Johannes BECKER (1663 – 1712) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Johannes Becker (Bekker, Baker) was born 3 Jun 1663 New Amsterdam, New Netherland His parents were Jan Jurrianse BECKER and Maria Cornelis ADRIAENS He married Anna van der ZEE on 17 Dec 1684 in Albany, New York. Johannes died in 1712 Albany, New York.
Anna van der Zee was born 16 Jun 1665 in Albany, NY. Her parents were Storm Albertse Van Der ZEE (Bradt) and Hilletje LANSING. Anna died 19 Dec 1739 in Albany, NY.
Children of Johannes and Anna:
15 Nov 1685
22 Dec 1706
23 Jan 1689
|bef. Sep 1693|
4 Aug 1691
15 Oct 1714
|17 Sep 1748
Schoharie, Schoharie, New York
|4.||Hilletje BECKER||10 Sep 1693 Albany, NY||Hendrick Hendrickse Van WIE
11 Mar 1715 Albany, NY
|23 Dec 1744|
|5.||Storm Becker||19 Jan 1695
|Beerta Van Slyck
25 Jan 1726/27
27 Nov 1735
Scoharie, New York
9 Oct 1698
|Ariaentje van der Karr
23 Oct 1726
8 Jun 1701
|Alexander (Sander) Van Woert
5 Oct 1735
25 Dec 1703
|Catharine van der Zee
17 Jan 1733
5 May 1706
26 Sep 1708
7 Feb 1733
Albany Reformed Church, Albany, New York
24 Nov 1739 Schoharie Reformed Church, New York
Johannes and his brother-in-law Willem Hogan operated a tavern in Albany in the 1690’s. His wife Anna also came from a tavern operating family. A 1698 letter to Johannes Becker from Lieut. Matthew Shanks, sailing for England, includes a promise to pay in time his indebtedness for drinks. The back of the letter served for a reckoning of drinks served to the first citizens of Albany.
Shortly after 1700 Johannes removed to a farm on the Van Rensselaer patroonship, in the town of Bethlehem, near the hamlet once known as Becker’s Corners, now Selkirk. It is probable that for some generations the Beckers had been city dwellers, burghers. Now they returned to the soil, and so continued until after the Revolution. This was, be it said, a step up, for a freeholder, or even a lessee on a manor paying a moderate quit rent ranked higher in social respect.
Johannes Becker, Jr., and Anna had many, children, two of them being Johannes (the third), born in 1691, and Storm, born in 1696. When Johannes, Jr., died, about 1712 , Johannes, his son, became head of the family. He and his brother Storm achieved the ambition to be freeholders, un-beholden to the Van Rensselaers. Thirty-five miles west of’ the Hudson and beyond the bounds of Rensselaerswyck lay the fertile valley of the Schoharie.
About 1712, a flock of German refugees from the wars that had been ravaging the Rhenish country, from the Palatinate, had squatted there, and in time acquired titles from the land speculators who held patent from a grateful colonial governor. in 1724 Johannes and Storm Becker bought lands and a mill on Schoharie Creek, and settled there. These lands were very fertile. In the time of the Revolution Washington referred to them as granary of the colony. The Beckers grew wealthy and locally influential. They raised large families of sons, and when the boys grew to manhood there were other good lands to be obtained.
1. Mariken Becker
Mariken’s husband Jan Harding was born about 1681 in Albany New York.
3. Johannes Becker
Johannes’ wife Cornelia Uzille was born 2 Apr 1693 in Bushwick, Kings, New York. Her parents were a French Hoguenot named Pierre Uzille and Cornelia Damen. Peter’s family from the neighborhood of Calais, whence his father David fled from persecution to Manheim, Germany, and later to Staten Island. Pieter Uziele was listed as a “nursing child” when his parents, David Usilie and Marie Casier emigrated to the New World on the Gilded Otter in 1660. Pieter had been born 1659 in Mannheim, Germany. The Uzilles or Zellies still reside in Schoharie. Cornelia died 17 Sep 1748 in Pennsylvania.
Johannes’ son Abraham married his first cousin Elizabeth, daughter of Storm Becker. Their son Abraham Becker lived until 1815. During the Revolution he was a member of the Committee of’ Safety from Schoharie, the war-time governing body, and attended many meetings held at Albany. After the war, in 1784 and 1785, he was a member of the State Legislature and as such served on the Council for the Temporary Government of the Southern District, that is to say, New York City and Westchester, after the evacuation by the British. His life appears to have been that of a gentleman farmer. He had good lands and kept slaves, until New York emancipated them.
Abraham Becker had a son, Storm A. Becker. The practice was to designate the son’s paternity by the initial of the father’s name. I surmise the explanation lies in the fact that in 1780, he was a candidate for, and received, a commission as an Ensign in the Levies. He had an interest in military affairs and after the War continued in the Militia, rising to the rank of Brigadier General, in command of the Schollarie regiment. In those days militia regiments were far from trained for actual war service. Annually there was “general training”, a sort of grand jamboree and precursor of the county fair. Whether by reason of age or lack of qualifications, General Becker was not called on for service in the War of 1812 in any active capacity.
When the County of Schoharie was created in 1795, Storm A. Becker was appointed as the first Surrogate, and he was also a justice of the peace and member of the State Legislature. Looking at the records of the Assembly for 1800, he was one of those who voted against the bill to abolish dueling from which we may conclude that he was a gentleman of the old school.
4. Hilletje BECKER (See Hendrick Hendrickse Van WIE‘s page)
5. Storm Becker
Storm’s first wife Beerta Van Slyck was born 1697. Her parents were Teunis Willemse Van Slyck and Jannetje Hendrickse Van Wie. Her maternal grandparents were Hendrick Gerritse Van WIE and Eytje ARIAANSZ. Beerta died Nov 1735
Storm’s second wife Gertrude Klein was born 1712 in Albany, New York. Her parents were Johann Herman Klein one of the Palatine refugees and Anna Magdalena [__?__]. Gertrude died in 1754.
6. Gerrit Becker
Gerrit’s wife Ariaentje van der Kar was born 3 Sep 1701 in Albany, Albany, New York. Her parents were Jan Dirkse Van Der Karr and Feytje Claasen Van Schaick. Ariaentje died 19 Dec 1739 – Kinderhook, Columbia, New York.
7. Elizabeth Becker
Elizabeth’s husband Alexander (Sander) Van Woert was born in 1697 in Albany, New York. His parents were Rutger Jacobse Van Woert and Elisabeth Willemse Groesbeck.
8. Albertus Becker
Albertus’ wife Catharine van der Zee was his first cousin. She was born 1 Jan 1709 – Albany, Albany, New York. Her parents were Wouter Storm Van Der Zee and Jannetje Swart. Her grandparents were Storm Albertse Van Der ZEE (Bradt) and Hilletje LANSING.
10. Pieter Becker
Peter’s first wife Sara Slingerland was born Jul 1700 in Albany, New York. Her parents were Arent Slingerland and Gertruy van Vorst Oct. Sara died before Nov 1739.
Peter’s second wife Annatie Vedder was baptized 21 Jun 1713 at Albany Reformed Church. Her parents were Johannes Vedder and Maria Van Der Fort. Annatie died in 1742 in New York.