Anthony (Jansen) van Salee
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Anthonis (Jansen) van Salee (abt. 1607 - 1676)

Anthonis (Anthony) "Antony, de Turk" van Salee formerly Jansen aka Janszen, Janszoon
Born about in Sale, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Moroccomap [uncertain]
Husband of — married 15 Dec 1629 in Soutberg (ship)map
Husband of — married 1670 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Kings County, Long Island, New Yorkmap
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Anthony (Jansen) van Salee was a New Netherland settler.
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Anthony Janszoon van Salee was a prominent early Dutch settler in the English settlement under Dutch rule in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Kings, western Long Island, after 1645. Gravesend is now a neighborhood in south-central Brooklyn, along the shore of Gravesend Bay and Coney Island. In 1609 Henry Hudson landed his ship the Half Moon there at the island known by the natives as Narrioch (Coney Island). In 1643 Gravesend then became one of the original towns founded in the Dutch colony of New Netherland when Governor Willem Kieft granted a land patent to the Anabaptist Lady Deborah Moody, as a site where that English sect could settle free from religious persecution. Clashes with the natives delayed the town for two more years, until December 19, 1645.
Anthony Janszoon van Salee (1607–1676) was the son of famed Dutch pirate Jan Janszoon van Haarlem. Anthony was an original settler of and prominent landholder, merchant, and creditor in New Netherland, and may have been the first Muslim in the New World.
"Antony Jansen is supposed to have come from Fez or Salee in Africa, and was probably a son of Jan Janse, of Haerlem in Holland , a freebooter and pirate, who settled in Salee in Morocco, where he married, turned Turk or Mohammedan, deserting his lawful wife and children, whom he had left at Haerlem"[1][2]
Anthony came to New Amsterdam and bought land about 1630, on what now is lower Manhatten of New York City, New York. Perhaps due to an ego brought on by his background, or a natural aversion to friendship, he was widely known as a very disagreeable fellow. He was considered a prosperous farmer but as a result of his hostile disposition was eventually banned from New Amsterdam. He eventually moved to Gravesend, Long Island but continued to deal in New Amsterdam real estate for the rest of his life.
Antony Jansen Van Salee was the son of a Dutch buccaneer, Jan Jansen (born in Amsterdam in the late 1500's) and a Moroccan mother. Antony was born in the port of Fezbut lived in Sale before he immigrated to New Amsterdam in 1630. This tall, dark, and muscular rogue, who was wild and forceful, was known as "The Turk" or as the "Troublesome Turk" in some historical documents. He married Dec.15, 1629, Grietje Reiners (Reyniers)(Egberts?) a bar maid from Amsterdam who arrived in New Amsterdam in 1633 on the 'Southberg'. History paints them as an extremely colorful couple with questionable reputations. They were involved in many petty slander suits. However, their four daughters were quite respectable and married into prominent families.
Anthony was the son of an admiral in the fleet of the Sultan of Morocco and since the Dutch built ships for the Sultan, the Dutch Court of New Amsterdam went out of the way to defer to the Admiral's son until both he and his wife became intolerably arrogant and insulting to both the Court and his neighbors.
"A Hollander; from Salee, a seaport in Africa to new Amsterdam patentee and pioneer, Gravesend and New Utrecht; his home called "Turks Plantation"
Anthony had secured a bouwery (farm) near Fort Amsterdam by 1638 he had been in New Amsterdam between one and four years. The farm was called Wallenstein and occupied the area from Broadway to the East River between Ann Street and Maiden Lane. He sold this farm to Barent Dircksen on May 7, 1639. In August of 1639 Governor Kieft had "given and granted to Anthony jansen of Salee 100 morgens (200 acres) of land lying on the bay of the North river upon Long Island opposite Coney Island, stretching along the shore...
" This property was between what would become Gravesend and New Utrecht, NY. On May 24, 1643 he bought additional a lot and house in New Amsterdam, it was described as the third lot facing the East River on the westerly side of the present Bridge Street.
In February 1660 he sold his Gravesend plantation as a result of an Indian uprising, to Nicholas Stilwell in a deal he would soon regret. On February 9, 1662 he petitioned the courts to be released from the sale on the ground that it was sold to cheap. He was not to win the case but the property continued to be referred to as the Turk's Plantation for years to come. :Anthony had received property from Stilwell as part of the original deal and also acquired more land on the western part of Coney Island.
He continued to live on this property till about 1669 when upon the death of his first wife and second marriage he moved back to New Amsterdam and moved into the property on Bridge Street, which he had owned there for years and remained in residence there till his death in 1676.
At this time he conveyed to his son-in-law, Ferdinandus Janse van Sicklen the property on Long Island. Anthony converted his Bridge Street house into an Inn which he and his second wife operated in their elderly years. Although his real estate was no longer extensive Anthony was listed among the wealthy men to be assessed in the 1674 tax list of New Amsterdam. In his later years Anthony was at times "summoned because of his being an aged and worthy man esteemed for his knowledge of the old boundaries of land on Long Island. "
Anthony was described as a "man of prodigious strength" and as "a man of great vigor.": [3]
See also The Van Salee Family page in WikiTree.


