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Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER (son of Gerrit SCHNITTKER) was born Abt. 1608 in Oldenburg, Germany, and died Abt. May 1680 in Midwout (Flatbush), Kings Co., NY. He married (1) Griet MICHELS on May 09, 1632 in Sloten Dutch Reformed Church, Sloterdijk, The Netherlands. He married (2) Egbertje JANS on May 02, 1677.

 Includes NotesNotes for Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER:
We do not know at this point which of these Oldenburgs Jan came from. SNEDEKER, in the spellings we generally have seen, is neither a Dutch nor a German name, although we have indications that it could be derived from Low German. The name Schnittker or Schnittger is a Low German name and an occupation name as well, that derives from Schnitzer and can mean either a sculptor or a cabinetmaker. Other forms of Schnittker are Snidker, Sniddeker, Snitker and Schniddeker. We are told that the name Schnittker became very common in the city of Oldenburg at the beginning of the 17th century. We also know that Snediker can also be a Danish surname, and the word 'snediker' or, in more modern times, 'snedker' is both a Danish and a Norwegian word meaning cabinet maker. Added to all this is the fact that much of present day northern Germany, which includes both the Niedersachsen and the Schleswig-Holstein Oldenburgs, was under the rule of Christian IV of Denmark during Jan's youth. Also a significant military campaign, part of the Thirty-Years War, was fought in this region between Christian IV and the German General Wallenstein between 1625 and 1629, which we believe caused families to be displaced. This should leave one with a good indication of the amount of additional research needed in trying to uncover which Oldenburg is the birthplace of Jan SNEDEKER.

If Jan was in fact the son of this Gerdt Schnittker, who was a shoemaker, it seems likely that Jan as a boy would have been an apprentice under his father. We know that Jan served as a soldier in Amsterdam but we do not know when he originally became one. In 1625 General Albrecht von Wallenstein, who was Catholic, mustered an army of 50,000 men to drive the forces of Christian IV of Denmark out of northern Germany. His campaign against Christian IV ended with a peace treaty signed in May 1629. Jan would have been between 17 and 22 years old during this period, old enough at the outset for him to have finished his cobbler apprenticeship. We do not know if this campaign in some way influenced Jan's decision to become a soldier, prior to his being a soldier in Amsterdam; perhaps work as a cobbler could not be found in Amsterdam, so Jan turned instead to soldiering to support himself

We probably will never know for sure if Jan was born in the city of Oldenburg in the present German state of Niedersachsen and who his parents were. But we believe that credible information has been found which suggests that Jan was born there and that he was the son of Gerdt Schnittker, a shoemaker, in that city in 1630. It is also believed that any connection to the SNEDEKER name being Danish is a mere coincidence and is totally overshadowed by the data presented here from the city of Oldenburg. We do not know what impact the Thirty Years War had on Jan's decision to leave Oldenburg for Amsterdam, where he became a soldier on the city payroll. But we know that while he was in Amsterdam he served in the first company of the Krijgsvolk under the command of Nicolaes Hasselaer in 1632 and from the 14th of August 1635 until at least the 26th of July 1636, when Jan was then under the command of Nicolaes's half-brother, Dirck Hasselaer.

Extracts from: Flatbush Town Records as copied in Volume100 in the Office of the Commissioner of Records, Kings Co., NY. - Liber A, Flatbush Town Records Comprising Deeds, Leases and Wills 1670 - 1708. (Frank L. Van CLEEF, comp., 10 May 1911; copy by DeWitt Van Buren, from NYG&BS holdings) (FHL 713937)

(p. 1) GIFT by the Director General and Council of New Netherlands of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) for a parsonage and support of a minister, the lands adjoining Jan SNEDEKER, Corneles Baerensz Vander Wyck and Dom. Pollemius. pp 31-33. Dated 3 Feb. 1670

(p. 3) GRANT under Petrus Stuyvesant, to Cornelus Jansz, of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Jan Snediger, Daniel Terneur and Francoys Lagere. Dated at Fort Amsterdam 12 Mch. 1661. Sold 6 Mch. 1674 by Cornelis Jansz to Gerret Snedicker. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen and Mynne Johannus, constable. Sold Mch. 1674 by Cornelus Jansz to Mrs. Catrina Hegemans. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen. Francoys d' Bruyn, Secretary. pp 74-77

