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Jan (Jansen) van Haarlem (1570 - 1650)

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Jan van Haarlem formerly Jansen aka Murat Reis the younger
Born in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlandsmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Salâe, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Moroccomap
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Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, commonly known as Murat Reis the younger (c. 1570 - c. 1641) was the first President and Grand Admiral of the Corsair Republic of Salé, Governor of Oualidia, and a Dutch pirate, one of the most notorious of the Barbary pirates from the 17th century; the most famous of the "Salé Rovers".


Jan Jansen, also known as Van Haarlem, van Haarlem, Van Salee. Another nickname is Murat Reis the younger.
Jans Janszoon Jansen van Haarlem[1]


Jan was born in 1570 in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands. An alternate birth year of 1588 was used on some profiles that were merged.
Date: 1588
Place: Haarlem, Holland, Netherlands[2]


In 1596, by an unknown Dutch woman, Janszoon's first child was born, Lysbeth Janszoon van Haarlem. In 1600, Jan Janszoon began as a Dutch privateer sailing from his home port, Haarlem, working for the state with letters of marque to harass Spanish shipping during the Eighty Years' War. During this period he had abandoned his Dutch family.
After becoming a privateer, Janszoon met an unknown woman in Cartagena, Spain, who he would marry. The identity of this woman is historically vague, but the consensus is that she was of some kind of mixed-ethnic background, considered "Moorish" in Spain. Historians have claimed her to be nothing more than a concubine, others claim she was a Muslim Mudéjar who worked for a Christian noble family, and other claims have been made that she was a "Moorish princess."
Through this second marriage, Janszoon had four children:
  1. Abraham Janszoon van Salee (b.1602)
  2. Philip Janszoon van Salee (b. 1604)
  3. Anthony Janszoon van Salee (b.1607)
  4. Cornelis Janszoon van Salee (b. 1608)
It is speculated that Janszoon married for a third time to the daughter of Sultan Moulay Ziden in 1624.


In 1622, Jan converted to Islam.


Jan was the Admiral of the Sultan of Morocco's fleet at Salee.


Jan died 1641 in Salâe, Morocco.
Date: 1650
Place: Sale', Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Morocco[3]


Anthony and Grietje's lives were the subject of a novel, "The Drowning Room," by Michael Pye, published by Granta Books, London, 1995. I'm told by a fellow researcher (and probably a distant cousin) Charles W. Danis, Jr. that the novel is "historically inaccurate in a number of respects.” Anthony was also known as being “from Salee, Vaes or Fez. He emigrated at an early date to N. A. [New Amsterdam], where he resided from 1633 to ’39, owning a town lot and a bouwery. He m. 1st Grietje Reiniers; m 2nd, in 1670, Metje Gravenraet, and d. about 1676 intestate. In Apr. 1639 he and his wife were banished from N.A. in consequence of their being slanderous and troublesome persons. He, however, appears to have managed to remain in the town until Aug. 3, 1639 when on petition he was granted by the Director-Gen. or Gov. Kieft 100 morgens on the W. end of L.O., lying within the present bounds of N.U. and Gd., to which he removed, and for which the patent was dated May 27, 1643. Feb. 9, 1660, he sold his patent to Nicholas Stillwell for 1600 gl. And the fee of plantation-lot No. 29 in Gd., with the buildings and improvements thereon, whch plantation-lot Anthony sold Dec. 1669 to Fernandus Van Sickelen, his son-in-law. After this he appears to have removed back to N.A., where he died. Anthony’s patent during this period was known as “Turk’s Plantation,” from his being designated as “Turk” on some of the old records. Stillwell sold… In 1879, in leveling the sand dunes on the upland on the edge of the bay, a little S.E. of the buildings of Mr. Gunther at Locust Grove, which dunes had been blown up from the beach, and which had been gradually extending back with the abrasion of the shore or coast, the remains of two separate pieces of stone wall about 2 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, made mainly of unbroken fieldstones laid in clay mortar, with a clay floor between them, were exhumed. These remains were covered with from 4 to 10 ft. of sand, and are probably those of the barn or other farm buildings of Anthony Jansen, it being customary in the early settlement of this country to construct their threshing floors of clay, of which specimens existed, and were in use in this country in the younger days of the author, their roofs being made of thatched straw instead of shingles as at present. Issue by 1st wife:--Annica, who m. Thomas Southard of Gd.; Cornelia, who m. William Johnson of N.Y.; Sara, who m. John Emans of Gd.; and Eva, b. 1641, who m. Ferdinandus Van Sickelen of Flds. Made his mark “A I” to documents.” [4]


  • Source: S2 Record ID Number: MH:S2 User ID: 530F31A25188436A10026221127639B8 UPD 27 FEB 2014 07:37:54 GMT-5 Author: Various Title: Record ID Number: MH:SC11 Page: Data: Text: Jan Janszoon Jansen van Haarlem, 1st President of Sale' and Grand Admiral, Governor of Oualida CONT a.k.a. Murat Reis the Younger CONT CONT

Source Notes

  1. Jansen van Haarlem-1 was created by William VanSickle through the import of DeadVanSicklesAndFergusons.GED on Feb 28, 2014.
  2. User ID: 530F2B2BBC312369D0026221127639B8 Record ID Number: MH:IF48
  3. User ID: 530F32224D0A836A40026221127639B8: Record ID Number: MH:IF49
  4. The Memoirist (this link no longer works. If someone has an updated one, please include it here)


  • Jansen van Haarlem-1 was created by William VanSickle through the import of DeadVanSicklesAndFergusons.GED on Feb 28, 2014.
Record ID Number: MH:I30
User ID: 530F2B2BBC369369E0026221127639B8
UPD 27 FEB 2014 07:44:20 GMT-5

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On June 3, 2013 Roger Wehr wrote:

On June 1, 2013 Roger Wehr wrote:

Anthony and Abraham van Salee were the ancestors of the Vanderbilts, the Whitneys, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Humphrey Bogart.

They were among the earliest arrivals to 17th century New Amsterdam. In a number of documents dating back to this period, they are both described as "mulatto". From what scholars have been able to piece together about their background, they appear to have been the sons of a Dutch seafarer by the name of Jan Jansen who had "turned Turk" and become an admiral in the Moroccan navy. With the Port of Salee as the base from which it harried European shipping, references to the fleet he commanded are salted away in the old English sea shanties that are still sung about the Salee Rovers. The mother of his two sons was probably a concubine he had while trading in this part of the world before his conversion to Islam.

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On August 4, 2014 at 21:31GMT Steven Mix wrote:

Jansen van Haarlem-1 and Jansen-131 appear to represent the same person because: This famous Dutch pirate is the oldest paternal ancestor in this chain in need of a merge. No tree conflicts. I saved the alternate data to the bio. Thanks!

On July 7, 2014 at 19:28GMT Abby Glann wrote:

Re: Memory edit; reformatted so it wasn't running off the page. Common issue in memory and bulletin board posts solved by adding new paragraphs every once in a while.

On June 19, 2014 at 00:29GMT Steven Mix wrote:

I propose that we should merge all copies of this famous pirate NNS ancestor Settler into Jan Jansen-131 because that profile is a good patronymic. Van Haarlem should be an aka. As I read the bios, that was the place of his early settlement in the Netherlands, before he and son Anthony became pirates in Salee, Morocco.

Let's discuss here in Comments, and target to reach a final decision on LNAB by a deadline of one week, by June 25, 2014.

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