Spelled variously (Knoet), the first Jan Clute was born in Europe and emigrated to New Netherland. Called "Captain Jan Clute," he is said to have come from "Neurenberg" and was in Beverwyck by 1656. During the third quarter of the seventeenth century, he was known as a frontier land and fur trader.
In 1669, he purchased an island in the Mohawk at Canastigione. In 1670, he was one of a number of owners who sold land at Coxsackie. In 1681, he liquidated his holdings on the Murderers Creek - which flowed east into the Hudson.
In 1674, "Lieutenant Jan Clute" was among those invited to the funeral of Jeremias Van Rensselaer.
He probably did not marry. In 1683, his brothers and sisters were living in "Niewen Roy," North Brabant, Holland.
Sources: The life of Jan Clute is CAP biography number 1633. Sometimes called"Lieutenant" or Captain," his surname has many spelling variations. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Notes from the Schenectady Digital History Archive.
first posted: 2/10/04; updated 12/31/12