4548. Admiral Jan Janse (/Jansz /Jansen) (Van Haarlem)

4549. Margrietje concubine


(4548) Jan Jansen, aka Morat Rais, the Caid Morato, and "Captain John", was a Dutch merchant-turned-buccaneer who became the Admiral of the fleet of Muley Zidan, Sultan of Morocco. He served as Governor of Salee, that country's chief seaport. Jan's piracy dealt less in treasure than in slaves. He and his men raided towns as far away as Baltimore, Ireland and Reykjavik, Iceland. His Crescent Medal was passed down throught the family and is now said to be in the Holland Society of New York.

In 1605, Jan, a Dutch merchant (/privateer?) sailed on a letter of marque to capture pirates. Finding little profit in this, he became a pirate himself. The mother of Jan's sons (4548) Anthony and (4549i) Abraham was probably an Arabic-speaking Moor. These were expelled from Spain in 1610, fleeing to Salee. The Moors were a mixed people, descendants of Berbers, Arabs and Sub-Saharan Africans. Keloid scarring, an inherited condition peculiar to Asians and Black Africans, runs in my family.

Jan was captured and enslaved in the Canary Islands in 1618, and taken to Algiers. Possibly released by the good offices of Izaak Pallache, a Portugese Jewish merchant of Amsterdam, he converted to Islam in 1622 and went into the service of Sultan Muley Zidan. While in the Sultan's service, Jan carried out his notorious raid on Iceland. Jan was known to be instrumental in securing the release of many Dutch captives in Morocco (probably for a good price).

Jan sent Anthony and Abraham to Amsterdam in 1629, a year of famine in Morocco, during which Zidan's successor, Moulay Abd el-Malek, was assasinated. An apparently well-lettered man who understood several languages, Jan participated in 1631 in establishing a truce between el-Malek's successor, Moulay el-Oualid, and King Louis XIII. Having been an ally of the English under Zidan, he now raided England and Ireland under el-Oualid. Jan was captured in 1635 by the Maltese Knights, but escaped.

Jan apparently maintained a good relationship with the first wife and family he had left behind when he became a pirate. His wife visited him in 1623, while he was in Veere, Netherlands for repairs to his ship; and his daughter (4548[1]c) Elizabeth and her husband came to Morocco to visit him in 1640-41. That was the last year of any record of Jan.

More can be found in " The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record", October 1969 and January 1972, the book, Philip Gosse History of Piracy (The Tudor, 1934), and other sources. c/o Michael D. Harding
Carol Ferenchak

"'The "Republic of Salè' was governed by a committee of 14 pirate captains, presided over by a Grand Admiral. The Grand Admiral was (4548) Jan Janszoon*, a Dutchman who converted to Islam while a prisoner in Algiers. Janszoon led the Salee Raiders on slaving and raiding expeditions as far away as Britain and even Iceland. Janszoon was appointed wali of Bou Regreg by the Sultan of Morocco in acceptance of the fait accompli of his control over the area. Among Janszoon's descendents are such notables as the Vanderbildts, the Spencer-Churchills, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

*Murat Reis (Jan Janszoon van Haarlem) 1619-1627 d. after 1641

"Pirate republic (Republic of Bou Regreg)......1627-1660's

Janszoon left the area for Algiers in 1627, and a new pirate republic was formed with the twin cities of Rabat and Sale as its bases. Janszoon continued to be active in Mediterranean piracy until he was captured by the Knights of Malta in 1635. He was ransomed in 1640 and died sometime thereafter. The pirate state acknowledge Moroccan overlordship in 1641 but continued to enjoy some degree of autonomy until it was conquered in the 1660's. It continued for some time thereafter to enjoy renown as a pirate base; Salé is mentioned in Robinson Crusoe as the site of the eponymous hero's captivity.


"Note 2. (see 28 t h December 1640)

"Simon de Vries in “Handelingen en geschiedenissen voorgevallen tusschen den Staet der Vereenichde Nederlanden en dien van de zee-roovers in Barbarijen” [page 57]:

"In the slaughter-month [November] of the year 1623 a terrific storm developed at sea, which caused great damage to ships and goods. Because of this terrible turbulence two Turkish robbers were forced into the canal and so on along the moles into ter Veer [Veere] in Zeeland. Here their severely damaged ship had to be repaired, and also provisions taken on as their own were all gone.

"The one leader was a Renegado, or renounced Christian, from Haerlem. He also had some Dutch sailors on board. The wife and children of this notorious leader came to beg him earnestly and constantly to leave this ship and to stay with her. Daily the parents of the other Dutch crewmembers did the same; but they could not persuade them in any way. On one hand they were too embittered at the Spaniards, on the other hand too keen on the prizes.

