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Laurens Jansen KORTRIGHT

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  • Name Laurens Jansen KORTRIGHT 
    Born 1651  Beest, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1651  Leerdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1663  New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name Laurens JANSEN 
    Name Laurens Jansen LOW 
    Name Louwerens JANSEN 
    Name Louwerens Jansen KORTRIGHT 
    Died 1727 
    Notes 
    • (1) Abbott, John Howard, The Courtright (Kortright) Family, New York, NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1985, pp. 28-29, 32:

      Laurens Jansen (Kortright), b. 1651, at Beest, Gelderland, Holland, and ancestor of the LOW family of Harlem, was the youngest son of Jan Bastiaensen (Van Kortryk), and came in 1663, with his parents.

      He married in 1672, Mary, dau. of Albert Heymans Roosa, and his wife, Wyntje Ariens, at Esopus. The Roosa family came from Herwynen, Gelderland, Holland, sailing in the Bonte-koe, April 15th, 1660, and went immediately to Esopus, where he and his wife united with the church of which two years after, he became an elder.

      Governor Stuyvesant giving a name to Wiltwick (Esopus), May 16th, 1661, appointed Roosa one of its first schepens. Here he took up land, for which he got a patent in 1664, and died in 1679, leaving a good estate, and eight surviving children.

      Laurens Jansen's share of the De Meyer lands, bought jointly with his brother Cornelis, laid the foundation of the ample estate he acquired at Harlem, but which, with his grandsons, passed out of the name.

      His election as an overseer in 1677, and repeatedly afterward, and the other responsible duties intrusted to him, evince the respect in which he was held. He died in 1727, probably at Harlem.

      His name was usually written in the church records as Louwerens Jansen, and following the established Dutch custom of the time, his children were called Louwe, afterward shortened to Low, which was adopted as the family name, by his children, and not the name of Kortright, which most of the other descendants did.

      His children were Annetie, Albert, Wyntie, Neeltie, John, Gysbert, Cornelis, Belitie, and Lawrence.

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      LAURENS JANSEN AND MARY (ROOSA) KORTRIGHT, issue :

      [i] Annetie Low, bap. July 8, 1674, m. Gysbert Bogert.

      [ii] Albert Low, bap. Nov. 11, 1676, m. Oct. 2, 1702, Susanna Delamater, daughter of John Delamater, and with his brother John, removed to Somerset County, New Jersey, served as a deacon at Raritan and d. in 1739, leaving his farm to his sons, Abraham and Cornelis. His children were Maria, John, Lawrence, Abraham and Cornelis.

      [iii] Wyntie Low, bap. Apr. 23, 1679, no further record.

      [iv] Neeltie Low, bap. May 20, 1682, m. May 27, 1703, Conrad Lamberts.

      [v] John Low, bap. Apr. 29, 1685, m. June 20, 1707, Jannetje Corssen, removed to Somerset County, N. J., and had children, Lawrence, Gysbert, Benjamin, Cornelis, Maria, Wyntie, Mary and Teunis.

      [vi] Gysbert Low, bap. Aug. 14, 1687, no further record.

      [vii] Cornelis Low, b. 1691, m. 1715, Judith Middagh, and had children Dirck, Mary, Cathelyn, Gysbert, Cornelis, Judith, John, Gerrit and Anna.

      [viii] Belitie Low, bap. June 18, 1693, no further record.

      [ix] Lawrence Low, born in 1698, m. June 12, 1725, Jannetje, daughter of Marinus Roelofs van Vleckeren, of Bloomingdale. He succeeded to his father's lands at Harlem, which his brother Albert, as heir at law, released to him Dec. 8, 1731, and he also made several considerable other purchases. He made his will in 1754, which was proved Nov. 4, 1755, by which his widow was to enjoy his estate during her life, but ten years before her death, which was in 1772, her two sons made a formal division of the property, and sold some of it, whence it would appear they had acquired the interests of their mother and sister.

      Their children were, Dinah, Marinus and John.

      (2) Courtright, Dudley Vattier, History of the Van Kortryks or Courtrights, Columbus, OH: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1924, p. 13:

      Laurens Jansen, youngest son of Jan for some reason took the name of Low, Laurens Jansen Low and is the ancestor of the Low family of Harlem and Somerset Co., N. J. (Riker.)

