Jan Winne


This Johannes Winne probably was born in October 1707. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck residents Daniel and Dirckie Van Ness Winne. He grew up as the third of seven surviving sons in a large family on his father's farm. He was known as "Jan Winne."

In January 1726, he married Albany native Rachel Verplanck at the Albany Dutch church. By 1728, three children had been christened in the Albany church.

These Winnes settled in the first ward where Jan purchased a lot at the foot of Gallows Hill in 1729 and added to it two years later.

At this point, conflicting information regarding his life (also marriage and passing) dictate cautious navigation of the next two decades. In August 1733, a "Jan Winne" was said to have been buried in the Dutch churchyard. In March 1736, Rachel Winne "a wedow" received consideration for monies owed the city council. Her brother Gulleyn Verplanck was referenced in the transaction as well. Thus, Jan seems to have passed on! However, he is not the only Johannes Winne at risk for the second quarter of the eighteenth century and subsequent community-based refernces point to this particular individual.

In 1741, a "Jan Winne" was chosen firemaster for the third ward. However, the name was not among those listed as Albany freeholders in 1742.

In January 1751, along with his brothers, Pieter and Killyan, "Jan Winne" was named co-executor in the will filed by his father.

In 1752, Jan Winne was among those who obtained part of the Hoosick Patent from his parents. In 1770, more "Van Ness land" land was added to his holdings in the area ten miles above Albany.

After that, his story is even less certain as a same-named future Albany resident was born in 1735.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Winne is CAP biography number 2974. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/10/11