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