Johannes Myndert WEMPLE

Male 1684 - 1749  (65 years)


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  • Name Johannes Myndert WEMPLE 
    Born 24 Aug 1684  Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Oct 1749  Fort Hunter, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I433  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Myndert Janse WEMPLE,   b. 1649, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1690, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Diewertje WENDEL,   b. 1653, Fort Orange, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1724, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Bef 1675  probably Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catalina SCHERMERHORN,   b. 1681, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1708, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1700  Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Myndert WEMPLE,   b. Bef 09 Nov 1701, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1739, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 38 years)
     2. Reyer WEMPLE,   b. Bef 17 Oct 1703, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796, probably Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 92 years)
     3. Johannes WEMPLE,   b. Bef 28 Oct 1705,   d. 1716  (Age > 10 years)
     4. Ariaantje WEMPLE,   b. Bef 09 Nov 1707,   d. 04 May 1739  (Age > 31 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ariaantje SWITS,   b. Abt 1690, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1732, Fort Hunter, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married 06 Oct 1709  Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Debora WEMPLE,   b. Bef 30 Oct 1710,   d. Bef 1805  (Age < 94 years)
     2. Barent WEMPLE,   b. Bef 13 Nov 1712,   d. Bef 1748  (Age < 35 years)
     3. Isaac WEMPLE,   b. Bef 28 Aug 1715, Bethleham Center, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1810  (Age < 94 years)
     4. Maritie WEMPLE,   b. Bef 05 Dec 1718,   d. Bef 1813  (Age < 94 years)
     5. Rebecca WEMPLE,   b. Bef 29 Sep 1721,   d. Abt 1777  (Age > 55 years)
     6. Ephraim WEMPLE,   b. (BEF. 16 Feb 1723/24), Fort Hunter, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 23 Oct 1814, Montogmery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Cornelius WEMPLE,   b. Bef 19 Apr 1726,   d. 1747  (Age > 20 years)
     8. Johannes B. WEMPLE,   b. Bef 18 Apr 1731,   d. Bef 1826  (Age < 94 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • At the massacre of Schenectady, February 9, 1690, he was carried prisoner to Canada, along with two of his father's slaves. Upon returning to Schenectady, he acted in his father's stead as Trustee of the Schenectady Patent. In 1711, he and four others built Fort Hunter at the junction of the Mohawk River and the Scheris Creek. He was a lieutenant in Captain Glen's Company in 1715. He removed to the vicinity of Fort Hunter in 1733 and became one of the first settlers of that locality. He was granted 430 acres there in 1737, part still being owned and occupied by some of his descendants. He was also granted 1935 acres near Schenectady in 1737. WBW

      Excerpts from papers sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1996. From THE MOHAWK VALLEY: ITS LEGENDS AND ITS HISTORY, 1609-1780 W. Max Reid pg 299:

      Myndert, the eldest son of Jan Barentse Wemp, had a son Johannes, also called Jan, or John, who, in 1711, lived in the 'Mohawk's country, on the Mohawk River.' On the 11th day of October of that year, Governor Hunter made a contract with John Wemp, Garret Symonse, Barent Vroman, Hendrick Vroman, and Arent Van Patten, of Schenectady, to build the fortification called Fort Hunter, at the mouth of the Schoharie River, and Queen Anne's Chapel, which was situated inside the palisade or fort. The fort and chapel were completed in 1712.

      Jan Wemp, as he was called by his Dutch neighbors, owned part of the fourth flat of the Schenectady patent, which was located at Pattersonville. On December 16, 1737, he obtained a patent of 450 acres of land in the town of Florida, located east of Queen Anne's Chapel glebe, and adjoining the same on the west, and the Babbington patent of 1717, on the east. He died October 14, 1749. He married first, Catalina, daughter of Reyer Schermerhorn, June 15, 1700, and second, Ariaantje, daughter of Isaac Swits, October 6, 1709, and had twelve children; six sons and six daughters.

      Johannes Myndert Wemple's will as recorded in THE WEMPLE FAMILY, by William C. Wemple and sent to me by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on September 5, 1996:

      In the name of God, Amen, I, Jan Wemple, of the Mohawk Country, on the Mohawk River, in the County of Albany, being of perfect, sound mind and memory, blessed be God, wherefore but considering the frailty of this life, and certainty of death, and the uncertain time and hour thereof, do therefore this fifth day of March, in the 21 year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second, and the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and forty seven and eight, make ordain and publish this my last will and testament -

      That is to say principally and first of all I give and commend my immortal soul after its departure our this frail body, into the merciful hands of God that gave it me. Hoping and trusting for the pardon of my sins and transgressions, in and thru the meritorious death and passion of the Blessed Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.

      As my body, I recommend it to the earth to be interred in a Christian like and decent manner, at the discretion of my wife and children.

      And, as for such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, after my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

      Imprimis - I give to my son Myndert Wemple, deceased, his oldest son John Wemple, my small Island containing about 1 acre of land, situate, lying and being in the Township of Schenectady in the Mohawk River, on the south side of the foremost island as also my full, true and just Eighth part in the saw mill, Dam, Saws, Utensils and grounds and privileges to said mill belonging, situate, standing and being with the limits and bounds of the Township of Schenectady, on the east side of the Mohawk river, about 4 miles from Schenectady, north east on a certain creek called 'The Mill Creek.' To hold for him, the said John Wemple and his heirs an assigns forever, wherewith he must be satisfied and make no further pretense to any part of my estate for being my heir at law.

      Item - I give my son Reyer Wemple and to his heirs and assigns I do give and devise all that my messsuge of tenement with Appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying and being on the south side of the Mohawk River, in the limits and bounds of the town of Schenectady, in the County of Albany where he, the said Reyer, lived on so as it now belongs to me, commonly called Damhauer and Warmoes Gadt at a place called Woestine. To hold to him and my said son Reyer Wemple, his heirs and assigns forever.

      Item - To my sons Isaac Wemple and Ephraim Wemple and to their heirs and assigns forever I do give and devise my westerly part of my Low arable land, being my great flats situate, lying and being on the south side of the Mohawk river, in the Mohawks country, lying to the west of my house and homestead where I now live and beginning by the cross fence which stands a little to the west of a small creek about 200 yards westerly up the river and so taking in all my arable land which lies to the west of the cross fence, being my great flats aforesaid. To hold them my said sons, Isaac Wemple and Ephraim Wemple, their heirs and assigns forever, to be equally divided and shared by them and among them share and share alike, to the one no more nor better thereof than to the other.

      Item - To my son John Wemple, Jr. and to his heirs and assigns forever, I do give and devise my easterly part of arable low land, situate, lying and being on the south side of the Mohawk River, in the Mohawks country, lying to the east of my dwelling house and homestead beginning at the cross fence about 200 yards to the west of my said dwelling house, and so taking in my houses, barns, orchard, homestead, together with my arable land lying to the east of my said house called Robert En Haihge as also my island lying in the Mohawk river just opposite my house in the Mohawks country called 'island to hold to him, my son John Wempel his heirs and assigns forever.

      To my three sons Isaac Wempel, Epharim Wempel and John Wempel, and to their heirs and assigns forever, I do give and devise all my woodland, pastures ground, and premises and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying and being in the Mohawks country, adjoining to the south of the low land and homestead herein about devised to them, to hold to them their heirs and assigns forever, all to be equally shared and divided by them, and among them, share and share alike to the one no more nor better than to the other.

      To my loving wife Arejaentje Wempel, I do give and bequeath all the rest and residue of real estate all my Negro slaves young and old, all my household goods and furniture, linen and woolen bedding, palte, cattle, etc, during her widowhood for her maintenance and livelihood and immediately after my said wife Arejaentje decease, if she remains unmarried or immediately after her remarriage which shall happen first,

      I do then devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following, to wit:
      To my daughter Arejaentje, deceased her son Arent Bradt and her daughter Catollientje Bradt, children of Captain Andries Bradt, and to their heirs and assigns forever, I do give and devise two morgans of arable lowland, situate lying and being on an island which lies near the town of Schenectady to the bounds of said township to the west of side of the town, in the Mohawk river, on the southerly half of said island, is bounded west by two morgans of land, which I some time past conveyed to Widow van Driesen and north by the northerly half of the said island now belonging to Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck and south by the creek and so running along the said creek and partition of fence of Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck, easterly till it takes in the full quantity of two morgans (about 4 acres) of arable land to hold to them their heirs and assigns forever, all to be equally shared and divided by them and among them, share and share alike, to the one no more or better thereof than to the other.

      Item. To my daughter, Maria Butler, the wife of Lieutenant Walter Butler, Jr. and to her heirs and assigns forever, I do give and devise two morgans of arable lowland situate lying and being in the bounds of the town of Schenectady on the above named island, on the south side thereof, bounded west by the two morgans of arable land herein above given and devised to my grandchildren Arent Brandt and Catolintje Brandt, children of my daughter Anjentje late deceased; as above state north by Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck above named and south by the creek and running so along the creek and the partition fence of Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck till it takes in the full quantity of two morgans of arable land, to have to her, my said daughter Maria, and to her heirs and assigns forever.

