A Jan Joosten Van Meteren Line: INTRO & DIRECTORY

Mattheus Blanchan Family

Mattheus Blanchan and Madelaine Brissen Joire are the oldest immigrant ancestors in the van Matre line I am following. They are the great grandparents of Joost Janse van Meteren and Sara DuBois’ children. Both the name Mattheus and Blanchan have a variety of spellings, including Mattys, Matthys, Mathieu, Matheus and Matthew;  Blanchen, Blanjean, Blanchan, Blansan, Blanchau, Blanchon and originally Beauchamp and Blanchamp. Spelling was not important and there could be other spellings.

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Immigrant Ancestors

There are 7 direct ancestors of our Van Matre children that immigrated from Europe between 1660 and 1662 to connect in New Netherlands. The chart below shows those immigrants in blue.

Mattheus Blanchan and Magdelena Joire, with four of their children and one son-in-law, arrived in 1660. Louis DuBois and Catherine Blanchan came over prior to October 1661 with two children. Jan Joosten van Meteren and Macyke Hendricks came over in 1662 with five children, including Joost Janse van Meteren who later married Sara DeBois. 

Immigrant Ancestors of Van Metre children

Mattheus Blanchan and Magdelena Joire

Matheus Blanchan son of Leonin Blanchan (aka Blanchamp and Beauchamp) and Isabeau le Roy (Le Roy).1

Born:              1606 in Artois, France [Spanish Netherlands].

Baptized:        1606 (possibly 17 Feb) in Neuville-au-Cornet Parish, Ricame dela conte de St. Paul, Artois, France.

Died:              Bef 30 Apr 1688 (when his will was proven) in Hurley, Ulster County, New York, Colonial America.

Married:         15 Oct 1633 Magdeleine Brissen Joire (aka Jorisse, Jorisen) at Roman Catholic Church of Armentieres, Spanish Netherlands [formerly French Flanders, now Nord, France].

Find A Grave: Memorial #160842312 buried at Old Hurley Burial Ground, Hurley, Ulster County, New York, USA. Grave stone not found, possibly sunken or destroyed.

After arrival in New Amsterdam, “Governor Stuyvesant welcomed them and gave Blanchan a letter to Sergeant Romp at Esopus [now Kingston] directing him to provide accommodations for them. They arrived there and Domine Blom, also having arrived, it was a solace to pious Blanchan, for all that he had suffered with the loss of his property in his native place, and at Armentières (Flanders), and elsewhere, to sit down with his wife and son and daughter Crepel [Crispell], at the Lord’s Supper, on December 25, ensuing…”50 51 [Note that their daughter Catherine and her husband, Louis DuBois was not among those in attendance, as they would immigrate at a later date.]2


Magdelena Brissen Joire daughter of Petrus (Pierre) Joire and Jacoba Le Blanc.

Born:             1611 in Armentières, Spanish Netherlands [formerly in French Flanders, now Nord, France].

Baptized:        7 Oct 1611 in Armentières, Spanish Netherlands.

Died:             Before 30 Apr 1688 (when Matheus’ will was proven, assume she died before that date) most likely in Hurley, Ulster County, New York, Colonial America.

Find A Grave: Memorial #160842453 buried at Old Hurey Burial Ground, Hurley, Ulster County, New, York, USA.

Magdelena was baptized Catholic (her sponsors were Bartholomeus LeBlanc and Magdalena Guson), but Mattheus was a Huguenot. The Huguenots were French Protestans from the 16th and 17th centuries, many of whom migrated to other countries due to religious persecution in France.

Cantebury, England

Sometime before 1647, Mattheus and Magdeleine moved to England with their two daughters, Catherine and Maria. Their daughter Magdelena was born and baptized at Canterbury, England on May 16, 1647.

