1. Jan Boeckhout was born in Netherlands? and died Bet Jan and Mar 1694/95 in Newtown, Queens Co., NY, United States.1 Another name for Jan was Jan Bocholte.
General Notes: Jan Bocholte [Boeckholt/Boeckhout] (possibly Jan der Nosper von Bocholt/Bocholte) left Amsterdam, Holland on the ship De Purmerlander Kercke (The Pumberland Church) and arrived in New Amsterdam (now New York City) in February 1663 with his wife and five children - aged 13, 9, 8, 4 and 1 years old. The captain of the ship was Benjamin Barentsz. (New York Colonial Manuscripts, vol. xiv., p. 97)
From the passenger list* of the De Purmerlander Kerck, which sailed from Amsterdam on Oct. 12, 1662, and arrived in New Amsterdam on Feb. 18, 1663:
"Jan Bocholte, wife and 5 children ages 13, 9, 8, 4 and 1."
(*Carl Boyer's "Ship Passenger Lists New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)," 1978, p. 130)
It should be noted that Jan's origins may have been more likely in Westphalia (Belgium/Germany) and in fact, Norman Davis, in the "Westchester Patriarchs: A Genealogical Dictionary of Westchester Co., New York Families prior to 1755" indicates that "Jan, weaver, removed from Bucholte^ to Netherlands in 1662, his son Capt. Mathys Janszen Buckhout moved with them from Leyden and settled at Mespath Kill (Newtown).."
^Bucholte, a small city in Germany very near the Dutch border.
From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (NYGBR), vol. 64, p. 158 - 160:
"Matthys Janszen Boeckholt or Boeckhout, a young man from Leyden and one of five children of Jan Bocholte, who emigrated from the Netherlands on "De Purmerlander Kercke" in 1662." (Passengers to New Netherlands: 22)
This information originally comes from the "West India Company Account Book" in New Netherland Colonial MSS, Vol 14, Book KK. The company kept detailed records on those individuals who arrived with 'debit' accounts. The typical fare was 36 florins, half for young children and nothing for nursing infants.
From "The History of Harlem" by James Riker, 1881, p. 227:
"Isaac Vermilye has as companions on the voyage, Jacque Cossart, Nicolas du Puis, Gideon Merlett, Jean le Conseille, Louis Lacqueman, Jacob Kolver, and Jan Boockhoolts, as also Arnout du Toict (those now written as Cashow, Depew, Marlett, Conselyea, Lakeman or Lockman, Culver, Buckhout, etc.), all having lived at Leyden, we presume, as we know had Buckhout, Culver and Vermilye; and probably all Walloons except Buckhout. Vermilye and his wife and daughter Maria (later Mrs. Montanye), and all his fellow-passengers above named, save Culver and Buckhout, joined the church at New Amsterdam Apr. 1, 1663, no doubt by letter. The wives of Cossart, Du Puis, and Lacqueman also united. Vermilye came directly to Harlem. Buckhout became "koeherder van de gemente desen stede." ["Herder of the cattle"] The rest made an application Mar. 19, 1663 for land and seed grain, and victuals for six months, showing their necessities. Buckhout later owned a farm at Mespat, and left two sons, Capt. Matthias, who sailed a coaster, and Peter, a farmer; and whence come the families of this name."
[Note: "Walloon" refers to someone from the southern region (Wallonia) of Belgium.]
The family settled in Minpat Kila or Mespath Kills (Newtown), Long Island (New York). "Mespath Kills" was named after the Mespath indians, who lived in this part of New York state, and "Kills" was a Dutch term to denote a stream or creek.
Aside from being a herdsman, Jan was involved in civic or community tasks as evidenced by this information taken from "The Minutes of the Orphanmasters Court of New Amsterdam 1655 to 1663," edited by Berthold Fernow, 1902, p. 185. It should be noted the Burgomasters' authority was equivalent to the Surrogate Court in Dutch times. This particular entry was a part of the "Minutes of the Executive Boards of the Burgomasters of New Amsterdam" contained in the above noted book:
On February 19, 1664 the Burgomasters contracted for a certain number of gabions for the protection of the City. These were cylinders filled with stone or earth and used as supports in erecting military defenses. The contract specified, "The Burgomasters agreed with Jan Boeckhout, Gerrit Jansen, from Arnhem and Jacob Keeren for making eighty eight bations, to wit thirty two 4 1/2 feet high and wide, thirty two, 3 1/2 feet wide and five feet high, and twenty eight 6 feet high and 4 1/2 feet wide, for which they are to receive, as they demand, 35 stivers apiece and besides half a barrel of good beer on condition that they themselves cut the wood. It is further stipulated that the gabions shall be strong and good, which they agree to do, the Burgomasters agreeing to pay for the carting."
