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Jan Fransse "Franz" Van Husum
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1608
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death: Nov. 29, 1665
Albany County
New York, USA

JAN Fransse VAN HUSUM was the first Van Hoesen that came to America.
He was born about 1608/9 in the city of Husum in the province of
Schleswig in northern Germany, now called Schleswig-Holstein. For
many years this piece of land was fought over by Denmark and Germany.
At times it belonged to Denmark and other times to Germany. Today
it's located in northern Germany.

Off the coast of Husum was a large island, called Nordstrand or
Nordstrant. Here, Volkje Juriens or Jurrianse was born. In 1634 a
terrific gale hit the Island of Nordstrand, causing the sea to break
down the island. Originally the island was quite large, but after
this catastrophe, only the high ground remained.

(See maps.) After the destruction of the island, many of the
survivors were taken to the mainland for refuge. Volkje was probably
taken to the town of Husum, which is directly east of the islands.
It is believed that she lost both of her parents in this storm. She
had one sister, Annetje Juriaens, who was the wife of Andries
Herbertsen Constapel. She witnessed Volkje's marriage to Jan Fransse
in Holland.

Here Jan Fransse met Volkje Jurians and they fell in love. Before
they got married, they'd already made arrangements on March 28, 1639
with Kiliaen Van Renselaer concerning immediate passage to and
settlement in the colony of Rensselaerswyck. The colonists agreed to
remain there for four years. This document also stated that their
"ship now lies ready," but they didn't set sail until after Jan
Fransse and Volkje Juriens were married on May 15, 1639.

The church banns of April 30, 1639 are translated thus: "Appeared as
before, Jan Franz from housum, sailor, age 30 years, living in the
Corte Tuijnstraat, having no parents but assisted by his cousin, Anna
Jans, and Volckje Juriaens (daughter?) from Noorstrant, aged about 21
years, of the same (street), having no parents, but assisted by her
acquaintance, Isaack Pietersen." They were married in the Dutch
Reformed Church at Nieuwe Kerk at Amsterdam, Holland on May 15,
1639. After the wedding they set sail on the ship, "Den Harlinck"
in May 1639 and arrived in New Amsterdam on July 7, 1639.

Jan Fransse Van Husum was a sailor by occupation and acted as a
commissioner for the West India Company. He was interested in
shipping and purchased several lots and erected many buildings in
Albany. They settled at Fort Orange which later became known as
Albany, New York. While he lived there, he made several purchases
of land. On March 10, 1647 he gave power of attorney to Jan Janse
van Brestyn, cooper, to claim from Abraham Plank at Fort Amsterdam in
New Netherlands seventeen beaverskins which were due him. By 1652 he
had permanently settled in the Hudson area when he purchased a lot in
Albany, which is located today on the northeast corner of Broadway
and State Street. The following year he received another grant of
land above the town's stockade by the river with an adjoining garden
lot. On May 11, 1667 two more parcels of land were confirmed by

His principal land purchase was made on June 5, 1662 for several
hundred acres of the Claverack land from the Mohican Indians. Klaver
River means Clover Reach. This tract of land includes the ground on
which the city of Hudson is built and also a part of Greenport. It
extended along the Hudson River from Stockport Creek on the north to
the mouth of Keshna's Kill on the south, which empties into the South
Bay near Mount Merino and on the east of Claverack Creek. Here it
met the boundary of the Van Rensselaer Patent, and the priority of
the title was contested by the Patroon. After a long litigation, the
court finally settled the title in favor of Van Hussem, and were
conferred to him by a patent from Governor Nicoll at Albany on May
14, 1667.

The purchase was originally made from an Indian named Pametepiet (or
Pompoenick) with his signature being a mark, and another Indian named
Tatan Kenant, whose signature was also a mark . The purchase price
for this large amount of land was 500 guilders in beavers. On June
11, 1664, the sale was confirmed by another indian and owner named
Sickaneec~ (alias Tunis). Van hussem's signature was also a mark.
By the time this dispute was settled Jan Fransse was already dead,
so the land was transferred, in whole or in part, to his heirs in
accordance with contracts dated May 30 , 1667 and June 22, 1694.

