Jan Clute, Jr.
Stefan Bielinski

Jan Clute, Jr. was the nephew and heir of Jan Clute. He is said to have been born in Holland and emigrated to New Netherland with his uncle about 1656.

About 1680, he married Bata Van Slichtenhorst. By 1704, nine of their children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members.

Following the death of his uncle about 1684, Jan Clute, Jr. took over his Albany property and a number of more rural holdings as well. In 1684, he owned and sold a plot of land outside Albany's north gate. By that time, he is believed to have taken up residence on his uncle's farm at Canastigione.

He was primarily a trader who ranged far from Albany in search of furs. Such activities proved dangerous. In June 1682, he was identified as a "boslooper" who was being held prisoner in Canada.

He seems to have settled at Canastigione. He was buried there in November 1726. He was survived by three sons and five daughters who further established the family in the Mohawk Valley. Some descendants took up residence in Albany!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Clute, Jr. is CAP biography number 1634. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 3/10/04