Swaentje Jans1

#12121, (say 1605 - 1686)
Relationship7th great-grandmother of William David Lewis

Family 1

Cornelis Adriaens Bleijck d. bt 1637 - 1639
Children 1.Adriaen Bleijck15 (1626 - )
 2.Gommarus Bleijck16 (1627 - )
 3.Pietertje Bleijck17 (1631 - )
 4.Cornelis Bleijck18 (1633 - )
 5.Grietje Bleijck19 (1635 - )
 6. Adriaentje Bleijck+1 (c 1637 - )

Family 2

Tobias Clouck

Family 3

Joris Felten d. c 1642

Family 4

Cornelis de Potter b. s 1600, d. bt 1659 - 1660
Children 1.Sara de Potter20 (1644 - )
 2.David de Potter20 (1648 - )

Family 5

Jan Strycker b. c 1615
The most recent and thorough treatment of Swaentje is Dobson's "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands."2 
Her married name was Clouck.3 
Her married name was Bleijck.4 
Her married name was Felten.3 
Her married name was de Potter.5 
Her married name was Strycker.3 
Birth*say 1605She was born say 1605 at Embden, Ostfriesland (East Frisia, now Germany), Embden. During the 17th century, East Frisia might be considered as a satellite of the Netherlands and later part of the Napoleanic Kingdom of Holland. After the Napoleanic Wars, East Frisia was annexed by Prussia, and later by Hanover (itself later annexed by Prussia).3 
Marriage*say 1625She married Cornelis Adriaens Bleijck say 1625.4 
Marriage*19 January 1640She married Tobias Clouck on 19 January 1640 at Batavia (now Jakarta), Java, Batavia (now Jakarta); (intentions.)6 
Marriage*5 June 1641She married Joris Felten on 5 June 1641 at Batavia (now Jakarta), Java, Batavia (now Jakarta).7 
Marriage*22 January 1643She married Cornelis de Potter on 22 January 1643 at Batavia (now Jakarta), Dutch West Indies (now) Java, Batavia (now Jakarta); (intentions.)8 
between 2 October 1648 and March 1651She and Cornelis de Potter removed to Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam, from Batavia between 2 October 1648 and March 1651.9 
between March 1651 and July 1651She and Cornelis de Potter migrated from The Netherlands to New NetherlandB between March 1651 and July 1651.9 
Baptism19 January 1661She sponsored the baptism of Cornelis Nevius on 19 January 1661 at Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherland.10 
Baptism11 March 1668She sponsored the baptism of Johanna Nevius on 11 March 1668 at Reformed Dutch Church, New York, New York.11 
31 March 1676She left a will on 31 March 1676 at New York, New York.12 
31 March 1676She and Elisabeth de Potter signed a legal agreement releasing all claims on 31 March 1676 at New York.13 
Marriage*30 April 1676She married Jan Strycker on 30 April 1676 at Flatbush Dutch Church, Long Island, New YorkB.3 
Death*1686She died in 1686 at Flatbush, Long Island, New YorkB.14 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis (#1)
Ancestors of William D. Lewis (#2)

