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2 The original description reads: Belendende ten noorden van't huys van
Dirk Albertse Bratt, & ten suyden van stats heyningcn, & ten oostcn van
's hceren stract &• ten westecn sclccr stuf^je Erffs gctransportccrt door If'"'.
Parker aen R*. Gardiner tegenwoordige possesseur van gemelden huys.
Professor Pearson translates this in his usual way " bounded northerlj' "by
the house of Dirk Albertse Bratt and on the south by the town fence, on the
east by the street and on the west by- a certain part of lot conveyed to Rt.
Gardiner (its present possessor) by \V™. Parker." The latter part of this
translation is correct as the lot was on the west side of the present North
Pearl street, but the first part should read as in the text. It will be noticed
that in the Dutch description the word van does not occur after ten u-esten,
though by mistake, it seems, it is used after ten oosten.



DEEDS I 678-1 704 113

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

[103] Appeared before me, Rob'. Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Johannes Pro-
voost, magistrates of said jurisdiction, the constables of Albany,
in the capacity of administrators of the estate of the late James
Penniman, who declared that they grant, convey and make over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Robert
Gardiner, soldier in the garrison here, a certain house and lot
standing and lying here in Albany on the hill, to the north of the
house of Dirk Albertse Bratt, now belonging to Mr W". Parker, and
to the south of the town fence, bounded easterly by the street and
westerly by a certain portion of lot conveyed by W"^. Parker to
said R: Gardiner, being in length on the south and north sides
three rods and two feet, and in breadth front and rear twentv-one
feet and a half; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of a con-
veyance made to them yesterday by Geertruy Hieronimus, widow
of Jochim Wessellse Becker^ and administratrix of said estate,
and that free and unin:umbered, 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, acknowl-
edging themselves to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and
full power to the aforenamed Rob^ Gardiner to do with and dis-
pose of the aforesaid hotise and lot as he might do with his own
patrimonial estate and effects, he paying such charges and taxes
as are already imposed by the governor in the patent or as any other
governor after him shall impose upon said house and lot, promis-
ing further nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done con-
trary hereto in any manner, under binding obligation as by law
provided. Done in Albany, on the 9th of March 16S?.

Johannes Wendel
Dirck Wesselsz Jacob Sand: Glen

Johannes Provoost Gerret Lansinck

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary



'^ Jochim Wesselsen, baker.



114 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Deed from the administrators of the estate of the late Madam
Corlaer (van Curler) to Jacob ten Eyck and Isaac Verplank
for a parcel of land outside the north gate of Albany

[104] Appeared before me, Ro^ Living-ston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable iMr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, ]\Ir Cornelis van Dyck and
Mr Johannes Provoost, administrators of the estate of Madam
Corlaers,^ deceased, who declared that they grant, convey and make
over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof
of Jacob ten Eyck and Isaac Verplank, shoemakers, a certain
parcel of land lying without the north gate of Albany to the north
of Mews Hoogeboom, taking its beginning to the north of the
point of the kill^ and stretching lengthwise to the pond {vyver),
being seventeen rods and nine feet long and in front on the high-
way and in the rear also three rods wide, which they are using at
present for a tannery ; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of
the patent granted to them by the Honorable Sir Edmund Andross,
knight, governor general, under date of the 25th of March 1680,"
and that free and unincumbered without any charges thereon or
issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the
grantors' making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowl-
edging themselves to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and
full power to the aforenamed Jacob ten Eyck and Isaack Verplank,
their heirs or successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the
aforesaid parcel of land as they might do with their own patri-
monial estate and efifects, promising to w^arrant and defend the



1 Anthonia Slachboom, or Slaghboom, the widow of Arent van Curler.
See Van Rensselaer Boivier Mss, p. 817.

- Vossen. or Fox. kill.

3 This is apparently the patent which is recorded in Patents, 1666-1679,
V. 4, pt 2, p. 97, in the Xew York State Library, as follows : "A Pattent for
a piece of Land at Albany granted unto William Beackman &c. S''. Edmund
Andros Kn\ &c Whereas there is a certaine piece of Land Lying without
the North port of Albany for the which Arent van Curler deceased had a
pattent or Groundbrief from the Dutch Governour Petrus Stuyvesant as
by the Record thereof dated Aprill the 23d 1659 doth appeare the same being
therein described to bee to the North of Reyerts Elberts along the Innerway
in breadth twelve Rod and westward into the woods fourty foure Rod
running behind to nothinge to the which Arent van Curler afores*. made
purchase of some addicon a Survey being taken It's found to bee in all as
followeth (vizt) in breadth behind Mees Hooghboomes alongst the way
Sixteen Rod and on the River side twelve Rod In Length from the Highway
to the River as well South as North thirty foure Rod as by the Returne of
the measure thereof doth and may Appeare Know yee &c Dated the 25^i».
of March 1680." " Port " stands for Dutch Poort, meaning " gate."