The following are from "Some Descendants of John Buckhout and his wife, Hannah, who arrived in New Amsterdam in Oct. 1662 from Leyden, Holland;" compiled & presented by H. Remsen Coles, 1947, 4 pages typwritten and handwritten notes:
"Col. Hist. Manus Dutch Jan Boeckholt p. 262 March 20, 1664 complaint to the fiscal against Jan de Nosper for resisting the officer who attempted to arrest him whilst shooting pigeons last Sunday 20 March. Commitment of Jan Boeckholt (de Nosper) on the above charge. [He was sentenced to pay a fine of 12 guilders and costs]
24 Mar 1664: Petition of Jan Bockholt herdsman praying forgiveness for having violated the Sabbath by shooting pigeons on that day, pleaded ignorance of the law. [hand written note: the name was Jan de Nosper from Bocholt in Westphalia near the Dutch frontier]"
These references are to the Council Minutes, Dutch Manuscripts, and are translated in E.B. O'Callaghan's "Calendar of the Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, NY" Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1865, p. 262 & 263. The entries refer to the original Dutch records, vol. 10, part 3: March 20, 1664 (2 entries;) p. 115 & 116, and March 24, 1664; p. 129 & 130.
In September 1675, an accounting of the estates of Newtown was prepared and is transcribed in the "Documentary History of the State of New York," vol. II, 1849, p. 463-467. There is a reference to what can only be Johannes Boeckhout as follows, p. 464:
" ------- Buckhood; 1 male, 5 (VP Land & Meadow), 9 (2 yer oulds [likely horses]), 1 Cowes, 1 (3 yr oulds [likely cowes]), 1 (2 yr oulds [likely cowes])"
In the same book, there is a reference to the "Newtowne List of their Inhabitants Estates as they haue Giuen it in the Clerk of ye towne Jonathan Hazard, Endorsed, Newtowne Estimations, 1683." In this section, Johannes and his son Pieter appear in the following adjacent entries, p. 515:
"peter Johnson buckhood; 2 (Heads), 25 (Lands), 2 (Horses), 4 (Cowes), 4 (1 yeare), 4 (Sheepe)
John buckhood; 1 (Head), 12 (Lands), 2 (Oxen), 2 (Cowes), 2 (3 yeares), 2 (2 yeares), 2 (1 yeare), 4 (Sheepe), 1 (Swine)"
The "New York (Colony) Council Calendar of Council Minutes 1668-1783," compiled by Berthold Fernow, Harrison, New York, 1987, p. 44 indicates both John and his son, Peter, along with a number of other residents appeared in 1685 to receive their patents:
"p. 127 - Oct. 8 Mr Manning, Hendrick Smith, W. Alberts, George Stevenson, Stephen Georgson, John Buckhold, Thos. Wendall, Johannes Lawrensis, Peter Johnson Boeckhoult, Luke de Pau, Roeloff Peterson, Jan Jansen, John Albertus, John Allwyn, Mr Blackwell, Tho. Browne, Joseph Theale for Bedford, Dow Harmansen with Peter Jansen Haine, Tiebout Garretsen, Daniel de Clerk for Tappan, Hendrick Ricault, Flor Williams, John Cornelissen and Menny Johannes for Haverstraw produced their papers for patents."
