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New York Folklore Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 2, Summer 1960

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NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XVI, No. 2, Summer, 1960

THE CHAIR
Robert Anderson

ANNEKE JANS, as everyone knows, after her first husband died set her cap for another husband. She succeeded in capturing one of the prize bachelors, one Everardus Bogardus, the first and only minister in the little town of New Amsterdam. He fathered her second brood of children, acquired property and engaged in controversy with the authorities. The last of these occupations was the death of him for it led to his sailing back to the Netherlands in order to settle a point which was at issue and, unfortunately, he drowned when his ship went down.

Anneke never remarried in spite of there being a scarcity of wives in the colony on the Hudson. It seems that water widows are considered unlucky. Instead she moved back upriver and, in her time dying, left a legacy of some property and enough gossip so that legend has been busily building about her name over the last three centuries.

The property resulted in the long litigation of her heirs with Trinity Church. But long and involved as it was, it was simple compared with the ramifications of the legends which evolved about her....





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