Jan Lanen & Lijn Bakelmans

Great, Great -Grandparents of Capt John Van Pelt of Bertie County, NC

Jan [Joannes] Lanen ca 1590 – bef Aug 1640 | his parents
& 1613 Lijn [Catharina] Bakelmans | her parents
& 1640 Martinus Thonis

of Overpelt, Spanish Netherlands

This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
incorporating facts from 1999 article by Dorothy A Koenig
and research by Peter Nouwt and Marc Philippe
and a 2000 article by Gerald James Parsons

Pictures from Overpelt in 1954
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Joannes Lanen and Catherina Bakelmans [daughter of Henricus Bakelmans and Elisabeth] were married on 11 August 1613.”(Parish Register Overpelt 704, page 18)” found by Peter Nouwt along with baptismal records of 14 of their children.) The church’s name was St Martinus Church and was Roman Catholic as were and are most churches in Belgium.
Marc Philippe checked the original parish records as well and found the baptism of their oldest son.
He also provided some translations in abstract from some old deeds.

Deed: “On June 16th anno 1615 Cornelis Domiaens, husband and guardian of Elizabeth Bakelmans, hand[ed] over his rights or claims on 100 guilders, which were lent to Lambert Houben [probably by Henri Bakelmans; the first husband of Elizabeth] to Jan Lanen and his wife Lijn [=Catharina] Bakelmans. Jan Lanen, as husband and guardian of Lijn Bakelmans, notifies the receipt of 100 guilders to Lambert Houben, which 100 guilders belong to his mother in law. Jan Lanen acknowledges that these 100 guilders are an advance to the part that his wife will inherit of her mother in the future. . .”

Catharina Bakelmans married 2nd in August 1640 to Martinus Thonis.
“Parish Register Overpelt 704”

Probably, about the time of their mother’s second marriage Mattys and Teunis went north to seek their fortunes. “During the period 1636-1647 the Company of Captain Peter De Swart was staying in the area of Tielerwaard, not far from the village of Tuil. Mathijs Jansz Lanen prior to 1640 must have joined this company. Teunis Jansz Lanen is mentioned as a peddler 1649-1652, but possibly he too was a soldier at one time.”

We are told that the River Waal had not flooded for years, but in 1651, 1658, and in December 1662 there came very severe floods. “The turmoil and the floods progressed until the land was completely covered, many feet deep, with the water as high as the dike on both sides. The loveliness of the fields was smothered beneath the waters.”

Teunis and Mattys Jansen Laenen Van Pelt and their families were aboard the “Rosetree” when it embarked from the Netherlands on 15 March 1663.
“Theunis Jansen, from the country of Liege, wife and six children, 18, 16, 14, 9, 7, and 2 years old.
Thys Jansen, from the country of Liege, and four children 17, 15, 13, and 11 years old”

Children of Joannes Lanen and Catharina Bakelmans:
all baptized in Overpelt
1. Henricus Laen – bapt 27 May 1614 –
2. Bartholomeus Laen – bapt 4 December 1616 –
3. Thys Jansen [Mathias] Laenen – bapt 12 April 1618 – in NY
married 1 Nov 1640 Maryken Gijberts died March 1663 in Texel
as her family embarked on their voyage
a. Jan bapt March 1644 – dy
b. Gijsbert bapt 2 Dec 1646 Tuil –
married Jannetje Adriaens Smith
c. Teuntje ca 1648 Buren –
married Jan Jansen Van Dyke
d. Jannetje ca 1650 Buren –
married Teunis Idenszen Van Huys
e. Hendrick ca 1652 Buren –
married 1st Annetje Tilemans
married 2nd Marritie Bennet
married 2nd ca 1663 NY Adriaentje Hendricks
they had Annetje, Jan, Jacob, Adriaen, Pieter, and Lysbeth
4. Teunis Jansen [Anthonius] Laenen – bapt 5 May 1622 – 1698/1700 NY
married four times
5. Elisabetha Laenen – bapt 5 May 1622 – dy bef 1629
6. Jacobus Lanen – bapt 5 May 1624 –
7. Petrus Lanen – bapt 2 June 1626 – dy
8. Balthus Lanen – bapt 2 June 1626 –
9. Tielmannus Lanen – bapt 2 June 1626 – dy
Note in Parish Register: “Baltus and Tiemannus, brothers of the above Petrus,
sons of Joannes Lanen and Catharina, his wife, because of urgent necessity
baptized at home by Dominus Lurentius Molitoris.”

