Jan Spoor


Also known as "Wybesse," Jan Spoor appears to have emigrated to New Netherland by the early 1660s. He was the patriarch of the Early American Spoor family. During those years, he also held property in what today is Catskill and Niskayuna.

His wife was known as Anna Maria Hanse. At least six children established the family in Albany and its environs.

In 1697, the household of "Jan Spoor" was configured on the census of Rensselaerswyck. In 1698, he appears to have sold at least some of his Niskayuna land to Johannes Schuyler.

Afterwards, we are cautious as same-named individuals began to appear on the rolls of Kinderhook and elsewhere.

However, an individual of upwards of sixty years of age was living in the houshold of "Johannes Spoor, jungoor" of Livingston Manor in 1714.

With many open questions on the life of the first Jan Spoor, we move on for now.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Spoor has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The family-based work of record is The Spoor Family in America. It is the most convenient source of much of the known qualitative information on this individual. A more recent resource perhaps considers the meaning of "Wybesse." Additional potential online resources.

first posted 7/20/13; updated 12/20/13