Jan Cornelissen (Van Texel) 535,547
- Born: 1621, Long Island 535,547
- Marriage (1): Annetje Alberts on 1 May 1657 535
- Died: 1704 at age 83 535
- Buried: Sleepy Hollow Churchyard, Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York. 547
Noted events in his life were:
• Birth, 1621, Long Island. 547 Jan may have been born as late as 1625.
• Apprenticeship?, 1639, New Netherlands. 548 The following agreement, the original of which was contained in Volume one of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts, on file in the Archives Room of the New York State Library in the Capital, Albany, N.Y., until it was burned in the great fire of March 29, 1911, which partially destroyed the Library. It reads as follows:
"Cornelis Jansen Van Texel binds his son, Jan Cornelissen, to Hendrick Harmensen, and for the term of seven consecutive years; who also acknowledged to have accepted the above named Jan Cornelissen for the above mentioned term, with the express promise that he, Hendrick Harmensen, shall take care of the boy, as if he were his own son, duringthe seven years aforesaid.
Also Cornelis Jansen shall not have power to take his son from the above named Hendrick Harmensen, but only whenever the above mentioned time shall be expired.
"For all that is aforesaid, parties on either side shall, at the expiration of the aforesaid years, have no claim the one against the other, nor any manner of demand.
These presents are signed by parties in good faith without guile or deceit.
Done the third August 1639 in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherlands.
Although the volume containing the original contract was burned, a copy of it, made by Dr. E. B. OCallahan, for the state, is now on file in the manuscript section of the State Library.
• Fight, 1657, Long Island. 547 One incident suggests that some individuals held prejudices against him because of his Indian ancestry, but that the Dutch court was quite fair. In 1657, a man named Rutger Jansen called him an "Indian dog" and Jan beat him "until the blood flowed." This incident may have been related to a family feud. In 1658, Rutger sued Jan's father, Cornelis, over a debt. The fight between Jan and Rutger went to court where Jan testified that he beat Rutger because of the insulting remark. Jan called a witness who said that he heard Rutger call Jan an Indian dog, "whereupon blows followed." The court fined Jan 12 guilders for striking Rutger and Rutger was fined six guilders for "foul and abusive language."
• Land, 1661, Long Island, NY. 542 His name appears on the Flatbush records as Jan Cornelissen and as Jan Cornelissen Van Texel. On the 12th of March, 1661, he got a grant of 60 morgens (120 acres) of land at that place, and on the 26th of October 1664, his orchard is referred to.
He was later allotted, in pursuance of the patent of Flatbush "23 Morgens (46 acres) of land in said town, on the south side of the bowery of Bastel Claessen, with plain land and salt meadow." He sold it January 20, 1670 to Aucke Janse Van Meyse. Liber A page 15 Flatbush Records. On the 14th of March, 1670, he was allotted a building lot at Flatbush, which he sold the 15th of the following May to Hendrick Kip.
Not long after this sale to Kip, Jan Cornelissen removed with his family to Westchester County, and settled on the east bank of the Hudson River <http://www.hudsonriver.com/index.html>in that portion of the present town of Cortlandt <http://www.hudsonriver.com/rivertowns/cortlandt.htm> which the Indians called "Meahagh." It later became known as Verplank's Point. The lands immediately east of "Meahagh" bore the Indian name of "Appamaghpogh." After Steven Van Courtlandt had purchased Meahagh and Appamaghpogh of the Indians, August 24, 1683, the whole territory seems, for a short time, to have been called by the latter name.
Jan Cornelissen was for a time Collector of taxes for the town of "Appomaepoe."
• Petition for land, 1685, Long Island. 547 At the beginning of the twentieth century, Daniel Van Tassel, a newspaper editor from Tarrytown, New York, wrote the first published account of the Van Tassel family history that mentions the relationship between Cornelis Jansen and Catoneras. He wrote several newspaper articles about the Van Tassel family history in the 1890s and developed them into a brief monograph entitled, Van Tassel-Van Texel, the Descendants of Jan Cornelissen Van Texel 1625-1704: A Family History. The Holland Society of New York published it but, unfortunately, did not record the date. Family members believe it was published around 1900. Daniel was a cautious and disciplined researcher who devoted much of his time to the study of his family history until his death at the age of 89 in 1930.
document discovered by Daniel Van Tassel was a petition to Governor Thomas Dongan from Jan Cornelissen, who identified himself as the son of a Christian father and an Indian mother. He claimed that his Indian "kindred" allotted him a parcel of land called "Tersarge," located on the northern shore of Long Island in the town of Huntington. Jan wanted the governor to affirm his claim with a patent. Unfortunately the date is missing from Cornelissen's petition to Dongan, but Daniel Van Tassel concluded that it was dated in 1685. He based this estimate on the dates of Dongan's tenure in office (1683-88). William Wallace Tooker, who studied all of the New York colonial documents looking for Algonquian words, concluded that it was dated April 4, 1685.
Jan married Annetje Alberts on 1 May 1657.535 (Annetje Alberts was born circa 1643 in Midwont, Flatbush, NY 535 and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Churchyard, Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York. 547,549.)