(p. 4) GRANT under Petrus Stuyvesant, to Gerrit Snedicker of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Cornelus Jansz and Jan Snedicker. Done at Fort Amsterdam 24 Jan. 1662. Sold 6 Mch. 1674 by Gerret Snedicker to Jan Seberinge. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen. Francoys d' Bruynn, Secretary. Also part sold to Jan Sebringh 4 May 1677. Wits: Mynne Johannis, constable; Jan Sueberingh. Michil Hainelle, Clerk. pp. 77-79

(p. 19) GRANT by Petrus Stuyvesant to Abraham Jorisz of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Jan Snediker and Dom. Megapolensis and Hendrick Jorissen. Dated at Fort Amsterdam 15 Apr. 1661. Signed by Petrus Stuyvesant, C. Van Ruyven, Secretary. On 14 My 1683 part of said lands were sold to Hendrik Stryker. Wits: Jan Stryker, Dirrick Stoffels. Johannes Schenk, Clerk. pp 351-357


Will and Estate Settlement:

On this 12th of December in the year sixteen hundred and seventy-seven, English style, appeared before me Michil Hainelle, licensed clerk of the five Dutch towns under the West Riding of Jorckshire upon Long Island by the Right Hon. Lord E. Andros, Esq., Lord of Sansmeres, Governor General under His Royal Highness James, Duke of Jorsk and Albany, Etc. in all His territories in America, in their own persons the worthy Jan Snedeger and Egberttie Jansen, wedded people living in Midewoutt, with the undersigned witnesses both of whom, sound in body and full possession of their minds and senses and using the same, as is clearly evident to me and the witnesses, considering the fragelity of human life and the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour thereof, and desiring with sound mind to make disposition of the property and goods they, the parties appearing may leave behind and release at death, without persuasion or deception by any one have made their testament and disposition by last will in form and manner as follows:

Firstly.
They, the testators, annul and revoke all testaments, last wills or dispositions made prior to this date, desiring that this their testament shall be observed in every point and be valid and binding and irrefragable.
First of all, if one of them may happen to die, they commend their immortal souls into the hands of God Almighty, their Creator; and their bodies to the earth and honorable burial.

And further disposing of their property they, the testators, have made, allowed and promised each other to the survivor, mutually and reciprocally, namely the first to die to the survivor of the two, just as they do make, allow and promise hereby in manner the most binding that is possible for them, the dower, usufruct, profit and use of all the property movable and immovable, lands, ground, rents, houses, house-lots, horses, cattle, gold, silver, jewels and everything else, nothing in the world excepted except only the clothing belonging to either's person, which he, Jan Snedeger, desires that his son Gerrit Snedeger shall receive immediately after his death: and Egbertie Jansen her children together, without any other heir being able to bring any claim thereon.

Furthermore they, the testators, bequeath, each to the other control in all other property, both lands and property situate here in Midewout and in any other parts of the world without any exception whatsoever, for the life time of the one living longest, beginning with the death of the first to die (and ending with the death of the survivor.), upon condition and provision that the one who lives longest of the two shall have full power over all the property left behind by the first to die, to govern the same, to administer, to lease, receive the rents excluding herein friends, heirs or orphanage and finally surrendering the same to one another without dispute or opposition, notwithstanding any common laws, decrees or ordinances and other privileges dictating to the contrary hereof, hereby abrogating the same.

Further it is Jan Snedeger's will and desire that after his death and the death of Egbertie Jansen, his wife, his only son Gerritt Snedeger, a resident here in Midewoutt, out of the rightful half of the property that the last to die shall leave behind shall have first of all a certain house-lot situate here near Jan Snedeger's land, that belongs to him Gerrit Snedeger and then the sum of four hundred guldens, sewan value, and also five hundred guldens, sewan value, which he, Jan Snedeger, hereby gives to him for preference and advantage, as he is his only son, wishing and desiring that these four and five hundred guldens, making together nine hundred guldens, sewan value, shall be drawn by him Gerritt Snedeger first from the things or property, that is to say, from the half of the entire estate that the one who lives longest shall leave behind at death, without any of his sisters being able to urge any claim thereupon.

