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  • Name Jentie JEPPES 
    Born Abt 1630  Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Jan Jacobzen DE VRIES 
    Died Bef 1673 

    • (1) Source: Macy, Harry, Jr., "The Van Wicklen/Van Wickle Family: Including Its Frisian Origin and Connections to Minnerly and Kranchheyt," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 128, No. 2 (April 1997); pp. 81, 85-90.

      JENTIE JEPPES, alias Jan Jacobszen de Vries, son of an otherwise unidentified Jep or Jacob, was born in Friesland perhaps about 1630. He died prior to 18 April 1673 probably on Manhattan Island; as noted below, his second wife remarried by that date. His first marriage, to TIJEDTSKE GERRITS, probably took place in Friesland about 1655. Her parents are unidentified, but she may have been a relative, perhaps a sister, of Claes Gerritszen (van Lettingen or Letten), as discussed below. She died in New Jersey before 4 December 1666 (when her husband remarried), and was probably "the wife of Jan J_____, living at Pemmerpoch," who was buried at Bergen 14 May 1666 according to the church records of that place. Although she was not recorded as "Sytje," that is the Dutch form of her name by which she was later remembered.

      In the register of the Reformed Church at Wijckel, Friesland, "Jentie Jeppes [and] T??edske Gertss s??n w??f" appear as members under the date 23 May 1656; next to their names is the notation "be??de vertrocken" (both departed), without a date. The membership records begin in 1649, so they may have come into the community from elsewhere in 1656. Apparently the family left Wijckel after the 1660 baptism of their son Eeuwe and before the birth of daughter Meenske about 1662. Where they lived in Friesland before and after their stay at Wijckel has not yet been determined. Though they may have lived in Wijckel no more than four or five years, that village is the source of the surname which has been borne by their male-line descendants in America.

      Under the date 17 April 1664, an account book of the Dutch West India Company shows that Jentie Jeppes owed the company 126 florins, for passage across the Atlantic in the ship D'Eendracht (Unity or Concord) under Capt. Jan Bergen, for himself, his wife, and "his three children of 5, 4 and 2 years." His place of origin is not mentioned, nor is there any record that he paid this debt. Though the three children are not named, as noted earlier other evidence identifies them as Gerrit, Eeuwe (Evert) and Meenske.

      A little over a year later the name of Jentie Jeppes appears once in the town records of Flatbush, Long Island. On 29 August 1665, when Adryaenyen Lollenckx, widow of Claes Gerritszen, intended to marry Jan Jansen [van Ditmarsen], her five-year old son Gerrit Claeszen was placed under the guardianship of "Jentien Jeppes" and Bartelt Claeszen. The second guardian was no known relation to the other parties, and was probably chosen because he was a respected citizen of Flatbush. Jentie Jeppes, on the other hand, was only recently arrived in the colony, and appears to have been living some distance away in what is now New Jersey. He may have been chosen for this role because he was a relative of either Adryaenyen or her late husband, and since his wife had the same patronymic as Claes Gerritszen, it is possible that they were siblings. This was not the first association between these families. Claes Gerritszen, with wife and child, appears immediately before Jentie Jeppes and family in the West India Company account book, as fellow passengers on D'Eendracht in 1664. On 4 November 1664 Claes, a wheelwright, purchased land in Flatbush, and he was buried there 13 March 1665. His son Gerrit later lived in Jamaica as a fellow townsman of Jentie Jeppes' son Gerrit, and is recorded there with the surname "van Lettingen." Adryaenyen or Adriana lived for many more years at Flatbush and had children by her second husband, but no record after 1665 links her or her children to the Van Wicklens.

      Where Jentie Jeppes lived in 1664-1665 is not documented, but at least by 1666 he was settled near Bergen, now part of Jersey City, New Jersey. The orphanmasters' document quoted earlier gives his residence as Mingagguy (Minkakwa, Mingackque, etc.), while the probable burial record of his wife says Pemmerpoch (Pamrapo); these were small settlements in present-day Jersey City and Bayonne. As noted above, Jentie Jeppes' wife appears to have been buried at the Bergen Dutch Church, the second entry in the burial register there. The family is not found on the membership roll of the church, which begins in 1664, nor is daughter Grietje in the baptismal register which starts in January 1666.

      Left with four small children, Jentie Jeppes lost no time in remarrying. The register of the New York (City) Dutch Church shows the marriage on 4 December 1666 of "Jan Jacobszen from Friesland, widower, and Britten Oloff, widow of Pieter Corneliszen." Six days later the orphanmasters of the city appointed Focke Jansen and Cornelis Aerts as guardians and tutors of the children. Neither of these men appear to have been any relation to Jentie/Jan or his first wife; both were residents of the city, and it is not known whether they exercised any responsibility beyond reaching the agreement recorded on 20 December (see the full transcript above).

