Van Kuykendall, Jacob Leurszen

Birth Name Van Kuykendall, Jacob Leurszen
Gender male
Age at Death 39 years, 3 months, 28 days


Marjorie Ruth Keith: Jacob was employed by the Dutch West India Company and emigrated from Holland to the New Netherland Colony in 1646. He settled at Fort Orange, New York (near what is now the foot of Madison Street in Albany, New York). Jacob was a farmer, fur trader and mechanic.
FTM Volume #2, Tree #3215: References: (1) "The History of the Kuykendall Family", by George Benson Kuykendall and (2) "Kuykendall Families of America", Volume #3, by Velma Kuykendall Winn
FTM Volume #3, Tree 3411: Jacob Luursen (1616-1655)

Jacob, our first ancestor in America, was born in or near Waginengen, Holland, the son of Luur (last name unknown). He married Stynje Douwes in Amsterdam on August 28, 1638; Stynje was from Enkhuisen, Holland, born in January 1617, the Daughter of Douwe Wiggersz and Agniete Coensen.

A 1662 fire in the town hall of Wageningen prevents us from finding any older records on Jacob Luursen or his family.

In 1640, Jacob, Stynje, and their baby daughter Styntie arrived in Fort Orange, New Netherlands (now Albany, New York) on the ship "Princess" owned by the Dutch West India Company. Since 1629 this company had set up patroonships whereby wealthy Dutch could obtain huge tracts of land if the successfully colonized the area. One such patroon was Kiliaen Van Rensselaer whose holdings included most of present-day Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer counties. Rensselaer had his business office in Amsterdam but his home was in the Gelderland province from which the Luersens came, so it is likely that Rensselaer personally recruited the brothers and gave them land leases to ensure that they would become permanent settlers. Rensselaer's patroonship is mentioned as the only one that lasted into the 1700's.

Jacob and his brother Urbanus (with wife Jannetie Claes Boanes) came to America to work for Renssalaer, possibly as mechanics. However, some of my records include details of shipping by the Dutch West India Company in which Jacob Luersen is specifically mentioned as an officer. New York Historical Manuscripts contains a September 6, 1641 declaration of officers of the ship "The Angel Gabriel" who urged the Captain to head for New Netherlands because of the disabled condition of their ship, signed by Jacob Luersen as Chief Boatswain. Another account, dated January 1, 1648, tells of a complaint filed against Roulaf Cornelius who inflicted five wounds on Corporal Jacob Luersen as the Corporal was trying to separate Cornelius and Casper Steinmetsel during a quarrel.

Jacob, like other Dutch settlers, was granted a lot in Beverwyck near Fort Orange on October 25, 1653. Records show that he built a house and had a garden there until his death on April 29, 1655. He was survived by his wife Stynje, daughters Styntie, Jacobyntie, and Agneit and by only one son Luer.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1616 Near Wageningen, Gelderland, Holland    
Death 1655-04-29 Fort Orange, Albany County, New York    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Van Kuykendall, Leur1580
Mother Unknown1594
    Brother     Van Kuykendall, Charsten Leurszen
         Van Kuykendall, Jacob Leurszen 1616 1655-04-29
    Brother     Van Kuykendall, Urbanus Leurszen 1618


Family of Van Kuykendall, Jacob Leurszen and Douwese, Stynje

Married Wife Douwese, Stynje ( * 1616-01-22 + after 1682 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1638-08-28 Amsterdam, Holland Marriage of Van Kuykendall, Jacob Leurszen and Douwese, Stynje  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Kuykendall, Styntie Jacobsen1637-01-17
Kuykendall, Jacobyntie Jacobseabout 16411693-04-02
Kuykendall, Agniet Coensabout 1642
Van Kuykendall, Lurr Jacobson1650-05-29after 1720