Terhune Family

3. JAN ALBERTSE2 TERHUNE (ALBERT ALBERTS1 TERHEUNEN27 was born about 1654 in Flatlands, New Netherland, and died after 1731 in Flatlands, Kings County, New York. He married first ANNETJE ROELOFSE SCHENCK28 July 01, 1683 in Flatlands, Kings County, New York28, 29 daughter of ROELOF SCHENCK and NEELTJE VAN COUWENHOVEN. She was born in 1663 in Flatlands, Kings County, New York and was buried March 25, 1688 in Flatlands, Kings County, New York30. He married second, MARGRIETJE VAN SICKLEN31, 32 banns were June 06, 1691 in the Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church33, daughter of FERDINAND VAN SCHYELLEN and EVA JANS VAN SALEE. She was born about 1663 in New Netherland34 and died after 1722.

  • JAN ALBERTSE TERHUNE drew a map of Gravesend showing the house of his father, Albert Albertse Terhune, the immigrant, in 1674.
  • See page 2 and page 3
  • He joined the Amersfoort Dutch Reformed Church35in December 1677.
  • He executed a Deed on March 03, 1680 on an Order acquiring land near Duck Creek at Saint Jones, Delaware.
  • Documents Related to Colonial History of New York [Series], Volume XII page 666
  • He was on the 1683 Tax List at Amersfoort, Kings County, New York.
  • He was elected Church deacon November 19, 1684 of the Amersfoort Dutch Reformed Church
  • He took the Oath of Allegiance in September 1687 and signed as a 'native'.
  • In 1691, he was commissioned as Lieutenant in Leisler's militia.160
  • On October 14, 1699, he was appointed High Sheriff of Kings County, New York.36
  • In 1719, Jan supported Dominee Antonides rather than Dominee Bernardus Freeman, to be Long Island's Dutch minister.160
  • See Part II, page 19 of this study
  • His will, dated February 20, 1696, was recorded on page 296 of Liber 2 of Conveyances in the Office of the Registrar of Kings County, New York, but there is no record of a probate.

* The birth date of Jan Albertse2 Terhune

Lacking a baptismal record, Jan's birthdate cannot be determined with any certainty. Indeed, there is even uncertainty as to whether Jan was younger or older than his brother, Albert II. At best, we can only estimate his birth date based on existing documentation, as follows:

A. Jan does not appear on a tax list until 1683, but the records for his father and brother do provide clues:

  • Albert Senior, (Jan's father, the immigrant), tax list records show that on August 24, 1675 Albert Albertsen TerHeunen, the immigrant, at Amersfoort was assessed 183.10 pounds for 2 polls*, 3 horses, 2 ditto of 3 years, 6 cows, 3 ditto of 2 and 29 morgens of land and valley.
  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume IV]
  • Albert Albertse Terhune II (Jan's brother) in 1675 at Amesfoort was assessed 47.10 pounds for 1 poll*, 1 horse, 3 cows, 1 ditto of 2 yrs...
  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume IV page 155]
  • Albert Albertse Terhune II, (Jan's brother) is listed separately, having married in 1675. Therefore, Albert Senior being taxed for 2 polls, it is probable that Jan is living with his parents, but over age 16. Therefore, Jan was born before 1659.

B. 1676 Albert Albertsen TerHeunen, the immigrant, at Amersfoort was assessed 187 pounds for 29 morgens land and valley, 2 polls*, 4 horses, 1 ditto of 1 year, 7 cows, ditto of 2 year, 2 hogs.

  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume II]

* Again, this appears to be Albert Senior and his son Jan

  • 1676 At Amesfoort, Albert II (Jan'sbrother) Assessed 45 pounds for l poll, 1 horse, 3 cows (no mention of land)
  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume II page 489]

C. 1683 AlbertAlbertsen TerHeunen (Jan's father) At Amersfoort: Assessed 13.1 pounds for 1 poll*, 2 horses, 7 cows, 3 of 2 years and 2 of 1 year and 35 morgens of land.