10. Catharina Laenen – bapt 23 Nov 1627 –
11. Elisabetha Lanen – bapt 1 May 1629 – dy bef 1632
12. Petrus Laenen – bapt 4 Nov 1630 –
13. Elisabetha Lanen – bapt 18 April 1632 –
14. Tillmannus Lanen – bapt 29 May 1633 –
15. Maria Lanen – bapt 12 May 1635 –

5 Aug 2011 more from Duke Wessel
Here are some tidbits

The surname Van Pelt did not come into use in legal documents before
1700 when the Van Pelt children born of Anthonius Laenen deeded
property to their brother Aurt. Van Pelt.

The surname Smith was not used for the first time before the 1800s and
then it was by Adriaen Lambertson’s great-grandson. It was found in
the marriage record; he was a military man. Jannetje ws never legally
known by the name Smith. As far as I have able to find, her native
(baptism) was recorded as Jannetke Adriaense.(se= daughter of Adriaen)
(Jan zoon = son of John)

No Dutch child born in 1600’s in the Low countires was given an English name.
Sint Martinus Catholic (no St.) kerk te OP (church at Over Pelt)
recorded baptism in the family name. The RDC at Guelderland recorded
baptisms as the Patronym. This Anthonius’ children were baptised as

Laen is the family name. The dutch word en = the English word and.
Anthoinus was a twin, whose sister was elizabet. His mother had 2 sets
of twins and 1 set of triplets.
I surmise the last name is either translated incorrectly or the scribe
simeply made and error Leen + en = Laenen. Laen in Dutch = Alley.
Laenen in Dutch = Alleys. It is also qite possible the “en” was
appended to indicate a multiple birth.

Lijn is not a woman’s name. the English translation is ‘line’; such as
a numbered line in a record. .

Thys is an allieteration. Thijs (sounds like this in thistle) is a
sortened form of Mathias
Mathias and Anthonius were the sons of Jois Laen and his wife
Catherina. Jois is a Gaelic spelling of the English name John. (My
information is from the Chief Archivist at Hasselt, Belgium.)

Van Pett = surname; van Pelt = from Pelt. The Dutch word ‘van’ has
four definitions.

Texel was a chain of Islands that seperated or served as a wind break
between Amsterdam and the ocean. The water was shallow. It was also a
source of good, potable water. Ocean going boats stopped to take on
water. Income coming boats laden with products stopped to off load.
There was a hospital and medical station at Texal. All persons in-bound
or out-going were checked for sickness. If found, the ships were
quarantined until the sickness passed. Extremely ill passengers were
taken to the hospital for treatment. (I surmise De Roosenboom was
quarantined for 90 days and this is where Marijken Gijsberts died.
It also explains the 3 month delay between departure and the late arrival
at New Amsterdam) This ship departed New Amsterdam on time and
arrived on schedule 90 days later at the home port in Amsterdam.

Would you like to see a Dutch record? This birt/bapt/death is
recorded where known. The OP records from when the Dutch held Liege
were are found among the Burgerlijk Stand records at Hasselt,too. .

The first Van Pelt records I found in OP or Lower Pelt was in 1701 –
which long after anthonius and Mathias were deceased. I found no
connection to the two families.

Martinus Thonus = Martin Thoms, Catharina [Laen]’s second husband. I
think he was related to a Laen spouse I did not follow ithis line that
closely. It would not surprise me that these families were closely
related through marriage. .

It was a long journey to learn the correct names of my Dutch
ancestors. Mayke Gijsberts Laenen Thys Van Pelt never existed. She was
Maijka Leen when she married Stoffel Langstraet.

Duke .

Great, Great, Great -Grandparents of Capt John Van Pelt of Bertie County, NC

Meeus [Bartholomeus] Laenen ca 1570 – bef 1621 | his parents
& ca 1591 Lijn [Catharina/Elizabeth] Baeken ca 1579 – bef Feb 1628 | her parents
of Overpelt, Spanish Netherlands

Deeds concerning the family of Meeus Lanen:
1. Between Lynen[=Catharina] Lanen with her children Jan, Thonis [=Antonius] and Peter and Henri Lanen with his brother in law Joost [-Judocus] Schuylkens [alias Swartens].
Lijn Lanen has on Feb 10 1626 before the court of Pelt, on behalf of her children Jan, Thonis and Peter Lanen, beget by the late Meuwis Lanen, sold their heritage to their brother Hendrick Lanen and their brother-in-law Joost Schuylkens married to Alen [=Helena] Lanen and this for 2700 guilders and 4 oaks; for Jan Lanen 900 guilders and the 4 oaks, and for Thonis and Peter each 925 guilders. Hendrick and Joost Schuylkens must pay 1/2 within a year and the other half when their mother will be deceased. The house will be reserved for Jan Lanen. He pays 25 guilders for this to his brother Henrick.