Citations

  1. [S1174] A. Van Doren Honeyman, Joannes Nevius and His Descendants A.D. 1627–1900 (Plainfield, N. J.: Honeyman & Company, 1900), p. 75, "there is every reason to believe that de Potter was the second husband of Swantje Jans and that Adriaentje was the daughter of a former marriage." and "Swantje de Potter in her will distinctly speaks of her daughter 'Adriaentje Bleijck, daughter of the said Swaentje Jans,' and I can arrive at no other conclusion than that Swantje's first husband was a Bleijck."
  2. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 129:3 (July 1998): may be available at http://library.uwinnipeg.ca/people/dobson/genealogy/…
  3. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 166.
  4. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 166, noting that his surname was "apparently" Breijck. Confer Duthch naming customs (Breijck poss. "of Breijck," today Brackel in Lower Saxony, Germany (then East Frisia).
  5. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 168.
  6. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 164, citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervomde Kerk, Jakarta Bundel no. 52 Hollandsche Trouwboek, 1616-1652 1210688], unpaginated: "1640, 19 January. Tobias Cloúck, geboortig van der Veer [Veere in Zeeland], schipper in dienst . . . Indi. . . [illegible] Comp., met Swaentje Jans, geboortig van Emden, weduwe van Cornelis [”Adriaens” written higher, above an illegible word], [van] Delft, in syn leve . . . [faded]."
  7. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 164, citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervomde Kerk, Jakarta Bundel no. 52 Hollandsche Trouwboek, 1616-1652 1210688], unpaginated: "1641, 5 Júnÿ. Joris V[ec]htenss van den Briel, schipper in dienst van de E. Comp., geboortig van den Briel in Holland, jongeman, ende Swaentje Jans van Emden, weduwe van Thobias Kloúck, zael[ige]r, in syn leeve mede schipper van de E. Comp."
  8. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 164, citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervomde Kerk, Jakarta Bundel no. 52 Hollandsche Trouwboek, 1616-1652 1210688], unpaginated: "1643, 22 Jan. Cornelis de Potter, van Rotterdam, laatst wed[uwnaa]r. van Lysabeth Ser Jacobs, met Swaentien Jans, geboortig van Embden, wed[uw]e van Joris Felten [“Velten” written above in a different hand], in sÿn leven schipper in dienst van de E. Comp."
  9. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 166, 168. The names of the children that accompanied Swaentje and Cornelis are not given so it is presumed that all were living and traveled with them. Still, there are no further records discovered for some of the children.
  10. [S1171] Thomas Grier Evans, editor, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York: Baptisms From 1639 to 1730 (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1901), p. 59. Cornelis, son of Johannes Nevius, bapt. 19 Jan 1661; sponsors Nicasius de Sille and Swaentie de Potter.
  11. [S1171] Thomas Grier Evans, Records of the RDC in NY: Baptisms 1639–1730, p. 90, 11 Mar 1668. Johanna, dau. of Johannes Nevius and Adriana a'Braeckel; sponsors Wilhelmus a'’Braeckel and Swaentie de Potter.
  12. [S1174] A. Van Doren Honeyman, Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, p. 669-671. Described by Honeyman as the "curious will of Swantje Jans," recorded in Register's Office, Kings Co., NY, Liber I pp. 208-222:
    In the Name off the Lord Amen, Knowne all men to who this Publicq Writing Shall Come who affter the Nativite oft our Seavor Jesus Christis, 1676, the 31st day off March att ffryday in the Marning about tenn the Cloke beffore mee Willem bogardus Publicq Notario admitted by the Right honnorable Sir Edmund Andros Knight Governr General and Vice admirall under his Royall heighnesse the Lord James Duke off Yorke and albany ecz ffrom New Yorke and Dependencie off the Saime in america ecz. In owne Person did appeare the honnist Mrs. Swaentie Janse Laste widdow of Cornelis De Potters deceased Lying att the ffery uppon Long Island knowne by Me Notario
    being Sieke uppon hurr bedd but by hurr full understanding and Memorie and Speake So Mutch wy Could See who did considre the weaknis off a Mens boddy The certaintie off the Death and the Uncertaintie off the owre and nott willing to Part out off this worrelt beffore see Should have Made hurr Dispositie by making hurr Will and testament att Laste and that in Manner ffollowing Se did Make with a ffrey will without Direction off any Make hurr Laste Will as above Sd.
    Inprimis Se do Recommand hurr unsterfly Sole in the Marsiffull hands of God almaighty and hurr deaths boddy to be Chriestly decented,