And as to what more is left it is his will and desire that he, Gerritt Snedeger, and his sisters shall share and share alike without one laying claim to anything more than another, asking and desiring that they shall agree in love and friendship with one another after his death.

And as to the other half of the entire estate that belongs to Egbertie Jansen, it is her will and desire that her children shall share and share alike, without one's having any preference or advantage over the others.

They the testators, declare that what is written above is their testament and disposition or final will thus arranged voluntarily and uninfluenced by any one, very particularly desiring that the same at the death of either shall stand in effect, whether as testament or codicil or otherwise, as every last will can best prevail, notwithstanding all the forms of law required have not been observed herein.

Thus done in good faith without deceit or trick, in Midewout, day and date as before.
Jan SNEDEKER
This is the mark of Egbertie Jansen placed by her own hand.
Willem Giliamse
Rut Aelbertsen Known to me,
Michil Hainelle,


Will Settlement

On this day the thirtieth day of this month January of this year of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the year 1681, Old Style, in the 34th year of His Majesty's reign, appeared before me Dirck Storm, clerk in the Town of Midwout (Flatbush) , in their own persons, the worthy Egbertje Janze, at the present widow of Jan Sneediker, deceased, on the one side, and Peter Cornelize, empowered by Anna, daughter of Jan Snediker, dec., and Peter Cornelize, husband and guardian of Jannitie Sneediker, and Geridt Sneediker and Peter Cornelize aforesaid, empowered by Styntje Sneediker, all sisters and brothers and surviving children of the deceased Jan Sneediker aforesaid; as also besides these the present children of the afore-mentioned Egbertje Janze, by name Herman Hendricks and Eldert Luycasse, at present husband and guardian of Styntje Hendrickze, and Louwreyns Matyss, husband and guardian of Janitje Hendrickze, and Coert Steeffensse and Willem Huyken, tutors and guardians over Jan Hendrickze and Annitje Hendrickze, who together in amicable form of agreement have decided and determined, for the good of the said widow and also for the good of all the aforementioned interested herein, to whom the inheritance will belong after the decease of the aforementioned widow upon this following agreement:

Firstly.
The lot of land and meadows with all that is ground and nail-fast in and upon the same, just as it was possessed by the aforesaid Jan Sneediker, dec., and as it has been possessed up to this day by the present widow aforesaid, together with all such rights and privileges as appertain on or to the same or which shall come to appertain to the same through the declaration of the deed thereof, the aforesaid Geridt Sneediker shall take possession of the next following month of August in the year 1682, to cultivate and make use thereof, so and as shall seem good to him, forever and for an inheritance, with also such horses, viz. three horses, two geldings and one old mare, with one old wagon, with also the old wood and iron-work which belongs fully to the same.

For these aforesaid parcels the said Geridt Sneediker promises to construct and to maintain a house with a small garden, with the enjoyment of the fruit trees, and to provide yearly two hundred and fifty guldens, with also the pasturage for two cows and fodder during the winter in behalf of the aforementioned Egbertie Janze during her entire life time, but if the said widow shall decide to keep no cows, then Geridt Snediker shall be held to pay the said widow for such pasturage and fodder aforesaid.

Further.
As the human race is subject to death and as nothing is more uncertain than the hour thereof, it is, herein provided and determined that the said Geridt Sneediker shall also pay the sum of seven thousand guldens in four successively following years, the first installment beginning one year after towit the rightful fourth part of the aforesaid seven thousand guldens, amounting each year or installment to seventeen hundred and fifty guldens, the same to be paid in good merchantable winter wheat and rye and pease at market sewan price and the same to be delivered at the Ferry, viz. the yearly two hundred and fifty guldens on behalf and to the satisfaction of the said widow, and the said seven thousand guldens to be paid and delivered at the specified time to and on behalf of the aforementioned children in the right manner and shares as was provided by the last testament and final will made by the aforementioned Jan Sneediker, dec'd., provided he receive at the last payment good transport and deed from all the aforementioned parties interested herein.

Further, in the case that the said Geridt Sneediker, granted in these presents, shall fall in arrears in the payment of the aforesaid yearly sum in behalf of the said widow and further in regard to the principal amount of seven thousand guldens, except his own individual portion according to the declaration of the said testament and final will, then the said properties are and remain for the full security and mortgage. Thus done and issued, all without deceit or trick.