His son or grandson built a house, which stood in ruins in 1925 on
land of the Knickerbocker Cement Company, east of Hudson, and a
lintel bearing a 1729 date was still in the cement offices.

The will of Jan Fransen Van Hoesen and his wife is as follows:


In the name of God, Amen. (On this day appeared) Jan Fransz van
Hoesen and Volckie Jurriaens of. van Noortstrant, husband and wife,
residing in Albany (known to the undersigned witnesses), he, van
Hoesen, lying abed sick and she, Volckie Jurriaens, being sound of
body, but both of them being in full possession and having the full
use of their faculties, mind, memory and understanding, as far as
outwardly appeared and could be observed, which appears, considering
the shortness and frailty of human life, the certainty of death and
the uncertain hour thereof, and wishing therefore to forestall the
same by proper disposition of their temporal estate to be left
behind, declared that without inducement, persuasion, or misleading
on the part of any one, they had made, ordained and concluded this,
their joint, reciprocal and mutual last will and testament, in form
and manner as follows:

First and foremost they commend their immortal souls when they shall
leave their bodies to the gracious and merciful hands of God, their
Creator and Redeemer, and their bodies to a Christian burial; and
whereas they, the testators, acknowledge that before the date hereof
they had neither jointly nor severally made or executed any
testamentary disposition, legacies, donations, or other bequests
whatsoever, therefore, the said testators hereby declare that they
hereby nominate and institute the survivor of both of them as his or
her sole heir to all the property, real and personal, claims,
credits, money, gold, silver, coined or uncoined, jewels, clothing ,
linen, woolens, household effects, etc., nothing excepted or
reserved, which he or she who dies first shall vacate at death and
leave behind, to do therewith as with his or her own free property ,
without contradiction or gainsay by any one, provided that the
survivor of the two shall be held to bringup the six minor and
unmarried children, namely, JURIAEN, aged 23 years; MARYA, aged 14
years; CATARINA, aged 12 years; JOHANNES, aged 10 years; JACOB, aged
8 years; and VOLCKERT, aged 7 years, until they are of age to marry;
to rear them in the fear of the Lord and to train them and have them
trained in an honest trade or profession whereby in due time they may
earn their living and then, when they reach their majority, to turn
over them as much as their two married children, to wit, Styntie Jans
and Annetie Jans, have received, or the value thereof, with which the
said testators consider that the survivor of them may suffice.
Therefore, the survivor of the two shall be held to bind therefor
especially their real and immovable property, such as houses and
lands, both the house and lot situated here near the fort and the
land lying below the fort. Furthermore, the testators hereby exclude
and shut out the honorable orphan-masters and ever one else from the
guardianship of the aforesaid children,and the administration of
their estate, not being willing that they shall meddle therewith, and
in their place they nominate and appoint the survivor of both of them
as guardian.

We, the undersigned, declared for the honest truth that what is
hereinbefore written is the last will and desire of the aforesaid
testators, stated clearly and with due understanding of its meaning
by both of them, which they caused to be reduced to writing as
hereinbefore stated, and that, when the writing had progressed as far
as above, the testator, Jan Fransz van Hoesen, wanted to get up from
his bed and sit near the fire, where, on being taken there and put in
a chair, he suddenly and unexpectedly gave up the ghost and died.
Actum in Albany, on Monday the 20/30th of November 1665, at about
eleven o'clock in the forenoon.