"The above mentioned (4548) Jan Jansz. van Haerlem had joined the Turks under the Veenboer, and had in time climbed up from the lowest to the highest position. It was not enough for him, that he, to gain imaginary temporary happiness, had forsaken the Lord Christ, had murdered his soul, had rejected his salvation, but he also encouraged other Christians, by showing them his captured treasures, to leave Christianity, and let them be circumcised; which was actually done by some godless ones. This Admiral Jan Jansz. van Haerlem has even turned Salee within a few years into a notorious robber’s nest, like Duynkercken [Dunkirk] used to be. Now it has begun to get rich, where it used to be an unimportant place."1

1"Journal of the Mission of the Honorable Anthonis de Liedekerke sent to the King of Morocco by the Honorable Lords of the State-General of the United Netherlands, which journal was kept on board of the ship “Gelderlandt” by Adriaen Matham, painter." -- Adriaen Matham Journal.pdf c/o

The following translation is mostly from Babelfish, and leaves something to be desired; so I have included the original Dutch as well, so I can fix it up when I get time:

"How and why (4548) Jan Jansz of Haarlem left the straight path is not known; nor is it known how he earned the nickname 'The Hairdresser'. Perhaps he had been a barber? He was sailor, and good gunner moreover, a man with insight and the will to learn, a man who did not feel that the world on the ships of the Dutch merchants was for him. He lived in certain wealth in Haarlem, to one claimed Jan Jansz on the same Burgwal as the legendary state captain. Lapper [=drunkard?]. A lapper and a hairdresser beside each other? , that would be too much of good.

"Jansz married (4548[1]) Soutgen Caves, children at her had provoked and worked as capes and of the rapidly that in goeden do keep. Something or around him has forced him abandon of it, he will ship excuse none of onse patriotism of one at the other moment its commission groffelijck at buyten. That smacks of opposition."

Hoe en waarom (4548) Jan Jansz van Haarlem het rechte pad verliet is nooit bekend geworden. En waarom hij de bijnaam de Kapper verdiende is evenmin bekend. Is hij een barbier geweest? Hij was zeeman, en een goede constabel bovendien, een man met inzicht en de wil te leren, een man tot wie het doordrong dat de wereld op de schepen van de Nederlandse koopvaardij niet de zijne was. Hij woonde in zekere welstand in Haarlem, naar men beweerde op dezelfde Burgwal als de legendarische statenkapitein Jan Jansz. Lapper. Een Lapper en een Kapper naast elkaar?, dat zou te veel van het goede zijn.

Jansz was getrouwd met (4548[1]) Soutgen Caves, had kinderen bij haar verwekt en werkte als kaap- en koopvaarder hard om die in goeden doen te houden. Iets in of rond hem heeft hem gedwongen daarvan af te zien, hij ging van het ene op het andere moment zijn commissie “groffelijck te buyten, verschoonende geen van onse vaderlandsche schepen.” Dat riekt naar verzet.2

2"NEDERLANDERS ONDER DE BARBARIJS/TURKSE ZEEROVERS" ©1977, 2006ev arne zuidhoek, Barbarijs.pdf c/o

4550. Johannes Reiniers

4551. Jannetje unknown


"The records of the Gemeente-Archief in Amsterdam show that on 26 September 1626 (4549) Grietje Reyniers of Amsterdam, aged twenty-four years, parents unnamed, assisted by her cousin, Heyltge Gerrits Schaeck, married Aelbert Egberts, from Haarlem, a tailor, aged twenty years, having no father, and assisted by his mother, Hillegond Cornelis. The records further show that on 15 December 1629 Grietje Reyniers, from Wesel, Germany, widow of Aelbert Egberts for over two years, and (4548) Anthony Jansz, seaman from Cartagena, aged twenty-two years, parents not named, received a certificate allowing them to get married "on board." Thus Grietje was about five years Anthony's senior.

"Whether Grietje Reyniers was Dutch or German remains uncertain. Her name indicates that the family was of Huguenot descent. That she was of Amsterdam at the time of her first marriage seems to suggest Dutch origin"


4552. Cornelius Christiaense Van Horn

4553. unknown


4558. Johan unknown (not Webber)

4559. Trijn Roeloffs /Jonas van Maesterland

REF: http://www.otal.umd.e../du/~walt/gen/htmfile/7710.htm;
SRC: "Colonial New York : Philip Schuyler and his family" c/o

"(4559[2]) Everardus' parents are unknown, but perhaps they died in the plague of 1617–18 since Evert, his brother Pieter, and two half-brothers were placed in the town orphanage. He and his brother, (1111viii[1]) Cornelis, adopted the name of Bogaert in early adulthood.

