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 patent.
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:
JAN FRANSSE VAN HOESEN'S WILL
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 children: 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.
Source: VAN HOOSE VAN HOOSER VAN HUSS FAMILY IN AMERICA by Joyce Lindstrom