DEEDS I 678- I 704 115

same against all persons from all lawful claims, demands and in-
cumbrances and further nevermore to do nor cause to be done
anything contrary hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto
as by law provided. Done in Albany, the lOth of March 168? .

CORNELIS VAN DyCK

Dirck Wesselss Johannes Provoost

Jan Janss Bleeckcr

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from the administrators of the estate of the late Madam
Corlaer (van Curler) to Cornelis van Schelluyne for a parcel
of land outside the north gate of Albany

[105] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessels and Mr Jan Janse Bleker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr
Johannes Provoost, administrators of the estate of Madam Corlaers,
deceased, who declared that they grant, convey and make over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Cornelis
Van Shelluyne, shoemaker, a certain parcel of land lying without
the north gate of Albany to the east of the highway, beginning at
the bounds and limits of the colony of Renselaerswyk and stretching
hitherwards into the limits of Albany thirty feet, being also thirty
feet long, abutting on the west side of the lot belonging to the said
estate ; all of which he bought of Madam Corlaer and says he paid
her for the same ; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of the
patent granted to them by the Honorable Sir Edmond Andross,
knight, governor general, of date the 25th of March 1680^ ; and
that free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issu-
ing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the grantors
making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowledging them-
selves to be paid and satisfied therefor, therefore giving plenam ac-
tionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Cornel: van
Shelluyne, shoemaker, his heirs, successors, or assigns to use the
aforesaid lot as a tannery or to dispose thereof as he could do with
his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and



1 See note to preceding document.



Il6 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

defend the same against all persons from all trouble, claims and in-
cumbrances, and further, nevermore to do nor cause anything to be
done contrary hereto in any manner, under binding obligation as
by law provided. Done in Albany, the loth of March 1685.

CORNELIS VAN DyCK

Dirck Wesselss Johannes Provoost

Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

RoB^ Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jacob ten Eyck and Isaack Verplanck to Jeronimus
Wendel for a parcel of land outside the north gate of Albany

[106] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerwyk and Shaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse
Bleeker, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jacob Ten Eyk and
Isaack Verplank, shoemakers, who declared that they grant, con-
vey and make over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for
the behoof of Jeronymus Wendell, shoemaker, a certain parcel of a
lot Iving without the north gate of Albany behind Meus Hooge-
boom's, abutting on the east side of the grantors', on the west side
of the former pond, on the north side of Mews Hoogeboom and
on the south side of the land belonging to the estate of the late
Madam Corlaer;^ in length seven rods and eight feet and in
breadth one rod, on this condition that he shall have a free passage
way of three feet and a half across the grantors' lot from the
common road to his tanners' ; which they, the grantors, do by virtue
of the conveyance given to them by the administrators of the estate
of ]^Iadam Corllaer, deceased of date the. loth of ]\ larch 168?,
to which reference is herein made, and that free and unin um-
bered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same
(saving the lord's right), without the grantors' making any further
claim in the least thereto, acknowledging themselves to be paid and
satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
pleiiam actionem cessani and full power to the aforenamed Jer-
onimus Wendell to use the aforesaid lot as a tannery and to dispose



1 Belendendc tat oostcn van hacr Transportantcn, & ten westen van
d'gewescueii vyvcr ten noordcn van Mews Hoogeboom, & ten siiyden ran 't
Erff toehchoorende d'Boedel van Jtiffr: Coriaer Zalg". In Professor Pear-
son's translation the compass directions were reversed, in spite of the fact
that in the deed to Jacob ten Eyck and Isaack Verplanck the land is described
as being to the north of Mews Hoogeboom.



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704 117

thereof as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and effects,
promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from
all trouble, claims and incumbrances according to law and further
nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in
any manner under binding obligation as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the nth of March 168^.

Dirck Wesselss Jacob ten Eyck

Jan Janss Bleecker Isaack Verplancken

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute, Juriaen Teunissen and Myn-
dert Fredericksen to Marten Gerritsen for land on the west
side of the Huson river opposite Neuten hoek

[107] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, sezretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Johannes Cloete, Juriaen Teu-
nise and Myndert Frederikse, who declared that they grant, convey
and make over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for
the behoof of Mr Marte Gerritse a certain parcel of land lying on
the west side of Hudson's river over against the little Neuten
hoek,^ beginning at the land of P"". Bronk on the Catskill path, due
south along the said Catskill path to the spring (foiiteyn) and
from the spring eastward, to the hill of Steefsinck and from Steeff-
sinck eastward to the river and from the river side northwards
up to the land of Hilletie Bronk aforesaid;^ which they the grant-
ors, to wit Johannes Cloete and Jurian Teunise, do by virtue of
the patent granted to them by the late governor general, of date
the 25th of May 1667, and Mynd'. Frederikse by virtue of the con-
veyance given to him under date of the 7th of August 1675, by
Jan Hend : Bruyn who made over to him his one-third interest
in said patent, to which reference is herein made ; and that
free and unincumbered, without any charges resting on, or
issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the



1 Nutten hook, in Columbia county, N. Y. The post ofifice is called Newton
Hook. Neuten is the plural of neiit, a variant form of Dutch noot, meaning
" nut."

