Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Anneke Jans Bogardus and Her Farm"

An article titled, "Anneke Jans Bogardus and Her Farm," appeared in Harper's Weekly in May 1885 (Vol. 70, issue 420). The author is not stated. The copy being made available here is from the William B. Bogardus Collection. It is simply being offered as an example of Gilded Age writing regarding the subject of Anneke Jans and the claims of her descendants. As you will no doubt notice, some literary license is taken with the embellishment of her status and with some specific events and descriptions of her life. For a more accurate and realistic interpretation of just who Anneke Jans was, I would recommend the account found in Prof. Willem Frijhoff's, Fulfilling God's Mission; The Two Worlds of Domine Everardus Bogardus, 1607-1647 (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2007). See the section titled, "Anneke Jans Story."

Anneke Jans Bogardus of course is a very familiar figure to many people researching their Brouwer, Brower and Brewer ancestry. Unfortunately, because of the false legends surrounding her life, regarding both her ancestry and estate, she has become a pivot point of sorts for numerous false lines of descent, many of which pass through her granddaughter Annetje Bogardus and her husband, Jacob Brouwer (a son of Adam Brouwer & Magdalena Verdon). There will be more on specific incorrect, and correct lines in future posts.

Anneke Jans Bogardus and Her Farm

The article is also available on line at Cornell University's Making of America website.

Fulfilling God's Mission; The Two Worlds of Domine Everardus Bogardus, 1607-1647, at Google Books.

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