Anneke Jans was the daughter of Tryntje Jonas (also known as Catharine Jonas and Tryntje Roelofs. Her father’s name was probably Johan, Jan of Johannes. She had one known sister, Marritje who died in 1677 and was married three times (Tyman Jansen, Dirk Corneliszen Van Wensveen and Govert Loockermans).
Find a Grave member, 48710317, added the following about Anneke's birthplace:
The memorial states her birthplace as Flekkerøy. Today, Flekkerøy is a district of the Borough of Vågsbygd in the City of Kristiansand in the County of Vest-Agder, Norway. The end of the name Flekkerøy (the "øy") means island. It is one of many islands in the City of Kristiansand.
The following information about Anneke's first marriage is from "Dear Cousin" by William Brower Bogardus: The Amsterdam (Holland) Reformed Oude Kerk marriage intentions of April 1, 1623, it is recorded that Roeloff Janssoon, born in Maesterland (Marstrand, on the island of the same name, Goteburg Och Bohus, Sweden - but in Bohuslan, Norway until 1658), a seaman, aged 21 years, and Anna Jans, born in Vleckere, Norway (Flekkeroy, on the island of the same name, Vest Agder, Norway), aged 18 years. Their marriage record was dated April 18, 1623.
Anneke’s first husband was Roelof Jansen, born about 1602 in Norway and died in New Amsterdam (NYC) about 1637. Her second husband was the well-educated Domine Everardus Bogardus born in 1607 in Worden, Holland. He arrived in New Amsterdam in 1633 and married Anneke in March of 1638. After the death of her second husband, Anneke and her children moved to Beverwyck (now Albany, NY) to be near her daughter Sijtje, wife of Pieter Hartgers.
Anneke died in February, 1663 at her home in Beverwyck that was located near what is now State and James Streets in downtown Albany. (See picture of plaque)
Descendants of Anneke Jans Bogardus are estimated in the millions and many have had dreams of great wealth over the disputed 62 ares of land she inherited from her first husband, Roelof Jansen. The land, located in Manhatten, includes parts of Greenwich Village, So-Ho and Tribeca and considered to be worth “billions”. Her will, dated January 29, 1663, is recorded in the Albany County Clerk’s Office, Albany, NY.
The following from “Descendants of General Robert Bogardus” by Maria Sabina Bogardus Gray is a snapshot from the past of Anneke and her husband, Everadus, as they appeared on their way to church in New Amsterdam (New York City).
“The Dominie, a large portly dignified man, with a determined grave expression on his Dutch face, relieved by a kindly eye and a benignant smile, is clad in a long black serge coat with large black buttons running to the bottom; a broad black-felt hat covers his brow and black worsted stockings encase his sturdy legs. On his arm is his wife, Anneke Jans, in waist-jacket of dark cloth with little pendant tails behind. Her dress skirt of ample fullness is of purple cloth, which covers apparently as many petticoats as Mrs. Bogardus could conveniently wear. Her neat colored stocking with clocks on the side are encased in high-heeled shoes, be tokening that she is a person of consequence; in her hands is her silver-clasped bible, brought with her from the Old Country; from her girdle on one side, depends by a silver chain, the psalm book and on the other side hangs a purse embroidered by her own skillful hands. Thrown over one arm is her yellow and red rain hood to protect against a possible shower.”
Other interesting excerpts found in this book are as follows:
Anneke was also described as most comely and fair to look upon, being rather small in stature, well shaped, sprightly and attractive.”
“She was famous for her use of herbs as nature’s remedy and for this special ability she was no doubt indebted to her capable mother, Catharine Jonas”.
Another source has described Anneke as a small, well-formed woman with delicate features, transparent complexion with bright and beautiful dark eyes. She had a well-balanced mind, a sunny disposition, winning manners and a kind heart.
From “Anneke Jans Record’ Vol 1 April 1896 No. 1 NYS Library 929.2 B6735:
“The cradle in which Anneke Jans Bogardus rocked her children is still in existence. This cradle has been handed down to successive generations and at one time was owned by the mother of Washington Irving. This famous historian slept many a night in the old Dutch cradle.”
An article appearing in the Knickerbocker News, Albany, NY, May 10, 1943, states the Albany Institute of History and Art would be displaying a chest from 1630 owned by Anneke Janse and considered to be the oldest documented piece of furniture in this country.
Another article appearing in the Knickerbocker News, Albany, NY, June 6, 1926 mentions a fiddleback chair once owned by Anneke Jans.
A detailed genealogy of Anneke's descendants can be found in:
Dear "Cousin": A Charted Genealogy of the Descendants of Anneke Jans Bogardus (1605-1663) to the 5th Generation by William Brower Bogardus.
1940 Memorial Column in Duane Park, Tribeca, Manhattan, NY:
This park is the last remnant of Greensward of the "Annetje Jans Farm"
Granted in 1636 by Governor Wouter Van Twiller to Roelof and Annetje Jans.
After the death of Rolloff, Anneke his widow, married The Reverend Everadus Bogardus, second minister of the Dutch Church of New Amsterdam and the farm became know as the Domine's Bouwerie. In 1670, it was sold to the English Governor, Sir Francis Lovelace, but was later confiscated by the Duke of York and deeded in 1705 to Trinity Church. This triangle was purchased from Trinity Church by the City of New York in 1795 for the sum of five dollars as a park for the public. For more information, "Anneke Jans Bogardus; Her Farm, and How it Became the Property of Trinity Church, New York by Stephen Payne Nash.
"Erected by Blandina Dudley, Relict of Charles E. Dudly A.D. 1854."
"Under the middle Dutch Church in Hudson St. are deposited the remains of our ancestors taken from the old Church in State St."
"Among them are those of Anneke Jantz Bogardus, Jan Janson Bleeker and Rutger Jacobson who laid the corner stone of the old church above named A.D. 1656.
"Married Margaret, daughter of Rutger Jacobson and granddaughter of Anneke Jantz Bogardus 1667."
Sara Roelofse Stoothof
Trijntje Roelofse Van Brugh
Sytje Roelofse Hartgers
1631 – unknown
1634 – unknown
1636 – unknown
1643 – unknown