      (3) Pierce, Carl Horton, New Harlem, Past and Present, New York, NY: New Harlem Publishing Co., 1903, pp. 288-290:

      Laurens Jansen Low, born in Holland, 1651, first comes into prominence in New Harlem as the joint owner with his brother, Cornelis Jansen Kortright, of Nicholas De Meyer's two farms. His share of the De Meyer lands laid the foundation for a large Harlem estate which, however, did not remain in the family any great length of time. After working the De Meyer farm for a year, the brothers agreed to part, Laurens taking the farm of Lubbert Gerritsen. Cornelis took the De Meyer farm entirely upon his shoulders, and Laurens gave his brother a lease of his part for four years from September 15, 1670, at the yearly rent of 400 guilders in grain. Laurens then went to Esopus, married, and did not return to Harlem for many years. He eventually returned, and in the division of the De Meyer land took lot No. 2 on Jochem Pieter's, Number 6 on Van Keulen's Hook, the two north gardens (later forming the John P. Waldron homestead) and the two erven on one of which the new church was built in 1686. On February 6, 1667, one year after the first Nicolls patent, Mr. Low was chosen to the very difficult position of fence-master. Tourneur's angry reply when taken to task for the weakness of his fences, and his subsequent beating of the complainant with one of the fence staves in question, indicates the courage required in a fence-master in those days.

      The next record of Mr. Low is the occasion when he and his brother joined hands with Daniel Tourneur as plaintiffs in the famous law suit with Col. Lewis Morris over the Stony Island meadows. The incident throws light on the character of the two brothers. As the lands adjoined the Morris estate, and as Col. Morris had plenty of slave labor to carry out his orders, it seemed as if that preponderance of ownership which rests in security of possession was vested in the Morrisanians. The sturdy brothers from Beest took exception to this, however, being daunted by no obstacle. To Mr. Low the fact that Col. Morris was likely to send a score of negro slaves to give him a beating if he entered the Stony Island meadows (across the Harlem River from the village), only spurred him to insist upon what he considered his rights. "New Harlem owns those meadows," argued Mr. Low, "so why on earth shouldn't she have them?" Repeatedly the intrepid brothers paddled across the river and attempted to mow the salt hay, and as repeatedly were ejected by overwhelming numbers, after exciting skirmishes, in which pitchforks, rakes, scythes, and other interesting weapons were brought into play. "No one shall trespass upon these meadows," was the ultimatum of Col. Morris. "But we will have them," protested the brothers, with equal vehemence, "because we own them." The warfare was kept up for years, and the brothers finally prevailed. A little later, Cornelis Jansen Kortright purchased of the town a small piece of land on Montagne's Flat for $10. Laurens, not to be outdone in progressiveness, but with an eye to business, successfully petitioned the town to let him take in a corner of the street near his house "so far as the land stretched."

      The New Harlem court, in November, 1686, found itself "weakened by animosities." The old board had been invited to sit with the new, but one from each, namely, Cornelis Jansen and his brother Laurens, were absent, the latter having just left on a visit to his kinsfolk, the Roosas, at Esopus, where he and his cousin, Ryer Michielsen, had been only the year before. Two of the other members hal a quarrel, one of the old and one of the new Board, Jan Nagel and Jan Dyckman,?all because of a goose of Nagel's getting into Dyckman's grain, had been bitten by his dog. Doubtless, had Mr. Low or his brother been present at the time, one or the other would have been called upon to settle this weighty matter, which Dyckman and Nagel went to court to thresh out. It may be imagined that Mr .Low hurried home from Esopus, to the town meeting at which it was decided to petition Governor Dongan for a new patent. With other of the patentees his name appears in the list of those who agreed to pay according to their estates, and to distribute the common woods in proportion to their holdings. Accordingly, when the Dongan patent was issued, Mr. Low's name was in the list. He died in 1727, after many years of quiet retirement upon the valuable estate acquired by him as a young man. Immediately the family seemed to separate ; Lawrence, the youngest son, succeeded to his father's lands at Harlem, but his descendants quickly distributed the estate and moved away from Manhattan.

