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van't Erff van Jacob van Noorstrant en ten Oosten van's heere straet, which
Professor Pearson, disregarding the proposition van, translates : " bounded
northerly by the lot of Jacob Staes southerly by the house of Jannetie Pauls,
westerly by the lot of Jacob van Noorstrant and easterly by the street."
On comparing this description, however, with that in the deed from Jacob
Jansen van Noorstrant, 13 Jan. 16^]}., to which the present deed refers, it
seems evident that the lot was on the east side of what is now South Pearl
street, so that the translation should read " abutting on the north [side] of
the lot of Jacob Staes, etc." as in the text.



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fourteen feet and four inches and in the rear fourteen feet, in length
fifty-three feet, all Rhineland measure ; which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the conveyance given to him by Jacob Janse van Noor-
strant, of date the 13th of January i6|^, to which reference is
herein made, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon, or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right) and
without the grantor's making any further claim in the least thereto,
acknowledging himself to be paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and
full power to the aforenamed P"". Meuse, his heirs, successors, or
assigns, to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as he
might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to
warrant and defend the same against all persons from all lawful
claims, demands and incumbrances and further nevermore to do
nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in any manner, bind-
ing himself thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, this 8th
of February 168 .

By order of Hend: Gerritse van d"*
Cornelis van Dyck Meule who gave me authority to write

Dirck Wesselss the above conveyance.

RoB^. Livingston



Deed from Pieter Meussen Vrooman to Robert Gardiner for a
house and lot in Albany described in preceding deed

[93] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswytk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornel : van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Pieter Meuse Vroman, master car-
penter, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true,
rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Rob^ Gardi-
ner, soldier of the garrison here, a certain house and lot standing
and lying here in Albany, over against the house of W™. Ketelhuyse,
bounded by and to the north of the lot of Jacob Staets, south of
the house of Jannetie Pauls, west of the lot of Jacob van Noorstrant
and east of the street, being in breadth in front on the street four-
teen feet and four inches and in the rear fourteen feet and in length
fifty-three feet, all Rhineland measure ; which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the conveyance given to him by Hendrik Gerritse van
der Meule, of date the 8th of February Anno 168^, to which refer-
ence is herein made, and that free and unincumbered, without any



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charges thereon, or issuing out of the same (save the lord's right)
and without the grantor's making any further claim in the least
thereto, acknowledging himself to he paid and satisfied therefor, the
first penny with the last, therefore giving plenum actionem cessam
and full power to the aforenamed Robert Gardiner, his heirs, suc-
cessors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house
and lot as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects,
promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from
all lawful claims, demands and incumbrances and further never-
more to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in any
manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided. Done in
Albany, the 14II1 of February i6<S5 .

PlETER MeESEN VrOOMAN

Cornelis van Dyck

Dirck JVesselss In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Robert Gardiner to the administrators of the estate
of James Penniman for a house and lot described in preceding
deed

[94] Appeared before me, Rob'. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable J\Ir Cornelis van Dyck and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Rob^ Gardiner, soldier of the garri-
son of this town, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes
over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of
the constables of Albany, in their capacity as curators of the estate
of James Penniman, deceased, a certain house and lot standing and
lying here in Albany, over against the house of W'". Ketelhuyse,
bounded by and to the north of the lot of Jacob Staas, south the
house of Jannetie Pawles, west of the lot of Jacob Janse van Noor-
strant and east of the street, being in breadth in front on the street
14 feet four inches, and in the rear fourteen feet, and in length fifty-
three feet, all Rhineland measure ; which he, the grantor, does by
virtue of the conveyance given to him by Pieter Meuse Vrooman,
master carpenter, of date the 14th of February 168?, to which
reference is herein made ; and that free and unincumbered, without
any charges thereon or issuing out of the same (save the lord's
right) and without the grantor's making any further claim in the
least thereto, acknowledging himself to be paid and satisfied there-



DEEDS 1 678- 1 704 105

for, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem,
cessam and full power to the curators of said estate of James Penni-
man, deceased, to do with and dispose of the said house and lot as
they might do with any other goods and effects belonging to said
estate, promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons
from all lawful claims, demands and incumbrances and further
nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in
any manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided. Done in
Albany, the 15th of February 1681.

