Jacob Leendertsen VanDerGrift

Male Abt 1611 - Bef 1697

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  • Name  Jacob Leendertsen VanDerGrift 
    Born  Abt 1611  Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Bef 1697  Newtown, Queens Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • THE VANDEGRIFT FAMILY is of Holland descent, their progenitor being Jacob Lendertsen VAN DER GRIFT (that is, son of Lenerd) who with his brother Paulus Lenertsen VAN DER GRIFT, came from Amsterdam about 1644 and settled in New Amsterdam. Both of the VAN DER GRIFT brothers were in the employ of the West India Company. Paulus was skipper of the ship "Neptune" in 1645, and of the "Grest Gerrit" in 1646. He was a large landholder in New Amsterdam as early as 1644. He was a member of the council, 1647-1648; burgomaster 1657-1658, and 1661-1664; orphan master 1656-1660; member of convention, 1653 and 1663. On February 21, 1664, Paulus LEENDERSEN and Allard ANTHONY were spoken of as "co-patroons of the new settlement of Noortwyck on the North Rover." He had five children baptized at the Dutch Reformed church, and he and his wife were witnesses to the baptism of five of the eight children of his brother Jacob. Paulus Leendertsen VAN DER GRIFTsold his property in New Amsterdam in 1671, and returned with his family to Europe.

      Jacob Lendertsen Van die Gifte, bottler, of New Amsterdam, in the service of the West India Company, on September 11, 1648, granted a power of Attorney to Marten Martense SCHOENMAKER, of Amsterdam, Holland to collect from the West India Company such amounts of money as he (Van die Grift) had earned at Curocoa, on the ship "Swol", employed by that company to ply between the island of Curocoa and New Netherlands. The early records of New Amsterdam give a considerable account of this ship "Swol." It carried twenty-two guns and seventy-six men. In 1644 it was directed to proceed to NewAmstedam, and on arriving, "being old," it was directed to be sold. Another boat was, however, given the same name, being sometimes mentioned at the "New Swol." On July 19, 1648, Jacob Lendertsen Van der Grist was married at New Amsterdam to Rebecca FREDERICKS, daughter of Frederick LUBBERTSEN. On March 7, 1652, he sold as attorney for his father-in-law, fifty morgens and fifty-two rods of land on East river. On February 19, 1657, Jacob Leendersen Van die Grift was commissioned by the burgomasters and schepens of New Amsterdam as a measurer of grain. To this appointment was affixed instructions "that from now nobody shall be allowed to measure for himself or have measured by anybody else than the sworn measurers, any grain. Line or other goods which are sold by the tun or schepel, or come here from elsewhere as cargoes and in wholesale, under a penalty of 3 for first transgression, 6, for second and arbitrary correction for the third." In 1656 Jacob Leendertsen VANDERGRIFT was made a small burgher of New Amsterdam. In 1662 he was a resident of Bergen, New Jersey, where he subscribed toward the salary of a minister. On April 9, 1664, he and his wife, Rebecca FREDERICKS, were accepted as members of the church at "Breukelen," upon letters from Middlewout, (now Flatlands): his residence on the west side of the river, must, therefore, have been of short duration. On May 29, 1664, then living under the jurisdiction of the village of Breukelen, Long Island, he applies to council for letters of cession with committimus to the court, to be relieve him from his creditors on his turning over his property in their behalf, and on account of misfortune befallen some years ago, not having been able to forge ahead, notwithstanding all efforts and means tried by him to that end, ect." There are records of a number of suits prior to this date, in which he appears either as plaintiff or defendant, In 16565 he was living on the strand of the North river, New Amsterdam, where he is assessed towards paying the expense of quartering one hundred English soldiers on the Dutch burghers. On October 3, 1667, he received a patent from Governor NICOLLS for land on the island of Manhattan, on the north side of the Great Creek, which he sold to Isaac BEDLOE, in 1668. He probably removed at this date to Noordwyck, on the North river, where he purchased in 1671 the land of his brother Paulus, who had returned to Amsterdam. In 1686 he appears as an inhabitant of Newton, Long Island, where he probably died, though the date of his death has not been ascertained. His widow removed with her children to Bensalem, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in 1697, and was living there in 1710.

      !Text taken from page 31-33 of:
      Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, PTennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
    Person ID  I38273  Bryant
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2006 

    Father  Leendert Evertsz VanDerGrift 
    Mother  Marritgen Paulus 
    Family ID  F2794  Group Sheet

    Family  Rebecca Lubberts Fredrickse,   b. 15 Aug 1628, Breuckelen, New Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1710, Bensalem, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Banns  19 Jul 1648  New Amsterdam, New Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Marytje Jacobse VanDerGrift,   d. Sep 1698, Staten Island, Richmond Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Christina Jacobse VanDerGrift
     3. Annetje VanDerGrift
     4. Leendert J. VanDerGrift,   d. 10 Feb 1724/25, Bensalem, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Nicolaes VanDerGrift
     6. Frederick VanDerGrift
     7. Rachel VanDerGrift
     8. Johannes VanDerGrift,   d. Abt 1745, Bensalem, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2785  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1611 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S270] Jordan, Gen. Northern Penn., Jordan, John W., (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1913), p.1379.

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