-- c/o Linda Stuhler

NOTES: Marstrand [57.53N 11.34E] founded in 1225, was called "Maesterland" when it was a Dutch commercial outpost in the days of the Hanseatic League -- http://www.otal.umd.e../du/~walt/gen/htmfile/3854.htm

Many sources show the father of (2279) Martje Jans as the granddaughter of William the Silent through his (presumed) illegitimate son Wolfert Webber. This is unlikely since (2279) Martje was born in Norway, whereas Wolfert and all his other presumed children (b. ABT 1601-1618) were born in the Netherlands, and because neither Jans sister ever used the patronymic "Wolferts". -- http://www.otal.umd.e../du/~walt/gen/htmfile/3854.htm

On 11 August 1647, as (4559i[2]) Domine Bogardus was about to sail to The Netherlands, (2279[2]) Dirck Cornelissen van Wensveen, (2279) Martje's husband, gave (4559i[2]) Bogardus, the other son-in-law of (4559) Tryntje Jonas, a power of attorney to collect from the West India Company the sum of 245 guilders, 2 strivers, and 8 pennies "as appears on the Book of Monthly Wages, No. F, folio 17," which was due at the death of "(4559) Trijn Jonas van Maesterland, in her lifetime, midwife here in New Netherlands." ...That power of attorney was lost on 27 [29] September 1647, when the Domine was drowned.

"[(4559) Trijn's] family was at Rensselaerwyck when Kiliaen van Rensselaer complained 23 Apr 1634 in a letter that (4559i[1]) Roelof Jansen was drawing too heavily on his accounts because his mother-in-law was giving things away."


Anneke Jans

(4559i) Anneke Jans, an impoverished widow with five children after the untimely death of her first husband, became a lady of some means after marrying the new Domine of New Amsterdam. She suffered a perceived indignity, however, by (4548) Anthony "The Turk" Jansen and his wife, (4549) Grietje Reyniers, by having to "suffer" the presence of the latter. Mrs. Lamb's version of this case is as follows:

`Mrs. Bogardus went to pay a friendly visit to a neighbor; but on getting into the 'entry', discovered that Greitje Reiners, a woman of "questionable reputation" (well-earned, according to court testimony) was in the house, and thereupon turned about and went home. (4549) Grietje was greatly offended at this snubbing from the Dominie's lady, and followed her, making disagreeable remarks. While passing a blacksmith's shop, where the road was muddy, Mrs. Bogardus raised her dress a little, and Grietje was very invidious in her criticisms. The Dominie thought fit to make an example of her; hence the suit. Grietje's husband being in arrears for church dues, Bogardus sent for him and ordered payment, and not getting it, finally sued for the amount.' (See Lamb, History of the City of New York, 1. p. 86)." --

These "arrears in church dues" may have partly stemmed from fact that (4548) Anthony was new to Christianity. He had been raised as a Moslem, and kept a Qur'an in his posession all his life. Domine Bogardus was able to legally use the "arrears" to spite (4548) Van Salee, because citizens of New Netherlands were all required to support the state church (Dutch Reformed).

In 1645, when New Amsterdam got a new Goveror, Director General William Kieft. In that year, Bogardus opposed Kieft's policy in regard to the Indians, and denounced him for drunkenness and rapacity. Before being brought to trial, the Domine compromised with Kieft, but the old difficulties soon re-appeared. In 1646 the Director and Council of New Amsterdam summoned Bogardus to appear and answer charges against him. Kieft also fell out of favor, and was obliged to resign. When he set sail for Holland, after the arrival of Governor Stuyvesant in 1647, Bogardus boarded the same vessel to answer the charges brought against him before the classis in Amsterdam. The vessel entered Bristol Channel by mistake, and struck upon a rock, going down with eighty persons -- among them, Bogardus and Kieft. This happened on September 27, 1647.

(4548) Anthony "The Turk" and his wife were later exiled to Long Island, where they apparently settled down and raised Christian children.


9096. Gijsbert Van Haarlem

  • b. ABT 1508 Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • m. 9097. Kornelia BoucquetABT 1533 of Haarlem, Noord-/ Dordrecht, Zuid- Holland, Netherlands

9097. Kornelia Boucquet


9104. John /Philip Van Horn

9104. unknown



18194. Blasius Boucquet

18195. unknown



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