Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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New Netherland & New York Genealogy
THE DAMEN FAMILY OF LONG ISLAND NY
Jan Cornelise Damen, my 9th great-grandfather, was the common ancestor of the DAMEN family. In 1650 he left Bunnik, a village on the Ryn in Utrecht, for Long Island NY, and married Fytie/Sophia Martens. The surname might be derived from Demen, a hamlet in North Brabant where Jan most likely lived at one time.
On 29 Apr. 1655 he purchased a house and land adjoining that of Jan Dirksen's
in Brooklyn and by 1677 was keeping a tavern here.
On 21 Aug. 1663 he purchased from Cornelis Hendrickse Van Eens
a farm on the West side of the road in Flatbush NY.
In 1667 he is recorded as a member of the Reformed Dutch church of Brooklyn
hailing from the Wallabocht. He is on a patent of Brooklyn in 1677 and took
the oath of allegiance there in 1687.
In 1674 he apparently resided at Norman's Kil, and bought a farm at Kyckuyt
from Claes Claessen Smit. In 1686 he bought the main portion of the farm of
Pieter Ceser Alburtis at the Wallabocht.
He and his wife made a joint will dated 1 Sept. 1680 and probated 20 June
1707. Jan Damen voted at a town meeting in Flatbush NY on 19 Jan. 1703-04
and again on 12 Aug. 1704.
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He was one of the signers of a petition in Brooklyn, New York in 1663:
"On the first of March in this year (1663), the following petition was
'To the Right Hon'ble Director-General and Council of New Netherland:
'Shew with due reverence and respect, the undersigned, neighbors
and inhabitants of the village of Breuckelen [Brooklyn], our Honors'
obedient servants, that there lies convenient to us a certain place
near Breuckelen fit to be erected into a new village, for our advantage,
being a woodland (as we) believe (is) known to your Honors, in which
place there is sufficient accommodation whre twenty or thirty persons
can have a suitable place and lot; and as the valleys thereby furnish
no nearer place (than) those adjoining between the 3d and 4th kills,
to supply the cattle with fodder, and is also the nearest spot,
therefore we, the Petitioners, are under the necessity of turning to
your Honors, humbly praying and soliciting that the aforesaid requested
place may be granted to them, each his lot, as the valleys in the hay
season be far from here, and they seek the nearest, in order to bring
in the grass dry and in good condition (with God's blessing), for the
preservation of the cattle, and all that is annexed thereto, that
appertains to the farmers. Awaiting, therefore, a favorable answer,
if your Honors the Director-General and Council, in your wise discretion,
shall vouchsafe to grant the same, we remain your Honors' obedient servants.
Barent B. Jansen *FN 1.
Jan Peters, from Deventer *FN 2.
Heyndryck Jansen Bern,
Cornelys Van Borsem,
Cornelys Janse Spuyler,
Yokam .... uedden,
Sources you may wish to consult for further details on the DAMEN family are:
- The Nephews of Jan Jansz Damen by Dorothy Koenig and Pim
Nieuwenhuis in Volume 4, Number 2 May 1999 pages 36-39 of New Netherland Connections.
The two nephews discussed are Jan Cornelisz Buys (aka Damen) who had three wives, 1)
Eybe Lubberts, 2) Phebe Sales, and 3) Willemptje Thyssen; and his
first cousin, Jan Cornelisz Damen, who married Fytje Martens.
- Jan Corneliszen Damen in the
New World by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, published on pages 47-56 of Volume 4,
number 2 (May 1999) of New Netherland Connections. It is an
account of the 13 children of Jan Corneliszen Damen and Sophia
Marten, to the 3rd generation (grandchildren of Jan and Sophia)
- Utrecht Farmers In Netherland From M.S.F. Kemp's Krommerijners in de nieuwe wereld Excerpted and translated by John H. Van Schaick in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, VOL. 127, January & April 1996
- Jan Cornelis
Buys (alias Jan Damen) and His Three Wives Eybe
Lubbertse, Phaebea Faelix (alias Phebe or Femmetje Jans)
WIllemtie Thyssen; Teunis Nyssen (or Denyse) and his wife
Phaebea Faelix (alias Phebea or Femmetje Jans); Roelof
Willemszen and his wife Willemtie Thyssen by John Reynolds
Totten in New York Genealogical and Biographical Record July
1935, pages 277-291 inclusive.
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- *FN 1. Barent Jansen Blom aka Bloom born 1611 Ockholm, Denmark died 1665 from a knife wound by Albert Cornelis Wantenaer. Barent married Styntie Pieterse.
- *FN 2. Jan Pieterse Slot?
Direct line of descendants from Jan Damen
1> Jan DAMEN
Born: Abt 1555
2> Cornelis Jansen DAMEN
Born: Abt 1585 Netherlands
3> Jan Corneliszen DAMEN
Born: Abt 1638 Netherlands
Died: 1707 Flatbush, NY
Spouse: Sophia (Fytie) MARTENSE
Born: Abt 1640
4> Cornelia DAMEN
Born: Abt 1666 Brooklyn, NY
Spouse: Pierre aka Pieter UZIELE
s/o David UZIELE & Maria CASIER
Born: 14 Jan 1660 Mannheim, GER
Died: Aft 1714 Kingston, Ulster Co, NY
Marr: 6 Apr 1686 NY
5> Maria UZIELE
Born: Abt 1686 NY
Spouse: Leonard Remi (Jonar) LE ROY
aka Jonas LARROWAY
Chri: 18 Sep 1674 Quebec
Marr: 28 Sep 1703 Kingston, Ulster Co. NY
6> Petrus (Peter) LEROY
Spouse: Marytie (Marie) VAN ALSTEYN
d/o Isaac Janse VAN ALSTYNE
& Jannetie Jochemse VAN VALKENBURG
Marr: 16 Oct 1730 NY
7> Jonas LARRAWAY
Born: 1731 Schoharie, NY
Spouse: Elizabeth (Betsy) MULLER
d/o Nicholas MULLER
& Maria Dorothea WUST
Born: May 1735 Germantown, NY
Marr: 6 Feb 1754 Schoharie NY
8> Eve LARROWAY
Born: Sep 1776 Niagara, ON
Spouse: Cornelius VOLLICK
s/o Isaac VAN VALKENBURG aka VOLLICK
& Anna Maria WARNER
Born: 1761 Albany, NY, USA
Died: Aft 1814 ON
Marr: 24 Mar 1795 Niagara
9> Richard VOLLICK
Born: Oct 1809 Upper Canada
Died: 17 Jul 1891 Hay Twp., Huron Co., ONt.
Spouse: Elizabeth (Betsy) BURKHOLDER
d/o David BURKHOLDER
& Elizabeth GINGRICH
Born: Abt 1816 Hamilton, ON
Died: 1879 Hay Twp., Huron Co., ON
Marr: Bef 1832
10> Isaac VOLLICK
Born: Abt 1832 Upper Canada
Died: 25 Mar 1904 Flos Twp., Simcoe Co., ON
Spouse: Lydia (Liddy) JAMIESON
d/o Mr. JAMIESON & Ms. SHUART
Born: 11 Oct 1837 Wentworth Co. ON
Died: 15 Oct 1917 Flos Twp., Simcoe Co., ON
Marr: Bef 1858