    Secondly Revoced annullating and Voyd all fformer Wills or testaments Made beffore the Date hereoff and Now denove disposing of hurr timely Estate so Declairett the testatrice out off good Reasons and Consideration hurr thereunto Mouving and by Reason hurr Daffther adriantiens Children had fferry Little off thir ffather Johannis Nevius deceased his Estate and Sy Sins is Come to Remarry So is the will off hurr testatrice that hurr Daffther Shall be in the ffull possession of all hurr Estate affter hurr Deceasing - Mouvable and Unmouvable Notting Excepted and that During the time off hurr Lyve and Not Longer With this Condition ffor to Receave all the Renths and fruths off the Sd Estate ffor to ffeed up hurr Children and to Mentine the Saime So well Now in Lyve as affter the date herreoff to Procure untill Such time that the Saime shall all become to thire ffull and Lawful age and that Notting off the Sd Estate Shall be Embaiseld away or Paid And the will off the testatrice is that the Sd Estate shall be Lawfull taken up by Inventary by hurr Executors Presently and affter hurr Deceasing onely hurr Cloaths off Woollen Silke and Lyning belonging to hurr boddy shall be given and delivered to hurr Sd Daffther Adriaentie ffor to Do with the saime as with hurr owne and the Rest of hurr Sd Estate to hurr Daffthers Childrn by Name Maria, Cornelis, Petrus, Sarah Catharia, Johanna, Catharina Nevius and Helena Aertsen Procurett by hurr Present husband Jan Aertsen and Such Children as they shall more Come to procure all the Saime se declaired to bee hurr Nominated and universall heires and by Deceasing off one off them that then hurr Lawfull heire and by want off them or any off theire Visibel Children than to Come from one Childe upon the others and affter the above Sd hurr Present Children or those who sy Shall affterwards Come to Procure Shall become off thire Lawfull age that then they shall head ffor head divid and Part the Sd Estate Equally and Every one a Lyke Portie and Nott before. Except hurr Sd Daffther Shall Come to Dey beffore that the time above Mentioned and ffurtherr it is the will off the Sd testatrice that hurr Negerr and Negerr woman by Name ffrancis and Katharina merried togeather Presently after hurr Deceasing be ffrey and Liber off all ffurther servis to any one in the Worreld and during hurr Living time a Piece Land ffor hurr use to keep and to hold fforr to worke and to have the ffruiths ffurr hurr Maintaining and Concerning the Neger booy Domingo itt is hurr Will that he Shall be a Servant to hurr Sd Daffter the time off ffifteen Years ffollowing to be Reakenett ffrom the Day off hurr Deceasing and nott to transport the above Sd Domingo out off this Country and Moreover Nott to Sell him or to make him to Serve to others or to bessel him away and affter the Expiratie off the Sd time to be in his ffull ffreydom and Liber and iff hurr Sd Daffther Shall Come to Dey within the above Sd time that than the above Sd Domingo Shall be ffrey and Libre and that this hurr Will and testament in all Parts Shall be Perfformed Sey testatrice Do Nominate and appoint hurr Testamentaire Executors off this hurr Will Jan Gerritts Van Conwenhooven and Daniel d'Rapale hurr good ffriends who by this Presents are Impowred and desired to take good notice off hurr Estate and Chattle and that the Saime Maybe used ffor thar bene?tte off hurr Sd Daffthers Children hurr benefitte and that by Such Power as all testamentaire Executors Can haive according to Law and further excluding all others by this Presents all which above Mentioned affter the Saime was Promptly Readed before hurr Sey Declaire this to be hurr Laste Will and testatment and Sy desire that affter hurr deceasing Shall Stand in ffull fforce as a testament Codicile or giffte by Reason off Death or Lyve allthough all orders off Law nott well ware observett, keeping the Saime in the ffull fforce and Vitne wittnisse whereoff
    Seigned by the testatrice with Jan Gerrits Van Couwenhooven and Claes Cornelissen as witnisses with My notorio Seigned att he Record in New Yorke the Day and Mounth and Yeare above Mentioned was Seigned as Wittnisse here Unto
    SWANTIE JANSE (Seale.)
    WM. BOGARDUS Publ. Not.
    The originalle Will being into Dutch affter the Saime Was translated and the Declaring of Jan Gerritts Van Couwenhooven Readed in ordered to be Recorded by the Courte off Sessions held att fflackbush in Kings County this 28th Day of January 1689-90.
    I underwritten declaire uppon oath that Swaentie Potters wan Se did make hurr will or testament was by hurr full with aknowing and ffull understanding. Dated this 27 Day of January A. D. I690.
    Yourr willing servt and ffriend, JAN. G. V. COUWENHOOVEN.
  13. [S1174] A. Van Doren Honeyman, Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, p. 671, Release of Mrs. Bedloo [exact transcript with errors]:
    Translaet--Uppon the 31 Day off March 1676 Did Declaire Mrs. Swaentie Janse Widdow off Cornelis Depotter Deceased and Mrs. Elizabeth DePotter widdow off Isaack Bedlo Deceased Concerning all formerr open accounts to bee Callanced, Legured and Evend untill the Date hereoff wareffore they Do Discharge and acquitt one an other and to Different ffor ffurther Demand and therefore hath Mrs. Elizabeth Bedlo acquit and Stands off ffor hurr and hurr heires all hurr action and Right Concerning the Estate or boedel off the above written Mrs. Potters witnisse the originale hereof.
    Seigned by them boath with Claes Conelissen and Jan Gerrits Van Couwenhooven as witnesses with my Notario. Seigned uppon the Record uppon the ?erry on Long Island Datum up Supra.
    Witnissed      W BOGARDUS Publ. Nots.

