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My 8th great-grandfather, Jan MARTENSE (Jan s/o Marten) was also known as Jan DE WEVER (the weaver) in Colonial New York. He is the immigrant ancestor of the VAN ALSTYNE family. His wife was identified as Dirkje (sometimes written as Dirckien) Harmensdr. (or Harmense, meaning d/o Harmen) BOERTGENS, in a notorial paper dated 24 May 1658 at Amsterdam. [Source: Random Notes Concerning Settlers Of Dutch Descent by William J. Hoffman, in New World Immigrants: A Consolidation Of Ship Passenger Lists And Associated Data From Periodical Literature edited by Michael Tepper (2 vols).]

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Jan and Dirkje were from Meppel, Netherlands and they came to the New World with at least 2 children. The first time we see them in New York in 18 July 1655 when a son Marten was baptised at New Amsterdam. Jan died about 1698 and is buried at Kinderhook, NY beneath the Dutch Reformed Church. Dirckje Harmense BOERTGENS died about 1682 and is also buried there.

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  • Jan Janse VAN ALSTYNE
    Bpt 22 Aug 1647 Meppel, Drenth, Netherlands FN 5

    Bpt 9 Jul 1648 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands FN 5
    Resided In Albany, NY
    Married (1) 5 Jul 1682 New York, NY FN 2 Brechtje ELSWAERT
    Married (2) 7 Nov. 1688 New York, NY FN 2 Geesje SCHUUERMANS

  • Abraham Janse VAN ALSTYNE
    born circa 1650 Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands FN 5
    Married 8 Sep 1684 uknown VAN NOESTRAND
    Daughter Of Jacob Janszen VAN NOESTRAND
    Married (2) 17 Jan 1694 Albany New York FN 1 Marritje VAN DEUSEN

  • Lambert Jansen VAN ALSTYNE
    Born About 1652
    Died 16 Oct 1703 FN 3
    Married Circa 1682 Jannetje MINGAEL
    Baptized 18 Jan 1660
    Daughter Of Thomas Jansen MINGAEL and Marritje Abrahamse VAN DEURSEN
    [She married second Jochem Lambertse VAN VALKENBURG the widower of Eva Hendrickse VROOMAN]

  • Marten Janse VAN ALSTYNE
    Bpt 18 Jul 1655 New Amsterdam, NY FN 4
    Married 1 circa 1678 FN 3 Jannetje Cornelis BOGAERT
    Married 2 5 Dec. 1705 Albany New York FN 1 Cornelia Van Den Bergh *See Notes 1

  • Isaac Janse VAN ALSTYNE
    Born 16 Jul 1657 Albany, NY
    Died 4 Jan 1746

    Married (1) 20 Oct 1689 Albany, Ny FN 1 Maritie Abrahamse VOSBURGH
    au of Abraham Pieterse VOSBURGH & Geertruy Pieterse COEYMANS
    married (2) Jannetjie Jochemse VAN VALKENBURG
    Dau. of Jochem Lambertse VAN VALKENBURG & Eva Hendrickse VROOMAN

  • Dorothea Janse VAN ALSTYNE
    Born 1659
    Married 7 May 1678 Jacob Abraham VOSBURGH
    Born circa 1654
    Resided Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY
    Died 15 Oct 1732 Linlithgo, Columbia Co., NY

  • Flammetje VAN ALSTYNE
    Born About 1661 New Amsterdam, NY FN 5

  • Teuntje VAN ALSTYNE
    Born About 1663 New Amsterdam, NY FN 5
  • 1. Marriage Record Albany Reformed Church 1683-1804
  • 2. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York: Marriages from 11 December 1639 to 26 August 1801 by Samuel S. Purple
  • 3. Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany From 1630 to 1800 by Prof. Jonathan Pearson
  • 4. Baptisms in the Dutch Church, New York in 2 vols. by Samuel S. Purple. V. 1 1639-1730. V. 2 1731-1800
  • 5. Van Alstyne - Montgomery Co. NY July 1991 by W. Barker Shelton


1. Pearson gives Marten Janse two wives, with children being born as late as 1724 at which time Marten would be in his 70s. At his marriage to Cornelia in 1705, Marten is not listed as a widower, which would suggest he was marrying for the first time. Barker, in his compilation of this family, places Marten Janse (husband of Cornelia) as a son to Marten Janse and Jannetje. The baptismal sponsors at the christening of Marten and Cornelia's children support this placement, but his patronymic of Janse (son of Jan) does not. I checked the 9 baptisms for his children found in the Albany Church records and discovered that Marten does not have a patronymic recorded with any. This leaves his marriage record in question since the patronymic of Jansen assigned to him in this record may be faulty. Interested researchers should use this data with caution and attempt to verify with primary records


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