According to traditional sources,
Jan Verbeek was born in Breda
He is said to
have married the widow Maycke Damen Vissenburgh in Holland in 1641. He
emigrated to New Netherland with his wife
and child about 1642. Little else has been said about his family.
After a time on Manhattan, he moved upriver to take up residence in Rensselaerswyck.
In 1651, he sat on the colony's court.
In 1658, his house in Greenbush was taken over by Jan Baptiste Van Rensselaer.
Previously, he had moved across the river and was living in Beverwyck
at the initial distribution of houselots
Verbeek was a licensed tailor and real
estate trader. Although he may have been overlooked on earlier survey
documents, he was listed as alone in an Albany house on the census of
Jan Verbeek was dead by 1699 when the state of his estate was of some
concern to the city council.
The life of Jan Verbeek
is CAP biography number
5967. This sketch
is derived chiefly from family
and community-based resources
. See also:
first posted: 2/20/06; updated 2/28/12