Barent Jansen (Post)

Barent JANSEN  (Post) (1594 – 1647) was Alex’s 12th Grandfather; one of  8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Barent Jansen was born About 1594 in the Netherland.  He married [__?__].  Barent  died 1647 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands.

Children of Jan and Nieltje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Jan BARENTSEN (Post) 1620
Poestenkill, Rensselaer, NY

Barent Jansen was “one of the earlier colonists, but hardly anything in relation to him can be gleaned from the records. His very patent or ground-brief for” his “land cannot be found, and its existence is only learned by allusions to it in other instruments. It was a parcel of about thirty-seven English feet frontage upon Hoogh Street, and it extended back to the Slyck Steegh. Upon its western side it would appear that Barent Jansen must have built a small house at an early date.”

“Barent Jansen must have died before the spring of 1647, for in March of that year a grant which had been made of him, of fifty morgens, or about one hundred acres of land on the west side of the Hudson River, but for which he had never received his ground-brief, was vested, by the Director and Council in Claes Carsensen,” who was “intimately connected with Jansen in some way — probably by marriage”.

As to the house upon the westerly side of the plot, supposed to have been built by Barent Jansen, it appears in 1662 as then in the joint occupation and tenure of Claes Carstensen and of Jan Barentsen Kunst, probably the young sone of Barent Jansen.”

— Innes, J.H., New Amsterdam and Its People, (1902) Reprint: (Port Washington, NY, Ira J. Friedman, Inc., 1969)

Between 1643 and 1647, Barent Jansen signed a “Resolution adopted by the Commonality of the Manhattans,” which waived the right to elect representatives and gave that power to the Director-General and Council, reserving the right of the people to reject any unacceptable appointees.


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  3. My particular interest in your website is the figure of Evert Pels. He was one of the people involved in the violent confrontation with the indians on 21 September 1659 when the indians came to “” the tennis court (in Dutch caetsbaen, at Rondout [Kingston], near the Strand) to seek revenge for the killing of some of them.
    As a Dutch tennis historian I am trying to find out who owned this tennis court, the first we are aware of in New Netherland. My study on Dutch tennis courts established that Holland possessed at least 200 of these ” Kaatsbanen” in the 17th century: see Evert Pels is supposed to have owned a tavern at Rondout, a popular venue for tennis courts at the time, where the lpocals could gather, play and have a drink.
    I am in regular contact with the New Neherland Institute in ALbany but we have not been able to find anything conclusive on the exact location of the ” caetsbaen” and who may have owned the tennis court.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Cees,

      I assume you saw my page He was a very interesting character. While still in Amsterdam, on 5 Jun 1642, he was engaged as a brewer for the term of six years, they were to travel to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck (Albany) to work the Patroon, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. So its follows he later had a tavern. I know about “nine pins” from the legend of Sleepy Hollow, but this is the first I’ve heard about tennis in New Netherlands in the 17th C. Very interesting.

      On the night of 20 Sep 1659, a group of settlers and soldiers senselessly shot three Indians, killing one of them. The result was the First Esopus War, which did not end until the signing of a peace treaty on 15 Jul 1660. By 2 May 1661, the hamlet had been named Wildwyck (now Kingston) by Stuyvesant. About May of 1662 a second community was established nearby, called Nieuw Dorp (New Town) [now Hurley] which was settled by former residents of Beaverwyck and Wildwyck.

      The fragile peace ended on 7 Jun 1663, when the Indians burned Nieuw Dorp and attacked Wildwyck. On that morning a number of Esopus Indians entered Wildwyck [now Kingston] to sell their produce, corn and beans to the settlers, between 11 and 12 in the forenoon, some people on horseback, rushed thru the Mill gate, from the New Village, crying out “the Indians have destroyed the New Village.” Upon hearing this, the Indians fired a shot and attacked the settlers at each house with axes, tomahawks, rifles and pistols. Sixteen settlers were killed and a number were carried off as prisoners.

      Everts Pels’ son Hendrick was one of those who were carried off. He was not found until a year and a half later; by that time he had married an Indian girl and had a child. He lived among the Indians for the rest of his life.

      Later Evert was appointed to negotiate with the English.

      Hurley is about 5 miles weest of Kingston, away from the Hudson. The maritime village of Rondout is now part of Kingston proper.

      I don’t have any additional information beyond what I have on Evert’s page, but I’m guessing his tennis court may have been in Rensselaerswyck (Albany) in his early years when he was the public brewer.



  4. Jon von Briesen says:

    Hi Mark,
    As a descendant of Barent Jacobsen Kool, you are already assured of membership in the Society of Descendants of the Sworn Wine & Beer Carriers of Nieuw Amsterdam. In looking for other W&BCs, and possible descendants, I found an entry, for 1656, in the Records of New A., on the appointment of a Thomas Verdon[[c]k] as W&BC, with a Barent Jansen.

    Too late for the Barent of this posting. Do you know of this other, later, Barent Jansen? Maybe a grandson (going from Barent Jansen to Jan Barentsen and back to Barent Jansen?) There were likely several Jansens, at any time, in Nieuw Amsterdam.

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