      Briete Oloffs was a native of Goteberg, Sweden. She married Pieter Corneliszen in New Amsterdam in 1656 and bore him one child, Margrieta, whose welfare was also considered by the orphanmasters on 10 December 1666. This latter record states that Briete owned a farm (bowery) "near Mr. Stuyvesant's bowery" on Manhattan Island north of the city, and it is possible that Jentie/Jan resettled there with his family. There is no record that he himself owned any real estate at any time after his arrival in the New World. The Jan Jacob de Vries who did own land at this time in both New York City and Brooklyn was a different individual.

      On 18 April 1673 Briete (incorrectly recorded as Brieta Wolferts) made a joint will (according to Dutch custom) with another husband, Gabriel Carbosie, probably soon after their marriage. Carbosie was then residing in Harlem at the north end of Manhattan Island, and both he and his wife were still living there in 1682, but he was a widower at his death early in 1684. No evidence has been found that Jentie/Jan had any child by Briete. When he died, his children by Tijedtske were still minors, but no additional guardianship record has been found for them (the Dutch institution of the orphamasters dissolved soon after the English took over in 1664). Sometime prior to 1681 the children appear to have gone to live in Flatlands, but who was responsible for their care remains unknown. They first appear on record there as they came of age and joined the church, Gerrit Jansz in June 1681, Everd Jansz 6 October 1682, Meinsje Jans 23 June 1682 and Grietje Jans 30 March 1683.

      Children of Jentie Jeppes/Jan Jacobszen de Vries and Tijedtske/Sytje Gerrits:

      i. Grietien Jans, bap. 31? June 1656 Wijckel, Friesland (Anno 1656 den 31 Juny hebbe ick gedoopt het kint van Jentie Jeppes & T??edtske Gerrits aer echte lieden is genaemt Grietien - In the year 1656, 31 [sic] June I have baptized the child of Jentie Jeppes and Tijedtske Gerrits a respectable married couple, [she] is named Grietien). Note that the Wijckel register does not list any baptismal sponsors. This child died prior to Apr. 1664.

      ii. Eeuwe Janszen, bap. 1 Nov. 1657 Wijckel (Anno 1657 den 1 9bris het kint van Jentie Jepes & Tiedts Gerrits & is genaemt Eeuwe); died before June 1660. . . .

      iii. Gerrit Janszen, bap. 1 Jan. 1659 Wijckel (Anno 1659 den 1 Januari het kint van Jentie Jepes & is genaemt Gerrit); m. Tryntje Gerrits. . . .

      iv. Eeuwe/Evert Janszen, bap. 17 June 1660 Wijckel (Anno 1660 den 17 Juni is gedoopt het kint van Jentie Jeppes & is genaemt Eeuwe); m. Metje Simons Van Arsdalen.

      v. Meenske/Meinsje Jans, b. c. 1662 Friesland, living 1708 when sponsor at baptism of granddaughter Mensie Smidt. Meinsje Jans, young woman from Friesland, living at New Amersfoort, and Albert Mennes, young man, were betrothed 18 Oct. 1684 and m. New Amersfoort 9 Nov. 1684. He was the son of Minne Johannes and Rensje Feddans, who immigrated from Friesland in 1663 and lived at New Lots, Flatbush. Between 1692 and 1695 (see baptisms of children) Albert and Meenske/Meinsje moved to Haverstraw in Orange Co., where his father had previously settled. A 1702 census of Orange Co. shows Albert Minnelay aged 16-60, "Meenske his wife" and "5 gerlls," plus two black males, an adult and child. . . .

      vi. Grietje Jans, b. 1664-66 prob. New Jersey, last noted in 1714. About 1694 she m. Jan Hercksz Kranckheyt, bap. New Amsterdam 28 Nov. 1657, son of Herck Siboutszen (Kranckheyt) and Wyntje Teunis (Quick) later of Newtown, L.I. About 1696 Jan and Grietje moved to the Van Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County, and the following year were listed as residents of the manor on the membership roll of the Tarrytown (Philipsburg) church. . . .
    Person ID I21380  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Family 1 Tijedtske GERRITS,   b. Abt 1630, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Dec 1666  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married Abt 1653 
     1. Evert Janszen VAN WICKLEN,   b. Bef 17 Jun 1660, Wijckel, Friesland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1719, Flatbush [now Brooklyn], Kings County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F9437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Britten OLOFF,   b. G??teborg, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1684 
    Married 4 Dec 1666 
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F9438  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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