In testimony of the truth and in confirmation of the performance of what is before written this is subscribed by the same with their own hands on the day, month and year as above in the presence of the undersigned trustworthy witnesses hereunto invited.
Coert Stevensen
Wyellem Heocken
This is the (MARK) mark of Egbertie Janze, widow.
Gerret SNEDEKER
Witness: This is the (MARK) mark of Willem Gerretsen
Peter Cornelize
Dirck Stoffels
This is (MARK) mark of Eldert Luycazen
This is (MARK) the mark of Louwrens Mathyzen
Dirck Storm, Clerk.

Will Settlement

In manner and form as it is described in the preceding agreement, it is agreed between the aforementioned Geridt Sneediker on the one side and Peter Cornelisz aforesaid on the other, in friendship, that the said Peter Cornelize shall take possession of and use the said lands in and on the same terms as aforesaid, thereby promising also to deliver and to pay to the aforesaid widow, as is specified before on the other side and stipulated, as also to deliver and to pay to all the aforementioned heirs or fellow sharers each his portion, so and as shall belong to his inheritance in pursuance of the last and final will made by Jan Sneediker, dec., to the payment of the aforesaid seven thousand guldens at the time and in the manner as is aforesaid.

And after the payment of all this the said Geridt Sneediker promises hereby to renounce and to surrender all privileges and advantages thereunto pertaining and to give up fully all benefits and rights hereunto belonging to the aforesaid Peter Cornelissen, all under bond according to law and judges.

In witness of the truth the said parties appearing have subscribed this with their own hands on this 2nd day of the month August, 1681, in presence of trustworthy witness hereunto invited, in Middewout.

This is the (MARK) mark of Peter Cornelize
Gerret SNEDEKER
Witness: Leffert Pietersen
This is (MARK) mark of Hendrick Willemze
Underneath stood:
Dirck Storm, Scribe.
[Flatbush Town Records Liber A, PAge 118, New Book 247. Flatbush Town Records, pp. 169, 71, 73K, miscellaneous; recorded Oct. 12, 1677, Comm. of Records, Kings Co., NY, translation same dept. from original Dutch.]

Jan's death date is recorded in the Flatbush church membership lists as May 1679. His death in 1679 is further confirmed by these two entries in other Flatbush church records:
Aug. 1679. From the widow of Jan SNEDEKER for use of the shroud, 6 g.
[undated] 1679. Echberttie SNEDEKER for a grave in the church, 20 g
Source: Frank L. Van CLEEF, translator and transcriber, Marriage Fees; Deaths; Members and other miscellaneous matter culled from the records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the Town of Flatbush, Kings Co. NY; by direction of the Consistory, 1912 (typescript, copy by Josephine C. Frost, ca. 1916); "Miscellaneous Matter Culled from the Deacons Accounts 1657-1786, " p. 2, and "Miscellaneous Matters Culled from the Church Masters Accounts, " p. 33.

Marriage record: den 24 april 1632, Compareerden als vooren Jan Gerritss van Oldenburgh soldaet onder Cap Maijoor, woonende op den Elantgracht, out 24 jaer, geen ouders hebbende, & Grietie Michiels van Hamborgh, out 29 jaer, geen ouders hebbende, woonende als vooren.... (and in margin) Dese persoonen getrouwt den 9 may 1632 tot Sloterdijk voor Matthijas Meursius, pred. aldaer. [On the 24th of April 1632, Appeared as before Jan Gerritsz from Oldenburg, soldier under Captain Maijoor, 24 years of age, living on the Elantsgracht, having no parents (alive) and Grietie Michiels from Hamburg, 29 years of age, having no parents (alive), living as before.... (and in margin) These persons are married the 9th of May 1632 in Sloterdijk by Matthijas Meursius, minister of that place.
We do not know at this point which of these Oldenburgs Jan came from. SNEDEKER, in the spellings we generally have seen, is neither a Dutch nor a German name, although we have indications that it could be derived from Low German. The name Schnittker or Schnittger is a Low German name and an occupation name as well, that derives from Schnitzer and can mean either a sculptor or a cabinetmaker. Other forms of Schnittker are Snidker, Sniddeker, Snitker and Schniddeker. We are told that the name Schnittker became very common in the city of Oldenburg at the beginning of the 17th century. We also know that Snediker can also be a Danish surname, and the word 'snediker' or, in more modern times, 'snedker' is both a Danish and a Norwegian word meaning cabinet maker. Added to all this is the fact that much of present day northern Germany, which includes both the Niedersachsen and the Schleswig-Holstein Oldenburgs, was under the rule of Christian IV of Denmark during Jan's youth. Also a significant military campaign, part of the Thirty-Years War, was fought in this region between Christian IV and the German General Wallenstein between 1625 and 1629, which we believe caused families to be displaced. This should leave one with a good indication of the amount of additional research needed in trying to uncover which Oldenburg is the birthplace of Jan SNEDEKER.