      Item. To my daughter, Rebecca Coneyn, the wife of Peter Coneyn and to her heirs and assigns forever, I do devise two morgans of arable lowland situate, lying and being in the bounds of the town of Schenectady on the above island on the south thereto bounded west by two morgans of arable land herein above given and devised to my daughter, Maria, south by the creek, north by Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck as above named an so running along the creek and the partition fence of Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck till it takes in full quantity of two morgans of arable land, to hold to her my said daughter, Rebecca, and to her heirs and assigns forever.

      Item. To my son Myndert Wempel deceased, his two sons, John Wempel and Myndert Wempel and to their heirs and assigns forever, I do give devise all the rest and residue of said island situate, lying and being in the bounds of the township of Schenectady just southwesterly of the said town, called the first or foremost island, bounded west by the two morgans of land herein last above given and devised to my daughter, Rebecca, south and east by the creek, north by Captain Jacobus Van Sleyck, as also my house and lot of ground lying in the town of Schenectady bounded east by the street, south by Daniel DeGraaf, north by the lot of Seymons Johan Veeder and west by the creek to held to them, their heirs & assigns forever, all to be equally shared and divided by them and among them, share and share alike, to the one no more nor better thereof than to the other.

      Item. It is my will and I do order and direct my four sons to wit; Reyer Wempel, Isaac Wempel, Ephraim Wempel and John Wempel, or their heirs or assigns to pay or cause to be paid all my just debts and funeral charges, which I shall have paid at the time of my decease.

      Item. It is my will and express order that if my two grandchildren herein above named John Wempel, and Myndert Wempel , sons of my son Myndert Wempel deceased, as above named do or shall happen to die without lawful issue of their body or bodies, Then what I have herein above given and devised him or them, so died as aforesaid with out lawful issue, shall descend and devolve on all my sons and daughters herein named equally and share and share and divide by them and among them, and share and share alike, to the one no more nor better thereof than to the others, anything herein contained to the contrary thereof not withstanding.

      Item. It is my will if one or more of my three sons it wit; Isaac Wempel, Ephraim Wempel, or John Wempel shall die without lawful issue of his or their bodies that the survivor or survivors of my said three sons last named shall then have what I herein above have given & devised him or them so deceased as aforesaid, paying thereof in my just debts he or they so died without lawful issue was herein above directed and obliged to pay and perform.

      I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Wempel, my Negro boy named Caspel. I give and bequeath unto my son Ephraim Wempel, my Negro named Charles. I give and bequeath unto my son John Wemple, my Negro boy named Tobie. I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter, the daughter of my daughter, Arrantie wife of Captain Andries Bradt late deceased Catalientje, my Negro wench called Rood. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Deborah, the wife of Barent Wemple, my Negro wench named Hen. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Maria the wife of Lieutenant Walter Butler, my Negro wench named Saar. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca my Negro girl named Mary. I give and bequeath unto my son John Wempel, my Negro man named Ned and my Negro wench named Gin, he to pay therefor to my grandson Myndert Wempel, above named the sum of twenty pounds, current money of New York, seven years after my wife's decease. I give and bequeath unto my son Ephramim Wemple, my Negro man named Prince, he paying therefor my grandson, John Wempel about named the sum of twenty pounds current money of New York seven years after my wife's decease.

      Lastly, I make and ordain my brother Jacob Glen and my good friend Robert Sanders Executers of this my last will and testament, and do desire them to execute the same for me according to my true intention and meaning. Lastly I do hereby disannul and revoke all former wills by before this time made, willing that this and no other heretofore made to be my last will and testament.

      In witness whereof I the said Jan Wempel have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.


      The following is from a manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. This manuscript was written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913. The manuscript was never published.

      Johannes Wemp was born in Schenectady about 1675 but now document can now be found which definitely gives the date, because the church records as well as nearly all other papers were lost in the destruction of Schenectady on Feb. 9 1689/90.

      At the time of this occurrence, Jan was captured and taken to Canada as a prisoner, along with two of his father's slaves. An official report of the attack and its result was made to the Alderman of Albany which mentions Jan Wemp, son of Myndert Wemp, with two negers as among those made prisoners. This report is bound in a book entitled MORTGAGE BOOK, 1753-1765, in the Albany County Clerk's office and is included in the minutes of that date.

      Jan was finally restored to liberty and returned to his home but just how long he was retained as a prisoner is not known.

      Notwithstanding the loss of his birth record and his subsequent capture, there is no trouble to easily prove the Jan Wemp, who for so many years occupied such a prominent and influential position on the Mohawk Valley and was the owner of a great deal of very valuable land, to the son of Myndert Janse Wemp and the person claimed.

      His father, as has been elsewhere shown, was one of the original trustees of the Schenectady Patent, by virtue of the Dongan grant made Nov. 1, 1684, and upon Myndert's death in 1690 his son Jan acted in his stead. as soon as the law would permit, in the capacity of eldest son and heir,in all matters concerning the administration of the affairs relating to the Patent. In DEEDS D-No. 4, Albany County Clerk's office, is recorded a conveyance dated Feb. 27,1689/90. wherein Jan Myndertse Wemp, son of Myndert Wemp, deceased, unites with the other trustees of the Schenectady Patent in granting to Gysbert Marceelis some islands in the Mohawk river at Schenectady. Although the body of the deed mentions him as Jan Myndertse Wemp he signs it simply as Jan Wemp and which was ever his customary signature, with two exceptions.

      In the same office, a similar deed in recorded in DEEDS E-No. 5 -DEEDS AND WILLS 2, on page 106, dated June 3, 1701, which reads as follows:

      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whom the present writing shall come Reyer Schermerhorn, Jan Baptist Van Eps, eldest son of Jan Van Eps deceased, and Jan Wemp, eldest son of Myndert Wemp, deceased on behalfe of the Town of Schanegtde & places adjacent, Trustees, Seneth Greeting, Whereas Pynier Schaets was heretofore in his live time in peaceable possession of a certain Lott of ground at Schanegtade town aforesaid whereof as yet no Patent nor Transport on the name of s'd Ryer Shaets can be found, so that we can believe the writeings thereof among others were burned when the french of Canada distoryed s'd town of the 9th day of Feb. 1689/90 and whereas the s'd lott afterwards was sold by Gideon Schaets, eldest son of Rynier Schaets Dec'd., to Albert Ffedder, who now desires that the same may be conveyed to s'd Ffedder, KNOW YEE that we the said Ryer Schermerhorn, Jan Baptist Van Eps and Jan Wemp, on the behalf as afores'd, having by virtue of the generall patent granted by governor Tho: DDongan, the first day of November 1684, conveyed, transported & confirmed into s'd Albert Vedder. . . .

      On 11th October, 1711, he and four others made a contract with Governor Hunter for the erection of two forts --- one at Fort Hunter (named in honor of the governor), the other at Onondage; the were to be completed by July 1, 1713 and the price stipulated was was 1000 pounds. The Chapel which they built within the enclosure of Fort Hunter was the famous QUEEN ANNE'S CHAPEL renounced in local history. The original contract is preserved in Volume 56, page 124, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, State Library, Albany.

      According to the roster of Captain Johannes Sanders Glen's company of Schenectady in 1715, contained in volume 60, page 53, of COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, above mentioned, he was the Lieutenant of the company and he signs the return certifying to its correctness (for certified copy see document No. 66). . . .

      A list of Freeholders of the City and County of Albany, dated May 22, 1733 preserved in volume 70, page 58 COLONIAL MANUSCRIPTS, . . . enumerates him as a freeholder living in Schenectady. This was only a few months prior to his being a resident of the Mohawks County, as already shown in mention of deed dated September 24, 1733, so it must have been between these two dates that he removed to the latter locality.

      He was on of the very earliest residents of Montgomery County, of the Mohawks Country as it was then called.

      August 5, 1736, he petitions for a license to purchase a tract of land from the Indians, lying on the south side of the Mohawk River, beginning by a certain rock called Astaghrogon by the native Indians, on the bank of the said river,containing about 540 acres, also three small islands in said river opposite the land of Wouter Swart, containing together about fourteen acres. (LAND PAPERS, volume 12, page 38, Secretary of State's office, Albany.)

      He at once moved upon this property and resided upon it the remainder of his life-time, in his will devising it ot his children, who have successively handed it down, a portion sill being held by his descendants and occupied by them to the present day. . . .

      The original will of Ryer Schemerhorn is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, Albany, NY and a portion relating to Jan Wemp's three children by Catalina Schermerhorn is quoted below:

      Item, From and after the determination of the said estate to my wife as above said, I give and devise to my said eldest son, John Schermerhorne and his heirs and assigns forever all my reale estate, lands, tenements and herditaments where I now live in Schenectady, Provided allways and it is my true intent and meaning that if my said son John Schermerhorne doth possess and enjoy the aforesaid estate of the aforesaid devise made unto him. then and in such case he may said son John Schermerhorne shall transport and convey and confirme into John Wemp's three children, Myndert, Reyert and Ariaentje, procreated on the body of my deceised daughter Cataline late wife of John Wemp, and their heirs and assigns forever, the one half or morjety of the house and land where he my said son John now lives on the north side of the Maques River, above the Town of Schonectady, and the other half to my daughter Janneke, wife of Volkert Symononsen, and her heirs and assigns forever otherwise the aforesaid gift an devise to my said son John and his heirs and assigns to be utterly void and none effect.


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