Person:Joris Van Alst (1)

Joris Stephenszen Van Alst
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Name Joris Stephenszen Van Alst
Immigrant Name[2] Joris de Caper
Immigrant Name Steven Van Alst
Alt Name Joris Stephenszen
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1625 Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Marriage Banns 5 May 1652 New Amsterdam, New Netherlandto Geesie Harmens
Death? Abt 1710 Queens, New York, United States
Burial? Abt 1710 Van Alst Cemetery, Queens, New York, United StatesNot confirmed.

"Joris Stevensen Van Alst, the ancestor of all among us of this name, was from Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, situated near the aforesaid district of Alst. He is commonly called in our early records, Joris de Caper, i. e. George the sailor. At New Amsterdam, in 1652, he m. Geesie, dau. of Harmen Hendricksen, a young lady from Witmund ; and settling at the Dutch Kills, he bought two plantations, (see p. 21,) for which he obtained a confirmatory patent, Dec. 16, 1670. He d. in or about 1710. His ch. were Stephen, Isabella, Jane, who m. Wit Cornelisz Timmer, Andries, Johannes,- Mary, m. Henry Brazier, and Helena, who m. Michael Bassett. Neither Stephen, b. 1653, nor Andries, b. 1664, left issue, though the latter was m. twice: first to Maria Van Gelder, and secondly, it is said, to a sister of Rip Van Dam, Esq., of the provincial council. Andries owned the farm now embraced in those of John Gardner, dec, and Jacob Polhemus."[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Riker, James. The annals of Newtown in Queens County, New-York: containing its history from its first settlement, together with many interesting facts concerning the adjacent towns : also, a particular account of numerous Long Island families now spread over this and various other states of the Union. (New York: D. Fanshaw, 1852)
  2. Commonly called "Joris de Caper" i.e. George the sailor.