Jan Janse Ouderkerk


According to traditional sources, Jan Janse Ouderkerk (sometimes spelled Ouderkirk) was born in the Netherlands about 1640. By 1660, he had emigrated to America and settled in Beverwyck. He was known as a barrel maker in the community that became Albany in 1664.

His wife was named Ariaantie. By 1686, they had six or more children who were christened in the Albany Dutch church where he was a member.

In 1679, he was identified as an Albany householder. In 1684, he was noted as being in default of his taxes. In 1689, he was identified on an assessment roll as a "farmer in Marte Gerritse's Company." His Albany house sat on the north side of what became State Street.

Jan Janse Ouderkerk may have died in 1712.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Janse Ouderkerk is CAP biography number 6401. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Family-based resources are Internet-accessible.

first posted: 6/10/06