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Pieter Van Aken (bef. 1685 - bef. 1756)

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Pieter Van Aken aka Van Auken, Van Aaken
Born before in Kingston, Ulster County, New Yorkmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 9 Apr 1707 in NYmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Kingston, New Yorkmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 11 Apr 2018 | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Pieter Van Aken belonged to the New Netherland Community 1614-1700.
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Pieter van Aken, son of Marinus van Aken and Pieternel de Pre, was baptized at Kingston, New York, on Oct 11, 1685. Witnesses were Pieter le Grand and Maritie Hanse.[1]

The names of Pieter and three of his sons appear on the list of the members of the Foot Company of Militia of the Corporation of Kinston, under the command of Capt. Tjrck Van Keuren, in 1738. Listed are Corp'l Marynis Van Aken (Pieter's eldest son), and Peter Van Aken, Jan Van Aken, Petrus Van Aken, and Giedeon Van Aken.[2]

Marriage and Children

Rutsjen Damen married 9 April 1707 in New York Pieter Van Aaken.[3]

Known children of Rutsjen Damen and Pieter Van Aaken were:

  1. Jan Van Aaken, b. 1710 Dec 24; [4]
  2. Abraham Van Aken, b. Feb 06 1715; [5]
  3. Sefia Van Aaken, b. Nov 18 1716;[6]
  4. Gidion Van Aaken, b. Oct 19 1718;[7]
  5. Petrus Van Aaken, b. Nov 27, 1720;[8]
  6. Jesyntjen Van Aaken, b. Aug 11, 1723;[9]
  7. Eliphas Van Aaken, b. Nov 21 1725;[10]


See Will of Pieter Van Aken, 1750

Pieter Van Aken's will written in Dutch... written in February 1750 and proved 16 December 1756. It named his wife "Rugie" and listed sons Eliphas, Marinus, Jan, Cornelis, Gideon and Petrus. Wife and son Eliphas as exe. The will described Peter as "of Bucks Co, Pennsylvania," but it was proved in New York. 0043-92: Record of Wills and Probates, 1664-1799 Vol 017, 019-021, 1749-1760.[11]


He died before 16 December 1756, when his will was proved.


  1. KRDC Baptism Record, #430 in Hoes. 1685 Oct 11; Marinus van Aken, Pieternel de Pre; Pieter; Pieter le Grand, Maritie Hanse
  2. Second Annual Report of the State Historian. New York Colonial Muster Rolls, 1664-1775, Vol. I . Originally published in Albany, New York, 1897. Reprinted 1999, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore Maryland. pages 601-602. Accessed at
  3. Pieter Van Aken on website
  4. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1710 Dec 24; Pieter Van Aaken, Risjen Damen; Jan; Pieter Usile, Cornelia Usile
  5. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1715 Feb 06; Pieter Van Aken, Rusjen Dame; Abraham; Flip Vielen, Antjen Louw
  6. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1716 Nov 18; Pieter Van Aaken, Rusjen Dame; Sefia; Thomas Peersen, Grietjen Sanmers.
  7. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1718 Oct 19; Pieter Van Aaken, Rutsjen Dame; Gidion; Abraham Van Aaken, Neelyen Van Aaken.
  8. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1720 Nov 27; Petrus Van Aaken, Rusjen Dame; Petrus; Flip Vielen, Annetjen Louw
  9. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1723 Aug 11; Pieter Van Aaken, Rusjen Dame; Jesyntjen; Theunis Swart, Aagjen Van Vlied
  10. KRDC Bapt. Record: 1725 Nov 21; Pieter Van Aaken, Rutsjen Dame; Eliphas; Bastiaan de Wit, Barbara de Wit
  • Baptism Records: Kingston Reformed Dutch Church, Wall Street, Kingston, Ulster, NY.
  • Constable (Van Akin) Family History compiled by Beatrice Constable (UNPUBLISHED, updated 1988). 1988 Constable Family reunion - Rob Hoyt
  • Pieter Van Aken on website
  • Coyne/Strasser Connections, by Terry Strasser <> online [1], accessed 1/13/2006
  • The photo of the Van Aken House can be found in the book, "Dutch Houses in the Hudson Valley before 1776, by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds.


  • This person Van Aken-21 was created through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged on 13 September 2010.
  • WikiTree profile Van Auken-30 created through the import of WikiTree.ged on Nov 5, 2012 by Doug Hanke. See the Auken-30 Changes page for the details of edits by Doug and others.
  • Thank you to Ann Hise for creating Aken-253 on 9 Nov 13.
  • Profile Van_Aken-253 merged into Van_Aken-23. Quick-803 02:00, 25 April 2014 (EDT)

Research Notes

LNAB is Van Aken. Pieter was recorded as Van Aaken for the baptism of most of his children, but his father Marinus was recorded as Van Aken for the baptisms of Pieter and his siblings, so Van Aken is his last name at birth.

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On 7 Nov 2016 at 02:44 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Regarding this Pieter Van Aken, the DeCoursey website at said:

Pieter VanAKEN, son of Marinus and Pieternel (de PREZ) VanAKEN, married about 1708 to Russe DAME. They had the following children baptized in Kingston, New York: Marinus m. (1) Elizabeth EEN, m. (2) Margaret DEJOO; Jan VanAKEN m. Margaret DeGRAAF; Cornelius VanAKEN, bapt. 28 Dec. 1712, married 20 April 1735 Hester RELJE; Abraham; Sefia m. Jacobus WESTFALL; Gideon m. Maria PLOEG; Jesyntjen; Eliphas m. Eleanor FORBES; and Pietrus m. Maria TERPENNING.

On 7 Nov 2016 at 02:40 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Bill DeCoursey's work was the basis for one of the profiles that formed the kernel of this profile. His website at contains the following, suggesting his intent in created this and related profiles:

Peter Van AKEN is said to have emigrated from Holland to New Netherland and settled in what is now the town of Esopus in the latter part of the seventeenth century and to have been the father of sons named: Gideon, Marinus, Peter and John. Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, DUTCH HOUSES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY (1929), pp.229-230.

On 1 Apr 2015 at 14:46 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Van Auken-30 and Van Aken-21 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Van Aken is the selected LNAB for his father, Marinus. There are no longer any conflicts between the parents' profiles, so this merge can proceed.

On 19 Apr 2014 at 16:43 GMT Rob Hoyt wrote:

I very much think the name should be Van Aken. Marinus used Van Aken, and Van Aken is how the family is continued to be known to this day.

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