If Jan was in fact the son of this Gerdt Schnittker, who was a shoemaker, it seems likely that Jan as a boy would have been an apprentice under his father. We know that Jan served as a soldier in Amsterdam but we do not know when he originally became one. In 1625 General Albrecht von Wallenstein, who was Catholic, mustered an army of 50,000 men to drive the forces of Christian IV of Denmark out of northern Germany. His campaign against Christian IV ended with a peace treaty signed in May 1629. Jan would have been between 17 and 22 years old during this period, old enough at the outset for him to have finished his cobbler apprenticeship. We do not know if this campaign in some way influenced Jan's decision to become a soldier, prior to his being a soldier in Amsterdam; perhaps work as a cobbler could not be found in Amsterdam, so Jan turned instead to soldiering to support himself

We probably will never know for sure if Jan was born in the city of Oldenburg in the present German state of Niedersachsen and who his parents were. But we believe that credible information has been found which suggests that Jan was born there and that he was the son of Gerdt Schnittker, a shoemaker, in that city in 1630. It is also believed that any connection to the SNEDEKER name being Danish is a mere coincidence and is totally overshadowed by the data presented here from the city of Oldenburg. We do not know what impact the Thirty Years War had on Jan's decision to leave Oldenburg for Amsterdam, where he became a soldier on the city payroll. But we know that while he was in Amsterdam he served in the first company of the krijgsvolk under the command of Nicolaes Hasselaer in 1632 and from the 14th of August 1635 until at least the 26th of July 1636, when Jan was then under the command of Nicolaes's half-brother, Dirck Hasselaer.

Extracts from: Flatbush Town Records as copied in Volume100 in the Office of the Commissioner of Records, Kings Co., NY. - Liber A, Flatbush Town Records Comprising Deeds, Leases and Wills 1670 - 1708. (Frank L. Van CLEEF, comp., 10 May 1911; copy by DeWitt Van Buren, from NYG&BS holdings) (FHL 713937)

(p. 1) GIFT by the Director General and Council of New Netherlands of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) for a parsonage and support of a minister, the lands adjoining Jan SNEDEKER, Corneles Baerensz Vander Wyck and Dom. Pollemius. pp 31-33. Dated 3 Feb. 1670

(p. 3) GRANT under Petrus Stuyvesant, to Cornelus Jansz, of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Jan Snediger, Daniel Terneur and Francoys Lagere. Dated at Fort Amsterdam 12 Mch. 1661. Sold 6 Mch. 1674 by Cornelis Jansz to Gerret Snedicker. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen and Mynne Johannus, constable. Sold Mch. 1674 by Cornelus Jansz to Mrs. Catrina Hegemans. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen. Francoys d' Bruyn, Secretary. pp 74-77

(p. 4) GRANT under Petrus Stuyvesant, to Gerrit Snedicker of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Cornelus Jansz and Jan Snedicker. Done at Fort Amsterdam 24 Jan. 1662. Sold 6 Mch. 1674 by Gerret Snedicker to Jan Seberinge. Wits: Jan Strycker, Aucke Jansen. Francoys d' Bruynn, Secretary. Also part sold to Jan Sebringh 4 May 1677. Wits: Mynne Johannis, constable; Jan Sueberingh. Michil Hainelle, Clerk. pp. 77-79

(p. 19) GRANT by Petrus Stuyvesant to Abraham Jorisz of lands in Midwout (Flatbush) adjoining Jan Snediker and Dom. Megapolensis and Hendrick Jorissen. Dated at Fort Amsterdam 15 Apr. 1661. Signed by Petrus Stuyvesant, C. Van Ruyven, Secretary. On 14 My 1683 part of said lands were sold to Hendrik Stryker. Wits: Jan Stryker, Dirrick Stoffels. Johannes Schenk, Clerk. pp 351-357


