Jan Janse Oothout


Jan Janse Oothout was born in Europe about 1630. Although probably not an actual resident of Albany or its predecessor, this New Netherland pioneer was the patriarch of the Oothout family of Albany and its environs.

By the 1650s, he had married brewer's daughter Hendrickie Van Ness. The marriage produced at least six children - christened prior to surviving church records. Their children became members of the Albany Dutch church.

In December 1660, he witnessed the signing of a contract. In 1663, he was identified as a member of the Crailo night watch.

In March 1664, Oothout and his father-in-law, Cornelis Van Ness, testified to their joint ownership of a brewery in greyne bos - probably nearby the house he had held there since at least 1661.

In 1674, he was among those invited to the funeral of the Patroon.

Jan Janse Oothout filed a will in March 1688. He identified himself as a brewer of Greenbush. It named six living children as the heirs to his real and personal property. He was dead by January 1695 when his will passed probate.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Janse Oothout is CAP biography number 5310. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. He does not appear to have been included among the settlers profiled in VRBM. See also family information in NYG&B quarterly Record

first posted 10/15/11; last updated 12/24/17