Anthony Janszen "the Turk" Van Salee
Anthony Van Salee formerly Jansen[4] [5][6][7][8][9][10]
Anthony Jansen Vansalee[11]


1607 in Salee or Fez in Morocco or in Cartagena, Spain or Van Felt, Netherlands
Abt 1610 Amsterdam | Holland
Anthony was born in 1607. He passed away in 1676. [12]

Marriages & Children

Marriage Anthonis Janss and Grietje Reijniers [13]

Transcript Dutch: Compareerden als vooren Anthonis Janss van Cartegene, vaerentgesel, out 22 jaer, geen ouders hebbende, wonende bij de harinckpackerij, en Grietie Reyniers, van Wesel, weduwe van Albert Egbertss, verclaerde over de twee jaer weduwe te sijn geweest .notitie in marge: acte verleent om t'scheep te trouwen
translated: Appearing as before mentioned Anthonis Jans from Cartgene , seaman age 22 , has no parents, living near the herring warehouse, and Grietie Reyniers from Wesel, widow of Albert Egbertss, declared to have been widow for over 2 years. Note in margin: certificate grants to marry at ship.

Anthonis Janss and Grietje Reijniers married aboard of the ship the 'Soutberg' , armed with the approval certificate pastor Everardus Bogardus completed the wedding ceremony at sea.
In 1624, Anthony was in Salé, Morocco with his father, leaving in 1627 for Algiers with his family. Van Salee was living near the harbor in Amsterdam when he obtained a marriage license on December 15, 1629 to marry 27-year old German-native Grietse Reyniers two days before his ship to the New World left. The records of the Gemeente-Archief in Amsterdam show that on 26 September 1626 Grietje Reyniers of Amsterdam, aged twenty-four years, parents unnamed, assisted by her cousin, Heyltge Gerrits Schaeck,married Aelbert Egberts, from Haarlem, a tailor, aged twenty years, having no father, and assisted by his mother, Hillegond Cornelis. The records further show that on 15 December 1629 Grietje Reyniers, from Wesel, Germany, widow of Aelbert Egberts for over two years, and Anthony Jansz, seaman from Cartagena, aged twenty-two years, parents not named, received a certificate allowing them to get married "on board." Thus Grietje was about five years Anthony's senior.[14] He had four daughters with Grietje Reyniers who married into respectable colonial commercial families:
  1. Eva Antonis, who married Ferdinandus van Sycklin, an original immigrant to New Netherlands for whom Van Siclen Avenue in Brooklyn is named for. He was a descendant of a crusader and banker named Simon van der Sicklen, whose family possessed the domain of Nazareth, Belgium during the medieval ages and founded the town of Seclin, now in France. The family's original surname was de la Faucille./Eva Antonis Jansen, b. 1641; bp. 3 Nov 1647 NYC Ref Ch (age 6 y) witn. Borger Janszen, Maryken Lievens m. abt 1660 Ferdinandus Jansen Van Sycklin (Van Sickle)
  2. Cornelia, who married William Johnson/ Cornelia Jansen (Van Salee), b. say 1638; d. before Dec 1669; m. about 3 Feb 1658, William Janszen (Barkelo) of NY
  3. Annica, who married Thomas Southard. Annica and Thomas's daughter Abigail was the great-great-grandmother of Cornelius Vanderbilt / Annica Jansen (Anneke), b. say 1632 poss. Amsterdam; m. before 22 Dec 1653, Thomas Southard (aka Schondtwart; Suddert of Gravesend
  4. Sara, who married John Emans. They are fifth great-grandparents of Warren G. Harding. /Sarah Jansen (Sarah Anthonys Van Salee), b. say 1635; m. John Emans of Gravesend, son of Andries Emans ( an Englishman who came in 1661 from Leyden to Gravesend, L.I. in the ship St. Jean Baptist.)
December 15, 1629 in Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA or The Netherlands or New Amsterdam, NY or on board ship
December 15, 1629 in At Sea
On or After 15 December 1629 Place: Soutberg (ship)

2) Grietje died in 1669, and Anthony married Metje Grevenraet, before dying in 1676 after passing his final years at his home on Bridge Street. Metje was a Quaker who helped Anthony tolerate the church (Trijntje Jonas was her aunt ?)



