Dates of Birth and Death
Baltus Barents VanKleeck was baptized on 6 Aug. 1645 in Haarlem, The Netherlands. His father was Barent Baltus who was from Lipstadt in Westphalia, and who on 18 May, 1631, had married Sara Peters in Haarlem. Less than five years later, on 29 January, 1636, Barents now a widower married Mayken Quiters of Haarlem. They had seven children, including Baltus and Elsie.
Barents Baltus emigrated to America; he first appears in the New Netherland records in Flatbush on 8 July, 1654. He married the first time a woman whose name is unknown and who was buried in 1676 in Flatbush. He married second Tryntje Jans Buys daughter of Jan Cornelis Buys (alias Damen) and Ybetje Lubberts (daughter of Lubbert Guybertsen) in 1657 or 1658.
Baltus Van Kleeck moved first to Albany to be near his sister Elsie who had married the large landholder Robert Sanders. This is where their daughter Sara was born.
In about 1683, Baltus Van Kleeck purchased land in Bergen. The three tracts, known as lot No. 49, lot No. 67 and lot No. 156 and so marked on the map of the “Bergen Common Lands” in the County Clerk’s Office at Hackensack, N.J. Lot No. 49 was a tract of upland. Lot No. 67 was a piece of meadow. Lot No. 156 was a lot in the town of Bergen. In total they comprised 36 and a half acres of farmland and a lot in the village. The family then moved to Bergen where his wife’s relatives had returned after the Indian uprising in 1655. On 2 July 1683, Baltus Barens and wife Tryntie Jans joined the Bergen Dutch Church. Their son Peter was baptized there on 2 April 1688.
Baltus sold the Bergen property 8 May, 1697 and on 3 June, 1697 bought a large parcel of land at Poughkeepsie, where the family settled permanently. Baltus Van Kleek is considered to be the founder of Poughkeepsie and in turn Dutchess County. In 1702 he built the first stone house there with a lintel stone that contained the initials of Baltus and Tryntie. Baltus VanKleeck also donated land for the building of the first church. . In later years Baltus VanKleeck was very prominent in the affairs of Poughkeepsie. He was a Captain of the Militia of Ulster and Dutchess County in 1700, and in the 16th Colonial Assembly in 1715, he represented Dutchess County. He died between 1 Sept. 1716 and 9 April 1717. His stone house remained standing in Poughkeepsie until well into the Nineteenth Century with an adjacent family graveyard.
Van Kleek Genealogy by A.S. Van Benthuyson Pierre Parmentier of New Amsterdam and Descendants by Bruce Bennett NYG&B Record Vol 138 Kingston Dutch Church Marriage Records Records of the Bergen Dutch Church in Holland Society Yearbook 1915