Cornells van Dyck Robert Gardner

Dirck W CSS els,"

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from the administrators of the estate of James Penniman
to Jean Rosie for a house and lot described in preceding deed

[95] Appeared before me, Robert Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, the constables of Albany in the
capacity of curators of the estate of James Penniman, deceased, who
declared that by virtue of letters of administration to them granted
by the court, they grant, convey, and make over in true, rightful
and free ownership to and for the behoof of Jean Rosie, burgher
of this town, a certain house and lot standing and lying here in
Albany upon the street where W'". Ketelhuyse now dwells, bounded
by and to the north of the lot of Jacob Staes, south of the house of
Jannetie Pauls, west of the lot of Jacob Jansen van Noorstrant
and east of the street, being in breadth in front on the street four-
teen feet four inches and in the rear fourteen feet, and in length
fifty-three feet, all Rhineland measure; which they, the aforenamed
grantors, in the capacity aforesaid, do by virtue of the conveyance
given to them by Robert Gardiner, of date the 15th of February
168'/, to which reference is herein made; and that free and unin-
cumbered, without any charges thereon, or issuing out of the same
(save the lord's right) and without the grantors' making any further
claim in the least thereto, acknowledging themselves to be paid and
satisfied therefor, the first penny whh the last, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessam and full power to the aforesaid Jean Rosie,
his heirs, successors and assigns, to do with and dispose of the
aforesaid house and lot as he might do with his own patrimonial



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estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against
all persons from all lawful claims, demands and incumbrances and
further nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary
hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, on the i6th of February 1685 •

Johannes Wendel
Cornells van Dyck Jacob Sand: Glen

Dirck Wesselss Gerret Lansixck

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary

[96] Appeared before me, Rob'. Li\ingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhectadie, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Mr W"\ Parker, who declared that
he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Robert Gardiner, soldier of the gar-
rison in this town, a certain portion of a lot lying here in Albany
on the hill, behind the house of the grantee, abutting on the west
[side] of the house of And^ Teller, the house of D'Wessells and
Jacob Sanders, and the house of Jan Gilbert, on the east of said R:
Gardiner, on the north of Dirk Albertse Bratt, and on the south of
the town fence ; ^ in length, east and west eleven feet and in breadth
south and north forty-five feet ; which he, the grantor, does by
virtue of the conveyance given to him by W'". Nottingham, of date
the 6th of April 1679, being a part of lot X°. 9 granted by the late
Governor General Rich: Nicolls to said Nottingham, to which refer-
ence is herein made ; and that free and unincumbered, without any
charges thereon or issuing out of the same (save the lord's right)
and without the grantor's making any further claim in the least



1 The Dutch description reads : Belendcndc ten wcsten van't huys ran
And-^. Teller, etc., which as in many similar cases, with disregard of the
preposition van, was translated by Professor Pearson as " bounded west by
the house of And**. Teller," etc. The reference to the patent to William
Nottingham (see p. 100. note) seems to make it clear, however, that the
lot was located somewhere to the west of the present North Pearl street,
so that it could not be bounded south by the town fence, but must have
been on the south of said fence, hence, that the preposition van must be
duly taken into account and the translation made to read as above. It is
no doubt due to mistakes of this kind that Professor Pearson in the preface
to his Diagrams, in Munsell's Collections, 4:184, was forced to make the
statement that there were several gaps in Broadway " which no ingenuity
of the compiler could fill, and several lots will be found so imperfectly
described in the records, that he has to confess his inability to locate them."



DEEDS I 678-1 704 107

thereto, acknowledging himself to be paid and satisfied therefor,
the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem
cessam and full power to the aforenamed R: Gardiner to do with
and dispose of the aforesaid portion of a lot as he might do with his
own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend
the same against all persons from all lawful claims, demands and
incumbrances and further nevermore to do nor cause anything to
be done contrary hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as
by law provided. Done in Albany, on the 14th of F'ebruary 1685.

Cornells van Dyck Wm : Parker

Dirck Wesselsa

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Quittance of the children of Goosen Gerritsen van Schaick by
his first wife Geertje Brants for their portions of their father's
estate

[97] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in presence of the
Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Johannes Provoost, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Geertje van Schayk, wife of Johannes
Lansingh, Sybrant van Schayk and Anth°. van Schayk, children of
Goose Gerritse, deceased, procreated by his first wife Geertje
Brants, who declared that they were fully paid and satisfied by the
hand of Annetje van Schayk, widow of the late Goose Gerritse van
Shayk, for their patrimonial or father's estate, having in considera-
tion of said paternal inheritance received payment for the farm
sold to Anth°. van Shayk aforesaid, which was sold for five hundred
and fifty beavers, of which the widow aforenamed takes one hun-
dred beavers, the three children by the first wife aforenamed having
received the remaining four hundred and fifty beavers, or "each one
hundred and fifty beavers for his share, wherewith they consider
themselves fully satisfied for their aforesaid claims upon their
father's estate (having formerly received their mother's estate) ;
releasing the aforenamed widow, Annetje van Schayk. her heirs and
successors from all claims and demands on account of their father's
and mother's estates, renouncing all interest therein and acknowl-
edging that they have received full payment and satisfaction to their
perfect content from Annetje van Shayk aforenamed and promis-
ing and engaging hereby not to trouble either the said Annetje van



I08 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Schayk, or her heirs or assigns, in respect to their father's and
mother's estates, for which they bind their persons and estates, real
and personal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting the
same to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges.
Done in Albany, on the 3d of ^^larch 16H1.

Geertien Lansin
Dirck Wesselss Sybrant van Schaick

Joh: Provoost Antony van Schaick

In my presence,

RoB"^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Annetje, widow of Goosen Gerritsen van Schaick to
Anthony van Schaick (incomplete)

[98] Appeared before me, Robert Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Rensselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in the pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Dirk \\'essells and Mr Johannes Pro-
voost, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Annetie van Schayk,
widow of the late Goose Gerritse van Schayk, deceased, who de-
clared that she grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and
free owmership to and for the behoof of Anthonie van Schayk, son
by the first wife of Goose Gerritse, deceased, aforenamed, three
parcels of land described in a certain patent . . . [the rest
wanting] .

Contract of sale between Anthony van Schaick and Sybrant van
Schaic and Pieter Schuyler for land at Half Moon

[99] Appeared before me, Robert Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, in presence of
the afternamed witnesses, Anth°. van Schayk of the one side and
Sybrant van Schayk and P"". Phillipse Schuyler of the other side who
declared that in all love and friendship they had contracted and
agreed with each other in manner following, viz :

Anth°. van Schayk acknowledges that he has sold, and Sybrant
van Shayk and P*". Shuyler aforesaid that they have bought of said
Anth°. a parcel of meadow land {vlye Lants) lying in the Halve
Maen,^ between the kill which separates the lands of Jan Jacobse ^



1 Half Moon, in Saratoga county, about 15 miles north of Albanj'.

2 Jan Jacobsen van Xoortstrant; see contract of sale between him and
Annetje Lievens, widow of Goosen Gerritsen van Schaick, in Early Records
of Albany, i : 156-57.



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and Roeloff Gerritse ^ and the Modder kill,- having to the west the
common woods and to the east the fence of Jan van Ness, Harme
Lievese, Barent Albertse Bratt and Geurt Hendrix ;-^ together with
the woodland lying between the two aforenamed kills for a range
for their cattle and that of other persons dwelling there and also free
range for their cattle in the woods westwards and northwards ;
always with this stipulation and reservation that the aforenamed Jan
van Ness, Harme Lievese, Barent Albertse Bratt and Geurt Heyn-
drickse shall have free range in the woods for their cattle, according
to their contract of purchase [of the land] sold to them by Anetie
Lievens, widow of Goose Gerritse, deceased, so that they, the pur-
chasers, c?n claim no more than what lies between the two aforesaid
kills (with the range for cattle) ; for which marsh land and privi-
leges aforenamed Zybrant van Schayk and Pieter Schuyler, promise
to pay to Anth°. van Shayk the quantity of seventy-five good, whole,
merchantable beaveirs skins, to be paid within the two next follow-
ing years from this date ; wherewith the contracting parties acknowl-
edge themselves to be well satisfied, binding for the performance
hereof their respective persons and estates, real and personal,
present and future, nothing excepted, submitting the same to the
authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges. Done in Albany,
on the 3d of March 168,'.

Antony van Schaick
Cornells van Dyck Sybrant van Schaick

Dirck Wcsselsz Pieter Schuyler

In my presence,

Ro'r. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Cornelis van Dyck, attorney for Nicolaes de Meyer,
to Philip de Forest for a house and lot in Albany
[100] Appeared before me Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in presence of the
Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker, magistrates
of the same jurisdiction, Mr Cornelis van Dyk, in the capacity of
attorney for Capt. Nicolaus d' Meyer, trader at N : York, who de-
clared that by order of the aforenamed D' Meyer, he grants, conveys
and makes over to and for the behoof of Phillip d' Vooreest ^ a cer-
tain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany, on the slope of



1 Roeloff Gerritsen van der Werken, according to Professor Pearson.
^Modder kill; literally Mud kill, now called Mudder kill, between the

towns of Waterford and Half Moon.

2 Geurt Hendricksen van Schoonhoven.

■* The same as Philip de Foreest, or de Forest.



no EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

the hill {aen't hangen van't Geberghte) between the houses of Air
Abr : van Tricht and Johannes Witthart, with all that thereon is fast
by earth and nail, in length to the lot of Isaac Verplanok, formerly
belonging to Capt. Baker and in breadth as it was built upon on the
south side, according to the contract of sale and conveyance from
the magistrates here to J: Coster van Aken of date the^fth July
1667 : ^ besides a foot and a half toward the west side of a common
allev of three feet next to Abr: van Tricht and on the north side
half as wide as it was bought of the magistrates, inasmuch as the
remaining width and length thereof was sold by Jan Coster to W*".
Teller and is now possessed by Van Tricht. and furthermore in
every way and shape as it was possessed by Dirk Hesselingh, which
said house and lot he bought from Jan van Ake, as shown by con-
tract of sale of ^§ June 1668, but said Dirk Hesseling failing in
payment, Jan Coster van Ake conveyed the title to Air Xicolaas
d'Meyer, as is set forth more at large in the instrument executed
at Utrecht on the 28th of Alarch 1672 and also in that of the 13th
of August 1671, both written by the notary public Nicolaes van
Vechten ; besides Dirk Hesselings has annulled the purchase of the
aforesaid house, renouncing his claim thereto as per instrument
thereof dated the 24th of December 1678. Therefore, Air Cornells
van Dyk. in the capacity aforesaid, conveys the said house and lot
to the aforenamed Phillip de Foreest, and that free and unincum-
bered, without any charges thereon, or issuing out of the same
(saving the lord's right), without his (in the capacity aforenamed)
making any claims thereto, acknowledging himself to be fully paid
and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Phillip
de Foreest to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as
he might do with his own patrimonial estate and eflfects, promising
(in the capacity aforenamed) nevermore to do or cause to be done
an}'thing contrary hereto in any manner, under binding obligation
as by law provided. Done in Albany, on the 3d of Alarch 168^.

CORNELIS VAX DyCK

Dirck Wesselsz
Jan Jans Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro'f. Livingston, Secretary



1 Neither tnis contract of sale, nor that of ^ June 1668, seems to be
recorded.



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Bond and mortgage of Philip de Forest to Nicolaes de Meyer

[loi] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in presence
of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Johannes Provoost,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Philip d' Foreest. master
cooper, burgher of this town, who declared that he was honestly and
truly indebted and in arrears to Mr Nicolaes d' Meyer, trader at
N : York, in the quantity of ninety-four good, whole beavers at
eight guilders apiece, being for a house and lot bought of said
D' Meyer standing and lying here in Albany on the hill, where the
subscriber dwells ; which sum of ninety-four beavers the subscriber
promises to pay to Mr d' Meyer or to his attorney, Mr Cornells
van Dyk, who now makes requisition for this paper, or their order,
in manner following: a just third part the middle of August next,
a just third part the middle of August a year thereafter and the
last third part the middle of August A°. 1683, on the express condi-
tion that the buyer each time payment is due must promptly pay off
ten beavers in good merchantable winter wheat at six skipples a
beaver, to be delivered free in Albany, or in good merchantable
Long Island winter wheat at five skipples a beaver to be delivered
free in N : York, the beavers also to be delivered here ; for which
payment of ninety-four beavers as above provided the subscriber
hereby gives a mortgage on the aforesaid house and lot to him con-
veyed yesterday, binding the same specially for said payment to said
Mr Nic : d' Meyer, his heirs and successors, and generally his person
and estate, real and personal, present and future, nothing excepted,
submitting the same to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals
and judges, to secure the payment without loss or cost. Done in
Albany without craft or guile, this 4th of March A°. Dom: i68|.

Dirck Wesselss Philip de Foreest

Johannes Provoost

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Geertruy Hieronimus, widow of Jochim Wessels,
baker, to the constables, administrators of the estate of James
Penniman, for a house and lot in Albany

[102] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerwyk and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornells van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Geertruy Hieronimus, widow



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of the late Jochini Wessels Becker/ administratrix of the latter's
estate, who declared that she grants, conveys and makes over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of the con-
stables of this town, in the capacity of administrators of the estate
of the late James Penniman, a certain house and lot, standing and
lying here in Albany on the hill, abutting on the north [side] of the
house of Dirk Albertse Bratt, on the south of the town fence,
on the east the street and on the w^est a certain parcel of land
conveyed by W™. Parker to R*. Gardiner, the present possessor of
the said house;- being in length on the south and north sides three
rods and two feet, breadth in front and rear twenty-one feet and
a half: which she, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent granted
to her deceased husband by Sir Edmond Andross, knight, gov-
ernor general, of date the 7th of July 1679, and that free and un-
incumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same
(save the lord's right) and without the grantor's making any further
claim in the least thereto, acknowledging herself to be fully paid
and satisfied therefor by the hands of James Penniman, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and
full power to the constables in their capacity aforesaid to do with
and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as they might do with
any other property of said estate, they paying such charges and
taxes upon said house and lot as have already been imposed by
the governor in his patent or as may be imposed by any other gov-
ernor who may come after him. promising further nevermore to
do or cause to be done anything contrary hereto in any manner,
under binding obligation as by law provided. Done in Albanv, on
the 8th of :\Iarch i68f.

The mark X of Geertruy Hteronimus,
Cornells van Dyck made with her own hand.

Dirck Wesselsz In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary



1 Thus in the original; intended for Jochim Wessels Backer, i.e., Jochim
Wesselsen, the baker.



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