Will and Estate Settlement:

On this 12th of December in the year sixteen hundred and seventy-seven, English style, appeared before me Michil Hainelle, licensed clerk of the five Dutch towns under the West Riding of Jorckshire upon Long Island by the Right Hon. Lord E. Andros, Esq., Lord of Sansmeres, Governor General under His Royal Highness James, Duke of Jorsk and Albany, Etc. in all His territories in America, in their own persons the worthy Jan Snedeger and Egberttie Jansen, wedded people living in Midewoutt, with the undersigned witnesses both of whom, sound in body and full possession of their minds and senses and using the same, as is clearly evident to me and the witnesses, considering the fragelity of human life and the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour thereof, and desiring with sound mind to make disposition of the property and goods they, the parties appearing may leave behind and release at death, without persuasion or deception by any one have made their testament and disposition by last will in form and manner as follows:

Firstly.
They, the testators, annul and revoke all testaments, last wills or dispositions made prior to this date, desiring that this their testament shall be observed in every point and be valid and binding and irrefragable.
First of all, if one of them may happen to die, they commend their immortial souls into the hands of God Almighty, their Creator; and their bodies to the earth and honorable burial.

And further disposing of their property they, the testators, have made, allowed and promised each other to the survivor, mutually and reciprocally, namely the first to die to the survivor of the two, just as they do make, allow and promise hereby in manner the most binding that is possible for them, the dower, usufruct, profit and use of all the property movable and immovable, lands, ground, rents, houses, house-lots, horses, cattle, gold, silver, jewels and everything else, nothing in the world excepted except only the clothing belonging to either's person, which he, Jan Snedeger, desires that his son Gerrit Snedeger shall receive immediately after his death: and Egbertie Jansen her children together, without any other heir being able to bring any claim thereon.

Furthermore they, the testators, bequeath, each to the other control in all other property, both lands and property situate here in Midewout and in any other parts of the world without any exception whatsoever, for the life time of the one living longest, beginning with the death of the first to die (and ending with the death of the survivor.), upon condition and provision that the one who lives longest of the two shall have full power over all the property left behind by the first to die, to govern the same, to administer, to lease, receive the rents excluding herein friends, heirs or orphanage and finally surrendering the same to one another without dispute or opposition, notwithstanding any common laws, decrees or ordinances and other privaleges dictating to the contrary hereof, hereby abrogating the same.

Further it is Jan Snedeger's will and desire that after his death and the death of Egbertie Jansen, his wife, his only son Gerritt Snedeger, a resident here in Midewoutt, out of the rightful half of the property that the last to die shall leave behind shall have first of all a certain house-lot situate here near Jan Snedeger's land, that belongs to him Gerrit Snedeger and then the sum of four hundred guldens, sewan value, and also five hundred guldens, sewan value, which he, Jan Snedeger, hereby gives to him for preferience and advantage, as he is his only son, wishing and desiring that these four and five hundred guldens, making together nine hundred guldens, sewan value, shall be drawn by him Gerritt Snedeger first from the things or property, that is to say, from the half of the entire estate that the one who lives longest shall leave behind at death, without any of his sisters being able to urge any claim thereupon.

And as to what more is left it is his will and desire that he, Gerritt Snedeger, and his sisters shall share and share alike without one laying claim to anything more than another, asking and desiring that they shall agree in love and friendship with one another after his death.

And as to the other half of the entire estate that belongs to Egbertie Jansen, it is her will and desire that her children shall share and share alike, without one's having any preference or advantage over the others.

They the testators, declare that what is written above is their testament and disposition or final will thus arranged voluntarily and uninfluenced by any one, very particularly desiring that the same at the death of either shall stand in effect, whether as testament or codicil or otherwise, as every last will can best prevail, notwithstanding all the forms of law required have not been observed herein.

