Hollenbeck Family History Project
by R. Edward Hollenbeck
The Hollenbeck Family History
1st Generation: Our Immigrant Ancestor
1. Kaspar Jacobsz was the original immigrant to America arriving sometime around 1650. Concerning his origins, little is known and much is speculated. Various genealogies written over the centuries stated that he was German, giving his place of birth as Schleswig-Holstein, while others stated that he was Dutch. What little precious we know has been gleaned from the antique records the Dutch kept before the colony of New Netherlands became the English colony of New York.
A.J.F. Van Laer , the renowned historian of New Netherlands and translator of many of the Dutch records, assumed that Kaspar's place of birth was the hamlet of Hollenbek in the Dutchy of Holstein, about twenty miles south of Kiel. This seems to be the place of origins that most of his researchers accept.
Charles A. Hollenbeck, in his family genealogy wrote the following: "Our ancester [sic] (Casper Jacobse Halenbeeck) came from the vicinity of Haelen, province of Gelderland, Holland, and his name without doubt was taken from the stream or brook near which his family lived." In this genealogy, Charles A. Hollenbeck attached the surname "Halenbeeck" to Kaspar's name - this particular surname didn't come into existence until two generations later.
Lawrence Hollenbeck in his family history also gives credence to Holland as the origin of Kaspar, writing that "Casper Jacobse Hallenbeck (also spelled Hallenbeek) decended [sic] from the Hallenbecks of Klinkenberg and was one of the first names of which I have any record. He was born around 1620 (I think in Holland) but the names of his parents are unknown." Tyla J. Stone, another Hollenbeck researcher, agrees that Holland was Kaspar's place of origin writing that "Casper Jacobse (Halenbeck the son of Jacob from Holbeck) was born in 1625 in Holbeck, Dutchy of Holstein, Holland."
From an historical perspective, Kaspar first appears in the official records of New Netherland in 1651 when he took the oath of allegiance to Rensselaerwyck. It was shortly thereafter that he leased a home from the Rensselaers. This is probably the same "hofstede" that Twyla J. Stone referred to in her genealogy . This lot was in Beverwyck (present Albany) and located between a lot owned by Jacob Adriaensz and one owned by Tunis Jacobsz .
It is interesting to note that A.J.F. Van Laer assumed that Kaspar was a "day laborer," yet during this decade of the 1650s Kaspar was involved in various land purchases and sales. In another record surviving from that era, there is mention of Kaspar as a "skipper," however there is no indication that he owned a boat. One can only wonder where the money came from for his various land purchases.
On January 22, 1657, Kaspar decided to sell his home and lot in Beverwyck. The highest bidder was Harmon Jacobse who offered 810 guilders and the sale was consummated in June of 1657. It was on this document that Kaspar signed with the initials "K.Y." Unfortunately for Kaspar, Harmen was heavily in debt and he fled from Beverwyck before the sale was finalized and he was imprisoned for his debts.
In 1658, Kaspar purchased another lot. The legal document read as follows: "Appeared before me Johannes La Montagne, in the service of, ect., and in the presence of the honorable Gerrit Slichtenhorst and Stoffel Janse (Abeel) commissaries, ect., the honorable Sander Leendersen Glen, who declares that he has granted and conveyed, and by the presents he does grant and convey, in real and actual possession to and for behoof of Kaspar Jacobsz his heirs, or assigns, a lot for a garden lying in Fort Orange aforesaid, bounded to the west by the lot of Jerimas Van Rensselaer, north by the lot of the grantee, length sixteen and a half rods, and breadth three rods eight and a half feet; which lot was conveyed to grantor by patent of the Heer Director General and council of New Netherland, of the date 13th July, A.D. 1658, and therefore, the grantor promises to free same from all actions, claims, or pretensions, which may hereafter arise, pledging therefore his person and estate, personal and real, present and future, and submitting himself to all law and judges. Done in Fort Orange, the 29th of December, A.D. 1663."
On April 25, a Deed of Confirmation from Governor Nicolls was given to Kaspar for land in Beverwyck, present day Albany.
On April 3, 1677, Kaspar asked for and was given an extra rod of land up on the hill. Yet, when he wrote his will in 1685, he owned only two lots, both of which totaled less than four acres. More than likely, he had transferred some of his land holdings to his children.
As for Kaspar the "family man," very little has survived from the ancient records. We do know that he was of the Lutheran faith and this may explain his migration to America. During the 1600s, the dominate religion of the Netherlands was the Dutch Reformed Church, which had it's basis in Calvanism. As a religious body, the Dutch Reformed Church was very intolerant of other denominations. Religious persecution may well have indeed been the reason for Kasper's immigration.
As for the name of Kaspar's wife, her name is not known with any certainty. Tyla J. Stone gives her name as "Lysbeth Hoffmeyer" with the marriage taking place in the Barbados Islands about 1648. Wilson Ober Clough gave her name as "Maria." However, Robert Anderson was probably closest when he wrote "Based upon subsequent naming patterns in the family, she might have been named Maritje or Elizabeth with the patronymic [surname] Jans or Isaacs."
The children of Kaspar and his unnamed wife were probably all born in the Albany area. But the date and order of their births is unknown. Robert Anderson listed them as follows:
1. Jacob Casperse
3. Jan Casperse
4. Elizabeth Casperse
5. Isaac Caspers
Twyla J. Stone gives a different listing of the children by adding two additional children:
1. Isaac Casperse, b. 7 Nov 1650, d. 10 Jan 1708/09
2. Catherine Casperse, b. 1651
3. Annetje, b. 1652
4. Jan Casparse, b. 6 Jul 1652, d. 25 Dec 1730
5. Elizabeth Casperse, b. 1653
6. Isaac Casparse, b. 2 Jul 1660, d. 10 Mar 1708/09
7. Jacob Casparse, b. abt. 1654, d. abt 1730
In the Albany Protocol by Berkenmeyer, there is yet another different listing of the children. This listing was compiled from the work done by Richard Schermerhorn and Delbert Clark, as well as entries in the New York and Loonenberg Church Books.
1. Jacob Casperse
2. Jan Casperse
3. Isaac Casperse
5. (unnamed female)
As to which are really his children, this may remain a mystery forever. The only certainty are his three sons.
The reason that so little is known about this period in time is because only a small fraction of the ancient Dutch records have been translated. There is an ongoing project in which more of these records are being translated, but it is a time consuming process. Perhaps future generations will know more about these early ancestors of the Hollenbeck Family.
From the records which have been translated, we know that life was difficult at best for Kaspar and his family. Beverwyck was an isolated community, 150 miles upriver from the nearest settlement, New Amsterdam. The people had to provide for themselves even the most basic needs of survival. There was also the Indian problem. Raids were commonplace on the Dutch frontier, and often people were robbed of their food and livestock.
Luxuries, if obtained at all, were often obtained second-hand. During the 1650s, Kaspar appeared often at sales where he purchased the personal articles of such people as Lammert Cornelise, Harmen de Metselaer, and Bastizen de Winter. Yet, Kaspar did prosper, even gaining stature as a member of his community. On October 17, 1674, Kaspar was invited to the funeral of Jerimas Van Rensselaer, the son of the colony's owner. To be invited to the funeral of a man of such prominence, was indeed an honor.
Kaspar had his share of legal problems as well. The records show that on September 10, 1658, he sued Cloes Hendrickse and was sued by Harmen Vedder.
As his sons grew into manhood, Kaspar became more involved with them in business deals. In 1685, Kaspar and his son Jan began to purchase land west of the Hudson River in the Coxsackie area. They also purchased land in the Loonenberg Patent.
