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wick near Albany, being the foremost of a Parcell of Land called the halfe
Moone, otherwise by the Mahikanders, Nachtenack, Stretching along the
River Northwards from the said spring, unto a Creeke proceeding out of a
great Meadow, lyuig west of the said River, and so forth into the Woods,
unto the Maqua's Hill;" (2) a patent of the same date for "a certaine
Island called by the Mahikanse Indyans, Quahemesicos, and commonly
knowne by the name of Long Island, Scituate lying and being, between the
Second and Third Spring, beyond and above the Colony of Renzluerswyck,
near Albany; " (3) a patent of May 4, 1668, for "a certaine Tract or parcell
of land scituate lying & being to y'^ North, & aboue y^ said Towne of Albany
& is comonly called or knowne by ye name of y'^ halfe Moone The said land
stretching up alongst ye North Ryver from a certaine place where are seuerall
streames of water to a Creek or Kill where there is a fall of waters w''^.
running into y<^ Land at Length bath its course into ye North Ryver The
said Creek or Kill & fall being by y^ Indians called Tionwenendahow &
from thence runs up ye Maques Kill westward to a place called Dowaelsojacx,
& so strikes p'sently Eastward up alongst by ye said streams of water & then
to ye North River aforementioned, Togeth'". w"i. three small Islands lying
in y^ said Ryver over against y^ said Tract or parcell of Land called ye Halfe
Moone as aforesaid weh. said purchase was by y^ said Indian Proprietors
acknowledged at Albany upon ye 24th. day of March 1667."

2 Literally, "sprout," referring to a branch or fork of the Mohawk river.



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against all persons from all lawful claims, demands and incum-
brances and further nevermore to do nor cause to be done any-
thing contrary hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as
by law provided.

Done in Albany, the 12th of July 1681.

Cornells van Dyck Philip Schuyler

Dirck Wesselsz In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Major Abraham Staets to Johannes de Wandelaer
for a garden outside of Albany on the plain

[122] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of

Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in

presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyck and Mr Jan Janse

Bleeker, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Maj*".

Abraham Staas, who declared that he grants, conveys and rhakes

over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of

Johannes d'Wandelaer, a certain garden lying without the town of

Albany on the Pleyn (Plain), abutting on the north [side] of the

orchard belonging to the patroon of the colony of Renselaerswyk,

to the west on the lot heretofore belonging to Dirk Jan^e Croon,

and on the south [side] of the common alley ; ^ in length seven rods



^Sekere Thuyn gelegen buyten d'Stadt Albany op't Pleyn Belendende ten
noorden van d Bogaert toebehoorende d'Patroon dcr Colony Renselaerswyk,
ten westen 't Erff voordesen toebehoorende Dirk Janse Croon, & ten suyden
van d' gemeene gangh. In the patent of April 24, 1667, the land is described
as a " Lot of Ground with a Garden belonging to it lying & being in Bever-
wick at Albany abutting on the north to Gerrit Slichtenhorst Poort or Gate,
& on the west to Derrick Jansen conteining in length seaven Rod, & in
breadth five Rod as in the Groundbriefe is set forth, which s<i Lott & Garden
was upon the 5" day of May 1662 transported & made over unto Capt^^.
Abraham Staets by Cornelys Vos." This places the garden to the south of
Slichtenhorst's gate, whereas the deed from Cornelis de Vos, May 5, 1662,
in Deeds, 2:316^17, reads: een erff tot ecn tuyn gelegen Inden durpe van
Bevenvyck belendende ten noorden van Slichtenhorst poort ende aen de west
syde dirrick Janseen, that is, to the north of Slichtenhorst's gate and having
to the west Dirck Jansen, and not, as translated in Early Records of Albany,
1:301, "adjoining to the north Van Slichtenhorst's gate, on the west side
Dirk Janssen." The Dutch deed from Cornelis de Vos undoubtedly follows
the language of the original patent of April 23, 1652, to which it refers, but
which like all other patents of that date is no longer in existence. That in
this early deed and in the patent of April 24, 1667, the garden is described
as being " in Beverwyck," while in the deed of August 6. 1681, it is said
to be "without the town of Albany," may arise from the fact that the garden
was without the town stockade and that this stockade was not yet built in
1652. In a note in Early Records of Albany, i :i3, it is stated that " The
land south of the city wall and Hudson street was called the plain," but on
p. 116, Professor Pearson says that "The plain included the area south of
the Rutten kil and east of Pearl street." The latter statement does not
seem to be quite correct.



134 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

and in breadth five rods; which he the grantor does by virtue of
the patent granted to him by the late Governor General Rich :
Xicolls under date of the 24th of April 1667; and that free and
unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the
same (saving the lord's right), 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 plenum actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed
Johannes d'Wandelaer, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with
and dispose of the aforesaid garden 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 incum-
brances according to law and further nevermore to do nor cause
anything to be done contrary hereto in any manner, binding him-
self thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the 6th of
August 1 681.

Abram Staas
Cornells van Dyck
Jan Janse Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro^ Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Gerrit Herttenberch to Hendrick Rooseboom for a

house and lot in Albany

[123] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretar\' of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornells van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse
Bleecker, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Ger*^.
Hartenbergh, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over
in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Hen-
drik Rooseboom a certain house and lot standing and lying here in
Albany, between the houses of Harmanus Borgerse and Jacob
Tyse van der Heyden, bounded in front and rear on the street,'
just as it was conveyed to him by the attorney of Tim°. Cooper,
deceased, except a little corner of the lot in the rear on the side,
about a foot, which, Anth°. Lespinard has bought, otherwise just as
it lies inclosed in its fence ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue
of the conveyance given to him by W'". Loverige, attorney of Tim°.
Cooper, deceased, of date the 22d of August 1679, and that free
and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of



1 North Pearl and James streets. See p. 56.



DEEDS 1 678- 1 704 135

the same (saving the lord's right), without the grantor's having
any further claim in the least thereon, acknowledging himself to
be paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, there-
fore giving plenam actionem cessain and full power to the afore-
named Hend : Rooseboom, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do
with and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot 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 thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the nth of
August 1 68 1.

Gerrit Herttenberch
Cornells van Dyck
Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

Rqt. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Hendrick Rooseboom to Gerrit Herttenberch for a
house and lot in Albany on the hill
[124] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhectady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse
Bleker, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Hendrik
Rooseboom, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over
in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of
Gerrit Hartenbergh a certain house and lot standing and lying here
in Albany, adjoining to the south the house of Johannes Roose-
boom, to the north the house of Jacob Ten Eyck, to the west and
east the street, all as it lies in its fence, excepting the lot belonging
to the small house standing next south thereof, being three rods
and eight feet long and in breadth in the rear eight feet and five
inches ; the house must be drip free and Ger*. Hartenb : is granted
the privilege of sewering upon the lot of Johannes Rooseboom;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance to him
given by Jacob Heevick, Ger^ Swart and Adriaen van Ilpendam,
curators of the estate of the late Rhyndert Pieterse, of date the
14th of June 1673,^ ^^^d that free and unincumbered, without any



^ See Early Records of Albany, 1:91-92. Cf. diagram of lots on east
side of North Pearl street, between Maiden Lane and Steuben street, in
Munsell's Collections, 4:211.



136 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

charges thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's
right), without the grantors having any further claim in the least
thereon, acknowledging himself to be paid and satisfied therefor,
the first penny with the last, therefore giving plcuam actionctn
cessain and full power to the aforenamed 'Gerrit Hartenbergh, his
heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid
house and lot as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and
effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against all per-
sons from all trouble, claims and incumbrances according to law
and further nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done con-
trary hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law
provided. Done in Albany, the nth of August 1681.

Hexdrick R[oos]eboom
Cornells van Dyck
Jan Janss Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary



Deed from Hendrick Rooseboom to his son Johannes Rooseboom
for a small house and lot in Albany on the hill

[125] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schinnechtady, in presence
of the Honorable ^NTr Cornells van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse Bleker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Hendrik Roose-
boom, burgher of this town, who declared that out of particular
love and affection, he gives, grants, conveys and makes over to
and for the behoof of his beloved son Johannes Rooseboom a cer-
tain small house and lot standing and lying here in Albany on the
hill, to the south and west of Ger*. Hardenbergh, to the north of
the house and lot of Phillip Pieterse Schuyler and to the east of
the street,^ breadth in front on the street ten feet and five inches,
and in the rear eight feet and five inches, in length three rods, eight
feet, three inches, all Rhineland measure ; w'hich he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the conveyance given to him by Jacob Herick,
Gerrit Swart and Adriaen van Ilpendam, curators of the estate of
the late Rhyndert Pieterse, of date the 14th June 1673," and that
free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing
out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the grantor's



1 North Pearl street ; see note to preceding deed.

2 See Early Records of Albany, i :9i-92.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 137

having any further claim in the least thereon, acknowledging him-
self to be fully content and satisfied therefor, [the same] being
freely given to him [the grantee], therefore giving plenani actionem
cessani and full power to his aforenamed son Johannes Rooseboom
to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as he could
do with his 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 fuither 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 I2th of August 1681.