2 See deed from Johannes Clute and others to Marten Gerritsen for same
property, April 26, 1671, in Early Records of Albany, i :47(>-8o, and also
fragment of similar deed, on p. 471 of same volume, where the name of the
hill is given as Styftsinck.



Il8 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

grantors' making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowl-
edging themselves to be paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny
with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem ccssam and full
power to the aforenamed Marte Gerritse, his heirs, successors, or
assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid parcel of land
as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and efifects, prom-
ising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from all
trouble, claims and incumbrances according to law and further
nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in
any manner, binding themselves as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the 28th of Alarch 1681.

JOHANNS ClUTE

Cornelis van Dyck Jure Jan Tunsen

Dirck J Vessels:;

The mark X of AIvnd^'. Frederikse,
made with his own hand.
In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Pieter Adriaensen to Reyer Jacobsen Schermerhorn
for two parcels of land at Schenectady
[108] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswy.k and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable ]\Ir Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, P"". Adriaense,^ who declared
that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free
ownership to and for the behoof of Ryer Jacobse Shermerhooren
two certain parcels of land lying at Schinnechtady, both marked
N°. 4, one lying to the west of the land formerly belonging to
Arrent van Curler, and now to Sweer Teunise, whence a line be-
ing drawn between [it and] N°. 3 southeast by south extends till
it strikes a small creek bounded by N°. i,- containing by estimation



1 Pieter Adriaensen van Woggelum, nicknamed Soogemackelyck (so easy).
He was a tavern keeper in Rensselaerswyck in 1656. See Fan Rensselaer
Boii'ier Mss, p. 846. Woggelum is a village near Alkmaar, in the province of
North Holland.

2 gelegen ten westen van't landt voor desen toebehorende Arrent van
Curler, & nu Sweer Teunise, van d'wclcke 'een Lynic getrocken synde tiishen
No. 3, suydt cost ten suyden, streckt voort tot dot Iict comt by een kiUetje
belendende by N°. i. In 'the patent of June 5. 1667, which was a confirmation
of the Dutch grant to Pieter Adriaensen of June 16, 1664. the land is
described as follows : " lying to the west of Arent van Curlaers, from
whence a lyne running between X". 3 South Easide fsicl, & by ^ South and
it goes forward till it comes to a small creeke bounded by N". i."



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with the meadow land thereto belonging fourteen morgens or
twenty-eight acres and one hundred and sixty-four rods ; and the
other parcel lying on the hindmost parcel of land by the river,
to the east of N°. 3, to the west of N°. 6, a line being drawn on
both sides from the river to the small creek southwest by west,
being in breadth fifty-six rods and containing twelve morgens;
amounting in all to about fifty-two acres or twenty-six morgens
and one hundred and sixty-four rods; which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the patent granted to him by the late Governor General
Rich: Nicolls, of date the 5th of June 1667; besides P"". Adrianese
conveys to Ryer Jacobse all rights to the farm appertaining, the
homestead, the garden lying in the flat, the calf pasture, etc., just
as he has possessed the same, and that free and unincumbered with-
out any charges resting on or issuing out of the same (sav-
ing the lord's right), without the grantor's making any further
claim in the least thereto, acknowledging that he is paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Ryer Jacobse
Shermerhooren, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dis-
pose of the aforesaid farm with its appurtenances as he could do
with his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant
and defend the same against all persons from all trouble, claims
and incumbrances according to law and further nevermore to do
nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in any manner,
binding himself as by law provided.

Done in Albany, the 6th of April 1681.