By the 1680s, Kaspar was becoming an old man and his health was beginning to fail. Kaspar wrote his will in 1685 and in 1687 Maria Rensselaer wrote of Kaspar, " the pasture rents for 3 beavers and the old man cannot manage it, so his son desires to take it over." He is said to have lived until August 1703 , but he cannot be identified in the 1697 census.
2nd Generation: New Netherlands Roots
1. Jacob CASPERSE (Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born in the early 1650s, the exact date of which is unknown. The place of his birth is also a mystery. Some sources say that he was born in Beverwyck, while others state that he came to America with his parents. It is not even certain which position he held in the order of the children. Robert Vincent Anderson writes: "Jacobse Casperse, an adult by 1677, must have been born in the early 1650s as the oldest son of Casper Jacobse." This position is shared by two of the accepted authorities on the early Hollenbeck family, A.J.F. Van Laer and Richard Schermerhorn . Yet, we find listings of Jacob as being the youngest son, or even middle son. Wilson Ober Clough wrote: "Jacob Hallenbeck, the third son, married Hendricka, daughter of Hans Dreeper."
Jacob married Hendrickje Hans Dreeper, the daughter of Hans DREEPER and Marytie Pieters either in the late 1670s or early 1680s. The early years of their marriage was marked by tragedy when their two infant children and Hans DREEPER were murdered, July 29, 1682.
"Whereas a message has been received this instant that a dreadful murder has been committed at the house of Jacob Casperse, on the kill, by a certain Negro of the said Jacob Casperse, who cut two of his children's throats and also cut Hans Dreeper's throat so deeply that he is not expected to live, you are hereby required in his Majesty's name, immediately, with all speed, to order ten or twelve of the troopers to round up their horses and duly mounted to pursue and search for the said murderer wherever he may be and in order to do whatever the case may require, and when the murderer has been found you are to apprehend him and immediately bring him to us. Albany, the 29th of July, 1682
Whereas yesterday a very dreadful murder was committed at the house of Jacob Casperse, on the kill, by his Negro, who cut the throats of Hans Dreeper and his master's two children with a knife, and whereas their honors have used all diligence to pursue and find the aforesaid murderer, they have thus far not been able to find him; therefore the honorable court hereby notify and inform every one that if any person or persons, whether Christians or Indians, can overtake the aforesaid murderer and deliver him here alive before the court, he will receive for it a reward of 300 guilders in seawan. Likewise, if anyone can indicate where he may be lying dead, he will recover a suitable reward. Thus done at the session of the honorable court, on Sunday, the 30th of July, 1682.
Whereas the Negro of Jacob Casperse, who committed the three murders on Hans Dreeper and the two children of Jacob Casperse, has now been found dead above in one of the sprouts (of the Mohawk) you are hereby ordered in his Majesty's name to commander some Negroes along the road and to bring the dead body of the murderer here as soon as possible, in order that it may he hung as an example to others. Albany, the 7th of August 1682."
Throughout his life, Jacob was involved in my land deals in and around the Albany area. Robert Vincent Anderson, in his article "Halenbeck Family of New York" details these various transactions:.
"On 14 September 1677 Jacob exchanged the island bought of Wouter Aertsz Rademaker (van Nieukirk) for Jan Albertse Brat's land on the Normankill , and on 2 November 1682 exchanged the Normankill farm with Symon Volkertse Veeder for a lot called De Hoeck and half a lot at Schenectady, signing his name. Jacob sold De Hoeck 8 June 1867 to Jan Jansen Bleeker. On 16 December 1682 he bought half a boat from Barent Harmensz Vischer , the other half being owned by Jan Andriesz Douw. They each made four trips to New York with it in 1684 . Jacob apparently contracted to buy the other half of the 'open boat,' and Jan sued him 2 December 1684 for payment. The debt was adjusted 27 January 1685. In 1685 he held a barn raising. In 1687 Maria Van Rensselaer wrote of Casper Jacobse : 'the pasture rents for 3 beavers and the old man cannot manage it, so his son desires to take it over. ' In 1688 Jacob Kasperse renewed his request to buy the pasture. "
Jacob's name appears in the inventory of legal papers of notary Jan Becker taken in 1698. On November 28, 1677 he witnessed the will of Henrick Williamse at Albany. Hendrick was the second husband of Gysseltie Alberts Brat. The will mentions Jacob's brother-in-law Hendrick Lansing, whose sister Hilletie married Gysseltie Brat's brother, Storm van der Zee.
From Teunnis Tappen, Jacob purchased Klinkenberg on September 6, 1694. He was a resident there August 22, 1699, when he was cited for nonappearance before the justices of Albany in connection with a warrant issued to him as constable and collector in the Coxsackie-Catskill area. The 1697 census places him in Rensselaerwyck with five children.
The children of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper are as follows:
1. unnamed child murdered 29 Jul 1682.
2. unnamed child murdered 29 Jul 1682.
3. Jacob Jacobse bap. 19 Oct 1684 Albany, NY, m. Maria Vischer (d/o Nanning Harmense VISSCHER and Alida Vinhagen) 18 Nov 1715 Albany, NY.
4. Elizabeth Casperse of Klinkenberg b. 1685e, m. bans Albany Dutch Church, 10 Feb 1705 Jerimas MULLER, (s/o Cornelis Stevense MULDER) marriage at Jacob CASPERSE's home 21 Feb 1705.
5. Johannes (Hans) Jacobse b. 1688e, m. Neeltje Van Loon (d/o Jan VAN LOON).
6. Maria Casperse b. 1690e, m. Albert VAN LOON 12 Apr 1709 Klinkenberg, NY.
7. Magdalena ("Marleentje") Casperse b. 1692e, m. Casper Janse (s/o Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer).
8. Casper Jacobse b. 1694e Klinkenberg, NY, m. Maria Jansen Jan 1720 Albany, NY.
9. Johanna Casperse b. 7 Jan 1694 Albany, NY, d. as Anna Halenbek, age 17, 25 Feb 1711.
10. Isaac Jacobse b. 1697e, bap. 23 May 1697.
A second listing of the children is given by Robert Vincent Anderson:
1. (child), murdered 29 Jul 1682.
2. (child), murdered 29 Jul 1682.
3. Elizabeth Casperse of Klinkenberg, m. bans Albany Dutch Church, 10 Feb 1705, Jeremias MULLER, son of Cornelis; m. at bride's father's house 21 Feb; his will dated Claverack 20 Jun 1673, prob. 23 Aug 1763; bapt. of seven children registered Albany Dutch Church.
4. Maria Casperse, made first communion, Klinkenberg, 27 Jan 1708/9; m. Loonenberg Lutheran Church, 12 Apr 1709, Albert VAN LOON, son of Jan; nine chil. registered Loonenberg.
5. Hans Jacobse (Halenbeck), m. 1712.
6. Jacob Jacobse (Halenbeck), m. 1715.
7. Casper Jacobse (Halenbeck) bp. 31 May 1691, witn. Gerrit and Marietje Lansing.
8. Johanna (Annetje) Casperse, bp. 17 Jan 1694, witn. Huybert Gerts, Maria Lansing.; d. Klinkenberg, 25 Feb 1711.
9. Isaac Jacobse (Halenbeck), bp. 23 May 1697, witn. Benoni Van Corlar, Ariaantje Wendell.
The difference between the two listings of children, is the absence of Magdalena Casperse from Anderson's list. The reason for this is unknown.
The death of Jacob CASPERSE is also a mystery. However, Charles A. Hollenbeck may have given a clue when he wrote about Kaspar JACOBSZ: "Casper Jacobse Halenbeeck made his will Sept. 9, 1685, at which time he was a widower; he died in August 1703, leaving two sons, Isaac and Jan."
