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  • ID: ind12203
  • Name: Volckert Jansen DOUW
  • Given Name: Volckert Jansen
  • Surname: Douw
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1610 in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
  • Note:
  • Death: 1681
  • Age: 71y in Beverwyck (now Albany), NY
  • Note: b. Leeuwarden, Holland; d. Albany, NY; [Captain Volckert Janzen Douw was the son of Jan Douw. He married Dorotee Janse Van Bresteed, daughter of Jan Janszen and Englete Jans, 19 April 1650 at New Amsterdam, New York. He died in 1681 at Beverwyck, Albany Co., New York. Captain Volckert Janszen Douw was suposedly persecuted for his Mennonite beliefs and driven to Friedrichstadt, Denmark, a city that allowed religious liberty. About 1637, Calvinists again waged war against this hunted sect, and as the Holland colony of New Netherlands was already flourishing enough to attract emigration, many fled for religious freedom, including Volckert, his brother, two sister, cousins, and other relatives. He held the rank of Captain in the Dutch army. He settled for a few months at Catskill, going to Beverwyck late in 1638. He dealt largely in real estate and owned several of the islands in the Hudson river below Albany. He bore arms and these are [or were] on a window in the old Dutch church (at Albany?). In 1640, he received a conveyance of lands from the Indians, which was confirmed to his widow in 1693. He owned a large brewery that he sold to his nephew Harman Rutgers. He was called "Honorable Volckert Douw, Burgher of the village and master (Heerschaps) of the Bowery lying in the colony of Rensselaerwyck." He was deacon in the church and guardian of the widows and poor in 1654, and was magistrate from 1654 to 1660. He owned much land at Esopus, New York, and was one of the original patentees. For a time, he was commissary and was continuously the Indian commissioner. At different times he was attorney and guardian for large estates. In 1663 he and Jan Thomas Witbeck, his real estate partner, bought from the Mahikanders, Schotack or Apjen's Island and the mainland lying east of it. He also owned Constapel's Island, lying opposite Bethlehem, half of which, in 1677, he sold to Pieter Winne. He owned Papsknae Island where he had a summer home. However, in 1666, an extradordinary flood wiped the place out, and the family barely escaped. That same year he purchased "Douw's Point Wolvenhoeck," just below the village of Greenbush. In 1672, he owned Schutter's Island below Becren Island, which he sold to Barent Pieterse Coeymans. He made his will in 1680 and died by 1686.] >> <<

    Father: Douw Janszoon VANARENTSVELT b: 1580 in Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
    Mother: Maria JANS b: 1589 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands

    Marriage 1 Dorothe Janse VANBREESTEDE b: 1630 in Breestede, Denmark (now Germany)
    • Married: 19 APR 1650 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
    • Note: m. New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
    1. Has Children Volkert DOUW b: 1660
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