      (4) Riker, James, Revised History of Harlem (City of New York), New York, NY: New Harlem Publishing Co., 1904, pp. 579-580:

      Laurens Jansen, born in Leerdam, Holland, in 1651, and ancestor of the Low family of Harlem, was the youngest son of Jan Bastiaensen, whose two elder sons bore the name of Kortright. . . . His share of the De Meyer lands, bought jointly with his brother, Cornelis, laid the foundation for the ample estate he acquired here; but which, with his grandsons, passed out of the name. His election as an overseer, in 1677, and repeatedly afterward, and the other responsible duties entrusted to him, evince the respect in which he was held. In the division of the De Meyer lands, Laurens took lot No. 2, on Jochem Pieters' Flat; No. 6, on Van Keulen's Hook, the two north gardens, or orchard, and the two erven, on one of which the new church was built in 1686. To said Lot 6, on which he afterward built, he added the lower half of No. 5 (rated at two morgen), by purchase from Paulus Richard, November 17, 1677. . . . He drew 61 acres in the several divisions. . . . Prior to 1715 he sold No. 4, 2d Division, to Johannes Benson, and conveyed the orchard to Peter Van Oblienis, the last the plot which passed to Peter Waldron, and since owned by James Chesterman, who built thereon the Chesterman house still standing (1881). Laurens married, in 1672, Mary, daughter of Albert Heymans Roosa, of Esopus. (See page 388.) On April 13, 1706, she and Laurens joined in the sale of her father's estate to her brother Arien Roosa. Laurens Jansen died in 1727.

      LAURENS JANSEN (1) HAD ISSUE

      2. Annatje, baptized July 8, 1674, married Gysbert Bogert, had six children.

      3. Albert, baptized November 11, 1676, married Susannah, daughter of John Delamater, October 2, 1702, had five children. Removed to Raritan, Somerset County, N. J., in 1709. Will dated September 24, 1739 ; probated February 20, 1761. He died 1761.

      4. Wyntie (Lavinia), baptized April 23, 1679.

      5. Neeltie (Cornelia). baptized May 20, 1682, married Conrad Lamberts, May 27, 1703.

      6. Jan (John), baptized April 29, 1685, married Jannetie Corsen. June 20, 1707. had eight children. Resided in Somerset County, N. J.

      7. Gysbert, baptized August 14, 1687.

      8. Cornelis (Cornelius), born in 1691, married Judith Middagh, about 1715, had nine children, and died in 1763.

      9. Belitie (Isabelle), baptized June 18, 1693.

      10. Lawrence, born in 1698, at Harlem, N. Y., married Jannetie Van Vleckerens, June 12, 1724, had three children, and died in 1755.

      (5) Lowe, Houston, "The Readington Lowe (Low) Family, Somerset County Historical Quarterly, vol. 6 (1917), pp. 203-205:

      Laurens, b. in Holland in 1651; d. 1727; m. Mary (dau. of Albert Heymans Roosa, of Esopus, N. Y.), 1672, . . . was the ancestor of the Readington Lowe (Low) family. . . .

      CHILDREN OF LAURENS JANSEN LOWE . . . AND MARY ROOSA:

      [1] Annetie, bapt. at Ref. Dutch ch. at N. Y. City, July 8, 1674; m. Gysbert Bogert. . . .

      [2] Albert, bapt. at same place Nov. 11, 1676; m. Susanna (dau. of John Delamater, of Harlem), who was b. 1682. Albert removed to near Readington, Somerset co., N. J., and died 1761. His will of Sept. 24, 1739, was probat. Feb. 20, 1761, and stated he was "of Raritan, Somerset co., N. J.," and names his wife, Susanna, sons Abraham and Cornelius and dau. Mary Pittenger (Trenton Wills, Book G, p. 392). . . .

      [3] Wyntie (Lavinia), bapt. at same place Apr. 23, 1679. . . .

      [4] Neeltie (Cornelia), bapt. at same place May 20, 1682; m. Conrad Lamberts. . . .

      [5] Jan, bapt. at same place Apr. 29, 1685; m., 1707, Jannetie Corssen. He removed to near Readington, N. J. in Amwell township, Hunterdon co., where he was a deacon of the Reformed church at Readington. His will of Mar. 9, 1728, probat. May 30, 1729, mentions his wife, "Yannaca;" sons Lawrence, Gysbert, Benjamin, Tunis; and daus. Maria, Ibinca and Maica. (Trenton Wills, Book 3, p. 48). The son Lawrence also lived in Readington twsp., Hunterdon co., he and wife joining Readington ch. in 1749. His will of May 6, 1764, probat. Nov. 19 of that year, mentions his mother "Yannica," his wife Charity, and his sons John, Guisbert and Henry. (Trenton Wills, Vol. 12, p. 141). . . .

      [6] Gysbert (Gilbert), bapt. at same place Aug. 14, 1687. No further trace. . . .

      [7] Cornelis, of Readington, N. J., b. about 1691 (baptismal record not found); d. 1763; m. Judith Middagh (dau. of Dirck Middagh and Catalina Van Neste), who was bapt. at the Ref. Dutch ch. in N. Y. City May 21, 1696. . . .

