Johannes Pieterse van Brugh

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Johannes Pieterse van Brugh (1624–1697) was one of the early settlers of New Netherland and is the progenitor of the Van Brugh family in the United States. He was prominently connected with the Dutch West India Company as a fur and timber trader in both Rensselaerswyck and New Amsterdam.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Johannes Pieterse van Brugh was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands in 1624.[2] After emigrating to New Amsterdam, Van Brugh became a prominent trader with the Dutch West India Company and was one of the burgomasters of the city in 1656.[3]

He prospered in New Netherland by exporting furs and timber consigned from upriver at Beverwijck.[4] Due to his wealth, Van Brugh became a civic leader and improved his status in the new world by marrying his four daughters and two sons to some of the leading landholding families of the time.[4]

His estate was located on property between Wall and William Streets on the west side of Pearl Street in what is today the Financial District of Manhattan.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On March 29, 1658,[2] Van Brugh was married at New Amsterdam Dutch Reformed Church to Catharine (or Katrina)[6] Roeloffe Jans (1629–1684), widow of Lucas Rodenburgh (1620-1655), late vice-director of Curaçao.[7] She was the daughter of Roeloff Jansen (1602-1636) and Anneke Jans (later Bogardus) (1605-1663).[8][9][10] Together, they were the parents of several children together including:[11][2]

Van Brugh made his will on December 22, 1696 and died in 1697.[2]


Through his daughter Anna, he was an ancestor of J. Hooker Hamersley, the prominent Gilded Age lawyer and poet.[6]

Through his daughter Catharina, he was the grandfather of Maria Van Rensselaer (1689–1756), who married Samuel Ten Broeck (1680–1756), son of Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck;[15] Catherine Van Rensselaer (1691–1770), who married Johannes Ten Broeck (1683–1765), another son of Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck;[16][17] Anna Van Rensselaer (1696–1756), who married Peter Douw (grandparents of Peter Gansevoort and great-great-grandparents of Herman Melville);[15] Johannes Van Rensselaer (1707/08–1783),[18][19] who married Engeltje Livingston (1698–1746/7) and Gertrude Van Cortlandt;[15] Hendrick van Rensselaer (1712–1763), who married Elizabeth van Brugh (1712–1753) and Alida (née Livingston) Rutsen (1716–1798);[20] and Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1717–1781), who married Ariantje Schuyler (1720–1763) and Maria Low.[21]

Through his son Pieter, he was the grandfather of Catharina Van Brugh (born in 1689), who married Philip Livingston (1686–1749), the second lord of Livingston Manor.[22]


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  3. ^ a b Woodbury, Charles Levi (1904). Genealogical Sketches of the Woodbury Family Its Intermarriages and Connections. Manchester, N.H.: John B. Clarke Company. pp. 206–207. ISBN 9785871921210. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
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  8. ^ Stefan Bielinski (December 14, 2014). "Anneke Jans". The People of Colonial Albany. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Curaçao Papers" (PDF). New Netherland Research Center -New Netherland Institute. July 30, 1984. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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  12. ^ Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of America. The Huguenot Society of America. 1904. p. 54. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  13. ^ Holland Society of New York (1896). Year Book of the Holland Society of New-York. The Secretary. p. 179. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
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  15. ^ a b c Reynolds, Cuyler (1911). Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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  17. ^ Runk, Emma Ten Broeck (1897). Ten Broeck Genealogy, Being The Records and Annals of Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck of Albany and his Descendants. New York, De Vinne press. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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  19. ^ Find A Grave Memorials
  20. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Hendrick Van Rensselaer", New York State Museum
  21. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Kiliaen Van Rensselaer", New York State Museum
  22. ^ "Catharina Van Brugh". A Portrait of Livingston Manor, 1686-1850 by Ruth Piwonka (Clermont, NY, 1986), p. 33. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
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  • Venema, Janny (2003) Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664 (State University of New York Press) ISBN 978-0791460801

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