PlETER AdRIAENSZ

Cornells van Dyck
Dirck Wesselss

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary



Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Wyntje Harmens, daughter
of Harmen Thomassen Hun for a piece of land upon the
Murderer's kill

[109] Appeared before me Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Mr Johannes



120 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Cloete, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Wyntie
Harmense, daughter of Harme Thomase van Hun/ a certain parcel
of land of twenty morgens lying upon the Moordenaers kill,-
stretching south and north, called the RondeeF of the Moordenaers
kill, with a homestead over the kill next the great swamp {Krenpel
Boss) all which he, out of a singular affection and love, has given
and granted in the form of a donation to said Wyntie Harmens,
as per the instrument thereof dated the i8th of July 1673, which he
now conveys, being a part of his portion of the land which Jan
Hendrik Bruyn and Jurian Teunise and he owned heretofore,
according to the patent granted to the three of them by Rich: Xicolls,
late governor, under date of the 25th of May 166/,^ which part of
Jan Bruyn, Mynd^ Frederikse bought, and whereas Jurian Teunise
and Mynd*. Frederikse have taken possession each of a place on the
river bank, therefore he, the grantor, with the assent and approval
of his associates, has given this piece of land to the aforenamed
daughter instead of such possession; and that free and unincum-
bered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same (sav-
ing the lord's right), without the grantor's making any further claim
in the least thereto, acknowledging that he is paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessani and full power to the aforenamed Wyntje Har-
mense, her heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the
aforesaid 20 morgens of land, homestead and appurtenances as she
might do with her own patrimonial estate and effects, promising
to warrant and defend the same against all persons from all lawful



1 This is perhaps the earliest occurrence in the records of the name of
" Hun." In the earlier records Harmen Thomassen is generally referred to
as " van Amersfoort." and in Notarial Papers, i :446, under date of July 19,
1664, he signs himself " Harman Thomasz van amerfort." The use of the
form " van Hun " is curious but perhaps not significant. As far as van der
Aa's Aardrijkskundig zcoordenboek shows there is no such place as Hun
in the Netherlands, though there are a number of places with names derived
from that word, such as Hunnekum. Hunnenberg and Hunneschans.

2 The Murderer's kill, which flows into the Hudson near Athens, Greene
county. N. Y.

^ Rondccl. in this connection, means a round piece or neck of land.

* This patent was granted in confirmation of the purchase from the Indians
on April 20. 1665. of land " called Caniskeck beneath Fort Albany on the
west side of the River over against Claveracke afores'^. stretcheth along by
the Riverside off from Pieter Broncks his Land to the Meadowes by the
corner, or Xeck of the main Land lying behind Barents Island by the
Indyans named Mackawameek so goeth up into the woods as well on the
South as North side till it reacheth to Kats Kill path."



DEEDS I 678-1 704 121

claims, demands and incumbrances and further nevermore to do
nor cause to be done anything contrary hereto in any manner, bind-
ing himself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the 7th of April 1681.

JOHANNS ClUTE

Cornells van Dyck
Dirk Wesselss

In my presence,

Rc^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Pieter Bosie and Jan van
Loon for land on the v^est side of the Hudson river opposite
Claverac

[no] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaersvvyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Mr Johannes
Cloet, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true,
rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of P"". Bosie and
Jan van Loon his just third part of the land which he in partner-
ship with Jan Hand : Bruyn and Jurian Teunise possesses, which
aforesaid parcel of land lies on the west side of the North river,
over against Claverak, called by the Indians Caniskeek, stretching
along the river from P"". Bronck's land to the meadows (vlyen) by
the neck of the mainland lying behind Barents island,^ all by
reason of the patent thereof granted to him Jan Cloet, Jan Hend:
Bruyn and Jurian Teunise by the late Governor General Rich :
Nicolls, of date the 25th of May 1667, to which reference is herein
made; which aforesaid his portion and estate, being a just third
part of the land specified in said patent, he conveys to P"". Bosie and
Jan van Loon aforesaid, except the land that he has conveyed with
his associates to Marte Gerritse under date of the 28th of March
last past and the land which he in particular on this day has con-
veyed to Wyntje Harmense ; furthermore all the remainder of
his rights he conveys free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), with-
out the grantor's having any further claim in the least thereon,
acknowledging himself to be paid and satisfied therefor, the first



1 The patent of May 25, 1667 (see note to preceding deed), adds: "by the
Indyans called Mackawameek." Cf. E. M. Ruttenber, Indian Geographical
Names, p. 175.



122 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

penny with the last, therefore giving plcnam actionem cessaiu and
full power to the aforesaid P"". Bosie and Jan van Loon, their
heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid
land and the appurtenances thereof, so far as the grantor has own-
ership therein, saving the conveyances aforenamed, as they could
do with their own patrimonial estate and efifects, promising to war-
rant and defend the same against all persons from all trouble,
claims and incumbrances according to law 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 /th of April 1681.

JOHANNS ClUTE

Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck IVesselss

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Bond of Pieter Bosie and Jan van Loon to Johannes Clute, mort-
gaging the land conveyed to them

[hi] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Pieter Bosie and Jan van
Loon, who declared themselves to be honestly and truly indebted
and in arrears to Capt. Johan Cloet in the quantity of fifty good,
merchantable beaver skins, or good winter wheat at market price



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