      It is probable that Judith survived until 1785, as on June 21 of that year the estate of a "Judick Low" was administered on by Dirck Low, the eldest son (Trenton Wills and Adm., Book 27, p. 409). It is believed that Cornelis married in Somerset co., N. J., but no record has been found; the year probably being 1718.

      Cornelis, like his brother Jan, settled finally near Readington (but in Hunterdon co.), which, with Neshanic, became for years the "headquarters" of many of his Low relatives. He had first purchased, Dec. 20, 1728, 230 acres of land in (present) Branchburg twsp.; later removed to near Readington. In his day the final "e" was dropped from Lowe and it became, as a rule, Low, though, later, spelled both ways in documents. The will of Cornelis, dated Mar. 24, 1763, probat. Aug. 16, 1763, mentions his wife Judith; sons Derick, Cornelis, John and Garret; and daus. Marytie, wife of Abraham Bodine (a Bible record says Cornelius Bodine), Judith, wife of Johannis Van Nest, and Antje. (Trenton Wills, Book 11, p. 468). (For ch., see infra). . . .

      [8] Belitie, bapt. at Ref. ch. in N. Y. City, June 18, 1693. . . .

      [9] Lawrence, b. 1698 (bapt. not found); m., June 12, 1725, Jannetie (dau. of Marinus Roelofse van Vleckeren, of Bloomingdale). He succeeded to his father's lands at Harlem. . . .

      Abraham (sup.); m. Hannah Brewer, as they had a dau., Lucresia, bapt. at Harlingen, N. J., May, 1734. (An Abram Low m. Ida Stoothoff Jan. 23, 1753).

      (6) http://www.altlaw.com/edball/dutchbap.htm:

      Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730)
      Manually Entered by Theodore Brassard

      [Note: The baptisms are laid out in order as follows: The date of the baptism; the parents; the child; and the witnesses. Note the separation of each item by semicolons.]

      [Laurens and his wife were present at the following baptisms of their children.]

      BAPTISMS OF 1674 . . .

      8 Jul; Laurens Janszen, Marritie Aldrichs; Annetie; Jan Bastiaenszen, Hester Terneur

      BAPTISMS OF 1676 . . .

      11 Nov; Laurens Janszen, Marritie Aldrichs; Albert; Reyer Michielszen, Jannetie Aldrichs

      BAPTISMS OF 1679 . . .

      23 Apr; Laurens Janszen, Marritje Aldricx; Wyntie; Mella Claeszen, Brechtie Elswaert

      BAPTISMS OF 1682 . . .

      20 May; Laurens Janszen, Marritie Aldricx; Neeltie; Sebastiaen Michielszen, Annetie Michiels, Neeltie Aldricx

      BAPTISMS OF 1685 . . .

      29 Apr; Laurens Janszen, Maria Aldricx; Jan; Cornelis Janszen, Aeltie Waldron

      BAPTISMS OF 1687 . . .

      14 Aug; Laurens Janszen, Maryken Aldricks; Gysbert; Adolf Meyer, Francyntie Stultheer

      BAPTISMS OF 1693 . . .

      18 Jun; Laurens Janszen, Maria Roos; Belitje; Jacques Terneur, Aefje Cornelis
    Person ID I11345  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Father Jan BASTIAENSEN,   b. 1618, Leerdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 8 Jan 1677  (Age > 59 years) 
    Family ID F124  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary ROOSA,   b. Abt 1652, Herwijnen, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Nov 1672  Kingston, Ulster County, NY [originally named Wiltwyck, later Esopus] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Source: Courtright, Dudley Vattier, History of the Van Kortryks or Courtrights, Columbus, OH: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1924, p. 64.
    Children 
     1. Annatie LOW,   b. Bef 8 Jul 1674, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Albert LOW,   b. Bef 11 Nov 1676, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Feb 1761  (Age < 84 years)
     3. Wyntie LOW,   b. Bef 23 Apr 1679, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Neeltie LOW,   b. Bef 20 May 1682, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John LOW,   b. Bef 29 Apr 1685, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 30 May 1729, Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 44 years)
     6. Gysbert LOW,   b. Bef 14 Aug 1687, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Cornelis LOW,   b. 1691, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1763  (Age 72 years)
     8. Belitie LOW,   b. Bef 18 Jun 1693, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Lawrence LOW,   b. 1698, Harlem, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Nov 1755  (Age < 57 years)
     10. Abraham LOW,   b. Abt 1700
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F5241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart