It appears that we may have found the ancestor of Johannes "Jan" Pootman in the Netherlands. Johannes came to New Netherlands, later called New York, America, about 1661 when he was "about 16 years of age". It was said that because of the turmoil then upon the seas, he jumped ship and made his way to Albany. It was presumed that he was Dutch and the son of a Dominie of Holland, which was the Putman Family Tradition. The Pootman or Putman family lived just west of Albany in the Mohawk Valley of New York. One son, David, went to New Jersey
Johannes Pootman's children probably born in Schenectady, New York, were the following: Arent, Victor, David, Cornelius, Mary, and Catherine. Since Johannes Pootman married Cornelia Bradt and the names Arent and Catherine were Bradt names, it would seem that Johannes Pootman's parents then were Victor and Marie. Marie's father possibly was a David or Cornelius.
A Victor Pootman was a "School Teacher" in Aalburg, North Brabant, from about 1642-onward. He may have eventually become a Dominie. Aalburg was then a part of South Holland. Because the given name and surname "Victor Pootman" are so rare, particularly together, it seems that Victor Pootman of Aalburg was indeed Johannes Pootman's father. There is additional supporting evidence.
By the efforts of Katherine McMullen-Serrault, the baptismal records for the children of Victor Pootman [and Marie Davids or Marie the daughter of David] of Wijck en Aalburg have been found in the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum database. Victor Pootman and Marie Davids had the following children: Geuntjen [baptized 1-12-1642], Jan [baptized 2-28-1644], David [ baptized 1-1-1646, and Marija [baptized 4-5-1648]. As the records begin in 1641, Victor and Marie may have had an earlier child or children.
The baptizmal records are a fantastic find and shed new light on the history of the Pootman/Putman/Putnam family of America. The family name it appears meant Poortman or Gateman. Other forms of the name in America were Pottman, Potman, and Bottman.
Cornelia Bradt's father-in-law was Claus Van Bockhoven. The Town of Bockhoven was just a couple of miles east of Aalburg. Also, Johannes and Cornelia Pootman's son Arent married Elizabeth Akkerman whose family came from Berlicum, which was about ten miles southeast of Aalburg.
Aalburg was in the Land van Heusden en Altena.
Mark R. Putnam