On April 12, 1649, there is a Record at the Walloon or Strangers Church there showing Mattheus as the best man at his brother’s, Antoine, wedding when he married Martine Valque on April 12, 1649, daughter of Jacques Valque. “Matthieu” was Godfather to their son, Antoine, in 165447. The record is translated as follows:

“1649, April 12. Marriage contract between Anthoine Blanchamp [Blanchant], son of the late Leonin and the late Isabewe le Roy, his father and mother, assisted by Mathieu Blanchamp [Blanchan], his brother; and Martine Valque, daughter of Jacques, assisted by Juques Valque [Valke], her brother, and Mahieu Marboss (?). Mention of land in Arthois belonging to the said Anthoine. Witness, A. Denis. (Vol. iv, No. 157) .”3

Mannheim, Prussia

After 1649, the Blanchan’s left England for Mannheim, Prueßen (Prussia now Germany). It is supposed that it was the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649 that caused Mattheus Blanchan to look beyond England for a safer refuge. He was one of the first to accept the invitation of the Elector Palatine to Huguenot merchants and manufacturers. They were invited to resettle and rebuild the commercial city of Mannheim. Mattheus Blanchan was in Mannheim by 1651, along with enough Huguenots to form a separate French congregation. The next year they obtained the services of Pastor Benedict de Besson and Mattheus was among the first deacons of the Huguenot congregation in Mannheim, elected in 1652. Soon after, also to resettle and rebuild Mannheim, Louis DuBois of Wicres and Antoine Crispell had arrived and subsequently married two of Mattheus’ daughters. Mattheus was in Mannheim in a Huguenot congregation in 1651. Mannheim is where their children Maximillianus, Magdalena, Elisabeth and Mattheus, Jr., would be born.

Emigration to America

On April 27, 1660, shortly after Mattheus’ daughter, Maria, married Antoine Crispell, the family left for America on the ship called De Vergulde Otter (The Gilded Otter). They arrived in New Amsterdam in August 1660. The Ship Manifest for the two families is transcribed as follows:4

  • Anthony Krypel [Crispell] from Artois, agriculturist — and wife.
  • Matthews Blanchar, [Mattheus Blanchan] from Artois, agriculturist — and wife and three children ages 5, 9 and 12 years. 
Drawing of what Huguenots, like Mattheus Blanchan, experienced 1566

Emigration of the Huguenots 1566 by Jan Antoon Neuhuys5

After arrival in New Amsterdam, “Governor Stuyvesant welcomed them and gave Blanchan a letter to Sergeant Romp at Esopus [now Kingston] directing him to provide accommodations for them. They arrived there and Domine Blom, also having arrived, it was a solace to pious Blanchan, for all that he had suffered with the loss of his property in his native place, and at Armentières (Flanders), and elsewhere, to sit down with his wife and son and daughter Crepel [Crispell], at the Lord’s Supper, on December 25, ensuing…”6&7 [Note that their daughter Catherine and her husband, Louis DuBois was not among those in attendance, as they would immigrate at a later date.]

Wiltwyck, Hurley and Marbletown

On June 7, 1663, second Esopus War was started with the burning and destruction of Niew Dorp (Hurley). Many of the family members were captured by the Indians and their homes destroyed. Among the kidnapped were two minor children of Matthys Blanchan, together with Catherine Blanchan, her three children; Anthony Crispell’s wife, Maria Blanchan and their child. They were in captivity for close to three months before being rescued. The child of Antoine and Maria was their daughter Maria, who would have been almost 4 months old. See my post on The Esopus Wars for the details.

In Mannheim, Mattheus was a burgher [merchant or town citizen]. In Hurley, Mattheus was known a as distiller and seller of liquor and as a land owner. He also owned a flour mill in Wildwyck.

Mattheus, acquired much land in Wiltwyck, Hurley and Marbletown. His son was also named Mattheus. Therefore, some of the later entries may be for Mattheus, Jr., possibly the 1686 entries and for sure the 1697 entry, since Mattheus Sr. passed in 1688.

The following land transactions appear in the Ulster County, N.Y. probate records.8

  • Apr 25, 1663 – Blanchan and his two sons-in-law probably went from Wiltwyck to Niew Dorp (the New Village) sometime prior, since Riker9 states that they received ground briefs on that date.
  • Oct 8, 1666 – He contracted to purchase from Jan Jansen van Oosterhout a house and lot between Jan Broersen (Decker) and Albert Jansen van Steenwyck for 92 sec. of winter wheat. (Versteeg New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch. Kingston Papers, p. 618).
  • Oct 16, 1666 – Roeloff Swartwout and Jurien Westphael make a declaration respecting the arrival of Matthys Blanchan and family and his application for a place to settle. (Ibid., p 12.)
  • Jun 18, 1667 – there is a deed of confirmation from Gov. Nicolls to Mattheus Blanchan, for a house and lot of ground at W. [Wiltwyck], at Esopus. (N.Y. Land Papers, Vol I., p. 21).
  • Date Unknown – A Register of patents granted to the inhabitants of the town of Hurley lists Matthys Blanchan as holding two tracts, on 24 acres – 450 rods, and one of 16 acres – 247 rods. (Paltsits. Minutes of the Executive Council of the Province of New York, 1668-1673, Vol. 1, p. 212)
  • Jun 7, 1673 – there is a deed of confirmation from Gov. Lovelace for 36 acres land in Hurley. (N.Y. Land Papers, I., p. 51).
  • May 20, 1686 – there is a description of a survey of a lot of land, of about 63 acres, part of Hurley great piece, on the north side of Esopus Kill, laid out for Matthys Blanchan by Philip Welles, surveyor (N.Y. Land Papers, II., p. 186)
  • Oct 11, 1687 – Matthys Blanchan had a Patent for 62 3⁄4 acres 36 rods land in Hurley (Engl. MSS., xxxiii, p. 60).
  • Jun 17, 1697 – Mathias Blansan petitioned for a patent for 100 acres of land, south of the Cale Bergh, in Marbletown. (N.Y. Land Papers, II., p. 249) [Since this was after Mattheus Seniors’ death, I assume this was a record for Matheus Blanchan, Junior.]

He built a new barn in 1670 but he had problems with Teunis Jacobs concerning the shingles. Among the old Kingston records, book 2, p. 390 under the date of January 8, 1677 we find: Jacques DuBois and Matthew Blanchan made an agreement to purchase a distillery mill and lot for 500 schepels of wheat.


Mattheus Blanchans Legal Troubles

On January 20, 1665 Mattheus was charged with refusing to pay his share of 20 guilders in beavers toward the minister’s salary. His defense was that the minister did not hold consistory properly and had not supported him in his suit against Albert Hermans Roos. On April 29, 1666, he was called as witness in a brawl between Albert Heymans Roos and a soldier, Francois Vreeman. The problems with the Indians had apparently subsided at that time. In the fall and early winter of 1668, the Wiltwyck court heard evidence in an unusually bitter libel suit, brought by Tjerck Claesen de Witt against Matthew Blanchan, the father-in-law of Louis DuBois. DeWitt, a commissary of the court, demanded vindication of his honor, because Blanchan had called him a thief, and had said that he, de Witt, did not do justice as a Commissary.

Blanchan, in return, complained that de Witt had hated him for years. In the course of testimony, it was brought out that Blanchan, who owned the mill in Wildwyck, had for a long time refused to grind grain for de Witt, who as a consequence, was forced to take a ship to Albany in order to have his grain ground. De Witt claimed that Blanchan had said to others if he (de Witt) were starving he would not grind for him; which as de Witt complained, is no Christian love. De Witt admitted having said on one occasion “I have once assisted in putting out a fire in the guard house, which threaten to damage the mill. If it should happen again, I would not even move a hand in assisting to put it out.” A witness testified that Blanchan had said that “If he were master he would hang Tierck Claesen.”

The ill will between the two men had originated in an incident that occurred between them in 1663. At that time, de Witt was holding office as Commissary. It was this incident that apparently prompted Blanchan to refer to de Witt as a thief. The court now ordered Blanchan to prove at the next session that . . . Tierck Claesen is a thief or by default he will have to expect such punishment as to be justly meted out to a thief.”

Blanchan’s position in the argument was based largely on a misunderstanding of certain legal and political conditions existing in 1663, at the time of the incident that precipitated the feud. The court ordered that Blanchan shall with uncovered head pray God and the court for forgiveness, and admit that he knows nothing concerning the person of Commissary Tierck Claesen but what is honorable and upright, and to be banished during one year out of this jurisdiction as soon as the river is navigable and besides is sentenced to pay a fine of 600 gldrs light money. . . besides the expenses of the suit, and shall remain under arrest until the sentence shall hand been carried out.

Regarding his difficulties with the Wiltwyck magistrate over the excise tax, it is well to remember the unsettled state of affairs resulting from the transfer of the government from the Dutch to the English. The records show that he had the support of Direct-General Stuyvesant and later the English governors.

