There is confusing info on Wilhelm Jansen de Duyster.
He is often listed as from the town or county of Einigen
Brabant, Netherlands. As is his sons Roeloff and Jansz.
The problem is their is no such area in the Netherlands.
Einigen is a town in the Bernese Alp region of Switzerland.
Brabant or the Duchy of Brabant was independent of the Netherlands until the end of the eighty years war(1568-1648) Then it was divided between the Netherlands(North
Brabant) and Spain. This area(Southern Brabant) was known as Spanish
Netherlands. North Brabant is still under Dutch control.
The other part of Brabant is in Belgium.(Antwerp, Walloon
Brabant, Flemish Brabant & Brussels Capital Region).
Einigen is German for "Some" De Duyster(or de duytser)
in Dutch means "of the German" Possibly this is a nick-
name and not Wilhelm's last name. Also Wilhelm is German.
In Dutch it would be Willem or Willemszen. A good guess
would be Wilhelm Jansen may have originally come from
Germany and emigrated to and through the Netherlands to
get to this country. Any thoughts on this? E-mail me
I would enjoy hearing from some of my relatives. Rick Dutcher
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