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SCHERMERHORN Jacob Janse

Male 1622 - 1688  (66 years)Deceased


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  • Name  SCHERMERHORN Jacob Janse  [1
    Born  1622  Amsterdam, Waterland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Emigration  1 Oct 1636  Amsterdam, Waterland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    to Albany, Albany, New York, USA 
    • It is thought that he sailed aboard the ship "Rensselaerwyck". On the ship's list of colonists, he is designated as "Jacob Janse van Amsterdam, age 14 years." This puts his birth year at 1622.
    Occupation  2 Apr 1637  [6
    carpenter 
    • He was engaged in this trade for four years. Part of this time, he was employed by Albert Andriesz (Bratt), and in the harvest of 1640, he served under Cornelius Teunisz, van Breucklin. In 1641 he was employed by Van Curler to do some copying. From that date until 20 Aug 1643, when his account was closed by Van Curler, he was engaged with other carpenters, building houses and barns. It was though that he was one of the young men or boys who came to America with Albert Adriesz (Bratt) to assist in the building of a mill at Rensselaerswyck, the contract for which Bratt had entered into with Patroon Van Rensselaer.
    Religion  Abt 1642  Beverwyck (Now Albany), Albany, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    the 12th male member of the Dutch Reformed Church 
    • The church was organized in 1642 by Domine Johannes Megapolensis. He worked closely with the church and kept the records of the Church Consistory himself in 1666. He was also on the committee to audit church records for the greater period between 1165 and 1686.
    Name Change  Abt 1643  [9
    Jacob Janse van Amsterdam 
    • The name Jacob Janse van Amsterdam had been used mainly to distinguish him from other Jacob Janses and to identify the his former residence. Once he began to go into business for himself, he decided that it would be more proper to begin using the name Jacob Janse Schermerhorn.

      Jacob Janse Schermerhorn had undoubtedly dwelt in Amsterdam as his father was mentioned as having lived there in 1654.

      Other documents refer to Jacob Janse as "Jacob Janse Van Schermerhorn, formerly a citizen of Waterland, Holland." Waterland was the name of a large territory in North Holland, in which the town of Schermerhorn is located.
    Occupation  1643  [9
    fur-trader 
    • It is thought that after he reached the age of 21 and perhaps gathered a little capital, Jacob took up fur-trading as it was an important business in the area at the time.
    Occupation  Abt 1647  [9
    importer 
    • Having evidentially prospered as a fur-trader, Jacob Janse possessed a somewhat considerable amount of property by 1649. Looking to further increase his wealth, Jacob Janse took advantage of other opportunities available to him, along with his business partner Jacob Ryntgens. It is this desire that led him to trade firearms. His partner would purchase firearms from the West India Trading Co., which Jacob Janse would then sell to the Indians.
    Arrested  29 May 1648  [10
    for trading of firearms 
    • It turns out that Governor Stuyvesant was openly doing arms trades with the Indians, and wanted to shut Jacob Schermerhorn and Jacob Ryntgens down to get rid of his competitors. He claimed that the two Jacobs were committing a felony and managed to have them arrested. They were arrested on 29 May 1648 and sentenced to banishment and the confiscation of all of their property and goods on 9 Jul 1648. Their banishment was later remitted on 1 Aug 1648 because other influential colonists thought it was undeserved. Although the banishment was revoked, their properties were never returned to them, and it seems that Jacob Janse wasted no time in building his estate back up. It also appears that the reputation of neither Jacob suffered as a result of this ordeal as they were both later elected to public offices.

      It is in connection with this arrest that the name Schermerhorn was first found in the Coloniel records.
    Elected  Aft 1652  Fort Orange, Albany, Albany, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    commissary and magistrate 
    • Her served for the following years (and possibly more): 1652, 1654, 1656-58, 1664, 1671-72, and 1674-75. There were three magistrated in office at a time, and the office was considered to be one of the most important in the Colony.
    Elected  1676  Albany, Albany, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    constable 
    Residence  Bef 1676  Albany, Albany, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • The house and gardens were on the east side of North Pearl Street, beginning sixty feet south of Maiden Lane.
    Residence  Between 1676 and 1686  Albany, Albany, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • The residence was on the north side of State Street, just east of Chapel Street.
    Moved  1686  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 13
    from Albany, Albany, New York 
    Buried  May 1688  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Will  20 May 1688  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 14, 15
    • At the time of his death, his estate was worth approximately $23,000, although his belongings had all been confiscated from him earlier in his life.

      TRANSCRIPT: Recorded in Albany County Clerk's Office. Book I, Page 26, Wills.

      IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN

      The one and Twentieth day of may, 1688, in the fourth year of ye Reign of our most Gracious Sovieraign Lord, James the Second, by ye grace of god of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King: I, Jacob Janse Schermerhoorn of ye Towne of Schinnechttady in ye County of Albany, yoeman, although Some what weake and sickly in body, yett of good, Perfect, Sound Memory, Praised be Almighty god therefor, do make and ordain this my Present Will and Testament, Containing therin my Last Will in manner and form following; yt is to say: first I commend my Self and al my whole estate to the Mercy and Protection of Almighty god, being fully Persuaded by his holy spirit through the Death and Passion of Jesus Christ, to obtain full Pardon and Remission of al my Sinns and to Inheritt Everlasting Life to which the holy Trinity, one Eternall Deity be al honour and glory, forever, amen, and touching Temporall Estate of goods, Chattells and Debts as the Lord hath been Pleased farr above my Deserts to bestow upon me, I doe order, give, Bequeath and Depose the Same in manner and form following.:

      Imp. - I give, grant, Devise and bequeath to Ryer Schermerhoorn, my Eldest Sonne, before any Division or Partition be made of my Estate, my lotte of grounde lying at the River Side at Albany, where Cleyn de goyer Lived, which formerly belong to Cornelis Segerse, as itt Lyes Inclosed within fence, - To have and to hold the said Lotte of grounde to ye said Ryer Schermerhoorn, his heirs and assigns, forever.

      2d. My will is that my well beloved wife, Jannetje Schermerhoorn shall Possess and Enjoy during her widowhood, all ye Rents and Profitts of all my Reall Estate, virt: of my farm at Schotak, the Pasture over against Marte Garitsen's Eylant, my two houses and Lotts in ye City of albany, the one over against Isaak Sybanks (?) and the other where my Sonne Symon Schermerhoorn lives next to Johannes D. Wandelaer, my house and Lott at Shinnechtady where I now Dwell.

      3d. I do Likewise give and bequeath to my said Wife all my other Estate in this County, moveables and Immovables, goods and Chattells, Plate, Jewels, wares, Merchandise, &c. and Debts to me owing and Ready money, nothing whatever exempted and this all during her widowhood, and that neither my Eldest Sonne or any of the rest of my children shall Disturb my wife after my Decease so long as She Continues widow, leaving it wholly to her to give such Portion or Portions to my four children yett under age, virt. Cornelis, Jannetie, Neeltie, and Lucas Schermerhorn, as the other Children have had when they married, and as She in Conschience Shall See Convenient. But if it should happen that my Said Wife should Remarry, then my will is that she give a full and Perfect Inventory of ye whole Estate, Reall and Personall, the Just half or moyety whereof, I do give, grant, Devise and Bequeath unto my Dear and well beloved wife, Jannetje Schermerhoorn, and the other half or moyety to my nine Children, Virt., Ryer, Symon, helena, the wife of Myndt. harmense, Jacob and Machtoll, ye wife of Johannes Beekman, Cornelis, Jannetie, neeltje and Luykas Schermerhoorn, to be Equally divided among them, Part & Part alike, or among their heirs upon their Decease and yt. the Law or Custome of Joynt Tennancy shall herein cease and each child whether they Survive or not may dispose of their Proportion and Share of ye Reall Estate as well as Personall. But if my said foure Children, Cornelis, Jannetje, Neeltje and Lucas be not come to age or married before my sd. wife happens to Remarry or Decease, my will is that they shall have the Same Portion Severally as the oy'r Children had when they married before any Division be made and then share alike with their Brethren and Sisters. And if my said wife shall Decease without remarrying, my will is that the whole Estate, Real and Personall be equally Divided among my Said nine Children for the behoof of them, their heirs and assigns, severally, forever, all Part and Part alike, and if any of my Sonnes or Daughters do Decease before ye age of one and Twenty years and before their marriage that then in Such Case, the Portion of every of them so Deceasing shall Remain and be to ye Survivours and Survivour of them. My will is yt. all my Cloaths, Linning and Wooling and other apparell belonging to me shall be Divided Equally among my Sonnes and all the wearing apparell and Stricken (trinkets) or Pendants Belonging to my wife shall be Equally Divided amongst my Daughters.

      6th. Further it is my will that the hollands money that is in Amsterdam under ye hands of Mr. Sykirk (?) shall remain untouched during my wife's widowhood and natural Life and that she shall Receive ye Rents thereof as hitherto I have done.

      7th. And whereas my Sonne in Law Myndt. harmense has a Thousand gilders of said hollands money upon Intrest, my will is yt. he pay Interest for ye same to my wife and if he pays the Principall then he is to share alike with the oyr Children in ye Estate, else it is to be Deducted of his Proportion of ye money that is in holland under Mr. Sykirk (?).

      8th. I do freely remitt and Discharge my Sonne Jacob Schermerhoorn that Livs upon my farm at Schotak of ye Rent which he is owing for ye same and which will be due to ye Day of my Decease, not willing that my Executrx. or Admx. shall any wise molest him, the said Jacob Schermerhoorn, Junr. or his heirs for ye same, but is nevertheless obliged to give an True and just acct. of ye half of Increase of ye horses and Cattle.

      9th. And Lastly I make, constitute, ordain and appoint my Dear and well beloved wife sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament and to her Care and Tuition also I leave all my Children that are undr. age and I will that my Said wife do maintain them and ye Education of my Said children during there minority and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Tutrix to them and every of them until such time as they shall severally Come to age, and wille and appoint that my said wife to be administratrix and have ye administration of my goods and Chattells and that my Sonnes Ryer and Symon be assistants to their Moyr. in the administration of the Estate and in looking after the Education of there Bretheren and Sisters yt. are under age. In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale In Albany at the house of Mynd. harmense, ye Day and year first above written.