Charles A. Hollenbeck cited no sources for this information. However, if he is correct, then we know that Jacob CASPERSE had died prior to 1703.
2. Jan CASPERSE (Kaspar JACOBSZ) has been identified in most genealogies as the middle son of Kaspar JACOBSZ. Jan was born sometime around 1655, most probably in Beverwyck. He married Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer, the daughter of Willem HOFFMEYER and Mary _____.
Jan, like his father before him, became involved in many land deals in the Albany area. He took over a farm lease from Jurian Teuisse Tappen in July or 1681 . He also purchased a farm on the Normankill from the estate of Hendrick Willemson (1684/5) which he in turn sold to Jan Hendrickse Vrooman . Once again, Robert Vincent Anderson gives a rather detailed analysis of the real estate transactions of Jan CASPERSE: "He gave surety and leased from Stephen Van Courtland, 29 March 1683, land behind the island, which he had occupied previously for two years. On April 14 1683 he purchased from Martin Gerritsz Van Bergen land at Coxsackie; the flats called Kaniskeek and a piece of the east side of Coxsackie Creek where Jan's house and barn stood; the sale was confirmed 24 May 1717."
In 1694, Jan joined with his brother Jacob CASPERSE, Dirk van Vechten, Jochem Collier and Cornelis Michiels in purchasing Jan Hendrickse Bruyn's one third of the Loonenberg Patent. As Wilson Ober Clough wrote: "no doubt within the general move to get out from under the patroon system."
During the 1700s, Jan continued with his real estate purchases. On November 2, 1717 Jan petitioned to buy 1,000 acres on both sides of the Catskill Creek behind the patents of John Van Loon, Jochim Staats, and Johannes Provost, called the "great flats" or "plain." His petition was granted on November 7, 1717, survey filed June 23, 1719, and the sale registered November 5, 1727. The record is a little confusing and there may have been additional plots of 300, 100 and 100 acres as well as marshes on both side of the Catskill Creek and between Catskill Creek and the "Blew" Mountains.
Jan was also one of several Hollenbeck ancestors who owned slaves, both black and white. In 1687 a John Caspers was indicted for causing the death of his Negro girl. There was no record of a trial and the indictment may have referred to another man. On February 13, 1726, the Loonenberg pastor baptized Herman, about seven months old. The father was an unbaptized white slave of Joh. Caspersen, the mother, Maria, a baptized Negress of Casp. Halenbek. The godparents were her master and mistress, Casper Halenbek and wife Maretje.
Jan CASPERSE and his family lived during a very tumultuous period of American history. In 1664, during a war between Holland and England, New Netherlands was captured by British troops. For seven years the colony was ruled by the military government of England. Then, in 1671, the colony was reconquered by the Dutch fleet. But, it was a short lived victory. In 1674, at the Peace of Westminster, Holland gave away all rights to the colony to England and the colonies name was changed to New York. Jan must have had great contempt for the British, for he waited twenty-five years before he would pledge his allegiance to the English crown. On January 11, 1699, Jan signed the Oath of Allegiance to King William in the Manor of Rensselaerwyck.
Eleven months later, on December 28, 1699, Jan became a justice of the City and County of Albany as a Coxsackie member. He was reappointed July 17, 1701 and again on March 7, 1702.
Jan was very active in his church. He served as an elder of the Lutheran Church and church services were held in his Coxsackie home between 1705 and 1711. Jan was a deacon between 1711 and 1723..
As mentioned previously, Jan CASPERSE married Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer, the daughter of Willem HOFFMEYER and Mary _____. Rachel Willemse was born about 1657, most probably in Coxsackie, New York. She died on March 3, 1729 and was buried in Coxsackie, New York on March 5.
The HOFFMEYER Family
Little is known about the Hoffmeyer family other than what appears in the court records for that period. Wilson Ober Clough wrote about the Hoffmeyer's:
"As for Jochem Wessels, his marriage [to Geertruyd Hoffmeyer, mother of Willem HOFFMEYER] brought him a foster son, Willem Hoffmeyer, whom he could not abide. Willem himself was born in Brazil in 1626, where his father had died.
Wessels brought action in 1657 against this foster son, demanding that Willem vacate the house given to him at his wedding. Wessels won.
Now Wessels was also a baker, which brought him into rivalry with Captain Willem Jurriansz, whose own lot had been taken over by his son-in-law, Jan VAN
HOESEN, who nevertheless allowed the Captain to reside there, provided he would teach Jan the elements of the bakery business. Gertruy, next door, resented these neighbors and one day struck Volkie, VAN HOESEN's wife, who thereupon hauled Gertruy into court on a charge of assault and abusive language. Gertruy promptly gave the court a sample of her linguistic talents, and was fined and ordered to keep the peace. This began a series of events, too numerous to detail. Wessels, for example, built a pig-sty in from of the Captain's house, which the court ordered torn down; at which Wessels charged into court, sword in hand, demanding that the magistrate come outside. The court refused and referred the matter to New Amsterdam. The Van Hoesens, said Wessels, threw hot ashes against his house and otherwise threatened his safety; furthermore, they occupied his house illegally. The court intervened several times.
In the meantime, Stuyvesant, had prohibited the sale of good white bread and cake to Indians, as depriving citizens of their rightful share. Wessels chose to ignore this ruling, until he was heavily fined by the New Amsterdam court, and further ordered, along with Captain Willem, to behave. VAN HOESEN now complained that the old Captain taught him nothing about baking and used foul language on him, and should be out of his house. The court ruled that the old man should remain, but declared the baking agreement void. At last Jochim Wessels became the sole baker, and began to reform his ways, contributing to the rebuilding of the Fort and witnessing on the side of the law, though still once or twice fined for fighting.
At this period, HOFFMEYER was again accused of selling beer to the Indians, fined and banished. Wessels helped him pay the fine. Wessels' social status improved when his daughter married Abraham Staats, though Gertruy continued to be hauled into court, even before Staats, for abusive language. Even HOFFMEYER, apparently returned from exile, took on some respectability, complaining once that he had not been paid for his reading services at the church; at which Wessels testified that the young man had not earned his pay, being often absent. To this, HOFFMEYER replied that the old man had stolen the keys, and he could not get in. It seems that Washington Irving might have found a place for these folk in his Knickerbocker History."
The mother of Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer, and wife of Willem HOFFMEYER, may in fact be Maria Tilton who was born about 1640 and married to Willem HOFFMEYER about 1657. Maria Tilton died circa 1689 in Claverack, New York.
According to the same source, Willem HOFFMEYER was born about 1636 in the Dutch colony of Brazil and died about 1689 in Claverack, New York.
Kathy Hoeldke , a Hoffmeyer Family researcher, mentioned a possible sister of Willem HOFFMEYER whose name was Catherine Hoffmeyer. According to Ms. Hoeldke, Catherine married Pieter Pieterse Lossing.
When Willem HOFFMEYER died, Jan CASPERSE was named as the administrator of his estate. Over the years, the estates of Jochim Wessels and Geertruyd HOFFMEYER had become entangled and Jan had to separate them. On August 22, 1700, Jan asked the Council for permission to transfer title to Bay Croesvelt for a house he had
purchased on March 22, 1683 from the estate of Jochem and Geertruyd. Jan also asked to be paid for a house that he had ordered dismantled on February 1689/90. However, Hendrick Hanse claimed to have bought the timbers from HOFFMEYER and paid Jan for them.
