Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II
was also known as Casper Stymets. He was also known as Caspar Steynmets. He was also known as Casper Steynmets. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II was born on 11 January 1609/10 at Scheidam, South Holland, Netherlands. He was the son of Johannes Casparius Davidus Steynmets I
and Geertje Hendricksen
. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II was baptized in April 1612 at Reformed Church, Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands. He married Dorothea Aertsen
circa 1629 at Scheidam, South Holland, Netherlands. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II emigrated on 23 March 1631 from Rotterdam, Netherlands; aboard the De Enendracht.
He immigrated on 7 July 1631 to New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. He resided at at Ahasymus, Bergen County, New Jersey, in 1652. Marriage banns for Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II and Jannetje Gerrits Van Steenwyck
were published on 31 March 1652 at Dutch Reformed Church, New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II married Jannetje Gerrits Van Steenwyck
, daughter of Corporal Gerrit Janzen Van Steenwyck
and Catryna (Unknown)
, on 31 March 1652 at Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. On 24 February 1653 Casparus Steynmets sued Capt. Verlath: Plantiff (Casparus Steynmets VS Capt. Van Judike Verlath) in Manhattan Court, demanding a balance of 71 libers according to the account of wages by his wife, Jannetje (nee Gerritsen) Van Wagenen from said defendant Capt. Verlath for services rendered on board ship from Amsterdam, Holland to America. Defendant claims that 75 florins and 15 libers in wampum only is due. He also complains that she received goods to the amount of 128 florins, including freight, so that the balance of only 39 florins is due. The Burgomasters and Schepens decided that each must render copies of their accounts, and that the wife of Steinmets must personally appear at the next Court, to be held March 10, 1653.
On 10 September 1653 On September 10th, 1653, the Court reconvened, and the case of the settlement was once again discussed. The Burgomasters and Schepens found that "the parties did not have written agreements, and having carefully listened to the statements of both sides, decided that the services began when she went on board the ship at Amsterdam, Holland; and according to the confession of the Plantiff, the passage from Holland was to be deducted from the wages; and to settle the question of 'goods received', Jacob Cowenhoven and Pieter Cornelison Van der Veer are hereby appointed to balance accounts. Signed September 15th, 1653."*.
Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II removed to at New Amsterdam, New York County, New York, in 1655. On 22 February 1656 He was given permission to "tap wine and beer" at New Amsterdam.
On 11 April 1657 He was admitted with all the Rights and Privledges of a smalll Burgher.
He was appointed a Lieutenant in the Bergen Militia on 21 June 1657. He sold a house on Winckel Street (on what is now Division St.) near Fort Amsterdam, next to the home of Dominee Bogardus on 27 August 1657 at New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. He received a deed for the purchase of a house from Hendrick H. Kip situated on the south side of Brewers Street on 27 July 1658 at New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. On an unknown date
"PETITION OF THE MAGISTRATES OF BERGEN, ASKING TO BE PROVIDED WITH A CLERGYMAN.
To the Noble, Very Worshipful, His HONOR, the Director-General, and The Honorable Council of New Netherland.