      JACOB JANSE SCHERMERHOORN (L. S.)

      Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Gideon Schaets. past. Jacob Staets. NOTE - The wording, spelling and capitalization of the foregoing document are copied exactly as they appear, but proper punctuation is inserted for facility in reading.
    Died  20 May 1688  Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 16
    Age  66 years 
    Person ID  I879  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 

    Father  SCHERMERHORN Jan,   b. Abt 1590,   d. Aft 1654  Age: ~ 65 years 
    Family ID  F342  Group Sheet

    Family  VAN EGMONT Jannetie Segerse,   b. 1633, Waterland, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1700, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 67 years 
    Married  20 Feb 1649/50  [1, 17
    • Jacob and Jannetie were married in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York.
    Children 
     1. SCHERMERHORN Ryer Jacobse,   b. 1652,   d. 19 Feb 1718/19, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 67 years
     2. SCHERMERHORN Symon Jacobse,   b. 1658, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1696, New York, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 38 years
     3. SCHERMERHORN Helena,   b. Abt 1660, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. SCHERMERHORN Jacob Jacobse,   b. 1661 or 1662, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1743, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 81 years
     5. SCHERMERHORN Machtelt,   b. Abt 1663, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. SCHERMERHORN Cornelius Jacobse,   b. Abt 1668, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722  Age: ~ 54 years
     7. SCHERMERHORN Jannetie,   b. Abt 1672, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. SCHERMERHORN Neeltje,   b. Abt 1674, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1709  Age: ~ 35 years
     9. SCHERMERHORN Lucas Jacobus,   b. Abt 1676, Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1743, Raritan, Somerset, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 67 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F339  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1622 - Amsterdam, Waterland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - to Albany, Albany, New York, USA - 1 Oct 1636 - Amsterdam, Waterland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - the 12th male member of the Dutch Reformed Church - Abt 1642 - Beverwyck (Now Albany), Albany, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected - commissary and magistrate - Aft 1652 - Fort Orange, Albany, Albany, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected - constable - 1676 - Albany, Albany, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1676 - Albany, Albany, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1676 and 1686 - Albany, Albany, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - from Albany, Albany, New York - 1686 - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - < - May 1688 - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 20 May 1688 - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 1688 - Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • MARRIAGE-- Jacob is thought to have returned to Holland, where he married his bride. He later returned with her to Schodack, NY. Their union brought about 4 daughters and five sons , from whom the name Schermerhorn spread to almost every part of the US, Canada, and even Mexico.

      LAND-- Jacob Janse had a large farm at Schodack.

      PUBLIC OFFICES-- Jacob Janse SCHERMERHORN served as commissary (magistrate) at Fort Orange (Albany, Albany, NY) in 1652, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1664, 1671, 1672, 1674, and 1675. In 1676, he is listed as Constable of Albany, Albany, NY.

      CHURCH PARTICIPATION-- Jacob SCHERMERHORN was a prominent member of the Reformed Dutch Church that was organized in 1642. Jacob himself kept the Church records in 1666, and was on the committee to audit the Church accounts between 1665 and 1686. He is listed as the 12th male member of the Church.

      TRIPS HOME-- Jacob is known to have made at least two trips home to Holland, one in 1654 and another in 1668.

      PROPERTY-- Jacob owned property in Schodack (Beverwyck), Rensselaer, NY (Albany), and in NY City. This last is known because on October 23, 1656, Jacob filed a lawsuit against Paulus Schrick for non-payment of rents. [7, 18]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 27, 54. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    3. [S33] Genealogy of the Third Branch of the Schermerhorn Family, Louis Younglove Schermerhorn, (Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1903.), p. 8. (Reliability: 4), 4 Apr 2010.

    4. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 27. (Reliability: 3).

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    7. [S283] 1919 Year Book of the Holland Society of NY, Holland Society of New York, (New York, New York: The Recording Secretary, 1919.), p. 233. (Reliability: 4), 21 Feb 2010.

    8. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 29-30. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    9. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 28. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    10. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 28-29. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    11. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 29. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    12. [S283] 1919 Year Book of the Holland Society of NY, Holland Society of New York, (New York, New York: The Recording Secretary, 1919.), p. 234. (Reliability: 4), 21 Feb 2010.

    13. [S33] Genealogy of the Third Branch of the Schermerhorn Family, Louis Younglove Schermerhorn, (Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1903.), p. 10. (Reliability: 4), 4 Apr 2010.

    14. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 32-35. (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S33] Genealogy of the Third Branch of the Schermerhorn Family, Louis Younglove Schermerhorn, (Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1903.), p. 10, 12-13. (Reliability: 4), 4 Apr 2010.

    16. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 54. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    17. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.), p. 35, 54. (Reliability: 3), 30 Mar 2010.

    18. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.).