Mattheus was involved in a variety of other lawsuits including:10

  • Sep 13, 1661 – Mathys Blanchan, plaintiff, vs Hendrick sewant reyger [braider of sewant]. Default.
  • Nov 8, 1661 – Matheus Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. Plaintiff by virtue of a power of attorney conferred upon him by Fousien Briel, demands payment of Pieter van Alen of the amount of two schepels of wheat. Default.
  • Nov 16, 1661 – Mathyeu Blanchan, plaintiff, vs Pieter van Alen, defendant. The third default.Nov 22, 1661 – Mathyue Blansan, plaintiff, summons Pieter van Alen again, and, by virtue of a power of attorney from toeryn Briel, demands two schepels of wheat and a sack [zak, or three schepels]. Defendant’s third default.
    He is ordered after the third default to pay Matheue Blanchan, by virtue of a power of attorney, and the costs of the case.
  • Jan 3, 1662 – Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, demands from Pieter van Alen, by virtue of an earlier judgement against him, payment of two schepels of wheat and a sack. Whereas, Pieter van Arlen shows us a receipt from Toesyn Briel’s son-in-law for the debt sued for, dated November 24, and whereas Matheu Blanchan has pressed the Schout to issue execution against Pieter van Alen, who has demanded security from Matheu Blanchan, which is conceded as due to Pieter van Alen, but Matheu Blanchan refuses to give security, and the parties, at their request, having been heard, Pieter van Alen is ordered to pay, as aforesaid, provide Matheu Blanchan gives security on his claim against Pieter van Alen.
  • Mar 29, 1662 – Matteu Blanchan, plaintiff, says he leased to Mathys Roelofsen two oxen for the amount of fifty guilders, for the purpose of carting wood to his house, and that this should have been done last fall. The defendant, Mathys Roeloofsen, says his wife hired the oxen for fifty gldrs., but has not yet carted it all, and therefore refuses to pay. Jan Mertense testifies that the oxen were leased and hired, and that the carting ought to have been finished in the fall at ploughing time, or the oxen returned. Whereas, Mathue Blanchan says he has another account against her, he is given time until next session of the Court to make out his bill.
  • Apr 18, 1662 – Mattheu Blanchan, plaintiff, demands for the second time fifty gldrs., zeewant, for the use of two oxen by Mathys Roelofsen. He also demands twenty-five gldrs., eleven stivers, zeewant, more, for milk, butter and brandy supplied to defendant. Default.
  • May 2, 1662 – Mathys Blanchan, plaintiff, demands from Matliys Roeloofseu payment of fifty gldrs., zeewant, for the use of two oxen, as already mentioned, and as has been proved. Plaintiff in addition demands twenty-five guilders, in zeewant, for goods furnished. Defendant admits the debt of twenty-five gldrs., zeewant, but says he has not had satisfactory sue of the oxen, and therefore declines to pay. The Commissaries, after having heard the parties, and the circumstances being known to the Court, order defendant to pay the plaintiff the amount sued for.
  • Jul 4, 1662 – Mathys Blanchan, plaintiff, demands vindication of his honor. Says that Juriaen told his wife that it was reported that Dirck Adriaensen said to her he had seen Matheu Blanchan beat Juriaen Westvael’s pig. Defendant Juriaen Westvael and his wife admit having heard this from Dirck Adriaensen, and state that Pieter Jan-sen also heard it. Defendant Dirck Adriaensen denies this, and says he did no say so. The Schout and Commissaries order the aprties to preserve the peace, and sentence Dirck Adriaensen to pay a fine of six gldrs., for the poor.Jan 23, 1663 – Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, defendant. Plaintiff demands the expenses he says he incurred for defendant when defendant was under sentence. Defendant answers he offered to pay plaintiff, but his obstinacy caused him to go to Court. The Court, after hearing both parties, decides that each pay on-half the expense, so that defendant must pay plaintiff ten gldrs., ten stivers.
  • Under the Index (records I didn’t find) listed:
    Blanchan (Blansan), Matheu. Matheus, Mathyue, Mathys, Mattheu, 3, suit against Pieter van Alen, 7, 9, 10, 13; against Mathys Roc-‘loofsen, 27, 28,30, 32, 34, 54; charged with distilling without license, 59; fined, 60; appeals, 61; fined for churning milk on fast day.


