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1 streckende voorts, & is met d'Boschagie Bcpaelt. which in the patent of
August I, 1668, reads : " then goeing forword & being incompassed wth. ye
woodlands."



142 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

instrument thereof dated the 2d of June 1675, that he in his capacity
as aforesaid should receive with other effects all the claims which
the aforesaid Cruyft' had in Catskill; therefore he, Mr Stephanus
van Cortlandt, in his capacity of director of the colony of Rensel-
aerswyk, transfers and makes over to said Dirk Teunise, his heirs
or successors, the said land specified in the patent dated the ist of
August 1668, granted to Jan van Breemen by the late Governor
General Rich : Xicolls, and furthermore all the rights which said
Eldert Gerbertse Cruyff had in Catskill, and that free and unin-
cumbered, without holding or reserving thereon any [rent] charges
for the benefit of the patroon of the colony of Renselaerswyk
(saving only the lord's right), without the grantor in his capacity
as above making any further claim whatsoever thereto, acknowl-
edging that he is paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the
last, therefore giving plenum actionem cessani and full power to the
aforesaid Dirk Teunise, his heirs, successors and assigns, to enter
upon, possess, do with and dispose of the aforesaid land as he might
do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to war-
rant and defend the same from all lawful claims, demands and in-
cumbrances so far as the colony of Renselaerswyck is concerned
and further nevermore to do nor cause to be done anything con-
trary hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law pro-
vided. Done in Albany, the 20th of October 1681.

Cornells van Dyck S : V : Cortlandt

Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

R"^. Livingston, Secretary



Bond and mortgage of Dirck Teunissen van Vechten to Step-
hanus van Cortlant, director of the colony of Rensselaerswryck,
and satisfaction of mortgage by Kiliaen van Rensselaer

[131] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, etc., in presence of the Honorable Mr
Cornelis van Dyck and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker, magistrates of the
same jurisdiction. Dirk Teunise van Vechten, who declared himself
to be honestly and truly indebted and in arrears to Mr Stephanus
van Cortlandt, in the capacity of director of the colony of Rense-
laerswyck, in the sum of four hundred and two guilders, fourteen
stivers in beavers and the sum of two hundred and fifty-six guilders
and fifteen stivers in patroon's money, to wit, wheat at 10 guilders



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704 143

the mudde ; ^ which aforesaid sums of four hundred and two guild-
ers, fourteen stivers in beavers and two hundred and fifty-six
guilders, 15 stivers patroon's money the subscriber promises to pay
to said Mr Stephanus van Cortlandt, director of the colony of Reuse-
laerswyk, or his order, next winter in good beavers or wheat at
market price for the /402 :i4 in beavers and the patroon's money,
being f2^6:is, at 10 guilders a imiddle ; for which payment as
above the subscriber mortgages the farm in Catskill yesterday
conveyed to him by the director, pledging the same specially to the
colony of Renselaerswyk for said payment, and generally his person
and estate, real and personal, nothing excepted, submitting the same
to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges, that the
payment may be had without costs or loss. Done in Albany, this
2ist of October 1681.

DiRCK Teunisz
Cornells van Dyck
Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

RC^. Livingston, Secretary

I underwritten Killiaen van Renselaer eldest sonn and heir 01
Jerimias van Renselaer late of y*^ Colony Renselaerswyk deceased,
and Patroon of y^ s'^. Colony doe acknowledge to have Received
out of y*^ hands of Jannetie Teunise y^ wid^. & Relect of Dirk
Teunise van Vechten lat-^ of Catskill in y^ County of Albany de-
ceased the full Contents of y^ above Mortgage being f 402 : 14 st.
in Beavers and f 256: I5st. patroons money doe therefore fully
Cleerly and absolutely acquitt Exonerate & Discharge y^ s^. Dirk
Teunise van Vechten his heirs Executors ad''°. or assigns for Ever
promiseing and Engageing to Defend them from any further Claim
or Demand to y^ premises In wittness^ whereof I have hereunto sett
my hand in Albany this 13*^ of Septemb. A°. 1703 the s"^. Kill, v:
Renselaer for himself his heirs Ex''*. x'\d''*. or assigns doth hereby
Release all & singular his Right Title Interest & Claim which he
or they have or ough[t] to have to y^ Land at Catskill so as y^
same by Steph : van Cortland is conveyd to y^ s^. Dirk Teunise
on ye 20th of Octob. A°. [1681] K. V. Rensselaer



