Johannes de Peyster

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Johannes de Peyster
23rd Mayor of New York City
In office
September 29, 1698 – September 28, 1699
Preceded by William Merritt
Succeeded by David Provost
Assessor of New York
In office
Personal details
Born Johannes de Peyster II
September 21, 1666
New York City, New York
Died September 25, 1711 (aged 45)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Anna Bancker
Children 12, including Johannes
Parents Johannes de Peyster, Sr.
Cornelia Lubberts
Relatives Abraham de Peyster (brother)
David Provost (brother-in-law)
Military service
Allegiance  New York
Service/branch 2nd Battalion, Company of Foot, New York
Rank Captain

Johannes de Peyster or Johannes de Peyster II (September 21, 1666 – September 25, 1711)[1] was the 23rd Mayor of New York City between 1698 and 1699.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Johannes was born in New York City in 1666 to Johannes and Cornelia Lubberts de Peyster. Johannes's brother Abraham de Peyster served as mayor from 1691 to 1694, and his sister, Maria De Peyster, was married to David Provost.

In 1695, he was a Captain with the 2nd Battalion, Company of Foot, New York.[5]


De Peyster was Assessor of New York from 1692 to 1693, the Assistant Alderman of New York 1694 to 1696, a member of Provincial Legislature, and served as the 23rd Mayor of New York City between 1698 and 1699.[2] While mayor, the first Trinity Church was built, the first Anglican Church in New York City, after Governor Fletcher's request was approved by King William III.[6] He was succeeded as mayor by his brother-in law, David Provost.[7]

In addition to his stint as mayor, he served in the colonial assembly.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Johannes married Anna Bancker (1670–1740), an Albany native and the daughter of Gerrit Bancker, a pioneer fur trader, and Elizabeth Van Epps. Anna was the younger sister of Evert Bancker, the 3rd and 12th Mayor of Albany, New York.[9] Together they had:

  • Johannes de Peyster (1689–1693), who died aged 3
  • Gerardus de Peyster (1691–1694), who died aged 3
  • Elizabeth de Peyster (1692–1760), who married James Beekman (1687–1730)
  • Johannes de Peyster III (1694–1789), who served as mayor of Albany and married Anna Schuyler (1697–1750), daughter of Myndert Schuyler and Rachel Cuyler.[10]
  • Cornelia de Peyster (1695–1753), who was married to Matthew Clarkson (1699–1739) and Gilbert Tennent (1703–1764),[11]
  • Gerardus de Peyster (b. 1697), who married Eva van Nuys Ouke[12]
  • Anna de Peyster (1700–1735)
  • William de Peyster (1701–1701), who died young
  • Abraham de Peyster (b. 1704)
  • Maria de Peyster (b. 1706), who married Gerard Bancker in 1731.[13]
  • William de Peyster (1709–1784), who married Margareta Roosevelt (1709–1776), daughter of Johannes Roosevelt[1]
  • Catharina de Peyster (b. 1711), who married Hendrick Rutgers (1712–1779)[13]

According to some sources, Johannes was known as "Johannes de Peyster II" and his son as "III".[14]


His grandsons include Gerard Bancker (1740–1799), New York State Treasurer from 1778 to 1798, and Henry Rutgers (1745–1830), namesake of Rutgers College. His granddaughters, Anna de Peyster (1723–1794) and Rachel de Peyster, married New York State Senator Volkert P. Douw (who served in the 9th New York State Legislature)[13] and Tobias Ten Eyck, respectively.[10]


  1. ^ a b Whittelsey, Charles Barney (1902). The Roosevelt Genealogy, 1649-1902. Hartford, Connecticut: Press of J.B. Burr & Company. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, James Grant (ed.) The memorial history of the City of New-York, Vol. II, p. 54 (1892)
  3. ^ Allaben, Frank. John Watts de Peyster, Volume 1, p. 18-19 (1908)
  4. ^ Manual of the corporation of the city of New York, p. 395-96 (1853)
  5. ^ General Register of the Society of Colonial Wars. New York: authority of the General Assembly. January 1894. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ Caliendo, Ralph J. (May 1, 2010). New York City Mayors. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781450088145. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ Lamb, Martha J. & Burton Harrison. History of the City of New York, Vol. I, p.398-402 (1896 ed.)
  8. ^ Garrett, Erwin Clarkson. Army ballads and other verses, p. 273 (1916)
  9. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Evert Bancker". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b Bielinski, Stefan. "Johannes De Peyster". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ Sprague (1858), "Gilbert Tennent. 1725-1764," in Annals, pp. 35-43.
  12. ^ Wardell, Pat. "Early Bergen County Families" (PDF). The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  13. ^ 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. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  14. ^ Johannes De Peyster, New York State museum website, Retrieved October 31, 2011