Jan CASPERSE appeared on the 1697 census and is listed with four children. He also appears on the 1720 Freeholders List in the Coxsackie-Catskill group.
The children of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer are as follows:
1. Willem Janse CASPERSEN, b. 1678, d,. 1723e. Married twice; 1st marriage to Fytje Dirkse Van Vechten 23 May 1697. 2nd marriage to Cornelia van Deusen Goes, widow of Matthys Goes.
2. Elisabeth Halenbek, b. 1680e, m. as Elisabeth Jansen to Jacob EVERTSEN 11 Jun 1705 at Coxsackie, NY.
3. Marietje Halenbek, b. 1685e, m. to Jurriaen Fransse KLAUW.
4. Casper Janssen HAALENBEECK , b. 1686e, m. to Magdalena "Marleentje" Halenbek (d/o Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper).
5. Rachel Halenbek, b. 1688e m. Jan Jacobse VAN HOESEN (s/o Jacob Janse VAN HOESEN and Judith Klauw).
6. Rebecca Halenbek, b. 1690e, confirmed at Klinkenberg 1709, m. Jan VAN LOON Jr. 8 Mar 1709. Called "Mother Betty" in the Albany Protocol.
7. Johannes HALENBEK, b. 1694, d. young.
8. Johannes HALENBEK b. 1696, bap. 10 May 1696, m. Willemtje van Boskerk 17 Oct 1716.
Jan CASPERSE wrote and signed his will on May 6, 1726. He was buried at Albany, New York, on December 28, 1730. His will mentions the names of his daughters' husbands, but most of his property had been disposed of by deeds prior to his death. His will reads as follows: "In the name of God, Amen, May 6, 1725. I Jan Caspersen, of Albany County, yeoman. I leave to my eldest son, Willem Caspersen, oe3, in right of primogeniture. I confirm all deeds given in writing to my children. I leave to my wife Rachel, all the rest of my estate during her life. I leave to my son, Casper Janse Hallenbeek, my Negro man "John" and his wife; and he is to pay oe45 to the rest of my children; also all my clothing of linnen and woolen, and my books, Fuzees, swords, saddles and bridles. To my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Evertsen, a Negro boy. To my daughter Rachel, wife of Jan Jacobse Van Hoesen, a Negro man. To my children, Marike, wife of Jurian Claw, and Rebecca, wife of Jan Van Loon, and to my daughters above named, all household goods after the death of my wife, and they are to have the oe45 to be paid by my son Casper Janse Hallenbeek. I make my wife Rachel, and my son, Casper Janse, executors.
Witnesses, Abraham Cuyler, Nicholas Bleeker, Rutger Bleeker."
The will was proved April 23, 1735 before Myndert Schuyler. At that time his wife Rachel had already died.
3. Isaac CASPERSE (Kaspar JACOBSZ) was the third son of Kaspar JACOBSZ. Isaac was born in 1660, most probably in Albany, New York. He married Dorothy Bosch, the daughter of Hendrick BOSCH of New York and his second wife, Marie Eshuysen.
As a youth, Isaac was known to be hot-tempered. In 1682, he was alleged to have threatened Anthony Lespinard with a knife. He also bore the nickname "Hop Horse."
As his father, and brothers before him, Isaac continued in the tradition of accumulating property in and around Albany, New York. In 1695, he purchased 24 acres of flood land from Hendrick Van Rensselaer. The boundaries of this purchased extended north to the hills, south to the Beverkill, west to the woods, and east to the swamp. In his will, there is mention of an island in the Hudson River above Albany.
Isaac was administrator of Hendrick Ver Wie's estate (his brother-in-law) November 1684. He may have been the Isaac Holsembeeck, laborer, admitted October 17, 1696 as freeman of New York City. And, he was probably the Isaacq Curpensen who signed the petition pledging loyalty to King William on December 30, 1701. He served as a deacon of the Albany Lutheran Church. The 1697 census lists him with four children. His will was written November 17, 1708 and probated March 28, 1728.
Isaac CASPERSE was buried March 10, 1709 in "Our Church" at Albany, New York. He was 49 years old when he died. In his will he mentioned his wife Dorithy, sons Jacob, Hendrick, Gerrit, daughters Marritie, wife of Wouter Vrooman, Elizabeth, Rachel and Hannah. He also mentioned an island in the Hudson River above Albany and other land and personal property. His wife was executrix and the will was witnessed by Hendrick Hansen, Jan Rosie and Thos. Williamsen.
The BOSCH Family
Apparently there was quite a bit of ill feelings between Isaac's wife, Dorothy, and her father, Hendrick BOSCH. Hendrick was a sword maker in New York City who had been married three times. His first wife was Anna Maria Rembach, his second was Maria Eshuysen, and third was Ebbertje Bruyneed. In his will, dated April 23, 1701 , Hendrick wrote the following:
"I leave to my daughter Dorothea, procreated by my second wife, Maria Eshuysen, and now the wife of Isaac Kasperse, of Albany, 1 shilling, in full of her part, and that for and by reason of stubborn and disobedient carrage towards me these many years."
Dorothy Bosch died in 1744.
The Children of Isaac CASPERSE and Dorothy Bosch are as follows:
1. Jacob HALENBEK bap. 19 Oct 1684 Albany, NY, d. 1709.
2. Marietje Halenbek bap. 24 Apr 1687, d. 19 Jan 1748, m. Wouter VROOMAN 17 Oct 1708 in Albany, NY.
3. Hendrik HALENBEK bap. 31 Mar 1692, d. 7 Jul 1766, m. Susanna Bratt in 1718.
4. Elisabeth Halenbek bap. 24 Jun 1695, married twice. 1st marriage to Johannes MULLER in 1715. 2nd marriage to Johannes VAN VALKENBURG.
5. Rachel Halenbek b. 1698, m. Laurens VAN BOSKERK.
6. Gerrit HALENBEK bap. 12 May 1700, d. soon after 1744, m. Thomasyntje Earle (d/o Edward EARLE and Elsje Vreeland) in 1729.
7. Anna Halenbek bap. 24 Mar 1706, m. Benjamin BOGART in 1727.
4. Elizabeth CASPERSE (Kaspar JACOBSZ) was most likely a daughter of Kaspar JACOBSZ. The association is made from baptismal records in which she appeared. Elizabeth married Hendrick LANSING, the son of Gerrit G. LANSING and Elisabeth Ten Kate.
Elizabeth, wife of Hendrick LANSING, testified in a lawsuit on May 4, 1683, and it was noted in the court records that she "was with child." Robert Vincent Anderson recorded the following baptisms of which Elizabeth was a witness: "Elizabeth Casperse, wife of Hendrick Lansing witnessed a baptism 16 Jun 1695, New York City Dutch Church. Hendrick Lansing and Lysbeth Casperse witnessed baptism of Elizabeth , dau. Of Daniel Brat and Elizabeth Lansing in 1699."
Hendrick LANSING was born in Hasselt, Province of Overijssel, Holland. He immigrated to America as a boy with his mother and step father, Wolter ALBERTS in September 1655. He died July 11, 1709 in Rensselaerwyck, New York.
