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Jacob Jansen Van Etten

Etten, Etten-Leur Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Death 1693 (aged 60–61)
Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100334356 · View Source
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Jacob Jansen, son of Johannes Martinessen & Wilhelmina Hoannes, was born about 1632, and baptised October 22, 1634, at Etten, eight miles from Breda, Holland. (The surname was made by adding "sen"---meaning son---to the father's first name. In Dutch, Johannes and Jan both mean John, so the parents probably used the shorter name of Jan in naming their son Jansen.)

Jacob Jansen came to America in 1658 or earlier and settled at Esopus (later called Wiltwyck, and finally Kingston in 1667) on the Hudson River in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York state). He worked as a farm hand for Aert Pietersen Tack. One record refers to Jacob as the "Head Farmer of Tack."

On June 7, 1663, Indians raided the villages of Esopus and nearby Hurley. At Esopus, Aert Pietersen Tack's home was destroyed by fire, along with 12 other houses and the church. Fifteen men, four women, and two children were killed and scalped, and 1 man, 12 women, and 30 children were carried away by the Indians. Aert Tack disappeared. He apparently deserted his wife Annetje and their two children (a son Cornelius and an unborn daughter) and returned to Holland, where he reportedly took another wife. Annetje Arians was granted a divorce from Aert Pietersen Tack on August 21, 1664, at Fort Amsterdam. Annetje may be the Annetje Adrianse who was baptised August 29, 1645, in Amsterdam, daughter of Aerjan Janss & Grietjen Jansen.

The marriage register of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston records: "Jacob Jansen, young man of Etten, in Brabant, and Annetje Arians, of Amsterdam, deserted wife of Aaert Pietersen Tach, both residing here" (in Wiltwyck, name changed to Kingston in 1667). First publication of marriage banns, Dec 28, 1664; second, Jan 4; third, Jan 11, 1665. This was only a few months after the English had conquered the Dutch New Netherland and renamed it New York.

The new English government required the adoption of surnames to distinguish one Dutchman from another of the same name. At that time there were three Jacob Jansens in Wiltwyck. One record calls our Jacob: "long Jacob," so he must have been the tallest of the three. Our Jacob took the name of his birthplace and became Jacob Jansen von Etten. (Von means from.) Later, von became Anglicised to Van and thus the family acquired the name Van Etten. Later some branches spelled it Van Eaton or Vaneaton; others shortened it to Eaton; and some changed it to Van Atta. Our Jacob first appears in the records as Van Etten in 1670, when his son Adrian was baptised.

In 1689, Jacob took the oath of allegiance to England. He died about 1693 and is supposed to be buried at Hurley, Ulster County, New York. He was survived by his wife and 9 or 10 children:
Jan, Sytie, Arien "Adrian", Pieter, Petronella---thought to be a twin to Pieter, Heiltje, Emanuel, Tietje, Jacobus, and Geesje.

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