Jan van Westerhout

Death 22 Nov 1660 (aged 51–52)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Memorial ID 139326858 · View Source
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Jan van Westerhout was a son of Jan van Westerhout.


He married
(1) Lijsbeth Jeremias on 22 July 1635, and
(2) ______ ______ before 1658.

Father of five children by his first wife.

He sailed from Amsterdam on De Vergulde Bever (The Gilded Beaver) on 17 May 1658 with his second wife, her daughters Magdalena and Maria, and his children Christina, Sophia and Arijaen. Arrived in New Amsterdam in July 1658. His sons Jacob and Jeremias also came to New Amsterdam separately.

In New Amsterdam, he was referred to by his patronym and demonym, Jan Jansen Hagenaar ("John son of John of The Hague").

On 27 June 1659, he was deeded a lot on the north side of Marckvelt Steegie (Marktveld Steeg or "Marketfield Alley", now Marketfield Street). He built his home, and probably also a carpenter shop, on the lot in the summer of 1659, in place by 4 October 1659. His former homelot is now transected by the southern end of New Street.

On 3 November 1660, the Burgomasters of New Amsterdam contracted with Jan van Westerhout and his son Jeremias to enlarge by 66 feet the pier at the weighscale for 25 guilders of seawan (wampum) and half a barrel of beer.

Jan van Westerhout drowned on 22 November 1660 in the Hellegat (the original Dutch name for the entire East River) at New Amsterdam, New Netherland (New York, New York, New York), presumably while at work on the pier.


Note: The demonym Hagenaar indicates someone who lives in or comes from The Hague but who was born elsewhere (as opposed to Hagenees, a native of The Hague).

The family toponym, van Westerhout, now used as the family surname, suggests an origin in Westerholt, East Frisia (present-day Westerholt, Lower Saxony, Germany).


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  • Created by: Charles Boetsch
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 139326858
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jan van Westerhout (1608–22 Nov 1660), Find a Grave Memorial no. 139326858, citing Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Charles Boetsch (contributor 48409474) .