Joseph Bastedo
Jacob Bastedo (U.E.L.)
(Abt 1743-1829)


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1. Clarissa Jean Van Slyke

Jacob Bastedo (U.E.L.) 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1743, Albany (Schenectady), New York, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Clarissa Jean Van Slyke in 1767
  • Died: 1829, Stamford (Niagara Falls), Lincoln (Welland), Eastern District, Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada about age 86 4
  • Buried: Waterdown Union Municipal Cemetery, Flamborough East, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  Research Notes:

From, quoting information compiled by Edward C. Russell, Ottawa, Ontario. January 1983:

"In 1628, the story goes, the progenitor of the Bastedo's in North America, having embraced the reformed faith in this contentious Reformation period, was soon in trouble with the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the church court, the Inquisition. These Bastedo's fled from Spain and headed for the Netherlands, the historic refuge for religious dissenters and Protestant heretics. But within the year, it is said, the Bastedo's crossed to England, another hospitable land and a jump-off place for a new life in the New World. They landed eventually in the colony of New York.

"At this point the story becomes a bit puzzling. In 1628, where New York now stands, was called New Amsterdam and was certainly in the hands of the Dutch. The English were not in firm control of the colony until late in the 17th century. Indeed, that control just preceded the arrival of the Dutchman, William of Orange, on the throne of England.

"One account states that several of these American Bastedos lie buried beneath stones still extant in Little Trinity Church-yard on Broadway near Wall Street in New York City. So, when this trans-Atlantic migration was made, is not at all clear. However, it is known that Bastedos eventually settled in what was then called Albany County and owned a large tract of land which they developed as farmland, where the city of Schenactady now stands. Jacob Bastedo the progenitor of all the Canadian Bastedos, was born there in 1743.

"Jacob Bastedo of Schenectady was born in that place, probably on the family farm, in 1743. So far, we do not know the identity of his parents nor the number of siblings. In 1767, he married a girl of Dutch descent, Clarissa Jean vanSlyke, One source says that Clarissa was a great grand daughter of Cornelious vanSlyke 'The Trader,' who in turn was a grandson of Cornelious Antonissen vanSlyke, a Hollander, and the first patentee of the Katskill (1746). The vanSlykes are said to have come to North America about the same time as the Bastedos (1628)... Much of the vanSlyke land came from OchToch and her son, Jacques, although Cornelious himself had land grants."

From Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario, p. 37:

The Bastedos trace their descent from the important Spanish family of De La Bastido, of whom the chief is the Marquis De La Bastida, member of the Chamber of Deputies for the Balearic Islands. Another is Don Guillermo De La Bastida, treasurer of the Province of Badajoz. The progenitor of the Bastedo family, having embraced the faith of the Reformed Church, was forced to leave Spain and take refuge in Holland, whence about 1778 he or one of his descendants emigrated to America, ultimately settling at Schenectady, New York. Of this branch of the family was Jacob Basted, as the name became Anglicized, who, abandoning a valuable estate in Schenectady, came to Canada as a United Empire Loyalist, and settled first at Cataraqui (Kingston), where he had a grant of 800 acres, but removed to Stamford, County of Welland, Ont. He married Clarissa Jean Van Slyke, whose sister married a Van Buren, and their son, Martin Van Buren, was President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. Another sister was married to Major Tice, a Royalist officer. The children of Jacob and Clarissa Bastedo were: (1) Abraham; (2) Lewis; (3) David; (4) Joseph, killed at the battle of Chippewa; (5) Gilbert Tice; (6) John, of Nelson, married Mary Flewelling and had issue... (7) Cornelius, killed in the war of 1812."

  Death Notes: has b. 1743, d. 1829 in Stamford, Ontario, age 86. has d. 1808, Halton, Ontario.

  Noted events in his life were:

United Empire Loyalist: New York, (United States).

Settled: on a grant of 800 acres, Abt 1784, Cataraqui (Kingston), Quebec (Ontario), Canada.

Relocated: Mount Dorchester (Stamford), (Niagara Region), Lunenburg District (Ontario), Quebec (Canada).

Jacob married Clarissa Jean Van Slyke, daughter of Cornelis Van Slyke and Jannetje Trueks, in 1767. (Clarissa Jean Van Slyke was born about 1749 in Albany (Schenectady), New York, (United States) and died on 11 Apr 1829 in Stamford (Niagara Falls), Lincoln (Welland), Eastern District, Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada.)


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3 <J. H. Beers & Co.>, editor, Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families (Toronto: J. H. Beers & Co., 1907), 37.

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