Show with due reverence the Schepens of the village of Bergen, that whereas your petitioners have observed and considered the fatherly direction and care of your Honorable Worships regarding the erection of churches, and school-houses, more especially that a God fearing man and preacher be secured to promote and teach the fear of the Lord in the community of Bergen and its jurisdiction; Therefore, the Schepens have thought it advisable, each for himself, to propose it, to learn what every man would be willing to pay yearly of his free will, affection, and love of God's holy and blessed word, to have a good teacher, till such a time, when the Noble Lords-Directors of the Incorporated West-India Company shall begin, according to the custom of the country, to levy tithes. After the Schepens had made these propositions, the below named persons have voluntarily declared that they will give a yearly contribution; the sum to be paid by such voluntary offerings may be calculated at 417 guilders in wampum, but there are among these people some, who have expressed themselves willing to do more according to their abilities; if God Our Lord would bless them and increase their prosperity; among the others, opposite whose names no sums are mentioned; there are some very willing, some very unwise, those, who are willing, are the majority and declare, that when a preacher comes, they too would do their best according to the circumstances, like the others. Whereas the petitioners do not know, whether the people of Haersimons (Ahasimus) come under this jurisdiction; therefore, the petitioners cannot report, what they would do, but the Schepens find it advisable and very necessary, that the village be provided with a preacher and submit to the mature consideration and decision of your Honorable Worships, that it might be notified to the Noble Lords-Directors, our Patoons, by the next ships. Your Honorable Worships know, with what courage the village of Bergen has been established by the community and that the same has maintained itself at great expense to the inhabitants, without any outlay to the Lords- Directors. The community is therefore of opinion, that their Noble Honors should take that into consideration and therefore assist the village of Bergen so much readier according to their discretion and to send one over for one or two years at their expense; during that time the land will with God's help have increased in value, so that then that which the good hearted community will liberally give, can be taken for assistance.
Awaiting you Honorable Worships decision hereon the petitioners remain. Your Noble, Honorable Worships humble servants: Tielman van Vleeck, Machghyel Jansen, Herman Smedman, CASPER STEINMETS." *
List of voluntary contributors, with the sum promised by each. Thielman van Vleeck- 50; Douwe Harmens- 06; Dirck Gerritsen- 20; Claes Pietersen,Cos of
Gemenepa- 50; Jacob Leendersen- 25; Evert Coertsen- 13; Jan, The Englishman- 06; Dirck Classen- 10; Paulus Pietersen- 25; Jan Loserecht- 06; Willem Jansen-10; Gerrit Gerritsen*- 06; Joost van Linden- 10; Claes Arentsen- 08; Adrian Post*- 20; Michielsen Jansen- 25; Jacob Sergiant-08; Harmen Smedeman- 25; Arent Louwerens- 10; Casper Steinmets*- 25; Jan Cornelis- 03; Jan Schulten- 25; Jan Cornelius,the rich- 10; Michiele Teunissen- 06; Thomas, the cooper- 03; Jan Lubbersen- 06; Cornelius Abrahams- 06; Dirck Gerritsen- 20= 417 (guilders in wampum: money)
Approved Mar. 10, 1661.
On 21 June 1661 Casparus sued one 'Douwe (Don) Hermsen' for slander. He had brought Hermsen into court after he could no longer endure his slanderous comments in the village. Not only did Hermsen fail to prove his innocenbce, but replied "that he had nothing good to say concerning Steinmets." At the end of the hearing Casparus was victorius. Casparus was ordered to receive 15 guilders for compensation.
He held the position of Schepen (Magistrate) in the newly formed Court of Justice on 5 September 1661 at Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. A petition was presented on January 24th, 1662 to the court asking for a public well to be excavated in Bergen. Caspar Steynmets signed the petition, with others interested and on its being presented to the Court in New Amsterdam to the Directors General and Council, permission was granted.