  14. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 166, "presumably,.. when her widower paid 20 guilders for her grave."
  15. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167, "1626, 21 Júny. An[ ]. Ouders: Cornelis Ariaense, Swaentgen Jansse. Getuÿgen: Pieter Comelisz, Job Jacobs, Grietgen Jansdr., Annetgen Frericx." Citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Jakarta, Bundel no. 1: Hollandsche Doopboek, 3 September 1623 - 30 Mei 1652 [FHL 1210672], unpaginated.
  16. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167, "1627, 7 Novemb[ris]. Gommarús. Ouders: Cornelis Ariaenss, Swaentgen Jansdr. Getuÿgen: Gommarús van der Staen, Iden Ydenss, Catelyntgen Gerrits, Anneken Aelbrechts." Citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Jakarta, Bundel no. 1: Hollandsche Doopboek, 3 September 1623 - 30 Mei 1652 [FHL 1210672], unpaginated.
  17. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167, "1631, 24 Aúgustus. Pietertge. Ouders: Cornelis Adriaens, Swaentge Jans. Getuÿgen: Mr. [?] Henderick Stroúckman, Wlm. Jacob, Meÿns Egberts, Agnieten —— [blank], Stÿntge Joosten." Citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Jakarta, Bundel no. 1: Hollandsche Doopboek, 3 September 1623 - 30 Mei 1652 [FHL 1210672], unpaginated.
  18. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167, "1633, 17 Maert. Cornelis. Ouders: Cornelis Adriaensz, Swaentge Jans. Getuÿgen: Mr. Hendrik Stroukmans, Harmen Goosen, Claes Theúnis, Maria van Auken, Jorÿntge Joris." Citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Jakarta, Bundel no. 1: Hollandsche Doopboek, 3 September 1623 - 30 Mei 1652 [FHL 1210672], unpaginated.
  19. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167, "1635, 22 April. Grietie. Ouders: Cornelis Aersz. van Delft, metselaer, Swaentie Cornelisdr. van Embden. Getuÿgen: Coúrt Claesz van Haerlem [?], backer; Iacob Dircksz uÿt den Broeck, van Schiedam, cúÿper; Lisbet Pars, van Siam; Catalina Hendricksdr., van
    Ternata; Niesie Matheús, van Battavia." Citing Burgerlÿke Stand Batavia, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Jakarta, Bundel no. 1: Hollandsche Doopboek, 3 September 1623 - 30 Mei 1652 [FHL 1210672], unpaginated.
  20. [S1175] John Blythe Dobson, "Swaentje Jans and Her Five Husbands", p. 167.