Jacob Christiaensen VanDoorn
- Born: 21 Mar 1668, New Utrecht, Kings County, New York
- Marriage: Marika Adriaense (Maria) Bennett in 1692 in Gowanus, Kings, New York, United States
- Died: 21 Mar 1720, Pleasant Valley, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States at age 52
Noted events in his life were:
• General History: History of Jacob Van Doren.
From "The VAN DOORN FAMILY (Van Doorn, Van Dorn, Van Doren, Etc.) IN HOLLAND AND AMERICA by A. Van Doren Honeyman, 1909
The first that is actually known of Jacob is his appearance at a Dutch church in "Brueklen" (Brooklyn) Oct. 19, 1695, when he was received as a church member. His name is given on that record as "Jakop van Doorn." The next record concerning him is that he had a son Christyean (Christian) baptized Sept. 17, 1699, at Brooklyn. Then his name appears as "Jacob van Dooren."
By 1697 Jacob was already living in New Jersey having purchased land in Monmouth County. Many of the Dutch were leaving Brookly, not happy living under English rule. His children would continue to be baptized at the church in Brooklyn since no Dutch church was in Monmouth County.
In 1709 the Marlborough church was founded, although a church building was not then erected. Jacob was one of the first two deacons of it and he and his wife were among the charter members. Names entered as "Jacob van Doorn and Maryka, his wife." He later became an elder. Interestingly, when their next son was born they still had him baptized in Brooklyn, their home church. A duplicate entry is made in the Marlborough church.
• Last will of Jacob VanDoren:. "In the name of God Amen. I, Jacob Van Dorn, of Freehold in ye County of Monmouth and Eastren Devision of ye province of New Jersey yoeman This four and twenty day of Aprile in the year of our Lord one thousan seven hundred and nineteen being very sick and weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory, thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind ye uncertainty of this present life and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. first and principally I recommend my soul into Almighty God that gave it and my body to ye earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in such Christian like and decent manner as to my executors hereafter named shall seem meet and convenient and as touching such worldly estate as ye Lord in his Infinite and rich mercy far beyound my desarts hath been pleased to bestow upon me I give and dispose of ye same, as followeth viz:
"Impr: my will is that all my just depts be well and truly payed and satisfyed within som covenunt time after my decease by my Execudors hereafter named.
"Item my will is that my loveing wife Marytie Van dorn have possess and injoy the use of all my estate both rall and personall for and during the time of her widowhood for her maintenance and for the maintenance and promotion of my children and at ye time of her remarage my will is that she shall have the sum of one hundred pounds out of the personall estate which I hereby give her the use of the which ond hundred pounds I give her my sd wife in lew and stead of her dower.
"Item my will is that all ye remaining part of my personall estate be equelly divided amongs all my children namely Aria, Angelitje, Christyjan, William, Jacob, Angenyetie, Cattrine, Abram, Peter and Isack.
"Item I give and devise to my son Arria the one motive (moiety?) or half part of my first mill and ye motive or half part of all my lands and improvements to be by him possessed and enjoyed on ye decease or remarage of my wife shall first hapen and to him his heirs & assigns forever on limitation that he pay the sum of three hundred fifty and seven pounds ten shillings as followeth that is twenty-five pounds thereof within the sepace of one year upon the decease or remarage of my wife to my daughter Angelyte and seventy five pounds thereof within the speace of tow years next after above sd to my son Christijan and seventy five pounds thereof within ye speace of three years next after above sd to my son William and seventy five pounds thereof within the speace of four years as above to my daughter Angenittye and the remaining thirty seven pounds ten shillings thereof to my youngest son Isack within the speace of five years next after as above sd.
"Item I give and devise to my son jacob the remaining motive or half part of my first mill and the other remaining motive or half part of all my lands and improvements to be by him possessed and enjoyed at the decease or remarage of my sd wife on his attaining ye age of twenty one years which shall last happen to him his heirs & assigns forever. Condition that he pay ye sum of three hundred & thirty-seven pounds ten shillings as followed viz: seventy five pounds thereof within ye speace of one year next after his being possessed of sd half to my daughter Cattrine and sevety five pounds thereof within the space of tow years next after his possession to my son Abram and seventy five pounds thereof within the speace of three years next after his possession to my son William and seventy-five pounds thereof within ye speace of four years next after his possession to my son Peter, & seventy five pounds thereof within ye speace of four years next after his possession to my youngest son Isack and remaining thirty-seven pounds ten shillings to my said youngest son Isack within ye space of five years next after his being possessed as aforesaid and my will is that if aney of my children depart the lif leveing not eshue of their body that then in such case that part or portion which I have hereby order them to receive or take be equelly devided between such and so maney as shall then be living or leve eshue of their body or receive the same and if aney part be payabell ro aney child or children before ye person to receive the same is of the age of twenty-one years my will is that my executors receive the same and imploy it to the best advantage they can for such child or children until he or they attain the age of twenty-one years.
And lastly I do hereby monimate and declare my loveing friend Garret Schanck and Aria Bennet to be ye executors of this my last will and testament to see ye same executed to preformed.
"In testimony whereof I have hereunto sit my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Jacob Van Dorn
"Signed, sealed & published by the above named Jacob Van Dorn, as his last will and testament in Ye presence of
Wilm Laurence, Jun'r
The misspelling and other errors were common even to lawyers in 1720. The will was drawn up by William Lawrence, Jr., one of the witnesses to it, a business man of Freehold township and a neighbor and friend of the testator. The original will is on file in Trenton, New Jersey.
Accompanying Jacob's will was an inventory. He owned a lot of land but not much else. A great byble, clothes, two beds and coverings, four platters and seven plates, spoons and tinware, four iron potts and one brass pot, chairs, and misc. household items. For the farm he owned Sixteen cows and thirteen calves, three steers, nine cattle two year old, ten cattle one year old, thirty sheep and 12 lambs, four swine and six pits, seven hors kind, a wagon, two plow irons, one iron tooth harrow,, two sythhs and two forks, two spades, one bollo wege, four augers, a broad ax and two chisels, one hand saw, five old axes, fove old hoes, four forks and two hatchets, one weavers loomb and tacklin. Everything one would expect in running a small farm but not much else.
The farm was divided between the eldest son Aure and the fourth son Jacob, his namesake.
The Van Doorn family has been prolific throughout the last three hundred and fifty years. The author of the book where this information is gleaned has traced over 2500 descendants of Jacob and Marytje. Certainly a proud heritage!
from "The VAN DOORN FAMILY in Holland and America" by A. Van Doren Honeyman, Plainfield, N.J., honeyman's publishing house, 1909
Jacob married Marika Adriaense (Maria) Bennett in 1692 in Gowanus, Kings, New York, United States. (Marika Adriaense (Maria) Bennett was born in 1675 in New Utrecht, Kings, New York, United States and died on 1 Jan 1733 in Hillsdale, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States.)