Hendrick Rooseboom

Cornells van Dyck
Jan Jansz Bleecker

Deed from Hendrick Jochemsen of Kingston to Major Abraham

Staets for a lot in Albany

[126] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse
Bleker, magistrates of the said jurisdiction, Hendrick Jochimse,
inhabitant of Kingstoun in the Esopus, who declared that he
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership
to and for the behoof of Major Abraham Staets a certain part of
a lot lying here in Albany, to the south of Jurian van Hoesen,^
formerly belonging to Daniel Rinckhout, to the north of said Maj.
Abr: Staets, to the west of the brewery of Sybrant van Schayk
and to the east of the street, being the whole of the lot specified



1 The eldest son of Jan Fransen van Hoesen (Hoesem, Hoesum), the
progenitor of the Van Heusen family, mentioned below. Genealogies of
this family state that the first ancestor came from Huysen, or Huizen, on
the Zuider Zee, in the Netherlands, presumably because the name of Jan
Fransen is entered in the baptismal records of the Reformed Dutch Church
at New York under the date of September 30, 1640, as "Van huysen." It
should be noted, however, that this is a most unusual form of the name and
that Jan Fransen in the early deeds and court records at Albany, between
1652 and 1672, is invariably referred to as " van Hoesem," which would
seem to be but a Dutch phonetic spelling of the name of the town of Husum,
in Schleswig, from the vicinity of which a number of early settlers came.
At all events, there seems to be no good reason why the perfectly familiar
name of Huysen should in Dutch records be written " Hoesem," or even
" Hoesum," as in the patent mentioned below, whereas the spelling " Huysen "
for Husum may be accounted for by the fact that the same form occurs
on the map of Denmark in Ortelius' Atlas of 1598, and probably on other
Dutch maps of the period. In support of the theory that Jan Fransen came
from Schleswig it may be recalled also that Pearson in his Early Settlers of
Albany, p. 126, states that the Van Hoesens were Lutherans.



138 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

in a patent granted to the grantor Hend : Jochimse by the late
Governor General Richard Nicolls, dated the 25th of October
1667,' except what he conveyed to Capt. PhilUp Schuyler under
date of [blank];- and that free and unincumbered without any
charges thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's
right), without the grantor's making any further claim in the least
thereto, acknowledging that he has been fully paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenum
actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Major Abrah:
Staets, his heirs, successors, or assigns, to do therewith and dis-
pose thereof as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and
effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against all per-
sons 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 226. of August 1681.

Hendrick Jochemsz
Corn: van Dyck
Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from the magistrates to Johannes de Wandelaer for a
small parcel of land on the Plain at Albany

[127] The honorable magistrates of Albany, colony of Rense-
laerwyck and Schinnechtady, etc., hereby declare that they have
granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Johannes d'Wandelaer a small parcel
of land lying by his garden on the Pleyn (Plain) to preserve his
apple trees, having moved the fence further out,^ and the little



1 This patent was a confirmation of a conveyance by Femmetje Alberts,
widow of Hendrick Jansen, to Hendrick Jochemsen, dated April 16. 1666,
for a house and lot in Albany-, abutting " on y^ north to y^ lott of Daniel
Ringhout to >-* East on ye brewhouse belonging to volchert Jansen & Jan
Tomassen to y^ South on y« Lott of Jan Fransen van Hoesum togeth"". vi^^.
a garden lying by y^ Ryver side w*^. a space for a doore to go from y«
said Lott to y^ said Garden."

2 June 1 , 1666; see Early Records of Albany, 1 :399. where it is stated that
the conveyance by Femmetje Alberts, mentioned in the preceding note, was
made in the Esopus. Consequently, this deed is not recorded in Albany, but
must be looked for among the records in Kingston.

3 een Stuck je Erffs gelegen by syn Thiiyn op 't Pleyn, om syn Appell
Boonten te Preserveeren hebbende d'heyninge uytgesett, which was translated
by Professor Pearson as " a small parcel of land lying by his garden to
extend his fence for the preservation of his apple orchard." The fact that



DEEDS I 678- I 704 139

parcel is in breadth six feet and in length like the garden, viz
seven rods, Rhineland measure, lying to the south of the common
alley between him and Mr Phil : Schuyler ; which six feet of land
Johannes d'Wandelaer has bought of the magistrates for the sum
of two beavers, paid in full ; and that free and unincumbered
(saving the lord's right), therefore giving plenam actionem cessam
and full power to the aforesaid purchaser to do with and dispose
of the said parcel of land as he might do with his own patrimonial
estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same
against all persons from all trouble, claims and incumbrances ac-
cording to law and further nevermore to do nor cause anything
to be done contrary hereto in any manner, binding themselves
thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the 9th of September
1681.