The children of Elisabeth Casperse and Hendrick LANSING are as follows:
1. Jacob Hendrick LANSING, d. 17 Oct 1756, m. Helena Pruyn 27 Sep 1701.
2. Elizabeth "Libbitie" Lansing bap. 1699, m. Daniel BRAT 18 Apr 1697.
3. Hendrick LANSING m. Jannetje Knickerbacker 22 Mar 1704.
4. Alida Lansing d. 23 Mar 1748.
5. Maria Lansing m. Hybert GERRITSE 20 Oct 1693.
6. Annetje (Kaspar JACOBSZ) has been identified as a daughter of Kaspar JACOBSZ by baptismal associations. Interestingly enough, there is no record of her using the patronymic "Casperse." Robert Vincent Anderson wrote this about Annetje: "As the (unnamed) widow of Hendrick Van Wie, she requested on December 2, 1684 that her brother Isaac CASPERSE and brother-in-law Hendrick LANSING be appointed to administer her late husband's estate. The estate report included considerable livestock and a lot at Lubberden (Troy) area. Jacob CASPERSE was also and administrator on January 27, 1684/5. Her children were mentioned but not named. Apparently she had no son old enough to act as administrator. The problem of identifying her children is complicated by the co-existence of two men named Hendrick Ver (or Van) Wie. The other was Hendrick Gerritse, mortally wounded in the Canadian Expedition in 1691, and whose widow Eytie married in Albany Dutch Church in 1692, Andries Jacobsz Gardinier. All recorded boys and three girls appear to be the children of Hendrick Gerritse. Though Hendrick and Annetje probably had daughters, they cannot properly be distinguished in the records from the children of Hendrick Gerritse, Cornelius and Teunis Ver Wie. A possible child of Hendrick and Annatje is Maria Verwey (Ver Wie), m. Albany Dutch Church, bans 7 Oct. 1688, Hendrick Pydt (sic, Reydt) of Long Island."
3rd Generation: Children of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper
1c. Jacob JACOBSE (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was baptised on October 19, 1684 in Albany, New York. He was the eldest child and first son of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. He married Maria Visscher, the daughter of Nanning Harmense VISSCHER and Alida Vinhagen, on November 18, 1715 in Albany, New York.
Jacob and Maria made their home in Klinkenberg, and he was probably the Jacob who served in Capt. James Douw's Militia Company in 1715. Jacob was also on the Freeholder List of 1720 and a deacon of the Loonenberg Lutheran Church. Jacob was in his fifties when he wrote his will on July 5, 1746. It was probated October 25, 1799.
Children of Jacob JACOBSE and Maria Visscher are as follows:
1. Jacobus HALENBEK (Major) b. 6 Dec 1716 Klinkenberg, NY, m. Rachel Casperse Halenbek (d/o Casper Janse HALENBEK and Magdalena :Marleentje" Halenbek) 15 Dec 1738 at Klinkenberg.
2. Alida Halenbek b. 20 Jul 1718, m. Johannes STAATS (s/o Abraham STAATS and Elsje Wendell)
3. Nanning HALENBEK bap. 11 Sep 1720 Albany, NY, m. Alida Ten Eyck 25 Dec 1767 Albany, NY.
4. Henrich HALENBEK b. 18 Mar 1722, d. young.
5. Maria Halenbek bap. 8 Mar 1724 Albany, NY.
6. Henricus HALENBEK b. 2 Feb 1726 Klinkenberg, NY.
7. Johanna Halenbek b. 8 Apr 1728 Loonenberg, NY, m. Ephraim BOGARDUS 19 Nov 1748 Albany, NY.
8. Geertruyd Halenbek bap. 8 Aug 1732, d. young.
9. Geertruyd Halenbek b. 15 May 1733, bap. 5 Jun 1733 Loonenberg, NY, m. Barent van BENTHUYSEN of Rhinebeck.
10. Johannes HALENBEK.
1d. Elisabeth Halenbek (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born about 1685 and she was the fourth child of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. Her marriage bans were published at the Albany Dutch Church on February 10, 1705 and she married Jeremias MULLER, the son of Cornelis Stevense MULDER and Hillitje Lookermans. The wedding was held at the home of Jacob and Hendrickje CASPERSE on February 21, 1705.
The MULLER/MULDER family was in America as early as June 6, 1660 when Cornelis Stevense MULDER was asked by Jeremias Van Rensselaer to lease the farm of Cornelis Antonissen Van Slyke. There was also a bit of a scandal connected with the MULDER Family. On September 21, 1671 a suit was brought against Cornelis Stevense MULDER and Jacques Jennyn to establish the paternity of a child of Styntje Claes. The court could not decide which man was the father and found both of them guilty. Each was sentenced to pay a weekly amount towards the support of the child and to provide the child with suitable clothing and equipment for a period of three years.
Jeremias MULLER wrote his will at Claverack, New York on June 20, 1763. It was probated August 23, 1763.
1e. Johannes "Hans" JACOBSE (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) made his first communion at Klinkenberg, New York, on the second Sunday after Trinity 1708. He was the fifth child born to Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. Hans married Eleanor "Neeltje" Van Loon , the daughter of Jan VAN LOON and Maria Albertz, on Easter Sunday, April 27, 1712, at Loonenberg, New York.
Hans and Neeltje lived at Loonenberg Flats, Coxsackie, and Freehold (Durham). He was not on the 1715 Militia List, but appeared as a freeholder in 1720.
Hans in 1717 patented 1,000 acres several miles west of his father's home at Klinkenberg. Most of the tract, which was called "Freehold." Is in today's town of Greenville, and the village of Freehold, 14 miles west of Athens, carries on the name.
He is probably the same Hans Halenbeck of Albany County who dropped dead the night of November 2, 1755 on a sloop in New York harbor.
Eleanor Van Loon was born in 1692. With her marriage to Hans JACOBSE, it united two of the wealthy and powerful families of the Albany area. This was only one in a series of marriages which united the Hollenbeck and Van Loon Families. Her father, Jan VAN LOON was born at Liege in what is now Belgium, about 1650. He died at Loonenberg after 1720.
The VAN LOON Family
The Albany Protocol
Jan VAN LOON, Sr., was born at Liege in what is now Belgium, perhaps about 1650e, and died at Loonenberg after 1720 He had arrived in New York by 1675 and married (in the New York Reformed Church) Maria Albertz, daughter of Albert Jansen, carpenter from Amsterdam and widower of Hilletje Willems, and Elsje Neven from Eckelveur (Eckernforde, Holestein), widow of David Clement of Rendsburg, on February 23, 1676 in the New York Reformed Church. Jan was a blacksmith and probably a French-speaking Catholic Wallon, a 1697 census in Albany listed him as a Papist and a Frenchman. His wife's religion was probably Dutch Reformed, but Lutheranism became the religion of their children.
Between 1681 and 1685, Jan VAN LOON began acquiring a substantial interest in what later became known as the "Loonenberg" Patent, the land which today encompasses the town of Athens. Presumably, however, he did not occupy this land before the turn of the century. In 1720 he transferred title to his land to his sons and daughters, who set aside a portion for their father during his remaining lifetime and then divided the balance among themselves.
The children of Johannes "Hans" JACOBSE and Eleanor "Neeltje" Van Loon are as follows:
1. Jacobus HALENBEK b. 24 Apr 1713 on the Loonenberg Flats, m. Annatje Van Schaayk (d/o Jan VAN SCHAAYK and Marietje).
2. Maria Halenbek b. 28 Sep 1714, m. Nehemiah WARING 17 Sep 1732 (s/o Richard and Lydia WARING).
3. Hanna Halenbek b. Oct 1716, d. young.
4. Jan HALENBEK b. 1717e, m. Hendrickje Halenbek (d/o Casper JACOBSE and Maria Jansen).
5. Matthys "Tys" HALENBEK b. 1724e, m. Catharina Van Loon 19 May 1749 (d/o Albert VAN LOON).
6. Johanna Halenbek b. 31 Aug 1726, m. Jacob Casperse HALENBEK (s/o Casper JACOBSE and Maria Jansen).
7. Michiel HALENBEK bap. 11 Apr 1731.
8. Hendrickje Halenbek b. 14 Oct 1733.
9. Albertus HALENBEK b. 8 Aug 1736, bap. At Freehold in his father's house.
1f. Maria Casperse (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) made her first communion at Klinkenberg on January 27 1708/9. She was the daughter of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. Maria married Albert VAN LOON on April 12, 1709 at the Loonenberg Lutheran Church.
