Since today is the anniversary of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when William of Orange assumed the British throne, I thought I might highlight one of my early Dutch ancestors.
Johannes Pootman (also spelled Putman) was my 9th great-grandfather and according to family history arrived in the New World in 1661. Once in Albany, New York, Johannes (better known as Jan) was apprenticed to Phillip Hendrickse Brouwer for a period of three years. After moving with the Brower family to Schenectady, New York, Jan became a free man in 1664 when Brouwer died.
For the next 25 years, Jan built up a small fortune as a farmer and land owner. In the mid 1670's he married Cornelia Bradt, the daughter of Arent Andres Bradt, the Vice Governor of Renselaerwyck as Schenectady was called at that time. Over the course of 14 years they had six children: Arent Janse, Marietje, Victor Janse, David Cornelius, Cornelius Janse and Catalyntje.
In the early morning hours of February 2, 1690, a large group of Native Americans (mostly members of the Sault and Algonquin tribes) led by the French, descended upon an unprotected Schenectady. During the course of what is now known as the Schenectady Massacre, 60 people were killed including 38 men, 10 women and 12 children. Jan Pootman and Cornelia Bradt Pootman were among the dead, Cornelia having been scalped. Over 27 people were taken as prisoners and brought to Canada.
Fortunately, the children of Jan and Cornelia all survived the massacre on that fateful night. Not much is known as to who raised them but they each went on to have extensive families in the Albany and Schenectady area.