born in 1679 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Her parents were Adrianus Franciscusz De LANGET and Rachel Jansen PIER. Willemje died in 1716 in Kingston, NY.

He was a member of the Albany Dutch Reformed Church. He Leased a farm in Columbia County in 1685.

Cole, Rev. , Isaac Kool (Cool or Cole) and Catharine Serven, New York: John F. Trow & Son (1876), p. 26:

“Theunis married Marretje Gerrits (widow), Jan. 12, 1676. In the New York Record the husband is entered as Theunis Barentsen Kool. No children of this pair are found on New York or Kingston records. At a later period, I find one Theunis Kool at Kingston, his name having probably come from this Theunis. My impression is that Theunis Barentsen Kool was the ancestor of the line of “Kools” now existing in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, N.J. Very many Kools appear on the records of the Readington, N.J. Reformed Church, from its organization in 1719 till now. They have been very fond of the name Theunis and are known to be of the Holland Kools. No doubt this ancestor settled in that part of the country, as, after his marriage he cannot be found either in New York or Kingston.” Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston: Teunis Kool, widower of Marritje Gerrits, born in N. Jorck, and Willemje Langen, j.d., born under the jurisdicdtion of Kingston, both resid. in Kingstown. Banns published, but dates not given. 2 Married: 22 Nov 1696 in Kingston, New York.

9. Pieter Kool (Cole)

Pieter’s first wife Hendrickje Jans was born 1660 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. Her parents were xx. Henrica died in 1688 in Kingston, Ulster, New York.

Pieter’s second wife Jannetje (Yanneke) Dingman was born 1670 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York. Her parents wereAdam Dingman and Aeltie Jacobse Gardenier. Jannetje died in 1726 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York.

Pieter bought 170 acres of land on the north side of Rondout Kill in Ulster County in 1685. Moved to Hackensack, NJ and then to Albany, NY. He was one of the first settlers on the Livingston Manor where Roeliff Jansen Kill flows into the Hudson River. He was a charter member of the Linlithgo Church at Livingston Manor. Peter and Jannetje Kool were among the original settlers of Hackensack, NJ (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. VII, No. 2, Apr. 1876)

Cole, Rev. , Isaac Kool (Cool or Cole) and Catharine Serven, New York: John F. Trow & Son (1876), p. 26:

“Pieter married Henrica Jans in New York Nov.3, 1680, and afterwards Jannetje Dingman at Kingston, Feb. 5, 1688. In the entry of the New York marrige he is called Pieter Barentsen Kool. In the entry of the later marriage at Kingston he is put down as “Pieter B. Kool of Kinderhook.” He had seven chiildren, viz. Johannes, Barent, Pieter, Adam, Willem, Marretje, and Andries. With their baptisms, the father’s name is in one place entered as Pieter Barentsen Kool, and in all other places as simply Pieter Kool. He seems to have lived at one time in Kingston, at another time at Kinderhook, and in the latter part of his life at Hackensack, N.J. The first five children were baptized at Kingston, and the last two at Hackensack. The dates range from Aug. 28, 1681, to March 4, 1705.”


Cool Barent Jacobsen, Family By Richard H. Benson 2001, Newbury Street Press., 498pp. Hardcover.

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  6. carol brundage says:

    Thank you for this lovely site.
    My 8th great grandparents.

  7. Jacqueline F. Cole denu says:

    I found this useful to gathering information on my fathers family tree..I am a decendent of the kools..would like more info..Thank you Jacqueline Cole

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  14. atthedesk says:

    Oh my, thank you so much for this information. Barent is my 10th great grandfather.

  15. Harry says:

    I’m not quite sure how I got here, but do the names Sluyter, Winfield or Burger ring any bells to you? I thought I may’ve gotten here whilst researching those lines. I have very deep roots in Esopus and Kingston, NY

    This is brilliant work that you’ve done!

    Harry SCOTT
    Warwick, NY

  16. Susan Consalus Miller says:

    Love your site — Barent Jacobsen Kool is my 8th Great Grandfather.
    Susan Miller
    Boonville, MO

  17. Gale says:

    Didn’t the Gonzalez family marry into the Cool family at some point. They were members of the Kingston Dutch Reform church and lived in Esopus,

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