Albert VAN LOON was born October 31, 1683. He was the son of Jan VAN LOON and Maria Albertz. Albert VAN LOON's land included what is today the north section of the city of Athens, New York. His home was between the Lutheran Church and parsonage, so that Albert was the nearest and most loyal of Pastor Berkenmeyer's neighbors.
Children of Albert VAN LOON and Maria Casperse are as follows:
1. Hendrickje van Loon b. 1710e, m. Johan Casperse VAN HOESEN (s/o Jan Jacobse VAN HOESEN and Rachel Halenbek) 17 Mar 1730.
2. Jan Albertse VAN LOON b. 1 Jul 1712, m. Rebecca Evertse.
3. Maria van Loon b. 12 Nov 1714.
4. Elisabeth van Loon b. 19 Mar 1717, m. Teunis VAN VECHTEN.
5. Hanna van Loon b. 19 Mar 1717, m. as Annatje 6 Apr 1745 to Jacob VAN HOESEN (s/o Jan Hannesse VAN HOESEN and Tanneke Wittbeck. In 1765 they moved to Montgomery Co., NY.
6. Jacob Casperse VAN LOON b. 22 Oct 1719, m. Catharina van Loon 1 Aug 1744.
7. Rachel van Loon b. 2 Jan 1727, m. Jacob VAN HOESEN 14 Nov 1752.
8. Albertus VAN LOON b. 31 Mar 1729 , b. 11 Apr 1729 , d. 30 Apr 1791, m. Maria van Loon 1755.
9. Catharina van Loon b. 1730e, m. Matthys HALENBEK (s/o Johannes "Hans" JACOBSE and Eleanor "Neeltje" van Loon) .
1g. Magdalena "Marleentje" Casperse (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was the daughter of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. She married Casper Janse CASPERSEN (her 1st cousin), the son of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. See Casper Janse CASPERSE for the children of this marriage.
1h. Casper JACOBSE (Jacob CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born about 1694 at Klinkenberg, New York, and baptized at the Albany Dutch Church on May 31, 1691. He made his first communion at Klinkenberg on April 25, 1714. He was the son of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper. Casper married Maria Jansen, the daughter of Johannis EVERTSEN, in Loonenberg, New York, in January of 1720.
The children of Casper JACOBSE and Maria Jansen are as follows:
1. Hendrikje Halenbek b. Nov 1720, m. Jan Hannesse (s/o Johannes CASPERSE and Eleanor "Neeltje" Van Loon).
2. Jacob Casperse HALENBEK b. 28 Dec 1722, Klinkenberg, NY., m. Johanna Halenbek (d/o Johannes CASPERSE and Eleanor "Neeltje" Van Loon).
3. Engeltje Halenbek b. 1725, Schenectady, NY, m. Niclas PAREE (s/o Jan/Johannes and Annetje PAREE) 13 Dec 1744.
4. Mary Halenbek, b. 27 Jun 1727.
5. Elisabeth Halenbek b. 27 Sep 1729, d. young.
6. Jan Casperse HALENBEK b. 21 Sep 1730.
7. Johanna Halenbek b. 22 Oct 1733. m. Andreas VAN ORDEN Friday 10 Trinity 1755, Loonenberg, NY.
8. Lisabeth Halenbek b. 22 Oct 1733.
Third Generation: Children of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer
2a. Willem Jansz CASPERSEN (Jan CASPERSE, Casper JACOBSZ) was born about 1678. He was the 1st child of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Willem married twice. His first wife was Fytje (Sophia) Dirkse van Vechten whom he married on May 23, 1697. Fytje was the daughter of Dirk VAN VECHTEN and Jannetje Michaelsz Vreland. After Fytje's death, Willem married Cornelia van Deusen GOES, the widow of Matthys Janse GOES.
Willem is listed in the 1697 census, and served in Captain Jonas Douw's Militia Company of 1715. Willem also served as the constable and collector for Coxsackie and Catskill on March 7, 1701, and he had moved to Claverack by 1720. He also had possession of a deed to Indian land in Canaan, Connecticut. Willem also served as an elder in the Loonenberg Lutheran Church. Willem Jansz CASPERSEN died March 2, 1754.
In 1947, the original Dutch Bible of Willem Jansz CASPERSEN was discovered among a group of old theological books and concordances in the stacks of the library of Williams College. The Bible itself was published in Dortrecht in 1686 and it carried No. 5926 as its accession number. This would indicate that it came into possession of the library about 1840, but there was no record from whom it was obtained. The names and dates of the children were written in Dutch. The original Bible is now in the Williamstown, Massachusetts Public Library. William I. Shepard presented copies to the New York City Public Library and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
The VAN VECHTEN Family
Wouter Dirkse is in all likelyhood the beginning of the Van Vechten Family in America. Direct lineage has yet to be proved, however the indicators are strong. Wouter was married twice; first to a daughter of Cornelis Gysbertz of Zeist, and secondly to Barbara Thymansdr. Wouter died before 1626 in Leechwyde (outside Utrecht) Netherlands and ten children were named in his will. The eldest child, Dirck Woutersz had preceded his father in death.
Dirck Woutersz Van Vechten was born about 1586 in the province of Utrecht, Netherlands. Dirck was a wheelwright in Woerden.
Theunis Dircksz Van Vechten was the immigrant ancestor. He was born about 1610 in the province of Utrecht and died about 1700 at Albany, New York.
Theunis arrived in the colony of New Netherland with his wife, one child and two servants aboard the ship het Wapen van Noorwegen (Arms of Norway) in 1638. A.J.F. Van Laer wrote that Theunis appeared as early as July 20, 1632 as a farmer on Pieter Bijlvelt's farm at the Manhattans. However, this seems unlikely as Theunis had two sons (Dirck and Jan) born in the Bishopric of Utrecht in 1634 and 1637 respectively according to a family Bible record. Theunis is occasionally referred to as Teunis Dircksen Poentie.
In 1638 and 1639, Theunis worked on a farm as a farm laborer. From 1640 to 1663, and perhaps even later, he occupied a farm at the south end of Greenbush, adjoining the farm which at one time was occupied by Teunis Cornelisz Van Vechten (his cousin "Young Poentie). IN 1648 and 1649 he owned a half interest in the colony's brewery, in Greenbush, which was offered for sale on March 7, 1650.
Theunis was something of a troublemaker in the early colony and his name appears frequently in the court records from that era. In February 1651, he was prosecuted for calling Director van Slichtenhorst, in the presence of many people, "een oowde graeuwe dief en scheim." Literally translated, "an old gray thief and rascal." Figuratively, much, much worse. He was also prosecuted for calling Domine Megapolensis an informer and threatening to stab him with a knife. The list of charges against Poentie went on and on and included selling wheat a f11 a muddle, going against the orders of the patroon; for ordering Willem Menten to fire off his musket four time in the brewery the night of September 18, 1648, which caused Monsr. Labatie and some soldiers of the fort to cross the river; for calling Teunise Cornelisz a thief and a rascal and striking him on the head; for fighting with Pieter Hartgers and Abraham Staas; and for allowing two of his horses stand in front of Jan Verbeek's home, in severely cold weather, without any cover or food.
