Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jan Fransse Van Husum

This post is a summary of the book VAN HOOSE VAN HOOSER VAN HUSS FAMILY IN AMERICA by Joyce Lindstrom. A second source is Elsie Rohre's book "The Van Huss Family". A third source is the VanHoesen blog, which compiles multiple sources. The reader should be mindful that there are always variations in the telling of a tale. Dates, place names, even facts will change with the retelling of any history.

The First Van Huss to arrive in America was Jan Fransse Van Husum. He was born in 1608 or 1609 in Husum, Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein, then a part of Denmark, although today it is the northernmost province of Germany. Husum is on the west coast and faces the North Sea. It is natural that Jan became a sailor and sailed for the Dutch West Indies Company. He lived in Amsterdam, where in April of 1639, he married Volckje Juriaens of Tuijnstraat (Twijnstratt, Utrect). The newly married couple immediately set sail for America and, on July 7, 1639, arrived in Dutch New Amsterdam.


"Jan Fransse Van Husum was the emigrant ancestor of all the Van
Hooser's in America as well as some thirty variations of the surname.
Originally he was known only as Jan Fransse, meaning "John, the son
of Francis." In the early days of history before the emergence of
surnames, the patronymic system of naming was used.In this case,
the second name was the father's first given name. Fransse or
Fransssen was a Danish name. The suffix "se" or "sen" meant "Son

Jan Fransse was born in Husum, a city in Schleswig in 1608. Husum
lies in the northern duchy of Schleswig, which was once an
independent duchy ruled by princes of the old Roman empire. A ducal
portion was ruled by the dukes of Holstein and a common portion was
ruled jointly by the kings and dukes."

Jan Fransse was employed as Commissioner of Lands for the Dutch West India Co.. As such, he and his wife settled in the colony of Rensselaerswyck at Fort Orange, now Albany, New York. In 1662 he purchased from the Indians several hundreds acres along the Hudson River at Clavernack, present day Hudson. The purchase price was 500 guilders in beavers pelts.

The couple had thirteen children. See Johannes VanHoesen worldconnect.

Jan died before 1667 in Clavernack. His wife remarried and lived in Clavernack until her death in 1703.


  1. Historical sketches published about the Van Hoesen and VanHoose.

    The Albany Protocal, Wilhelm Christoph Berkenmeyers’s Chronicle of Lutheran Affairs in New York Colony, 1731-1750, Edited by John P. Dern, published 1992, by Picton Press, Camden Maine, [Salt Lake City Family History Library call no US/CAN; 974.7;K2d]

    John P. Dern, Genealogy of the the Van Hoesen family. Dern also includes an extensive Genealogy of Frank Hardick who married a Daughter of Jan Frantz Van Hoesen. In this work, Dern refers the following writers and the Histories and Genealagies witten by them:

    Richard Schermerhorn Jr., Herdick Genealogy, unpublished manuscript at the Holland Society of New York
    Munsell, Annals, Vol 1
    Richard Schermerhorn Jr., Van Heusen Genealogy, unpublished manuscript at the Holland Society of New York
    Edith Van Heusen Becker, Van Heusen Genealogy, NYGBR, Vol 51, 1920, pp. 285-287
    Delbert W. Clark, unpublished notebooks, Heermance Memorial Library, Coxsackie, New York

    Jonathan Pearson, Genelogies of the First Settlers of Albany, from 1630 to 1800. Genealogical Publishing Co. 1976, Baltimore.

    Information from

  2. Two ships are listed as arriving in the New Netherlands in 1639. They are the Herring and the Fire of Troy.The passenger lists are incomplete.