John Bockhout was one of the subscribers and listed as a freeholder of land on the confirmatory charter of Newtown in September 1686. (source: "The Annals of Newtown in Queens County, NY" by James Riker, Jr., published in NY in 1852, p. 110) A brief extract of the land in question is included below:
"...To all to whom these Presents shall come, greeting: Whereas the Honorable Richard Nicoll, Esq. formerly governor of this province, upon application to him made by the inhabitants of Newtown, on Long Island, in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred sixty-six, did grant unto them a liberty or license under his hand, bearing date the three and twentieth day of June, in the same year, therein authorizing and empowering them to make what purchase they should think fit of the lands situate between Mespat Kills and the head of Flushing creek, on Long Island, aforesaid, and which tract of land the said inhabitants long before had been and then were settling and improving; And whereas the inhabitants of Newtown, in pursuance of said licence, in the same year, did, in due form of law, purchase of and from the Indian natives all the said tract of land situate between Mespat Kills and Flushing creek aforesaid, together with all and singular the appurtenances to the same belonging or in any way appertaining, to hold unto the said inhabitants of Newtown, their heirs and assigns forever, as in and by the said inhabitants of Newtown, their heirs and assigns for ever, as in and by the said recited licence, and a certain deed or writing under the hand and seal of Pomwaukon, the Indian owner of the said tract of land and premises, bearing date 9th day of July, in the said year of our Lord, sixteen hundred sixty-six..."
The Town Minutes of Newtowne, 1653-1734, record the following:
"Thes are the names of the purchars and free houlders of Newton & Aredraw up to be inserted in our pattin. Greit and Intered on Record the twenty forth day of September 1686 by order of the Justis of the Peece. Theophilus Phillips, Clerk" The list included the names of John and Peter Bookhood, indexed as "Buckhout."
It is believed that Jan died in late 1694 (or early 1695) in Mespath Kill, near Newtown, Queens Co., New York. The following is listed in David Riker's "Genealogical & Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherlands 1613 to 1674," 2004 Supplement:
Immigrant: Jan Bocholte
Settled: New Harlem, New York
Died: unknown, but c. 1694 at Mespath Kill, L.I."
There is a final land grant to Jan Buckhout, likely just prior to his death, dated January 6, 1695, recorded in the Newtown Town Minutes 1653 - 1734, vol. 2, part 1, p. 193:
"Jenewari the 6-1695. Laid out four draueft Lo.. for Cap William Hallit and Samuel Hallit on the west side of Jamaca highway Joyning to it in Lenth Sixt.. rods begining at Willam Creeds Land which newtown ga.. him so runes north the breth of the fouer Lots Sixty Rods Thease four Lots Willam Hallit sener, Willam Hellit, Samuel Hallit, John Boke houte."
From the book "Long Island Source Records" p. 133, abstracted from Newtown, Long Island town record book, also N.Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1934, p. 120:
"Will of John Buckhout of Mespath Kills, weaver, 23 Aug. 1682. Life estate to wife Hannah, with remainder to five children, Matthias, Peter, Trincke, Alles and Mary. Wife as Executrix. Witnesses: William Hallett, Andrew Bird & Robert Blackwell. Probated: 25 March 1694/5."
John's will, written Aug. 23, 1682 and proved May 23, 1695, is found filed in the Queens Co., NY Land Deeds, Vol. A, p. 89:
"In Ye name of God Amen I John Buckhout of Mespath Kills weaver being in health and perfect memory recalling to mind all flesh is bound to die and depart this life the time and place being uncertain & thought good to make this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following.
First I recommend my Soul unto ye hands of Almighty God and my body to decently buried and as touching [?] ye wordly goods God is feared to lend me.
I do give & bequeath as is hereafter listed [?]. That is to say all such debts as I do owe unto any person or persons justly served to be my law full debts at ye time of my decease shall be well & truly satisfied as shortly after my decease as convenietly may be.
Item I give unto my son Matties one fifith part of my estate
Item I give to my son Peter another fifth part of my estate
Item I give to my daughter Trinche another fifth part
Item I give to my daughter Allie another fifth part
Item I give to my daughter Mary another fifth part
All which legacies I do appoint to be paid when my self and loving wife Hannah Buckhout whom I make & ordain my sole executrix and do give all ye premises shall happen to die then my will and mind is when and after myself & wife is dead that all my estate shall be for ye use as before expressed except only liberty of Five Pounds to my dear wife to any friend or friends she shall think fit.
In Witness whereof I the sd John Buckhout hereunto set my hand and seal and do declare this to be my absolute irrevocable Last Will and Testament revoking and making null all former or other wills hereafter by me made this 23rd of August One Thousand Six hundred eighty & two and in ye thirty second year of his Majesties reigne.
John Buckhout, L.S.
Witnesses: William Hallet, Andrew Bird, the mark of X Peter [?] Gurge [?], Robert Blackwell.