Mattheus Blanchan (Sr.?) is listed under the Hurley Soldiers in 1670, along with Louis DuBois & Anthony Crispell. Jan Joosten, Joost Janse, Gysbert Crom and Henry Crom are listed as Marbletown Soldiers (listed below).11 Mattheus Sr. is listed as being in the Colonel service with his son-in-law, Louis DuBois.12

Mattheus Blanchan - Testamentary Disposition

In 1665, the desire for a Huguenot settlement grew. Mattheus, however, was getting old. In fact, he began to think about his estate some twenty-three years before he died. The French Huguenots were ahead of the English in the matter of women’s rights. Their wives were considered partners rather than dependents. When English law came to the Hudson Valley, Mattheus took steps to protect Magdeleine. He presented a Testamentary Disposition, written in Dutch, July 17, 1665 to protect his wife, which was translated as follows:13


Testamentary disposition, dated Sept. 7/17, 1665, and written in Dutch.
“Before me, Mattheus Capito” “appeared the worthy Mattheus Blanchan, born in the village of Noeuville o corne in the parish de la paroise Ricame de la conté de S:Paul in the province of Artois.” —Long religious preamble—“Magdalen Joire” “lawful wife, shall possess the whole estate” “here in America, as long as she remains a widow” also “all the land in Artois” “where the testator was born” and in “Armentières and other places” she to keep the “three children, Magdalena, Elizabeth and Matteu” “minors” “until they reach their majority or marry.” “When they marry, she to act towards them as she treated the two other married daughters, Catarinen and Marien.”—After remarriage, wife to have only half of the property, for the purpose of bringing up the three minors.—“Wife being present, consents to these conditions.” Signed by the testator, and witnessed by Wallerand Du Mont and Pier Nuee.

Liber B., page 260. T. D. R., Liber 2, p. 243.”

This disposition implies that Mattheus still has property in Europe. Either he didn’t lose it all or maybe times changed and he was able to or hoped to reclaim it.


Mattheus Blanchan - Will

Then, on August 22, 1671, he wrote his will, translated as follows:14


     “If Matthis Blanchan happens to die first his wife shall continue in possession of all ye Goods so long as she lives and if Magdalen Joore happens to Die first her husband Matthis Blanchan shall continue in possession of ye Goods and Estates as long as he lives and if Either of them marry he or she shall deliver to ye children ye Equal half part of ye whole Estate but if both Matthis Blanchan and his wife happen to die then their son Matthis Blanchan shall have ye farm lying in Hurley with house barns and appurtenances with four horses and four cows, and what Remains in Esopus and America their children shall Equally divide Among them it is to say Catharine, Maria, Magdalean, Elizabeth and Matthes.” Dated Aug. 22, 1671 and recorded Apr. 30, 1688.

(Capt.) Thomas Chambers.                    
Cornelius Barentse, Clarke           { —Magisgtrates of ye Court
Jno Williamse                                         

                                                    Attestor, W. De La Montagne”

Mattheus Blanchan has gone down in history as aggressive and obstinate. Of the Reformed religion, he had abandoned property both in Flanders and in England to struggle for a living in a frontier settlement for the right to worship his God in accordance with his own free conscience. A rugged individual, he labored for a hard-earned living for himself and his family and he demanded just payment from his debtors.

Mattheus died before April 30, 1688, when his will was recorded, at the age of 82 years in Hurley, Ulster County, New York. Some of the webgens I found have a death date for Madelaine as the same date, April 30, 1688. It appears she was still living at the time his will was written, 17 years before it was recorded. But whether she was still living at the time of his death is unknown. Other webgens show 1671 as her time of death. I find it highly unlikely that she died on the date his will was recorded and found nothing to support a death in 1671, so I’m leaving her death date as unknown. They are buried in the Old Hurley Burial Ground in Hurley, Ulster County, New York.

On 12 December 1689, the people of Hurley Pledged to support their representatives. Included in the list were Mattys Balnsjan and Anthony Crespel. I assume this would be Mattys Junior, as his father had passed the prior year.