Thus done in good faith without deceit or trick, in Midewout, day and date as before.
Jan SNEDEKER
This is the mark of Egbertie Jansen placed by her own hand.
Willem Giliamse
Rut Aelbertsen Known to me,
Michil Hainelle,


Will Settlement

On this day the thirtieth day of this month January of this year of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the year 1681, Old Style, in the 34th year of His Majesty's reign, appeared before me Dirck Storm, clerk in the Town of Midwout (Flatbush) , in their own persons, the worthy Egbertje Janze, at the present widow of Jan Sneediker, deceased, on the one side, and Peter Cornelize, empowered by Anna, daughter of Jan Snediker, dec., and Peter Cornelize, husband and guardian of Jannitie Sneediker, and Geridt Sneediker and Peter Cornelize aforesaid, empowered by Styntje Sneediker, all sisters and brothers and surviving children of the deceased Jan Sneediker aforesaid; as also besides these the present children of the afore-mentioned Egbertje Janze, by name Herman Hendricks and Eldert Luycasse, at present husband and guardian of Styntje Hendrickze, and Louwreyns Matyss, husband and guardian of Janitje Hendrickze, and Coert Steeffensse and Willem Huyken, tutors and guardians over Jan Hendrickze and Annitje Hendrickze, who together in amicable form of agreement have decided and determined, for the good of the said widow and also for the good of all the aforementioned interested herein, to whom the inheritance will belong after the decease of the aforementioned widow upon this following agreement:

Firstly.
The lot of land and meadows with all that is ground and nail-fast in and upon the same, just as it was possessed by the aforesaid Jan Sneediker, dec., and as it has been possessed up to this day by the present widow aforesaid, together with all such rights and privileges as appertain on or to the same or which shall come to appertain to the same through the declaration of the deed thereof, the aforesaid Geridt Sneediker shall take possession of the next following month of August in the year 1682, to cultivate and make use thereof, so and as shall seem good to him, forever and for an inheritance, with also such horses, viz. three horses, two geldings and one old mare, with one old wagon, with also the old wood and iron-work which belongs fully to the same.

For these aforesaid parcels the said Geridt Sneediker promises to construct and to maintain a house with a small garden, with the enjoyment of the fruit trees, and to provide yearly two hundred and fifty guldens, with also the pasturage for two cows and fodder during the winter in behalf of the aforementioned Egbertie Janze during her entire life time, but if the said widow shall decide to keep no cows, then Geridt Snediker shall be held to pay the said widow for such pasturage and fodder aforesaid.

Further.
As the human race is subject to death and as nothing is more uncertain than the hour thereof, it is, herein provided and determined that the said Geridt Sneediker shall also pay the sum of seven thousand guldens in four successively following years, the first installment beginning one year after towit the rightful fourth part of the aforesaid seven thousand guldens, amounting each year or installment to seventeen hundred and fifty guldens, the same to be paid in good merchantable winter wheat and rye and pease at market sewan price and the same to be delivered at the Ferry, viz. the yearly two hundred and fifty guldens on behalf and to the satisfaction of the said widow, and the said seven thousand guldens to be paid and delivered at the specified time to and on behalf of the aforementioned children in the right manner and shares as was provided by the last testament and final will made by the aforementioned Jan Sneediker, dec'd., provided he receive at the last payment good transport and deed from all the aforementioned parties interested herein.

Further, in the case that the said Geridt Sneediker, granted in these presents, shall fall in arrears in the payment of the aforesaid yearly sum in behalf of the said widow and further in regard to the principal amount of seven thousand guldens, except his own individual portion according to the declaration of the said testament and final will, then the said properties are and remain for the full security and mortgage. Thus done and issued, all without deceit or trick.

In testimony of the truth and in confirmation of the performance of what is before written this is subscribed by the same with their own hands on the day, month and year as above in the presence of the undersigned trustworthy witnesses hereunto invited.
Coert Stevensen
Wyellem Heocken
This is the (MARK) mark of Egbertie Janze, widow.
Gerret SNEDEKER
Witness: This is the (MARK) mark of Willem Gerretsen
Peter Cornelize
Dirck Stoffels
This is (MARK) mark of Eldert Luycazen
This is (MARK) the mark of Louwrens Mathyzen
Dirck Storm, Clerk.

