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Gerrit Gerritsen Lansing (abt. 1615 - bef. 1654)

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Gerrit Gerritsen Lansing aka Lansingh, Lansinck, Lansijnck
Born about in Hasselt, Overijssel, Nederlandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Netherlandsmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Hasselt, Overijssel, Nederlandmap
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Disputed Name

There is a long tradition indicating that this man's patronymic was Frederickse, making his name Gerrit Frederickse Lansing. However, Dutch sources confirm that his patronymic was Gerritsz (alternately spelled Gerrits, Gerritse, or Gerritsen), indicating that his father's name was Gerrit. Some Dutch records also include the surname Lansinck.

Disputed Biography

Nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century researchers, including Munsell and Bergen, inferred that Gerrit Gerritse Lansing emigrated with his family to New Netherland circa 1640 to 1650 and became an early settler of Rensselaerswyck. [1][2] However, a memorandum included in Documents relating to the Colonial History of New York indicates that his wife Elizabeth was widowed in the Netherlands and was married to Wouter van den Uythof by 1655, when she emigrated to New Netherland accompanied by five children, including three boys. [3]


Gerrit Gerritse Lansing was a citizen of Hasselt, Province of Overijssel, Holland. [1] He is estimated to have been born about 1617 in Hasselt, Overijssel. He was a baker by profession, this we know because there is a cashbook dated 1641-1655 of baker Gerrit Gerritsen Lansijnck [4]

He married Elizabeth Hendrickse. Their children were:[1]

  1. Gerrit
  2. Hendrick
  3. Johannes
  4. A(e)ltje, who married Sieur Gerrit, son of Brandt Arentse Van Slectenhorst.
  5. Gysbertie, who married Hendrick Janse Roseboom in 1679
  6. Hilletje, who married Storm, son of Albert Andriese Brant Van der Zee.

After the death of Gerrit Gerritse Lansing, his widow married Wouter van den Uythof[1] and emigrated to New Netherland with their children, settling in Beverwyck (now Albany, New York).


His daughter Hilletje was baptized in October 1650 and his widow published her intention to remarry in January 1654, indicating that he died in Holland some time between 1650 and 1653.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Munsell, p. 1
  2. Bergen, p. 425
  3. Fernow, vol XIV, p. 334. Memorandum to the Director and Council of New Netherland by A. B. De Decker, junior, states in part: "The invoices of private goods shipped by this ship, the Gelderse Blom, are enclosed. The free people or passengers coming over on the same ship are Jevert Pietersen and Lysbet Hendricks, wife of Wouter Albertsen Backer, with her five children, of whom three are boys."
  4. Organisatie: Historisch Centrum Overijssel (HCO) Datering: 1641-1655. Omvang: 1 deel1365.1 Stadsbestuur Hasselt; Inventaris10; Particuliere stukken en stukken, waarvan de samenhang met een der beschreven archieven niet blijkt; 10.2. Kasboeken, rekeningen, aankomstbrieven, rentebrievenCashbook of baker Gerrit Gerritsen Lansijnck 1641-1655
Ancestral Lines, by Carl Boyer, 1998, p. 365.


From The Lansing Family, Preface:

"The descendants of Gerrit Frederickse Lansing, son of Frederick Lansing, a citizen of Hasselt, Province of Overijssel, Holland, comprise one of America's oldest and most distinguished families. "The family is closely associated with the founding of the first European settlements in the valley of the Upper Hudson, at what is now Albany, Gerrit Frederickse Lansing having arrived in America during the period when the manorial grants were in their early stages of development. The first manorial grant in this region was issued under authority from the Lords States-General of the Netherlands to Killian Van Rensselaer, a wealthy merchant of Amsterdam, who in 1630 purchased from the Indians the lands in the vicinity of Fort Orange (Albany) and founded the Manor of Rensselaerwyck. This tract contained some seven hundred thousand acres, measured twenty-four miles along the Hudson river with a breadth on either bank of twenty-four miles, and included the lands now comprising the counties of Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer. The first settlers for the new colony sailed from Trexel, Holland, in the ship Unity in command of Jan Brower, and arrived off the mouth of the River Mauretius (Hudson River) on May 24, 1630. Others settlers soon followed and the Manor of Rensselaerwyck rapidly increased in population and importance, the largest settlement being on the lands lying near Fort Orange and comprising the village of Beverwyck (Albany).
"Gerrit Frederickse Lansing, son of Frederick Lansing, the ancestor of the Lansing Family in America, arrived at New Amsterdam (New York) with his family about 1640, and a few years later was established at Rensselaerwyck. His descendants took a most active part in the affairs of the new colony, the name appearing with great frequency throughout the civil and military records.
"Killian Van Rensselaer, Patroon and Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, died in 1647, and the estate descended to his son, Johannes, then a minor. Brandt Arentse Van Slectenhorst was appointed Director to represent the young Patroon. His son, Sieur Gerrit Van Slectenhorst married Altje Lansing, daughter of Gerrit Frederickse Lansing.
"In 1664 the Province of New Amsterdam passed into the hands of the English. The village of Beverwyck was renamed Albany in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, but in 1673 the Province reverted to the Dutch and the name Albany was changed to Williamstadt. In 1674 the English again securing control the name Williamstadt was changed to Albany. In 1683 the Province was divided up into regular English shires or counties. The English Government, however, recognized the rights of the Van Rensselaers to the Manor of Rensselaerwyck and Governor Donegan issued to the heirs of Killian Van Rensselaer a Patent confirming the original grant, with the exception of those lands comprising the City of Albany. Stephen Van Rensselaer, Patroon of Rensselaerwyck, married Elizabeth, daughter of Elizabeth Lansing and Stephanus Groesbeck. "In 1686 the City of Albany was granted its charter, Peter Schuyler being the first Mayor. His daughter Geertruy Schuyler was the wife of Johannes Lansing."
Page 1 footnote: "Gerrit Frederickse Lansing was a citizen of Hasselt, Province of Overijssel, Holland. He came to New Amsterdam (New York) about 1640 and was on of the early settlers of Rensselaerwyck. He died and his widow married Wouter Van Den Uythof of Albany. The heirs of Gerrit Frederickse Lansing executed a Power of Attorney in favor of Jan Barentse ten Kate of Zwolle and Gysbert Janse Vermeer of Hasselt, Holland, on October 3, 1697.(Albany County deed book No. 3, page 51.)"

It is now known that Gerrit never set foot in America. His widow remarried and came to Albany with her husband and children. Garrit's father was also named Gerrit, not Frederick.


  • This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • Lansing-156 was created by Kevin Jones through the import of An Incomplete OklaTexan Story_2015-02-09_01.ged on Feb 9, 2015.

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On 14 Oct 2018 at 13:57 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

The Disputed Biography section is about the fact that he didn't emigrate, and the facts of his life are detailed in the Biography section. I'm not sure that anything more is needed...

On 14 Oct 2018 at 08:31 GMT Navarro Mariott wrote:

seems like the part about him never coming over should be higher in the biography don't you think?

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