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Re: Anthony Jansen Van Salee
Posted by: Susan (ID *****4355) Date: June 03, 2007 at 15:50:56
In Reply to: Re: Anthony Jansen Van Salee by Frank Ferraro of 362

If Anthony Jansen van Salle were truly Jan Jansen van Haarlem's son by his Dutch wife he would have looked different physically. There are early documents describing Anthony's physical appearance. He stood out distinctly among the Dutch of New Amsterdam and was decribed as "mulatto", and of a dark complexion, "mixed blood" as I recall. He was also described as tall and unusually strong. (and that this quality of great strength showed up now and then in his descendants). In that these qualities were actually written about It suggests that his appearance was unusual. Physical descriptions of the Moors regarding stature and strength are much the same interestingly. The van Sallee after his name would suggest that he had lived in Sale, Morocco. (although his marriage certificate, which has been preserved, states that he was "from" Cartagena, the "From" may mean that this was his place of birth. Presumably it is Cartagena Spain). There are stories that he brought with him a very large leatherbound Koran (If this is so then he was a Muslim). He was also referred to as "The Turk", presumably because of his appearance and maybe also that he was a Muslim This was a word used to describe anyone of the Ottoman Empire of those times and does not mean that he was from Turkey. (Morocco was part of this Empire then) I have ruled out that Anthony was Jan's son by his Dutch wife. The question is was he Jan's son by a Moorish Muslim?...or was he the son of someone else. From what I can ascertain Jan's whereabouts are rather sketchy say between 1605 aqnd 1610. The timeline you refer to is not documented but just a "possible" timeline based on the bits and pieces we know. There are more blanks than data though so I think we cannot close the door just yet.

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