  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume II]

*Here, we see only one adult male, and judging by his possessions, it is Albert Senior, as the sole adult male. And we know Albert Senior didn't die until after February 22, 1685.3

  • 1683 At Amesfoort, Albert II (Jan's brother) was assessed 3.6 pounds for 1 poll, 1 ox, 2 cows, 2 of 3 years, 1 of 1 year...35 morgens of land.
  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume II pg 496]
  • 1683 Jan Albertse Terhunen at Amersfoort was assessed 2.11 pounds for 1 man, 1 horse, 2 cows and 1 of 3 years
  • [Documentary History of New York by O'Callaghan Volume II]
  • This is the first year that we find Jan Albertse Terhunen listed separately on the tax list. Jan married Annetje Schenck in 1683, eight years after his brother's first marriage. This is another reason to suspect that Jan was not the eldest son.
  • We also have the 1674 map of Gravesend, laid out by "John Terhune" which, in addition, designates the location of the house of Albert Albertse Terhune and his father, crossing the boundary line between Gravesend and Flatlands. I am inclined to think, only a man of at least 20 would have been charged with this endeavor. That suggests a birthdate of no later than 1654.

We have settled on late 1654 as a reasonable calculation of Jan's birthdate based on all of the above and on the baptisms of his three elder siblings, Heylte, baptized June 1650, Albert baptized August 1651 and Annetje baptized March 1653. While we are accustomed to estimating births every two years, note that these three baptisms are only 19 months apart, suggesting perhaps that Albert and Geertje (Dircks) Terhune, Senior might have been newly weds about 1648.

Jan Albertse Terhune lived and died at the Terhune family homestead, which straddled the boundaries of Flatlands and Gravesend, Kings County, New York. This land remained in the hands of Terhune descendants for at least five generations.

Bear in mind that in that place and time, among. the Dutch, children received an "outset" from their father when they married. Upon the death of his father, the oldest son usually received a token sum of money for his birthright and/or such things as the Family Bible, a gun, etc. The land, though not always, but more often, came into the hands of a younger son who remained geographically close to his parents, to assist them in their old age. In this instance, Jan's brother, Albert had removed to Hackensack, New Jersey in 1689. Not proof, but another suggestion that Jan was the younger son.

* The death date of Jan Albertse2 Terhune:

Most genealogies and histories list Jan's year of death as 1705. The following documentation suggests that his previously estimated date of death was premature:

  • In 1719, he bought land in the "New Lots of Flatlands´┐Ż

    Jan Terhune bought Lot 9. Jan's sons Albert and Roelof bought Lot 23 and Lot 2, respectively. In addition, Roelof bought the lot called "on thevided land." Lot 1 is specified as 59 1/2 acres. On that basis, Jan's lot is about 36 acres, Albert's 20 acres, and Roelof's 16 acres. "On thevided land" that Roelof purchased was specified as only 1.7 acres. All these lands were In addition to the Terhune homestead (Albert the weaver's land) straddling the Flatlands Gravesend line.

    The map of "The New Lots of Flatlands" on page 29 was drawn In 1719. We have inverted this map to conform with current convention, with "north" being the top of the page, rather than "south" at the top as originally drawn. This map represents the survey of these lots and many of the purchasers. The "New Lots" were to be found in the "westernmost of the three flats" as located on the Conjectural Plan of the Three Flats by Van Wyck on page 27 which gives a broader view. They were comprised of three "Hooks" or peninsulas of dry uplands stretching southwest like fingers towards the west meadows next to Jamaica Bay. On the northwest side, they were bounded by Canarsie Lane and Varkens Hook Road. The three "hooks" were called Varkens Hook, Vischer Hook and Fresh Kills Point.

  • Jan's name appears along with his wife, Margrietje at a christening in March 4, 1722 at New Utrecht Reformed Dutch Church:
  • baptism 4 Mar 1722, Magrieta, daughter of Jan and Antje BENNET
  • Witnesses: Jan TERHUNEN and Magrieta, his wife.
  • Antje Bennet was a sister to Magrieta Van Sicklen Terhune
  • [NYBGR, Volume 112, page 134, "New Utrecht Baptisms"]
  • He is also found in the 1738 census of Flatlands Kings County, New York [this census was actually taken in 1731] ...in the township of Flatlands
  • Jan Terhunen
  • 1 white male over 10 years
  • 2 white females over 10 years
  • 1 black male over 10 years
  • 1 black male under 10 years
  • 2 black females over 10 years

ANNETJE ROELOFSE SCHENCK was a Church Member on June 26, 1681 when she joined the Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church37

JAN TERHUNE and ANNETJE SCHENCK were married July 01 1683 at Flatlands, Kings County, New York38, 39

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