Roeliff Jansen Kill

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Roeliff Jansen Kill (Sank-he-nak)
Ancram Creek, Livingstons Creek
Country United States
State New York
County Columbia, Dutchess
 - location Chatham, NY
 - coordinates 42°16′45″N 73°30′40″W / 42.27917°N 73.51111°W / 42.27917; -73.51111
Mouth Hudson River
 - location Livingston, New York
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 42°10′49″N 73°51′33″W / 42.18028°N 73.85917°W / 42.18028; -73.85917Coordinates: 42°10′49″N 73°51′33″W / 42.18028°N 73.85917°W / 42.18028; -73.85917
Length 56 mi (90 km)
Roeliff Jansen Kill map

The Roeliff Jansen Kill[1] is a major tributary to the Hudson River. Roeliff Jansen Kill was the traditional boundary between the Native American Mahican and Wappinger tribes.[2]

Its source is in the town of Austerlitz, New York, and its mouth is at the Hudson River at Linlithgo in the town of Livingston. The stream flows for 56.2 miles (90.4 km)[3] through Dutchess and Columbia counties before entering the Hudson River about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Hudson.[4]

Most of the watershed lies in Columbia County, although parts of the northern Dutchess County towns of North East, Stanford, Pine Plains, Milan, and Red Hook are within the stream's watershed of approximately 212 square miles (550 km2).[5] A major tributary is Shekomeko Creek.[6]


  • Klein Kill
  • Doove Kill
  • Fall Kill
  • Ham Brook
  • Shekomeko Creek - Native American Che-co-min-go, "place of eels".[7]
    • Bean River
  • Punch Brook
  • Noster Kill
    • Preechey Hollow Brook
  • Bashbish Brook
    • Cedar Brook
    • Wright Brook
    • City Brook
      • Guilder Brook
    • Ashley Hill Brook
      • Lee Pond Brook

Roeliff Jansen

Both Roeliff Jansen Kill and Roeliff Jansen Park outside Hillsdale, NY were named after Roeliff Jansen. [8] Roeloff Jansen (1602-1637) was born on the island of Marstrand in Bohuslän, Norway. In 1623, Jansen married Anneke Jans (1605-1663) who was from Flekkeroy, in Vest Agder, Norway. Following the birth of their first three children, they emigrated to New Netherland in 1630.[9] The couple settled in first Rensselaerwyck near what is now Albany, New York, where Jansen had an engagement as a tenant farmer for Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. About 1634, he moved his family to New Amsterdam where he acquired a 62 acre farm on Manhattan Island, today in the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan. After his death, his widow married Domine Everardus Bogardus. [10] [11]

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Roeliff Jansen Kill
  2. ^ History of the Indian tribes of Hudson's River: their origin, manners and customs..., Edward Manning Ruttenberg, page 372
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 3, 2011
  4. ^ NY Public Fishing Rights Maps: Roeliff Jansen Kill
  5. ^ Roeliff Jansen Kill near Linlithgo, NY (USGS)
  6. ^ Dutchess County Watershed: Roeliff Jansen Kill Information
  7. ^ Aboriginal place names of New York, By William Martin Beauchamp, page 46
  8. ^ "Roeliff Jansen Park History". New York State Parks. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Anneke Jans". New York State Museum. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  10. ^ Raphelson, Jeffrey (February 2007). "A Certaine Parcell of Land Lying on this Island, Manhatans" (PDF). Court Legacy. Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. XIV (1). Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  11. ^ Paul Loucks (10 Feb 2012). "Roeliff Jansen". Loucks-Wallace Genealogy. Retrieved September 4, 2015.

External links

  • Roeliff Jansen Historical Society
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