In 1630, at the age of 22, he immigrated to New Netherland, along with his bride, as a colonist of the Dutch West India Company.
BEF 1633[15]


March 1675 in New York City, New York
March 1676 in New Amsterdam, New York
1676 in Graves End, Li NY/ Gravesend, Kings Co., New York [16]


  1.  :Was a pirate with his father , emigrated to New Amsterdam gave Ferdinandus his deed to a plantation in 1661
  2. From The History of the Van Sickle Family in the United States of America by John Waddell Van Sickle
  3. Note NI583
  4. Jansen-1037 was created by Tom Greene through the import of tgreeneftdna1.ged on Jun 29, 2014.
  5. Source: S346 Abbreviation: bstout2.FTW Title: bstout2.FTW Repository: R2 Data: Text: Date of Import: Jul 8, 2002 Data: Text: Date of Import: Jul 8, 2002
  6. Source: S26 Abbreviation: frsout2.GED Title: frsout2.GED Repository: R2 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 11, 2003 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 11, 2008
  7. Source: S228 Abbreviation: frsout2.FTW Title: frsout2.FTW Repository: R2 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 11, 2003 Repository: R2 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 11, 2003
  8. Source: S441 Abbreviation: wpg1.FTW Title: wpg1.FTW Repository: R2 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 12, 2003 Data: Text: Date of Import: May 12, 2003
  9.  : Source: S474: Page: Bergen, Teunis G. Register, in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, New York, from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700; With Contributions to their Biographies and Genealogies, Compiled from Various Sources. Baltimore, MD; Clearfield Co., Inc., 1997. 452p. Pp. 154-156
  10. Entered by Roger Wehr, May 31, 2013
  11. Vansalee-1 was created by Mark Stuckenborg through the import of Stinnett_Distant_Ancestors.ged on Jan 28, 2014.
  12. Source will be added by Stephen Pratt Ph.D. by 5 Dec 2017.
  13. Marriage 1 Citaat van Index record op Stadsarchief Amsterdam opgehaald op 27 Januari 2016
    naam bruidegomJanss, Anthonisgroom
    naam bruidReijniers, Grietjebride
    naam eerdere manEgbertsz, AlbertName previous husband
    bronverwijzingDTB 435,p.8 source reference
    opmerkingenHuwelijksintekeningen van de KERK.comments
    Ondertrouwregister NL-SAA-26358626 register of proclamations
    • Source: Own edit Source: Marriage 1: "Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province, Church Records, 1523-1948," images, FamilySearch Marriage record Family search accessed 27 January 2016), Nederlands Hervormde > Amsterdam > Huwelijksaangiften, Trouwen 1628-1630 > image 445 of 582; Nederlands Rijksarchiefdienst, Den Haag (Netherlands National Archives, The Hague)
    • Source: Thanks to Armando Framarini from this great Jansen- van Sallee genealogy Facebook Group link provided by Michael Stills
  14. Source: Record ID Number: MH:SC14 familysearch
  15.  : Source: S42: Page:
  16.  : User ID: 530F2B07490C836960026221127639B8 Record ID Number: MH:IF45
  • Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ancestral File Number: 33TD-H4
  • Electronic message board: Anthony Jansen Van Salee By Norma House November 17, 2001 at 07:19:15 In reply to: Re: Anthony Jansen Van Salee Note: To read a fascinating article titled "Anthony Janse van Salee, and van Vaes of New Amsterdam and Long Island," Users Doris Documents The Master Genealogist v7 Van Salee Bio rtf
  • For another interesting story, read "Our Pirate Heritage" Users Doris Documents The Master Genealogist v7 pirates rtf
  • Not all data in this GEDCOM has been personally researched by me. Please watch for lines that are NOT PROVEN, they are being actively researched as of this date and are probably correct, but be cautious. Please send additions or corrections to howes115 [email removed per WikiTree policy]
  • "Muslims in Early America" (see sources tab) •"Sex and the City: The Early Years" (see sources tab)
  • PBS "Frontline: Van Salees" (see sources tab) :Anthony and Grietje are mentioned several times in this book:
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, vol. 103, p. 16
  • The Washington-McClain Ancestry, by Charles A. Hoppin, vol. 3
  • Teunis G. Bergen, "Register, in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, NY, from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700" (Polyanthos, Cottonport, 1973). (see documents under media tab)
  • Corwin J. Emmons, "An Emmons Genealogy" p. xviii (printed by Heuer Bookbinding Service of Chesire, Connecticut, published 1983 by Wilbur D. Emmons) Note: excellent photocopy of original in possession of Michael S. Caldwell. Text: "he died in March, 1676 without a will" Note: Dave Savage owns copy #40. It is through Anthony and Grietje's daughter, Sara, that he descends from the Emmons family. There is a map here that shows New Amsterdam in 1660. The map depicts homes and farms and it has an accompanying table identifying the owners of the homes/farms. Anthony had two houses (E21 and E22).
  • Benjamin F. Thompson, "History of Long Island, 3rd Edition" New York, 1918. Vol IIII page 109
Unverified sources:


  • WikiTree profile Van Salee-7 created through the import of wikitree.ged on Aug 1, 2011 by Abby Brown. See the Salee-7 Changes page for the details of edits by Abby and others.
  • Vansalee-1 was created by Mark Stuckenborg through the import of Stinnett_Distant_Ancestors.ged on Jan 28, 2014.
  • Jansen-1037 was created by Tom Greene through the import of tgreeneftdna1.ged on Jun 29, 2014.
  • This person was created through the import of MASTER2011WIKITREE.GED on 27 January 2011. .
  • Thanks to Roger Wehr for entering this profile. Entered by Roger Wehr, May 31, 2013. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by Roger and others.
  • This person was created through the import of Wilson.ged on 14 September 2010.
  • Van Salee-12 was created by Michael Carl Budd through the import of MCBAncestorsOnly.ged on May 5, 2014.
  • This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • Jansen Van Salee-1 was created by William VanSickle through the import of DeadVanSicklesAndFergusons.GED on Feb 28, 2014.
  • Van Salee-12 was created by Michael Carl Budd through the import of MCBAncestorsOnly.ged on May 5, 2014.
  • Jansen Van Salee-1 was created by William VanSickle through the import of DeadVanSicklesAndFergusons.GED on Feb 28, 2014.

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He is my maternal 10th great grandfather. Gedmatch says I have a tiny amount of Moroccan, Libyan Jewish and Algerian Jewish DNA. When our daughter got a body piercing she developed a Keloid and the Latino Dermatologist said people who have African or Latino ancestry are more prone to getting keloids. This was before I did my ancestry research. I thought it was from my husband's side but I learned it's from my side. I always felt like I was mixed race.
posted by [Living Valentine]
Interesting New York Times article about Anthony Van Salee (described as "the first known person of Muslim origin to settle in America") and the deed through which he acquired 200 acres of land in Brooklyn, near Coney Island: (permalink URL)

Full citation: Jennifer Schuessler. "Brooklyn’s Muslim Presence Goes Back Centuries. Here’s Proof From 1643." The New York Times, published 3 December 2019, accessed online at

posted by Ellen Smith
On Thursday, being 12th of September anno 1641

Isaac Allerton [Mayflower Passenger], plaintiff, vs. Antony Jansen from Salee, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment for the goods which he sold and delivered to the defendant. Defendant acknowledges the debt and is condemned to pay before he leaves the island of Manhatans.

posted by Michael Stills
Van Salee-17 and Jansen-455 appear to represent the same person because:


The duplicate parents are merged so these can be merged now as well thanks !

Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Jansen-455 and Van Salee-17 are not ready to be merged because: They are the same, but duplicate parents need to be merged first :)
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thank you Andrew, but..the duplicate parent(s) need to be merged first, so I will set these as unmerged match for now and when the parents are merged we can merge these ones ;)

Update duplicate grandparents and parents are merged, but it's NNS so Carrie will start a G2G for them I think.

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Van Salee-17 and Jansen-455 appear to represent the same person because: Key dates and locations are identical. Names are known alternatives shown in both profiles.
posted by Andrew Wagner
Data Base errors report cites the following errors: * Source: #S483: Page: Electronic message board: Note: To read a fascinating article titled Anthony Janse van Salee, and van Vaes of New Amsterdam and Long Island, click here:: File: c:\Users\Doris\Documents\The Master Genealogist v7\Van Salee Bio.rtf
  • Source: #S518: Page: The Washington Ancestry and Records of the McClain, Johnson and Forty Other Colonial American Families, by Charles Arthur Hoppin, Greenfield, Ohio: Privately Printed 1932: Note: For another interesting story, read Our Pirate Heritage :: File: c:\Users\Doris\Documents\The Master Genealogist v7\pirates.rtf Cannot cite local files references. Thank you, Loretta
posted by Loretta (Leger) Corbin

Added all info from the box to a free space page The Van Salee Family now as requested and added a link to it at the top of the profile.



posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi ,

Organized the Bio ,one Bio + added a box for all notes , the Biographic info and also copied all the info from the memories to the box , this info (memories) = content About now , with ref + name tag for the contributor (Roger) so hope it's ok this way ? Tried to make it shorter and more easy to read .

Greets from Holland , Bea

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
If you use FACEBOOK, this group has some interesting info that might be used here.

posted by Michael Stills