Cornelus Tonisen Bos
Anthony Jansz
D.V. Schelluyne, Secretary

According to Jan Fransse Van Husum's will, he had the following
1. Frans Van Hoesen, chr. 30 Sept. 1640 at Ft. Orange,
Albany, N.Y. (New York Dutch Reformed Church); died
before a 1665 listing of his brothers and sisters.
2. Jurian Van Hoesen, b. 1642 (23-1665) Ft. Orange,
Albany, N.Y; d. -- June 1711, aged 68, at Claverack;
md. Katherin Halenbek, dau. of Casper Jacobse Halenbek,
who survived him. In 1681 he had a corner house just
north of Major Abraham Staats in Albany. When his
father's land at Claverack was divided, he received that
portion extending north along the Kleykuls Kill to a
hill called Beeren ( Bears) Island.
3. Styntje Van Hoesen, b. abt. 1644 Ft. Orange, Albany,
N.Y.; md Jan Thys Goes.
4. Anna Van Hoesen, b. abt. 1648 Ft. Orange, Albany, N.Y.;
md. Luycas gerritse Wyngaert. They made a join will at
Kinderhook 30 Oct. 1709. They owned a house & lots
both there and in Albany.
5. Maria Van Hoesen, b. 1651 (14-1665) Ft. Orange, Albany,
N.Y.; md. Hendrik Coenraetse Burgaert of Kinderhook.
6. Catharina Van Hoesen, b. 1653 (12-1665) Ft. Orange,
Albany, N.Y.;d. before 1737; md. Francis Herdyk & lived at
Claverack, opposite Loonenburg.
7. JOHANNES VAN HOESEN, b. 1655 (10-1665) Ft. Orange,
Albany,N.Y.; md. (1)Jannitje (Jane) Janse de Ryck & (2)
Willempje Viele.
8. Jacob Janse Van Hoesen, b. 1657 (8-1665) Rensselaerswyck
or Albany, N.Y.; md. Judith Klauw, dau. of Frans Pieterse
Klauw. He lived on the Hudson River near New York City.
9. Volckert Van Hoesen, b. 1658 (7-1665) Rensselaerswyck or
Albany, N.Y., moved to Loonenburg, md. Marytje (Mary)
Benson. He inherited Claverack land across the
Kleykuls Kill along the Kalebergh. He died in 1725. After
Jan Fransse's death, his widow married Gerrit ` Visbeeck.

She was still living on June 22, 1694 when she and her husband made
an agreement with Juriaen Van Hoesen regarding the settlement of his
father's estate.

On August 2, 1703 (Book of Deeds VI, p. 109 Albany Co., N.Y.)
Juiriaen received (under the law of primogeniture) the property at
Claverack. On Jan. 7, 1704 Jurian generously conveyed this land to
his brothers and sister, Katherine, wife of Francis Hardick. Jacob
Jan received the land to the northward and Johannes that upon the
River and South Bay extendin~ on the north to the road, which formed
the boundary of the Hardick tract. This "wagonway" led from the
Ferry along the line of the present Ferry and Partition Streets to
the Public Square, which it crossed and went on into the interior.
The lands of Johannes and Hardicks comprised a large part of the
present city of Hudson, which has been in continuous existence as a
city since 1785. The Van Hoesen house, on the site of that occupied
by Jan Franse Van Hussem, was built in 1729 north of the city.

Family links: 
  Volkje Juriaens Van Noorstrant Van Husum (1618 - 1703)*
  Volkert Van Hoesen (____ - 1725)*
  Frans Van Hoesen (1640 - ____)*
  Jurian Janse Van Hoesen (1642 - 1711)*
  Styntje Janse Van Hoesen Goes (1644 - ____)*
  Annetje Janse Van Hoesen Wyngaert (1648 - 1709)*
  Maria Jansen Van Hoesen Burgaert (1651 - ____)*
  Catharina Jansen Van Hoesen Herdyk-Hardingh (1653 - ____)*
  Johannes Van Hoesen (1655 - 1727)*
  Jacob Janse Van Hoesen (1657 - 1720)*
  Volkert Janse Van Hoesen (1658 - 1725)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Teresa (Woods) Lumsden
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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Jan Fransse Franz Van Husum
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Jan Fransse Franz Van Husum
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Jan Fransse Franz Van Husum
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- Robert Comeau
 Added: Mar. 25, 2015
9th gr. grandfather
- Dena Keyser Fiscus
 Added: Jan. 8, 2015
RIP Grandpa!! (x9)
- Sheila Gallegos
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