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JAN DAMEN was born about 1555.


Children of JAN DAMEN and unknown:

+1. CORNELIS JANSEN DAMEN was born about 1585 in the Netherlands. (NOTE: There was a Cornelis Janse Damen in Albany NY in 1634, along with the following who were quite likely siblings: Hendrick Janse, Jan Janse, Willem Janse and Neeltje Janse. Records also show that another sister, Hendrickje Janse Damen was also in Albany and married to Cornelis Hendrickse BUYS.)


Children of CORNELIS JANSEN DAMEN and unknown:

+1. JAN CORNELISZEN DAMEN was born about 1638 in the Netherlands; died 1707 Flatbush NY. He emigrated from Bunnik in 1650 and married SOPHIA/FYTIE MARTENSE/MARTYNS born about 1640. On 14 Jan 1674 he is listed, along with his wife Sophia, as sponsor at the baptism of Thys Janse Buys, son of Jan Cornelise Buys aka Jan Cornelise Damen and his wife, Willemtie Thyssen. The baptismal records show the sponsors names as: "Jan Cornliszen RYCK and Sytke MARTENS" with a footnote that these were Jan Cornelis DAMEN aka RYCK and Sytie [sic] MARTENS. There is a further reference to Jan Cornelise DAMEN as Jan RYCK in Riker's Revised History of Harlem. Riker states that on 18 April 1671 Jan Cornelisz De Ryck was appointed overseer of the new road to be built "on this and the other side of the Fresh Water". This referred to a carriage road proposed between New York and Harlem. By 1655 Jan was in Brooklyn and on 29 April 1655 he purchased a house and land adjoining that of Jan Dirksen in Brooklyn from Cornelius Van Tienhoven. By 1663 he was in Flatbush NY. He kept a tavern in 1677 in the house in Brooklyn. On 21 Aug 1662 Jan bought a farm on the west side of the road in Flatbush from Cornelis Hendrickse Van Eens. He sold this farm on 10 Aug 1664 to Claes Melles Baes.

There has been much confusion over Jan Cornelis Buys aka Damen, who was the son of Hendrickje Janse Damen. When Hendrickje died, her brother, Jan Janse Damen, who was married to Adrienne Cuvielle adopted his nephew, Jan Cornelis Buys. Thus Jan Buys was also known as Jan Damen. In 1674 Jan is recorded as residing at Norman's Kil where he purchased a farm at Kyckuyt from Claes Claessen Smit. In 1677 he was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn living in the Wallabout. He also was listed on a patent of Brooklyn in 1677 and took the oath of allegiance there in 1687. In 1686 Jan bought the main portion of the farm of Pieter Ceser Alburtus at the Wallabout. In 1679 Jan Damen and his wife were accepted as member of the Breukelen Church. In 1663 the inhabitants of Brooklyn presented a petition to the Council of New Netherlands; Jan Damen was one of the signers. On 1 Sep 1680, he made a joint will with his wife, Sophia, which was probated on 3 Sep 1706.



1. MARTA JANSE bp 24 July 1661 Brooklyn NY; also known as Martha; married (1) 11 Dec 1681 at Brooklyn to JAN REMSEN bp 9 Feb 1648 NY; died 1696 NY; son of Rem Jansen Van Derbeek and Jannetie Rapalje; married (2) James Simpson.

2. Jakbis Janse bp 21 July 1661.

3. Cornelis Jansen bp 11 Feb 1663 Brooklyn RDC.

4. Neeltje Janse born about 1664 Brooklyn NY; died after 1654 Poughkeepsie NY; married Michael Pieterse Parmentier born about 1654 Courtari Belgium; died 1726 Poughkeepsie; son of Pierre Parmentier and Antoinette Terrin.

5. Aeltie Janse born about 1665; married 29 Oct 1695 Samuel Philips born about 1675.

6. Cornelia born about 1666 Brooklyn NY; died Poughkeepsie NY; married 6 Apr 1686 NY to Pierre/Pieter Uziele born 14 Jan 1660 Mannheim Germany; died after 1714 Kingston Ulster Co. NY; son of David Usilie and Marie Casier.

7. Lysbeth married Jan Casier.

8. Jan bp 19 Aug 1674 Brooklyn RDC; married Francois LeRoy (?).

9. Sophia bp 19 Aug 1674 Brooklyn RDC; died young.

10. Elizabeth bp 20 Sep 1676 New York RDC; married 9 Nov 1702 Lucas Schemerhorn born about 1676; son of Jacob Janse Schemerhorn and Jannetie Egmont.

11. Jan bp 30 Aug 1678 New York RDC.

12. Sophia bp 8 Aug 1680 New Utrecht RDC.

13. Celetje/Gelitje/Celia bp 7 Oct 1683 New Utrecht RDC; married 1705 Francois LeRoy; died 1759 Poughkeepsie NY; son of Simeon LeRoy and Blaude Des Chalets.

14. Geesje bp 1 Nov 1685 New York RDC.

15. Risjen born about 1687; married Peter Van Aken born 11 Oct 1685 Kingston NY; died 1756; son of Marinus Van Aken and Pieternelle DePre.