Threw Nosh [?] 23rd March 1694/5: There appeared before me Robert Blackwell & Wm Hallett and did both upon their corporal oaths declare that they were present and saw John Buckhout sign seale & deliver & declare as his last Will & Testament the within writing contained on the other side. Charles Lodwick May.
Jamaica Ye 22 May 1695: Then appeared before Tho. Hidler [?] Daniell Whitehead & Tho. Stevenson Esq. of ye Court of Common Pleas Andrew Bird one of the witnesses to ye within written Will who opon his corporal oath did declare that he saw the within named John Buckhout sign seal & Deliver the within written last Will & Testament to be his last Will & Testament. Per order Andrew Gibb, Cler.
Entered this ye 23rd day of May 1695. Sir James Clement Q. Cler.: Queens County S.S. At a court of Common Pleas held at Jamaica this ye 23rd day of May and in ye seventh year of ye reigns of Wm & Mary now of England King & Queen Defender of ye faith etc. the within written last will & Testament of ye within written John Buckhout was proved and allowed of and ye widdow Hannah Buckhout approved of sole executrix of ye said last will and is ordered to give in sound well & truly administered & exhibit a true Inventory of ye testators good and chattels unto ye clerk's office as by law administrators ought and impowered to do."
In subsequent years, the surname gradually changed to Boekhout, Buckhout, and finally, Bookhout - always seemingly with the "h" included.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigration: from Amsterdam, Netherlands, Between 1662 and 1663, New Amsterdam, New York, United States. 2
• Occupation: Weaver, 1682. 3
• Residence: 19 Feb 1664, New Amsterdam, New York, N.Y., United States. 4
• Residence: Sep 1675, Newtown, Queens Co., NY, United States. 5
• Residence: 1683, Newtown, Queens Co., NY, United States. 6
• Residence: 1686, Newtown, Queens Co., NY, United States. 7
Jan married Hannah about 1648 in Netherlands?. Hannah was born in Netherlands? and died after 1695.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 2 M i. Capt. Matthys Janszen Boeckhout was born about Jan 1649 in Leiden, Netherlands8,9 and was christened on 10 Jan 1649 in Leiden, Netherlands.8
3 F ii. Alles Boeckhout was born about 1653 in Netherlands?.
General Notes: Pieter, Tryntie and Aeltie Boeckhout appear as witnesses for their sister's, Mary & Elias Andrieszen, childrens' baptism in 1696 at the New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church:
"1696 26 Aug; Elias Andrieszen, Marritje Boeckhout; Andries, Pieter & Jannetje; Pieter & Aeltie Boeckholt, Johan Soevers & his wife, Jannetie, Tryntie Boeckholt"
Aeltie is a Dutch form of the name "Alice," and Alles seems likely to also reflect an English translation of this name.
Alles married Roelof Pietersen, son of Pieter Roelofsen and Willemyntje Jans.
General Notes: Roelof and his wife, Aeltje (Alles) Boeckhout, were witnesses to the baptism of his nephew as found in the parish records of the Brooklyn Reformed Dutch Church:
"1699, November 12:
- Pieter; parents: Johannes Pieterse, Annetje; witnesses: Roelof Pieterse, Aeltje Boekhoute."
(Source: New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, "Old First Dutch Reformed Church of Brooklyn, New York, First Book of Records, 1660-1752," translated & edited by: A.P.G. Jos van der Linde, Holland Society of NY, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore; 1983)
4 F iii. Trincke Boeckhout was born about 1654 in Netherlands? and died after 1696.
General Notes: Tryntie Boeckholt appears as a witness (name spelled as in entry) to her sister, Marritje (Mary) Boeckhout & Elias Andrieszen's childrens' baptisms on Aug. 26, 1696 at the New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church, entry as follows:
"1696 26 Aug; Elias Andrieszen, Marritje Boeckhout; Andries, Pieter & Jannetje; Pieter & Aeltie Boeckholt, Johan Soevers & his wife, Jannetie, Tryntie Boeckholt"
Tryntje is a Dutch form of the English name Catherine/Katherine.
+ 5 F iv. Marritje "Mary" Boeckhout was born about 1658 in Netherlands? and died about 1738 in New York, NY, United States10 aged about 80.
+ 6 M v. Pieter Boeckhout was born about 1661 in Leiden, Holland11 and died between 10 Jun 1715 and 10 Apr 1722 in New Jersey, United States.12,13