||Jacob Schermerhorn was a New Netherland settler.|
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Jacob Janse (the patronymic is also spelled in some records as Jan, Jans, Jansen, or Jannsen) was the son of Jan Schermerhorn. He was born about 1622 in North Holland, probably in the town of Schermerhorn in Waterland. 
He emigrated to New Netherland around 1637. Richard Schermerhorn suggests the he might have first arrived on the ship Rensselaerswyck, which sailed from Holland on 8 October 1636. He traveled back to Holland several times. His father, Jan, was still living in Holland as late as 1654.
Jacob Janse apparently settled in Rensselaerswyck, but he is also said to have owned a house inside Fort Orange.
In 1648, he was arrested for selling firearms to Indians, which violated a restriction that allowed only the West India Company to engage in such sales. He was imprisoned and his property was confiscated, but he was not also banished from the colony. He started over financially after being released from prison. In 1652 he married Jannetje (Seegers) Van Egmont (Van Voorhout), with whom he had nine known children. By 1654 he owned two lots in Beverwyck.
He did business as a fur trader in the Beverwyck/Albany area. He also traded in Albany and Schenectady real estate, owning multiple properties.
His death date is uncertain. He filed a will in May 1688, and might have died shortly after. It is also possible that he died during the so-called Schenectady Massacre of February 6, 1690, when French and Indian raiders destroyed the settlement of Schenectady. 
He left an extensive estate in Albany and Schenectady. After his death, his estate was valued at 56,882 guilders (about $23,000), including real estate as well as money in Holland. After his wife's death in 1700, the estate was equally divided among the children, and his administrators deeded his land in the Albany pastures to the Albany Dutch church.
Prominent trader of Baeverwyck
Jacob Janse Schermerhorn Birth: 1622 Schermerhorn Schermer Municipality Noord-Holland, Netherlands Death: 1688 Schenectady Schenectady County New York, USA
Jacob Janse SCHERMERHORN is the emmigrant ancestor of all the SCHERMERHORNS in America. He was orignally fromt the village of Schermerhorn in the Netherlands. He married Jannetje Van EGMONT supposedly on 20d 2m 1650 in Voorhoudt, Netherlands. They were the parents of a very large family.
Family links: Spouse: Jannetje Egmont Schermerhorn (1633 - 1700)
Children: Ryer Jacobse Schermerhorn (1652 - 1719)* Helena Schermerhorn Van Der Bogert (1660 - ____)* Lucas Schermerhorn (1675 - ____)
Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial
Created by: treerpgmo Record added: Jun 30, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 72268330
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On 21 Dec 2018 at 04:38 GMT Michele Pierce wrote:
On 13 Dec 2014 at 02:54 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 12 Dec 2014 at 05:49 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
The dates of 1700 for his birth and 1600 for his marriage appear to be in error.
On 30 Oct 2014 at 05:03 GMT Philip van der Walt wrote:
On 13 Oct 2014 at 00:16 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
As for Jacob's death, I've not seen anyone claiming to have a primary source for his date of death. Have you? It's generally agreed that he died sometime after writing his will in 1688, but the specific date seems to be subject to speculation. He's not on lists of those killed in the 1690 Schenectady massacre (the latest death date proposed). Perhaps we should change the date in the death field to 1689.
On 8 Oct 2014 at 20:04 GMT Madehlinne (x) Linneman wrote:
On 8 Oct 2014 at 19:54 GMT Madehlinne (x) Linneman wrote:
On 5 Oct 2014 at 14:05 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
Note: I don't have access to the ancestry.com profile that is the only source identified on this profile.
On 30 Sep 2014 at 16:42 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
On 30 Sep 2014 at 16:41 GMT Ellen Smith wrote: