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Jan Garretson (1638 - 1695)

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Jan "John" Garretson aka Vanderhoff
Born in Gelderland, Nederlandmap
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married about 1659 in Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, New Netherlandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Duch Creek, Kent County, Delawaremap
Profile last modified 15 Nov 2019 | Created 6 Aug 2010 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2019
13:40: Ellen Smith edited the Biography for Jan Garretson (1638-1695). (Cleaned up one source entry) [Thank Ellen for this]
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Jan was a settler in the Delaware River valley under rule by New Sweden and New Netherland before 1664


John Garretson was born in 1638 in Gelderland, Netherlands or Corlears Hook, New Amsterdam to Garrit Jansen VanVorst and Gertrude Jacobs. He married Anna Glinn in 1659 in Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware. An alternate marriage is 1675 in Pennsylvania. He lived in New Castle since the Dutch had control of the area. He immigrated to Delaware from Gelderland, Holland, sometime between 1657 and 1664. Potential brother of Marten Garretson based on similar birthdates and both appearing in court records of New Castle during the same time.[1] His will, dated 1694, mentions deceased wife Ann, three sons (Gerhard, Casper, and Cornelius), and unnamed daughters.[2][3][4][5]

He died March 5, 1695, in Duck Creek, Kent County, Delaware. An alternate death is 1694 in New Castle County, Delaware, aged 55–56.


  1. Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, Records of the Court of New Castle on Delaware, Vol. 1, 1676–1681, 2 vols., (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, 1904); digital images, ( : accessed 14 November 2019).
  2. Will of John Garretson, New Castle County Wills, B. 13, abstracted in Calendar of Delaware Wills, 9;
  3. Don H. Yoder, "John Garretson of Redland Valley," Cawelson News, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 6-8.
  4. Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn, by Herbert Standing:
  5. New Castle County, Delaware, Wills of New Castle County, Delaware, 1682-1854; index to wills, 1682-1885, "John Garretson" 28 November 1694, digital images, FamilySearch, ( : accessed 10 November 2019); citing Digital Genealogical Society Number 007652939, Film Number 6539, Wills, v. A-I, K 1682-1777, image 40, will of John Garretson.

See Also:

  • Source: S500014 Author: Henry Kemp, Kemp Web Site. MyHeritage family tree 11363722-4.


  • This person was created through the import of Lynch-Tree.ged on 06 August 2010.
  • Vanderhoff-38 was created by David Hunsley through the import of 2015 08 17 Hunsley b0b851_744994qbs23d0y5n1b055m.ged on Aug 17, 2015.

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On 15 Nov 2019 at 04:44 GMT Jason Tilley wrote:

On 12 Nov 2019 at 20:22 GMT Jason Tilley wrote:

On 10 Nov 2019 at 16:46 GMT Jason Tilley wrote:

Here is a Jan Hoyer aka Garretson (see footnote). Does not appear to be this Jan based on issue.

His 1660 immigration record can be found here on image 86:

Note that on the same page there is a record for a Garett Garettsen from Wageningen, which according to translations, lists a wife a a 2-year old son. Could this be a potential father of Henry? I still haven't found any evidence of any Jan Garettsen being the father of a Henry.

On 10 Nov 2019 at 07:34 GMT Jason Tilley wrote:

I have attached an image of his will. It is problematic that Henry is not listed in his will. Also, it appears he lists Garrett as Gerhard, contrary to the abstract. If anyone has any evidence that this is the father of Henry, please share.

On 15 Oct 2015 at 16:31 GMT Steven Mix wrote:

Vanderhoff-38 and Garretson-3 appear to represent the same person because: This is the oldest paternal ancestor in this chain in need of a merge into the patronymic NNS PPP. No tree conflicts. Thanks!

On 28 Aug 2015 at 15:26 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Garretson-3 and Garretson-47 appear to represent the same person because: Similar name, similar family

On 9 Nov 2014 at 01:09 GMT Steven Mix wrote:

Garretson-120 and Garretson-3 appear to represent the same person because: This is the oldest paternal ancestor in this chain in need of a merge. No tree conflicts. These matches have been reviewed by the New Netherland Settlers Merge Approval System, and the "Green" destination NNS profile is protected as PPP, and the "Merge Pending" profile is now ready and able to be merged into it. I saved the data to the bios. The difference in the death year is a double date result fro use of the olde calendar. Thanks!

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