  1. On 1 February 1628 Henrick Lanen and his consorts before the court of justice of Pelt has done a declaration of the heredity of Lijn [=Catharina] Lanen, his mother, holding a house with a garden and some land, 3 guilders annual interest mortgaged on premises of Jan Bettebos, 3 guilders annual interest mortgaged on premises of Lambert Houben and 3 guilders interest on premises of Jan Cuenen.

Children of Bartholomeus Laenen and Catharina Baeken:
1. Jan [Joannes] Lanen ca 1592 – bef 1640
married 11 August 1613 Lijn [Catharina] Baeken
2. Thonis [ Antonius] Laenen, linen merchant, ca 1594 – Jan 1639
3. Hendrick Laenen bapt 23 Oct 1595 – dy
4. Aert Laenen bapt 29 Mar 1596 –

5. Peter Laenen bapt 22 July 1597 – 2 Sept 1660 Overpelt
married 19 Jan 1620 Griet [i.e. Margaretha] Smits bapt 4 Mar 1600 – 22 Aug 1679
banns published 5 Jan 1620. 11 children all bapt. in Overpelt
a. Bartholomeus Laenen bapt 27 April 1621 – 16 Nov 1700 Overpelt
married 25 Jan 1663 Margareta Gravens
b. Catharina Lanen bapt 5 Nov 1623 – 20 Jan 1675 Overpelt
married 15 July 1661 Arnoldus Berben bapt 25 nov 1633 – 17 July 1676
c. Anna Lanen [alias Beckers] bapt 14 July 1626 – aft 1662
married Lambertus Van Ceulen d. ca 1682
d. Judoca Lanen bapt 31 March 1628 –
e. Petronella Laenen bapt 10 April 1631 –
f. Dympna Laenen bapt 3 April 1633 –
g. Petrus Lanen bapt 25 Sept 1635 –
h. Joannes Lanen bapt 25 Sept 1635 – aft 1663
i. Aledis Laenen bapt 1.1 1638 – aft 1681
married 15 Aug 1673 Petrus Slechten bapt 21 Jan 1648 – 27 Aug 1714
j. Antonius Laenen bapt 12 Aug 1640 – 3 May 1681
k. Petronilla Laenen bapt 21 Aug 1644 –
6. Hendrick Laenen bapt 6 Dec 1601 -10 Nov 1653
married 17 Aug 1630 Joanna Crenchens
married 9 Feb 1638 Hadewighis Praets d aft 1654
7. Judocus Laenen bapt 29 Jan 1606 –
8. Alen [Helena] Laenen d. 25 Dec 1639
married 14 Jan 1620 Joost [ Judocus] Schuylkens [ Swartens] d. aft 1630

Great, Great, Great, Great -Grandparents of Capt John Van Pelt of Bertie County, NC

Jan [Joannes] Lanen ca 1540 – bef 16 Feb 1605/6 | his parents
& ca 1565 Peet [Petronella] ca 1579 – bef 10 Feb 1626/7 | her parents
of Overpelt, Spanish Netherlands

Between Meeus Lanen and his brother-in-law Maes Thonis
On February 16, 1605, appeared in Pelt before Cornelis Domiaens and Jan Leysen, aldermen of the court of Pelt, and also before Anthonis Vande Steen, alderman of the abbot of Floreffe and Sint Truiden, Maes Thonis husband and guardian of his housewife Maria Lanen who sells in the hands of God and in the hands of Michiel Vande Steen baliff of the abbot of Sint Truiden, the hereditary portion of his wife and the portion of his brother-in-law Jan Lanen, [which] originated from the heritage of their father Jan Lanen senior and the reserved portion when their mother Petronella Lanen will die and this for 100 guilders.

Between Jan, Peter, Henrick and Ael [=Helena] Lanen, children of the late Mewis [=Bartholomeus] Lanen
Before the court of Pelt appeared on February 10, 1626, Jan, Peter, and Heinrick Lanen, and also Joost Schuylkens with his wife Ael Lanen. They assigned to their brother Thonis Lanen 100 guilders which were lent to Dries Stalmans, so with this deal the expenses of the funeral of their deceased grandmother Peet Lanen will be settled.

In a deed dated 3 March 1626, Dieryck Luls, as husband and guardian of his wife Anna Lanen, inherited the part that his late brother-in-law, Jan Lanen [had] inherited from his mother Petronella.