Will Settlement

In manner and form as it is described in the preceding agreement, it is agreed between the aforementioned Geridt Sneediker on the one side and Peter Cornelisz aforesaid on the other, in friendship, that the said Peter Cornelize shall take possession of and use the said lands in and on the same terms as aforesaid, thereby promising also to deliver and to pay to the aforesaid widow, as is specified before on the other side and stipulated, as also to deliver and to pay to all the aforementioned heirs or fellow sharers each his portion, so and as shall belong to his inheritance in pursuance of the last and final will made by Jan Sneediker, dec., to the payment of the aforesaid seven thousand guldens at the time and in the manner as is aforesaid.

And after the payment of all this the said Geridt Sneediker promises hereby to renounce and to surrender all privileges and advantages thereunto pertaining and to give up fully all benefits and rights hereunto belonging to the aforesaid Peter Cornelissen, all under bond according to law and judges.

In witness of the truth the said parties appearing have subscribed this with their own hands on this 2nd day of the month August, 1681, in presence of trustworthy witness hereunto invited, in Middewout.

This is the (MARK) mark of Peter Cornelize
Gerret SNEDEKER
Witness: Leffert Pietersen
This is (MARK) mark of Hendrick Willemze
Underneath stood:
Dirck Storm, Scribe.
[Flatbush Town Records Liber A, PAge 118, New Book 247. Flatbush Town Records, pp. 169, 71, 73K, miscellaneous; recorded Oct. 12, 1677, Comm. of Records, Kings Co., NY, translation same dept. from original Dutch.]

Jan's death date is recorded in the Flatbush church membership lists as May 1679. His death in 1679 is further confirmed by these two entries in other Flatbush church records:
Aug. 1679. From the widow of Jan SNEDEKER for use of the shroud, 6 g.
[undated] 1679. Echberttie SNEDEKER for a grave in the church, 20 g

Source: Frank L. Van CLEEF, translator and transcriber, Marriage Fees; Deaths; Members and other miscellaneous matter culled from the records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the Town of Flatbush, Kings Co. NY; by direction of the Consistory, 1912 (typescript, copy by Josephine C. Frost, ca. 1916); "Miscellaneous Matter Culled from the Deacons Accounts 1657-1786, " p. 2, and "Miscellaneous Matters Culled from the Church Masters Accounts, " p. 33.

Marriage record: den 24 april 1632, Compareerden als vooren Jan Gerritss van Oldenburgh soldaet onder Cap Maijoor, woonende op den Elantgracht, out 24 jaer, geen ouders hebbende, & Grietie Michiels van Hamborgh, out 29 jaer, geen ouders hebbende, woonende als vooren.... (and in margin) Dese persoonen getrouwt den 9 may 1632 tot Sloterdijk voor Matthijas Meursius, pred. aldaer. [On the 24th of April 1632, Appeared as before Jan Gerritsz from Oldenburg, soldier under Captain Maijoor, 24 years of age, living on the Elantsgracht, having no parents (alive) and Grietie Michiels from Hamburg, 29 years of age, having no parents (alive), living as before.... (and in margin) These persons are married the 9th of May 1632 in Sloterdijk by Matthijas Meursius, minister of that place.


More About Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER:
NOTE: 1632, Married by Matthijas Meursius, minister of Sloterdijk.
Occupation 1: Bet. 1632 - 1636, Soldier.
Occupation 2: Bet. 1636 - 1642, Shoemaker, New Amsterdam.
Occupation 3: Aft. 1642, Tavern Keeper, New Amsterdam.
Occupation 4: Bet. 1654 - 1664, Magistrate, Flatbush.
Probate: Jan 30, 1681, Settlement date of his will before Dirck Storm, clerk in the Town of Midwout (Flatbush) Left his land to his wife and only son, Gerrit.
Relationship: Eleventh Great Grandfather of AD Kaufmann.
Residence: Aug 10, 1636, On the Elandsgracht canal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Will: 1670, Left his land to his wife and only son, Gerrit.

More About Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER and Griet MICHELS:
Marriage 1: May 09, 1632, Sloten Dutch Reformed Church, Sloterdijk, The Netherlands.
Marriage 2: May 09, 1632, Sloten Dutch Reformed, Sloterdijk, The Netherlands.

More About Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER and Egbertje JANS:
Marriage: May 02, 1677

Children of Jan Gerritsz SNEDEKER and Griet MICHELS are:
  1. +Annatje Jans SNEDEKER, b. Bef. May 16, 1634, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, d. Sep 07, 1687, Flatbush, Kings Co., NY.
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