Dirck Teunise Van Vechten was the son of "Poentie" and was born February 17, 1634 in the province of Utrecht, Netherlands. He was only four years old when he arrived in New Netherlands with his parents. He married Jannetje Jansen Vreeland in December of 1659. Jannetje was the daughter of Michael Jansen Vreeland and Fytje Hartmans, and was one of the first children born in the colony of Rensselaerwyck.
Dirck purchased land from Cruyff in 1681 for 200 guilders in wheat and 400 in beavers. In 1692, he occupied a house which is still standing today. His farm had once been the site of an Indian burial ground. And, on the hilltop above, Pewasck, the squaw chief, had once built a fort. It was here that Dirck raised wheat, maize, flax and wool. He also maintained a mill.
Dirck was a member of the Albany Militia in 1689 when rumors of a French invasion had disturbed the city's citizens. A silver bowl from his house is now in the Albany Historical Collection.
Fytje Dirkse Van Vechten, the daughter of Dirck and Jannetje, married Willem Jansz Caspersen, thus uniting the two family lines.
The children of Willem Jansz CASPERSEN and Fytje (Sophia) Dirkse van Vechten are as follows:
1. Rachel Halenbek b. 10 Oct 1697 Albany, NY, d. 10 Jan 1744 at 46 years of age, m. Christoffel MULLER 6 Sep 1719 (s/o Cornelis MULLER and Hilletje Loockermans).
2. Dirck HALENBECK b. 11 Jul 1699 Loonenberg, NY, d. 23 Mar 1731 at 31 years of age, m. Commertje Conyn 9 Nov 1722.
3. Jan HALENBEECK b. 1 Feb 1701 Linlithgo, NY, d. 10 May 1771 at 70 years of age, m. Catharina Goes 8 Aug 1724.
4. Samiel HALENBEECK b. 30 Apr 1703 Kinderhook, NY, d. about 1778 Married twice. 1st marriage to Lysbeth Conyn 31 Jan 1731 (d/o Casper and Allete Winne CONYN). 2nd marriage to Jannetje Van Hoesen 1 Jul 1752 Loonenberg, NY.
5. Casper HALENBEECK b. 24 Oct 1705 Claverack, NY, m. Sarah Van Hoesen.
6. Michael HALENBEECK b. 22 Sep 1706 m. Christyne Goes 26 Jan 1725 Linlithgo, NY.
7. Abraham HALENBEECK b. 5 Dec 1708 Linlithgo, NY, m. Elizabeth Brown about 1739.
8. Jerdon HALENBEECK b. 9 Sep 1710 Kingston, NY, d. 22 Dec 1795 at 85 years of age, m. Marietje Schermerhorn 3 Sep 1734 Hudson, NY (d/o Jacob SCHERMERHORN and Johanna Beeckman).
9. Jannetje Halenbeeck b. 13 Jun 1713 Claverack, NY, m. Gabriel Bresie (s/o Nicholas BRUSIE and Catelyn Bont).
10. Sarah Halenbeeck b. 25 Jul 1715 Claverack, NY, m. James GARDNER.
2b. Elizabeth Halenbek (Jan CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was the second child and eldest daughter born to Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Elizabeth was born about 1680 and married Jacob EVERTSEN of Albany on June 11, 1705.
2c. Marietje Halenbek (Jan CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was the third child and second daughter born to Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Maritje was born about 1685 and married Jurriaen Fransse KLAUW prior to 1703.
2d. Casper Janse HALENBEK (Jan CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born about 1686 and made his first communion at Klinkenberg on the second Sunday after Trinity in 1708. He was the son of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Casper married his first cousin Magdalena "Marleentje" Casperse, the daughter of Jacob CASPERSE and Hendrickje Hans Dreeper.
Casper was probably in Capt. Jonas Douw's Militia Company in 1715. He was a freeholder of Catskill in 1720, and a deacon and elder of the Loonenberg Lutheran Church. His Klinkenberg land extended southward and westward as far as Murderer's Creek and northward to Little Newton Hook.
Casper's will was dated July 26, 1754 and probated August 17, 1756. His gave his land in Coxsackie to his son Martinus, the Flatts to son Willem, and his half share of Caniskeck Patent (Loonenberg) and one-sixth share of Freehold Patent to all three sons. Several of his grandchildren were also mentioned in his will which reads as follows: "To son Jan Casperse L3 [three pounds British sterling] to debar him from making any pretense of Eldership as being my eldest son; son Marten my homestead in Coxsackie; son William all my farm and Bouwery where I now live; all my right and title in . . . of the lands included in the Patent called Canisheek now called Loonenberg as the same in the year 1750 was divided and laid out and also 1/6 of the lands called Freehold I leave to my three sons - to my sons Jan Casperse and William certain negro slaves; to my two daughters Mary wife of Johannes Klaw and Rachel wife of Jacob Hallenbeck, each a negro woman; granddaughter daughter of Johannes Klaw, a negro child; grandson Casper, son of my son Jan Casperse, a negro child; and the same to my grandson Casper, son of William Hallenbeck; wife Maghdalena and son Marten, Executors: wits. Nichs. Pare, Daniel Pare, Job Freese."
Children of Casper Janse HALENBEK and Magdalena :Marleentje" Casperse are as follows:
1. Jan Casperse HALENBEK b. 1 Sep 1712 Coxsackie, NY, m. Marietje Bronck (d/o Pieter BRONCK and Antje Bogardus).
2. Maria Halenbek b. 2 Dec 1713 Loonenberg Flats, NY, m. Johannes KLAUW 29 Sep 1733.
3. Martinus HALENBEK b. 19 Dec 1715 Loonenberg Flats, NY, m. Annatje Wormer (d/o Cornelis WORMER and Annatje van Patten) 29 Sep 1735.
4. Willem HALENBEK b. 15 Sep 1717, Loonenberg Flats, NY, m. Annatje Collier (d/o Jochem COLLIER and Christyne Vosburg) 5 Feb 1745.
5. Rachel Halenbek b. 1719e, m. Jacobus Jacobse HALENBEK (s/o Jacob JACOBSE and Maria Visscher) 15 Dec 1738.
6. Cornelia Halenbek b. 17 Jan 1722 Loonenberg Flats, NY.
7. Catharina Halenbek b. 22 Jan 1726.
2e. Rachel Halenbek (Jan CASPERSE, Casper JACOBSZ) was born about 1688 and confirmed at Klinkenberg, NY in 1709. She was the daughter of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Rachel married Jan Jacobse VAN HOESEN on March 8, 1709. She was a widow by 1739.
Jan Jacobse VAN HOESEN was the son of Jacobse Janse VAN HOESEN and Judith Klauw. He was born in 1688.
The VAN HOESEN Family
The Albany Protocol
Jan Fransse VAN HOESEN was born at Husum in 1608 or 1609 and died in 1665. As Jan Franz VAN HOUSOM, he was married in the Dutch Reformed Nieuwe Kerk at Amsterdam May 15, 1639 to Volkje Juriaens van Noorstrant. The church bans of April 30, 1639, are translated thus: "Appeared before me, Jan Franz from Housom, sailor, age 30 years, living in the Corte Tuijnstraat, having no parents but assisted by his cousin Anna Jans, and Volckje Juriaens d[aughter] from Noorstrant, age about 21 years, of the same [street], having no parents but assisted by her acquaintance, Isaack Pietersen." Volckje was born about 1618e and was a sister of Annatje Juriaens, wife of Andries Herbertz Constapel, who was at Rensselaerwyck from 1640 to 1662.