An Order in Council by the new elected Municipal Government was enacted January 28th, 1662. It proposed for the excavation of a public well inside the palisaded enclosure; to be erected to protect the village from the Indians. This act was signed by Casparus Steynmets, Van Vleeck, Sweedman and Jensen. The petition was finally approved on February 9th, 1662. An Ordinance was passed by the Directors General and Councillors of New Amsterdam, a new Court of Justice was to be formed in Bergen. Peter Stuyvesant, therefore on 16 October, 1662 on behalf of the "Mighty Lords Proprietors", did choose as judges honest intelligent persons, owners of real estate, who were lovers of peace, promoters and professors of the Reformed Religion as it is taught in the Word of God and in order of the Synod of Dordrecht in Holland, to consist of one Schout (Sheriff) and three Schepens. The Schepens appointed were Caspar Steinmets, Michael Jensen and Herman Sweedman. This action taken of the "Lords Proprietors" established the first Municipal Government in New Jersey. Casparus Steynmets and others had to swear an Oath of Allegiance in a colourful ceremony which took place in the Stadhuis (City Hall) following their appointment. They dressed in their long cloaks and huge bell-crowned hats and solemnly took their Oath of Office and bowed their heads for a benediction: "We thank Thee that ...it has pleased Thee to make us the rulers of the people of this place." On December 28th, 1662, Casparus Steynmets found himself once again in the Court of New Amsterdam. This time a complaint stated that he and Schout Van Vleeck and one Herman Sweedman "fenced-in" too much land. They were all ordered to appear before the Court for a hearing. At the hearing Michael Jansen and Adrian Post appeared on behalf of the inhabitants of Bergen. As deputies they stated, "that it would cause damage to the inhabitants of the village if the parties continued with their fencing. The aforesaid, Steinmets, Van Vleeck and Sweedman maintained that no obstacle whatever could arise therefrom." It was then ordered that the land be surveyed and the surveyors report to the Directors General and afterwards, directions would be given. This was done and full permission was given to go on with the fencing, so long as they did not trespass on the public pasture land. He was appointed commander of the Militia at Bergen in 1663. He gave oath of allegiance in 1665. He a ppointed first judge for the County in October 1665. "On May 8th, 1666, Casparus Steynmets demanded payment for use of his home in New York (New Amsterdam) as a schoolhouse." His petition requested a sum of some 260 florins. The court in this instance asked Casparus to wait as there was "no money in the treasury", however, he asked them again, and a second reply of "no money" was once more the response. He purchased a large tract of land once belonging to Governor Philip Carteret on 12 March 1668 at Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. "On May 12th, 1688, he received confirmatory patent on several plots of land in and around the Village of Bergen."
Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II appeared on the census of 1671 at Bergen County, New Jersey. Marriage banns for Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II and Trintje Jacobs
were published on 26 February 1670/71 at prob Dutch Reformed Church, Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II married Trintje Jacobs
, daughter of Jacob (Unknown)
, on 15 March 1670/71 at Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. "On 4 September 1673, when the Dutch had come into possession of the territories again, Casparus was made Captain of the Militia at Bergen." In Governor Carteret's time, the legislature consisted of the Governor with his council of seven members in the Upper House, or Senate. The citizens of the town of Bergen 1673 were ordered by the Lords Proprietors of New Orange to swear an "Oath of Allegiance" or to be constrained thereto by the force of arms.
The new Oath of Allegiance was stated as follows: "We do promise and swear in the presence of Almighty God, To be Loyal and Faithful to Their Mighty Highnesses, The Lords States General of the United Netherlands and His Serene Highness, The Prince of Orange, and the Governor already appointed or to be appointed, and to comfort ourselves on all occasions as Loyal and Faithful Subjects and bound to do." Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II held the position of Deputy form Bergen in the Council of New Orange in 1674. He held the position of Rebresentative from Bergen in the 1st and 2nd General Assembly in New Jersey in 1674. "At the death of his third wife Tryntje Jacobs, 1677; he gave the farm and homestead to his sons, Johannes Steynmets and Gerrit Steynmets. Johannes would later will his portion of his father's estate to his sister Joanna (Steynmets) Prior, and she in turn gave it to her son, Jacob Prior. Casparus, an hier to the estate of Tryntje Jacobs, received on October 11th, 1677 a patent, "in right of Tryntje Jacobs Walling (Van Winkle), his deceased wife, formerly widow of Jacob Stoffelsen, six acres for a garden at Horsemes." After the death of his third wife, Caspar Steynmets in 1678 hired a servant woman by the name of Arientje Gerrits van Huysen, to look after the children and his household. He eventually chose her as his fourth wife and married his 'bride-to-be' in October, 1693. He married Arriantje Gerrits Van Huysen
in October 1693 at Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey. Capt. Casparus Johannes Steynmets II died in 1702 at Ahasymus, Bergen County, New Jersey.