Hereditary…interest of the late Jan Lanen by his children procreated by Peet [=Petronella] Lanen
The children of the late Jan Lanen beget by Peet Lanen have before the court of Pelt on 27 Jan 1629, by amicable settlement divided the interest of the late Jan Lanen as follows:
Maes Thonis and his wife receive 80 guilders of Lucas Kenens and 2 barrels of rye each year of someone from Achel;
Dieryck [=Theodorus] Luls and his wife receive 100 guilders which were lent to Houb Ceelkens and 25 guilders which were lent to Houb Metten of Lil [=Sint Huibrechts-Lille];
The children of the late Mewis [=Bartholomeus] Lanen receive 100 guilders which were lent to Dries Stalmans, 10 pennies lent to Culten.
They all agree that Maes Thonis and Dierick Luls will pay the funeral [expenses] of their deceased mother Peet [=Petronella] Lanen.

Children of Joanne Lanen and wife Petronella:
1. Anna Lanen d. aft 27 Jan 1629
married Dieryck [Theodorus] Luls d 1629/38
son of John Luls
2. Meeus [Bartholomeus] Lanen ca 1570 – bef 1621
3. Maria Lenen d. aft 27 Jan 1629
married Maes Thonis [Thomas Toenis] d. aft 27 Jan 1629
4. Jan [Joanne] Lanen – died bef 3 Mar 1626 single person

Marc Philippe reported that existing marriage records in Overpelt begin in 1592.



pictures of Overpelt taken in 1954

For further information on this family, please see: “European Origins of Adriaen Lamberts Smith and the Brothers Lanen Van Pelt”, pages 1-12 in “New Netherland Connections”, volume 4, number 1, Jan/Feb/Mar 1999), an article by Dorothy A Koenig (who also edits the newsletter).
and also NNC vol 5, number 1 2000 – page 11 “Additional Data on the Lanen Van Pelts” by Gerald James Parsons, F.A.S.G.

“Recent research in the archives of Gelderland, The Netherlands, and Limburg, Belgium, has established the origins of the Adriaen Lamberts Smith family as well as that of Mattys and Teunis Janszen Laenen Van Pelt, all of whom came to New Netherland aboard the ship ‘Rooseboom’ in 1663. All three men were born in the Spanish Netherlands, and all three married and had their children baptized in Gelderland province. It has been possible to extend some ancestral lines to the 1500s. I am grateful for the sustained support of Peter Nouwt, a professional genealogist in the Netherlands, and to Marc Philippe, a knowledgeable amateur in Belgium, for helping me to establish the facts presented here.” Dorothy A Koenig’s introduction to her article.

31 July 2011 e-mail from Duke Wessel —
Van Pelt and Laen are difficult to research due to the the amount of
misinformation and perfectly horrible translation errors. My Dutch
cousin told me if I wanted to know the answers to go forth and learn
Dutch so I could read the records myself. I did. 6-years later I have
a much better understanding of the years 800 and 1700 in the
Nederlands and in the New World and the brothers Anthonius and

The family is Laen (Latin) [Laan] (Dutch) I have a theory as to
how/why Laen became Laenen. Van Pelt is a alliteration of van Pelt. I
did not find any indication this family used the Van Pelt surname in
any legal matters before 1700. Anthonius did not use the name John or
Van Pelt in any legal matter (birth, marriage, death, witness,
sponsor, Deed) before his death which occured between this last
marriage and 1700. If he did, it was after his fourth marriage and
before his death. BTW, his father’s legal name is not a Latin or Dutch
spelling; it’s recorded as a Gaelic spelling in the original church
records from Sint-Martinus Church at Overpelt.

The spelling of the church name has not chagned since Marth the poor
was cannonized by the church. The only question I have is whether or
not this was/is a collegiat church

The Catholic Encyclopedia has a rather remarkable record of Eurpoean
history since the time when General Julius Ceasar claimed the Low
Countries for Rome. .

If you are interested in this family I have more information. Why
you? Because you’ve made a effort to get it right and stated very
plainly on your website that what you include is a working theory.


One thought on “Jan Lanen & Lijn Bakelmans”

  1. Oh yes! Eight years ago I visited this site and used it to support my extensive research into my Van Pelt family line (my mother’s family). I am so very pleased to find it is still here. I had put this research aside for many years while I searched for my adopted father’s bio-parents via 3 DNA tests and a lot of research that ensued. Although I was elated to discover them, my DNA did not make sense. Until today. I was researching my father’s line, following hints back, and suddenly Ancestry provided me a hint from my own Van Pelt tree! My parents had a late ancestor in common, and that now explains the mysteries found in my DNA relationships. The relationship that brought them together was Samuel VanPelt and Cornelia VanValkenburg. Would I appreciate more information? Please, oh please! I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks, Mercedes

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