Person:Jan Spoor (1)

Watchers
Jan Wybesse Or Wybes SPOOR
b.1640
d.Aft 11 Aug 1723 Linlithgo, Columbia, NY
m. Abt 1678
  1. Gerritt SPOORAbt 1678 - 1719
  2. Isaac SPOORAbt 1680 - Abt 1724
  3. Johannes SPOOR1680 - 1745
  4. Saartje SPOOR1684 - Bef 1709
  5. Antje Jans SPOOR1686 - 1690
  6. Barentje SPOORAbt 1688 -
  7. Nicholaas SPOOR1690 -
  8. Nicolas SPOOR1690 -
  9. Annetje SPOOR1691 -
  10. RebeccaSPOOR/SPOOR/ Rebeca1694 -
  11. Rachel SPOOR1697 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Jan Wybesse Or Wybes SPOOR
Gender Male
Birth? 1640
Alt Birth? 1640 Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
Christening? 5 Jul 1640 Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
Immigration? Abt 1650 From Holland to the Hudson River Valley
Occupation? 1662 farm servant
Residence? 1662 Niskayuna, Albany, NY
Marriage Abt 1678 to Anna Maria HANSE-BARHEIT
Reference Number Anna Maria HANSE-BARHEIT
Death[8] Aft 11 Aug 1723 Linlithgo, Columbia, NY
Alt Death? 1723 Linlithgow, Columbia, Ny
Alt Death[9] Aft 11 Aug 1723 Linlithgo, Columbia, NY
Reference Number? 3436


The word Spoor is the Dutch for track or trail and as a common noun is used to designate the traces left by an animal or man in the sand, the mud or the snow. The name as applied to a family is a common one today in Holland, but when or how it came to be applied either to the Dutch or to the American family now bearing that name is lost in obscurity. In the original Dutch, the name is pronounced as though it were spelled Spore, the Dutch oo being like our long o sound, and it is probable that this pronunciation will account for the change in spelling the name to Spore, which appears in several branches of the family. Spur is also the German equivalent of the Dutch Spoor. The Spoors in general have been tall and stalwart figures, in the earlier generations frequently attaining a height of more than six feet. They have manifested the Dutch virtues of industry, frugality and probity, and have been the solid men in the communities in which they have lived. FROM: Spoor Family

From: A SKETCH OF SOME OF THE PROMINENT FAMILIES OF THE TOWN OF DANUBE The Spoor family is of Fresian origin, the original immigrant having been Jan Wybesee Von Harlingen who came to the New Netherlands prior to 1662. He first settled in the Catskills and afterwards in Niskayuna. One of his daughters was a victim of the Schenectady massacre in 1690

From-Collections on History of Albany Spoor, alias Wybesse, Jan, of Niskayuna; in 1662, Jan Wybesse Van Harlingen, farm servant, bought of Christoffel Davidts 16 morgens of land over the kil at Catskill, lying next Eldert Gerbertse Cruiff's land. In 1698, he owned land at Niskayuna, which he sold to Johannes Schuyler for 120. His wife was Anna Maria Hanse. Ch: bp.; Antje; she was killed and burnt at Schenectady by the French and Indians Feb. 9, 1690; Saartje, Dec. 3, 1684; Nicolaas, April 27, 1690; Annetje, June 7, 1691; Rebecca, April 22, 1694; Rachel, Jan. 31, 1697.


The last record of Jan Spoor was in Aug of 1723. At this date he was recorded as a member of the Linlithgow church in Columbia County, New York. His burial place has not been found and it is believed that it was probably sunk below plow area, as were many other family plots of that time, to make way for agriculture.

References
  1. Collections on History of Albany.
  2. The Spoor Family in America by Marie A. Underwood.
  3. The Personalities of Melvin Hill Cemetery by David Burnisky 1995.
  4. Collections on History of Albany.
  5. The Spoor Family in America by Marie A. Underwood.
  6. The Personalities of Melvin Hill Cemetery by David Burnisky 1995.
  7. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ancestral File (R) (14). (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).
  8. The Spoor Family in America by Marie A. Underwood.
  9. The Spoor Family in America by Marie A. Underwood.