Marten Gertsen
DiRCK Wesselsz



Deed from Huybert Jansen to Barent Pietersen Coeymans for a

lot in Albany

[128] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, etc., in presence of the Honorable Mr
Cornells van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates of the same
jurisdiction, Huybert Janse, who declared that he grants, conveys
and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the
behoof of Bar*. Pieterse Coeymans a certain piece of a lot lying here
in Albany next the house of said Huybert Janse, being to the east
and north of the lot of Harme Gansevoort, west of Huyb : Janse and
south of the street, in breadth in front on the street and in the rear
also nineteen feet and in length east and west two and a half rods,
Rhineland measure ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the
patent granted to him by the late Governor General Rich<^. NicoUs
under date of the nth of September 1667,^ and that free and un-
incumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same



the land was granted by the magistrates might seem to imply that the word
heyninge refers to the town fence, but this does not appear to be the case,
as it would place the garden, and consequently the Plain, within or to the
north of the town fence, whereas the reference to the common alley between
the grantee and Philip Schuyler suggests that it was some distance south
of the town fence, perhaps not far from the Beaver kill.

1 This patent was granted on a conveyance bearing date April 9, 1667,
made by Juriaen Jansen Groenwout to Huybert Jansen, for which see Early
Records of Albany, i :409.



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(saving the lord's right), without the grantor's having any further
claims in the least thereon, acknowledging himself to be paid and
satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plcnam actionem cessam and full power to do with and dispose of
the aforesaid lot 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 con-
trary hereto in any manner, under binding obligation as by law
provided.

Done in Albany, the 14th of September 1681.

The X mark of Huyrert Janse, made
with his own hand.

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary *

Transfer of patent for land in Catskill by administrators of the
estate of Jan van Bremen to Stephanus van Cortlant, in his
capacity as director of the colony of Rensselaerswyck

[129] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, etc., in presence of the Honorable ^^Ir
Cornel : van Dyck and Mr Jan Janse Bleyker, magistrates of the
same jurisdiction, the worthy Mr Adriaen van Ilpendam and Mr
Jan Becker in the capacity of curators of the estate of Jan van
Breemen,^ deceased, who declared that they found among the papers
of said Jan van Breemen a certain patent for a certain parcel of
land lying at Katskill, which land Jan van Breemen sold and dis-
posed of to Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff, which aforesaid Eldert made
over the same to the colony of Renselaerswyk ; which aforesaid
patent of date the ist of August 1668, granted to Jan van Breemen
by the late Governor General Rich : Nicolls, the aforesaid curators
transfer and make over to ]Mr Stephanus van Cortlant in his capacity
as director of the colony of Renselaerswyk; which land stretches
along the kill eastward in length one hundred and fifty-five rods, in



1 This deed is canceled in the record.

2 Jan Dircksen. from Bremen, German^'. He was in New Amsterdam in
1639 and on August 4, 1643, was commissioned skipper of a yacht of the
colony of Rensselaerswyck. He was in Catskill in 1651 and obtained a
patent for the land mentioned in the instrument above on October 25, 1653.
.A^ccording to Van Rensselaer Bowier Mss, p. 832, he sold his farm at
Catskill to Eldert Gerbertsen Cruyf on February 20, 1659, in exchange for a
house in Beverwick, but this does not seem to have prevented him from
getting a confirmation of his original grant on August i, 1668.



DEEDS I 678-1 704 141

breadth on the south side one hundred and sixty rods, extending to
and being bounded by the woods/ containing in all about seventy
acres or thirty-five morgens, according to the description of said
patent ; declaring hereby that they have found among Jan van
Breemen's papers no [evidence of any] lien or incumbrance [on the
land] and hereby delivering over the same to the honorable director,
renouncing all right and title thereto as far as the estate is con-
cerned. Done in Albany, the i8th of October 1681.

Cornelis van Dyck Adriaen van Ilpendam

Jan Janss Blceckcr J. Becker

In my presence,

RoB"^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Stephanus van Cortlant, director of the colony of
Rensselaerswyck, to Dirck Teunissen van Vechten for land in
Catskill patented to Jan van Bremen and conveyed by him to
Eldert Gerbertsen Cruyff

[130] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, the worthy Mr Stephanus van
Cortlandt, in the capacity of director of the colony of Renselaers-
wyck who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over to and
for the behoof of Dirk Teunise van Vechten a certain parcel of land
lying at Catskill, extending along the kill, eastward, in length one
hundred and fifty-five rods, in breadth on the south side one hun-
dred and sixty rods, extending [to] and being bounded by the grove,
containing altogether about seventy acres, or thirty-five morgens ;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of a certain conveyance to him
given by the curators of the estate of Jan van Breemen, deceased, of
date the i8th of this month, by which they made over the ground
brief and patent of said land to the colony of Renselaerswyk in con-
sideration [of the fact] that the same was found among the papers
of said Jan van Breemen who had sold [the land] to Eldert Ger-
bertse Cruyff; and whereas said Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff was in
arrears to the patroon of colony of Renselaerswyk in a considerable
sum of money, he, the grantor, contracted and agreed with Albert
Rykman, attorney for Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff, as appears by the



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