Mattheus Blanchan and Magdelena Joire Children

1. Catherine Blanchan

born:            ca 1634 in Armenitieres, Spanish Netherlands [France].

died:            18 Oct 1713 in Kingston , Ulster County, New York, Colonial America.

married 1st:  10 Oct 1655 Louis DuBois in Mannhein, Prussa [now Germany].

married 2nd: 1697 Jean Cottin in New Paltz, New York. Jean was the schoolmaster and later a merchant in Kingston.

Find A Grave: Looks like there are two memorials for Catharine:
Memorial #11498998 buried at Old Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Daretown, Salem County, New Jersey, USA. [She lived her last days and died in Kingston, New York, so not sure why she would have been buried in New Jersey. The headstone shows buried in Kingston Churchyard (graveyard?) with her first husband. Also it looks like the Old Pittsgrove Presyterian Church was not organized until 1741.] See next Memorial:
Memorial #232253909 buried at Huguenot Cemetery, New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA. This one is more likely, but again she may have been buried in Kingston.

Note:             Although Catherine went by her “maiden” name during her years married to Louis DuBois, she did go by Catherine Cottin after her marriage to Jean Cottin.

I will cover her story with Louis DuBois (coming soon).

2. Maria Blanchan

born:            7 Mar 1640 in Armentieres, France.

married:       31 Jan 1660 Antoine Crispell, a native of st. Guin [formerly French Flanders, Spanish Netherlands, now Sainghinen-Weppes, Nord, France], in the French Church of Mannheim, Prussia, now Germany.
Maria and one of their children (likely Maria) were kidnapped by the Esopus Indians in 1663 and rescued 3 months later. [see my post on The Esopus Wars for more details].

died:             24 Jul 1674 (just a few days after their son Jan was baptized) at the age of 34, likely due to complications from childbirth.
Antoine then married Petronella DeMon in 1680. They had three children: Janetje Crispell (who died young); Jean Crispell and a second Jannetje Crispell. Antoine died on 6 Nov 1707 at the age of 71-72. Maria Blanchan Crispell, Peronella DeMon and Antoine Crispell are buried at the Old Dutch Churchyard, Kingston, New York.

Find A Grave: Memorial #8039384 buried at Huguenot Cemetery, New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA.

Antoine Crispell and Maria Blanchan children:

    1. Maria Magdalena Crispell
    2. Pieter Crispell
    3. Lysbet Crispell (who died young)
    4. Lysbet Crispell
    5. Sara Crispell
    6. Jan Crispell.

3. Maximilianus Blanchan,

born:        14 Aug 1642 in Armentieres, France.

died:         Before 1660 – It is assumed that he “died young” before their emigration to America in 1660.

4. Magdelaine Blanchan

baptized:       16 May 1647 at the Walloon Or Stangers Church in Canterbury, England. Her baptism record reads under the year 1647 as follows:
“Mai 16 Magdelaine, fille de [daughter of ] Mattien BLANCHAU et de Magdelaine JORRE. Tem. Jaques Donain, Jeanne Tauernier.”15” The Registers of the Walloon Church, Canterbury, Christenings, Book IV, p. 209, edited by Robert Hovenden.

died:             Unknown date – Many webgens show her death to be 9 Jul 1757 in Ulster County New York, but I suspect that is wrong as that would put her at 115 at her death. Possible I suppose, but not probable.  Maybe a later generation Magdelaine?

married:        About 1667 Jan Mattysen (also known as Tysen). Date is not given in their marriage record, which appear after an entry for 28 Sep 1667, in Wiltwyck, New Netheerlands (now Kingston,New York). He is the son of Mattys Janse von Kuelen and Margaret Hendricks. After his father’s death, his mother would marry Thomas Chambers, probably the most prominent citizen of Kingston at the time, and who would later transfer property to Jan.

Magdelaine and Jan Mattysen children:

    1. Magdalena Jansen
    2. Matthys Jansen
    3. Hendrick Jansen
    4. Davit Jansen
    5. Margriet Jansen
    6. Sara Jansen
    7. Catheryn Jansen
    8. Maria Jansen

5. Elizabeth Blanchan

born:              About 1651 in Mannheim, Spanish Netherlands (now Germany).

died:              About 1715 at the age of about 64 years, in Kingston,New York.

married 1st:   27 Oct 1668 Pieter Cornelisen Louw [Lowe, Lau, Low, Law], in Kingston, New York. Pieter died about 1691 at the age of about 48 years.

married 2nd:  Jan Focken Heromans.

