TRAPHAGEN, Willem Jansen
(Abt 1616-Abt 1699)


Family Links

1. GROEVNIS, Jannetje Claesen

2. MEERMANS, Aeltje Dirricksen
  • TRAPHAGEN, Johannis
3. NOOLTRYCK, Joosje Willemse
  • TRAPHAGEN, Rebecca
  • TRAPHAGEN, Willem
  • TRAPHAGEN, Hendrick

TRAPHAGEN, Willem Jansen

  • Born: Abt 1616, Lemgo, Amt Lemgo, Leppe, Germany
  • Marriage (1): GROEVNIS, Jannetje Claesen about 1655 in New Amsterdam, Manhatten, NY
  • Marriage (2): MEERMANS, Aeltje Dirricksen on 1 Jun 1658 in Drc At New Amsterdam
  • Marriage (3): NOOLTRYCK, Joosje Willemse on 15 Jan 1661 in New Amsterdam Or Brooklyn
  • Died: Abt 1699, Kingston, Ulster Co., NY about age 83

bullet  General Notes:

An interesting biography of Willem was written by Chistopher Brooks in which he states that Willem was the progenator of three families in early Dutch New York and New Jersey: the Traphagen family, the Burhans family through his daughter Helena and the Ostrander family through his daughter Rebecca. All I know about Willem is thanks to Mr. Brooks.

He appears to have been a rather fiery man who left possessions Lemgo, in the old German County of Lippe, to settle in the new world sometime between the years of 1647 and 1658. The death of his first wife Jannetje sometime around 1657 led to a second marriage to Aeltje Dirksen soon after. She evidently died shortly after bearing him a child, for he remarried again in 1660 to Joosje Willemsen. During this time he was involved in several lawsuits that resulted from debts.

In 1661, at the urging of the Dutch governor to outlying farmers who were subject to Indian attacks to form towns, Willem joined with twenty-two other men to form the town of Bushwick, which was on Long Island not far across the river from New Amsterdam. (Today Bushwick Ave. runs east and west in New York City sort of dividing Brooklyn and Queens.) By 1664 Willem was in trouble with the local magistrate for calling him a 'false judge' and later that year his further trouble with the same judge resulted in his being banished from the town.

Not much is known about him for several years until he appears in Kingston, NY in 1671 where he gives a despostion which outlines his family connections in sort of a will, ..'whereas the aforesaid Willem Trophagen is Considering the approach of death, therefore he has deemed it proper to make known the Conditions of his family....'. If he was close to death, he beat it and survived, apparently, another 28 years, although his deathdate of 1699 is not conclusive. He appears a number of times in the court and land records of Kingston from 1671 to 1688 and his will survives dated February 16, 1685.

From the Burhans Genealogy page 4: "No date of marriage appears on record of Jan Burhans and his wife Helena Traphagen. They appear as man and wife at a baptism 23 April 1675, when they stand as sponsors. In Helena Burhans' will she is called the widow of Jan Burhans, deceased.

"Helena Traphagen was the daughter of Willem Jansen Traphagen by his first wife, Jannetje Claessen Groenvis, of Meppelt. Her father (Willem J. Traphagen) first settled in this country about the year 1660, at Bushwick, Long Island, but was banished by the authorities at New Amsterdam to Wiltwyck, 12 May 1664, for insubordination to said authorities (carrying a disrespectful letter to the said authorities for another man). During his life at Wiltwyck he made a statement to the Court, to be placed on record for the benefit of his children, of which the following is a translation by the late Jonathan Hasbrouck, of Kingston, N.Y.:

"Appeared before me W. Montagne, Secretary of the Honorable Justices.

"Willem Traphagen, aged about 55 years, son of Johannes Traphagen, Doctor of Medicine, Officer of the house at Hemelyck, in the Bishoprick of Minnen, under the Duke Van der Lip- and born in the city of Leunichor.

"Hendrick Traphagen, brother of the appearer's father, had a son Anthony Traphagen, minister of the Calvinists at Almina.

"The sister of the appearer's father, Anna Traphagen, married Johannis Willemse, merchant.

"The mother of the appearer was Heledt Delendal. Her sister had a daughter married to a Burgomaster in Lemigo. Her brother, Johannes Delendal, was a Canon at Herfort, and her other sister had a husband named Johannes Nie Hoesy, Councilor in Herfoert. The guardians of the above named Willem Traphagen were Willem Schellinck, Jan Willemse, and Johannes Nie Hoesy. This Willem Traphagen, being at Lemigo in the year 1647, appointed Johannes Nie Hoesy and Johannes Traphagen, Minister, his Attorneys.

"The appearer mentions as having yet two sisters, Elsebus and Catharina Traphagen.

"And whereas I was married to Jannetje Claessen Groenvis, of Meppelt, and had by her a daughter named Helet Traphagen, and she dying, I was married again to a woman called Aeltje Dirricksen Meermans, and begat by her a son, Johannes Traphagen, and she dying I was again married to Joostje Willemse Nooltryck, of Amsterdam, and begat by her a daughter named Rebecca and sons Willem and Hendrick Traphagen.

"And whereas the aforesaid Willem Traphagen has thought of the hour of his death, therefore he has taken this opportunity to state his genealogy, so that when his children arrive at age they can look after a freehold at Merinen called Corpus Christi, bringing an annual income of one hundred rix dollars; a freehold standing in the Church at Lemigo called Maria Virginia, bringing in and annual income of eighty rix dollars; and a freehold at Belleveldt called Maria Salutas, bringing in an annual income of sixty rix dollars.

"Now, therefore, hoping the Good Lord will maintain them in their rights so they may flourish thereby, I have hereunto set my hand this 26th August 1671, at Kingston in America, under the Jurisdiction of his Magesty the King of England.

Willem Jansen Traphagen


Albert Jansen


W. Montagne, Sec'y."

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Willem married Jannetje Claesen GROEVNIS about 1655 in New Amsterdam, Manhatten, NY. (Jannetje Claesen GROEVNIS was born about 1630 in Mappelt, Drenthe, Netherlands and died before 1657 in New Amsterdam, Manhatten, NY.)


Willem next married Aeltje Dirricksen MEERMANS on 1 Jun 1658 in Drc At New Amsterdam. (Aeltje Dirricksen MEERMANS died about 1660 in New Amsterdam.)


Willem next married Joosje Willemse NOOLTRYCK on 15 Jan 1661 in New Amsterdam Or Brooklyn.



1 Burhans, Samuel, Burhans genealogy : descendants from the first ancestor in America, Jacob Burhans, 1660, and his son, Jans Burhans, 1662 to 1893 (New York : Privately printed, 1894. 635 p.)

2 Brooks, Christopher, The Life of Willem Jansen Traphagen (1) Compuserve Genealogy Forum. 2) Website of Christopher Brooks.)

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