In Amsterdam on March 28, 1639 Jan Franssen van Hoesen, age about 31 years, previously a sailor in New Netherland in the service of the West India Company, together with six others, signed an agreement with Kiliaen van Renselaer [sic] concerning immediate passage to and settlement in the colony of Rensselaerwyck. The colonists guaranteed to remain for four years. More interestingly, the document makes reference to sailing "in God's Name with the ship that now lies ready." How long the ship lay ready or whether it waited for the prospective bridegroom is a question. Quite possibly it did, for at least four of those signing the agreement have been shown to have sailed on den Harinck in May 1639. They arrived in New Amsterdam in 1640, but Jan Fransz van Hoesen, sailor, was again in Amsterdam on March 10, 1647, when he gave a power of attorney to Jan Janss van Brestyn, cooper, to claim from Abraham Planck at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland seventeen beaverskins which were due him. He had permanently settled in the Hudson area, however, by 1652, when he was granted a lot in Albany, seemingly on the northeast corner of today's Broadway and State Street. An adjoining garden lot above the town's stockade by the River was granted to him in the following year, and the two parcels were confirmed by patent on May 11, 1667.
In 1662 he bought land at Claverack from the Indians. This included the present city of Hudson and extended from Stockport Creek southward along the River to Kishna's Kil at South Bay and eastward beyond Claverack Creek. The land was patented on May 11, 1667 and was transferred, in whole or part, to his heirs in accordance with contracts of May 30, 1667 and June 22, 1694. A house built here by a son or grandson stood in ruins in 1925 on land of Knickerbocker Cement Company, east of Hudson, and a lintel bearing a 1729 date was still in the cement company's office.
After his death his widow married Gerrit VISBEECK.
Children of Rachel Halenbek and Jan Jacobse VAN HOESEN are as follows:
1. Johan Casperse VAN HOESEN b. fall 1710, m. Hendrickje Van Loon (d/o Abler VAN LOON and Maria Halenbek) 17 Mar 1730.
2. Rachel Van Hoesen b. 1713, m. Pieter BROENCK 14 Jun 1733 at Catskill, NY.
3. Jurge VAN HOESEN b. 23 May 1714, married twice. 1st marriage to Marietje Borgart in 1740. 2nd marriage to Rachel Huyck, the widow of Matthew VAN DEUSEN.
4. Judith Van Hoesen b. 19 Aug 1716, m. Laurens WORMER 21 Oct. 1731.
5. Casper VAN HOESEN b. 5 Feb 1721, m. Marytje Van Loon (d/o Niclaas VAN LOON and Rachel Klauw) 1741.
6. Jacob VAN HOESEN m. Rachel Van Loon 1752.
7. Abraham VAN HOESEN b. 1 Apr 1726.
8. Isaac VAN HOESEN b. 1 Apr 1726.
9. Liesabeth Van Hoesen b. 16 Aug 1729.
2f. Rebecca Halenbek (Jan CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born about 1690 and confirmed at Klinkenberg, New York in 1709. She was the daughter of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Rebecca married Jan VAN LOON, Jr. at Klinkenberg, New York on March 8, 1709. She was affectionately called "Mother Betty" by Pastor Berkenmeyer in the Albany Protocol.
Jan VAN LOON, Jr. was born in 1681. He was the son of Jan VAN LOON and Marritje Albertz. In the Albany Protocol, the following is written about Jan:
"From the context of the Albany Protocol we conclude that Jan VAN LOON, Jr. inherited the northernmost portion of his father's lands, located north of today's Union Street near Murderer's Creek.
As the eldest VAN LOON son, Jan was a prime mover in establishing Lutheranism along the Hudson. From 1710 to 1720 Pastor Justus Falckner spent his winters at Klinkenberg or Loonenberg. Being unmarried, he undoubtedly stayed at the home of Jan VAN LOON, Jr., and he continued the practice for a time even after his marriage in 1718. In January of that year he referred to the house of Jan VAN LOON, Jr., as the Lutheran meeting place, and a year later he mentioned a baptism 'in my lodgings at the home of Jan van Loon, Jr.' After Pastor Falckner's death Jan VAN LOON and his brothers prepared the 1725 bond guaranteeing half his successor's salary, and two years later they donated land for a church and glebe so that Pastor Berkenmeyer might live permanently among them, as from 1731 he did. Strong arguments between Pastor Berkenmeyer and Jan VAN LOON, which resulted from the latter's desires to redesignate church land for his personal convenience, were not resolved at the time of Jan VAN LOON's death in 1743. The dispute continued, as outlined in the Protocol, with his son-in-law Jacob Freese.
The Children of Rebecca Halenbek and Jan VAN LOON, Jr. are as follows:
1. Rachel Van Loon b. 1710e m. Egbert EBBERSE (s/o Barend EBBERSE of Albany) 3 Sep 1727 at Loonenberg.
2. Marya Van Loon b. 17 Mar 1711, m. Evert EVERTSE (s/o Jacob EVERTSEN and Elisabeth Halenbek of Albany, later Coxsackie).
3. Elsje Van Loon b. 8 Sep 1713 m. Gerrit KLAUW 6 Apr 1753 at Loonenberg, NY.
4. Johannes "Hannes" VAN LOON b. 18 Sep 1715, m. Jannetje van Valckenburg (d/o Abraham VAN VALCKENBURG and Catalyntje Schermerhorn).
5. Rebecca Van Loon b. 18 Feb 1719, d. 14 Feb 1799, m. Jacob FREESE as his 2nd wife 14 Nov 1714.
6. Elisabeth "Leybe" Van Loon b. 18 Feb 1719, m. Peter BOGARDUS 10 Aug 1746.
7. Catharina Van Loon b. 17 Jan 1722, m. Jacob Casperse VAN LOON 1 Aug 1744.
8. Petrus VAN LOON b. 12 Apr 1724, m. Dirkje de Garma 7 Sep 1746.
9. Helena Van Loon b. 27 Feb 1727, m. Jurge VAN LOON 6 Apr 1746.
10. Susanna "Sanje" Van Loon b. 1730e, but no birth record, m. Jaob EBBERSE (s/o Barend EBBERSE of Albany) 9 Mar 1750.
2g. Johannes HALENBEK (Jan CASPERSE, Kaspar JACOBSZ) was born in 1694 and baptized on July 29, 1694. He was the son of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. Johannes died young, most probably before 1696.
2h. Johannes HALENBEK (Jan CASPERSE, KASPAR JACOBSZ) was born in 1696 and baptized on May 10, 1696 in the Albany Dutch Church. Johannes made his first communion at the Albany Lutheran Church Easter of 1716. He was the son of Jan CASPERSE and Rachel Willemse Hoffmeyer. He married Willemtje Van Boskerk on October 17, 1716.
Johannes served in the Albany Militia in 1715. He and his family moved to Hackensack, New Jersey about 1721. His will was dated August 26, 1723 and probated at Elizabeth, New Jersey on July 11, 1737.
Willemtje Van Boskerk was the daughter of Pieter Laurense VAN BOSKERK and Trijntje Hause of Hackensack, New Jersey. After the death of Johannes, Willemtje married Abraham SHOTWELL.
The children of Johannes HALENBEK and Willemtje Van Boskerk are as follows:
1. Catharina Halenbek b. 5 Nov 1717, bap. At the house of Jan CASPERSE, Coxsackie 2 Dec 1717.
2. Rachel Halenbek b. Kochshagki 8 Aug 1719, bap. 2 Oct 1719 New York, m. license 11 Jul 1737 to James MARSHALL.
3. Jannetje Halenbek b. Jun 1721 Coxsackie, NY, bap. 24 Sep 1721 New York, m. license 4 Apr 1738 Benjamin ILSEE.
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