Pieter Cornelisen Louw and Elizabeth Blanchan Children:

    1. Cornelius Pietersen Louw
    2. Magdalene Louw
    3. Matthys Louw
    4. Pieter Louw
    5. Antje (Anna) Louw
    6. Abraham Louw
    7. Maria Louw
    8. Jacob Louw

Jan Focken Heromans and Elizabeth Blanchan child:

    1. Grietje Jansdr Herromans

6. Matheus Blanchan Jr. (aka Matthys, Mattys)

born:            18 Apr 1655 in Mannheim, Prussia (now Germany).

died:             1699 at about 44 years old, in Ulster County, New York.

married:        30 Mar 1679 Margrietje Claas Van Schoonhoove (aka Margriet Cloosen). Margrietje was born about 1660 in Fort Orange, New Netherlands (now Albany New York).

Matheus Blanchan and Margriet Cloosen Children:

    1. Matys Blanchan III
    2. Nicholas Blanchan
    3. Cornelia Blandhan
    4. Magdalena Blanchan
    5. Catheryne Blanchan
    6. Elizabeth Blanchan
    7. Nathaniel Blanchan
    8. Margriet Blanchan

Citations and Atrributes:

  1. "Fleming Family History" rootsweb website, https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~barbpretz/genealogy/ps05/ps05_072.htm (Accessed on 25 Feb 2023).
  2. Riker, James, Revised History of Harlem, (City of New York). Its Origin and Early Annals. 1904, page 183 - free online at archive.org: https://archive.org/details/revisedhistoryh00pottgoog/page/182/mode/2up?view=theater&q=%22blanchan+a+letter%22 (Accessed 25 Feb 2023}.
  3. "The Registers of the Walloon Church, Canterbury", CHISTENINGS, Book IV, p 725 (172 of 347). Edited by Robert Hovenden, F.S.A. Epmington,1891. Books I-VII. Huguenot Society of London. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=BCZGAAAAYAAJ&pg=GBS.PA724&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en_GB. (Accessed 25 Feb 2025).
  4. Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild website (http://immigrantships.net) - De Vergulde Otter- Guilded Otter,Amsterdam, Netherlands to New Amsterdam. Departed 27 April 1660, arrived August 1660.
  5. Emigration of the Huguenots 1566 - By Jan Antoon Neuhuys - http://artpaintingartist.org/emigration-of-the-huguenots-%C2%AD-1566-by-jan-antoon-neuhuys/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40692205 (Accessed 25 Feb 2023).
  6. Riker, James, Revised History of Harlem, (City of New York). Its Origin and Early Annals, 1904, page 183 - free online at archive.org/blanchan: (Accessed 25 Feb 2023}.
  7. Fleming Family History -Matthys Blanchan Online at freepages.roowweb.com (Accessed 26 Feb 2023)
  8. Ulster County, N.Y. Probate Records In the Office of the Surrogate, and in the County Clerk's Office at Kingston, N.Y., New York, Abstracts, Ulster County Wills.
  9. James Riker, Revised History of Harlem, (City of New York.) Its Origin and Early Annals. 1904, p 183.
  10. The Dutch Records of Kingston, Ulster County, New York (Esopus, Wildwyck, Swanenburch, Kingston) 1638-1684. New York State Historical Association, 1912, Book I, Part of Book II.
  11. New York Colonial Muster Rolls, 1664-1775, Vol. I, Page 378 [database on-line]. Original data: Annual Report of the State Historian, Accessed online at https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/48344/images/NYMusterRollsI-003143-378?ssrc=&backlabel=Return&pId=302442 (Accessed 29 Jan 2023).
  12. Colonial Families of the Unites dates of America, Volume VII, p.472.Accessed online at ancesty.com 25 Feb 2023),
  13. Colonial Families of the Unites dates of America, Volume VII, p.472.
  14. Ulster County, N.Y. Probate Records In the Office of the Surrogate, and in the County Clerk's Office at Kingston, N.Y., New York, Abstracts, Ulster County Wills, p. 48.

The family Information was retrieved from a variety of family trees, webgens and family stories. I will note citations as appropriate and hope the information assists you in your research, but please do not use this as proven evidence. Feedback is welcome!

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