The following was sent to me by a cousin a while back. I can't vouch for the accuracy of any of it but the last few generations:
Joannes LAENEN was born about 1550 in The Netherlands, and died before 16 Feb 1605, in Limburg, Overpelt, Liege, Belguim. The Lane stock was Walloon, descendents from the Gallic Belgae. The family name Lane is believed to be descended originally from the Norman race. They were commonly believed to be of French origin but were, more accurately, of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D., under their Chief, Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France about 940 A.D. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid seige to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy, the territory of the North Men. Duke William who invaded and defeated England in 1066, was descended form the first Duke Rollo of Normandy. Johannes LAENEN was married to Petronella LULS (?) about 1570. She died before February 10, 1626 in Limburg, Overpelt, Liege, Belguim. Four children listed, among them:
Bartholomeus LAENEN was born about 1570 in The Netherlands, and died before February 10, 1626 in The Netherlands. He was married to Catharina (Elizabeth) BAEKEN before 1590. Nine children listed, among them:
Joannes LAENEN, born about 1590 in Overpelt, Prince Bishopric of Liege, The Spanish Netherlands (Belgium). The name, "Van Pelt" or "Van Peelt" indicates they came from the "Peel," a swampy region in Belgium between the Meuse and As rivers. There is a "Laenenvelt" or "Lanevelt" marked on the western edge of the Peel on some seventeenth century maps, and while there is no independent confirmation, it is likely this is where the family came from. He died before 1640 in Overpelt, Prince Bishopric of Liege, The Spanish Netherlands. He married Catharina BAKELMANS and had 14 children, among them:
Theunis Jansen Laenen VAN PELT, baptized on May 5, 1622 in Overpelt, Prince Bishopric of Liege, The Spanish Netherlands (Belgium).He was born about May 5, 1622 in Overpelt, Prince Bishopric of Liege. He emigrated on March 15, 1663 to New Utrecht, Long Island, Kings Co.,NY.Mattys Janszen Lanen Van Pelt and Teunis Janszen Lanen Van Pelt came with their families in1663 on "The Rosetree." Teunis was the petroon of the group who emigrated on the Rose Tree in 1663, landing in March in New Amsterdam (with his brother Matthys). He emigrated with his wife, Gertrude, and six children. He later had three other children. Teunis was a fisherman who first settled in Brooklyn and then moved to New Utrecht. Unlike those of his brother, Teunis' descendants kept the "Van Pelt" and dropped the surname "Laenen." Thus the Van Pelts and the Lanes are the same family, just descended from different brothers. He died in 1696 in New Utrecht, Long Island, Kings Co.,NY.He served in the military in Protestant Netherlands.Note: Mattys and Teunis left home and joined the army in the Protestant NetherlandsHe was a Peddler at Tuil, Gelderland, Fisherman in Gelderland, The Netherlands.He was Catholic in St. Marks Catholic Church, Overpelt, Prince Bishopric of Liege, The Spainish Netherlands. He married 1st (sup.) Grietje Jans; m. 2d, Aug. 6, 1696, Gertrude Jans wid. of John Otter.He took the oath of allegiance in New Utrecht in 1687; and was known as Tunis the fisher, that being probably his principal occupation. (1) Teunis married his second wife Gertrude on Aug. 2, 1696 and had three daughters by her. One confusing and conflicting note states that: "He was married to Peterken ANDRIESSE about 1645 in Limburg, Overpelt, Liege, Belguim."
Jan Teuniszen Laenen VAN PELT, born about December 1645 in Haeften, Gelderland, The Netherlands.He was baptized on December 14, 1645 in Dutch Reformed Church, Village of Haaften, Gelderland Province, The Netherlands.He immigrated on March 15, 1663 to New Utrecht, Long Island, Kings Co.,NY.Immigrated to New Netherland with his father and step-motherHe signed a will on December 11, 1719 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY, probably Dec 11, 1734He died about 1734 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY.He was married to Maria PIETERSE about 1670 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY. They had 10 children, among them:
Johannis "Hannis" Jansen VAN PELT, born about 1680 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY, and died before 1750 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY.He was married to Sarah B. LEROY in 1706 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY. They had 9 children, among them:
SimonJohannes VAN PELT Sr., born on April 15, 1715 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY. He was christened on April 19, 1715, in the Dutch Reformed Church, Port Richmond, Richmond, New York. He was living between 1756 and 1769 in Bertie County, NC. He purchased 640 acres on the west side of the Cypress Swamp on May 12, 1756, in Bertie County, NC. He died about 1769 in Bertie County. He was married to Maria./Mallie ADAMS about 1736 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY. they had 6 children, among them:
Simon VAN PELT Jr., born about 1738 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY. He was living between 1757 and 1771 in Bertie County, NC. He submitted Revolutionary War pay vouchers between 1775 and 1783 in Salisbury District, Rowan County, NC. He was living in 1778 in Mecklenburg County, NC. Simon Van Pelt was a witness to the will of Hugh Reid who lived on Sugar Creek in Mecklenberg Co. NC.He purchased 100 Acres on Sugar Creek in 1786 in Mecklenburg County, NC. He signed a will on May 14, 1799, in Mecklenburg County, NC. He died between May 14, 1799 and October 29, 1799 in Mecklenburg County, NC. The account states he had 11 children, but since several of them are listed as having been born before the date of birth of his wife, I assume there was an earlier wife. He married Ruth REID (c.1771-1799) and they had:
William S. VAN PELT, born about 1799, in Mecklenburg County, NC. He died in 1851 in Cabarrus Co., NC. He was a farmer in Cabarrus Co., NC. He was married to Mary "Polly" CARRIGAN on October 10, 1821 in Cabarrus Co., NC. they had 10 childen, among them was:
Mary Jane VAN PELT, born on October 30, 1831, in Cabarrus Co., NC, and died on July 9, 1905. She was buried in Coddle Creek ARP Church, Mooresville, Iredell County, NC. She married Levi BELL (1812-1893), his second wife, on December 13, 1858, and they had 6 children, among them was:
Mary Rhetta BELL, born August 25, 1862, and died on July 7, 1947. She is burried at the Coddle Creek Church. She married Ernest Marion FIELD (1866-1904) on February 29, 1888, and they had 7 children. Among them was:
John Levi FIELD, born June 8, 1902, and died June 24, 1963, my grandfather. I never knew him, as he died before I was born.
John Field Pankow