1 One mudde = 3.056 bushels.



144 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBA XV

Bond and mortgage of Cornelis Teunissen van Vechten to

Andries Teller

[132] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyck and Mr Dirk
Wessells, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Cornelis Teunise van
Vechten alias Keesoom,^ who declared himself to be honestly and
truly indebted and in arrears to Mr Andries Teller, trader of this
town, in the sum of eighty-three good, merchantable beaver skins,
to be paid in the time of eighteen months from the date hereof in
good, salable winter wheat or good peas at beaver's price; which
aforesaid sum of 83 beavers the subscriber promises to pay within
said time of 18 months in the aforenamed pay for which he specially
binds and mortgages forty-two skipples of sowing lying south of the
subscriber's house toward Claes van Petten ; item two blazed
black geldings with a gray stallion and a gray mare ; item seven
heifers, to wit, two black with white heads,- one black spotted,
two red with white heads and one wholly red, going now in their
second year; and generally his person and estate, real and per-
sonal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting the same
to the control of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges, that the
payment may be had without loss or costs. Done in Albany, this
31st of October 1681.

Cornelis Tunisz van Vechten
Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

Ro'f. Livingston, Secretary

X. B. This mortgage is subscribed by the two aforesaid magis-
trates on the condition that the patroon, on whose land he dwells,
must of necessity be preferred for the current year and that this
instrument shall not in the least prejudice his rights, which is
understood by the court. Albany, this 14th of February i68i.



1 Keesoom means Uncle Cornells.

^ Sii'arte Blacre; meaning a cow with black bodj- and white belly or breast
and white head, sometimes with black markings around the ej'es. The
zwartblaar or zwartivitkop Groningen breed of cattle is at the present day-
recognized as one of the three distinct breeds of Ehitch cattle.



DEEDS 1 6/8- 1 704 145

Deed from Annetje Lievens, widow of Goosen Gerritsen van
Schaick, to her son Sybrant van Schaick, for the half of a brew-
ery, lot and garden.

[133] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Shaenhechtady and in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Annetie Lievens, widow of
the late Goose Gerritse van Schayk, who declared that she
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship as hereby she does grant, convey in real and actual possession
to and for the behoof of Sybrant Goosense van Schayk, her, the
grantor's, half brewery, lot and garden, as she, the grantor, has
possessed the same in company with Pieter Lassing, according to
the patent by Jan Thomase and Volkert Janse received from the
Honorable Governor General Franqois Lovelace under date of the
24th of March 166 1/ and according to the contents thereof is in
breadth on the east side or highway six rods, nine feet ten inches ;
length on the south side by Maj. Abraham Staets's alley five rods,
eleven feet; west, also bounded by Mr Abraham Staets, six rods
five feet; on the north side [along] the street seven rods one foot.
The garden on the west side along the road six rods, nine feet
long; on the north side by the road four rods, seven feet; on the
east by the river seven rods and five feet; and on the south side
again on Abraham Staets's [alley] five rods, five feet. Which she,
the grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance by her deceased hus-
band, received from Harme Rutgers under date of the 31st of May
1675,^ and that free and unincumbered, without any charges there-
on or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the
grantor's having any further claim in the least thereon, acknowl-
edging herself to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny
with the last, therefore giving full power to the aforenamed Sybrant
Goosense van Schayk, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with
and dispose of the aforesaid half of the brewery, lot and garden
as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and efifects, promis-
ing to warrant and defend the same against all persons from all
trouble, claims and inrumbrances according to law and further



1 This patent was in reality issued to Volkert Jansen Douw and Harmen
Rutgers, then in occupation of the property, though Jan Thomassen still
owned a half interest in it. See the latter's conveyance to Harmen Rutgers,
March 28, 167I, in Early Records of Albany, i:lii. where Jan Thomassen
is by mistake called " Mingael," instead of " Witbeck." See also p. 112
for diagram of the lot conveyed.

2 See Early Records of Albany, 1:114.



146 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto
either by or without resorting to law in any manner, binding herself
thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the 12th of November
1 681.

Annetge Lievens
Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

Ro'T. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Pieter Lassingh to Sybrant van Schaick for his half
of the brewery, lot and garden possessed in company with
Goosen Gerritsen van Schaick

[134] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck etc., in presence of the Honorable Air
Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates of the same
jurisdiction, the worthy P"". Lassingh, who declares that he grants
and conveys in true, rightful and free ownership by these presents,
in real and actual possession to and for the behoof of Sybrant
Goosense Van Schayk, his, the subscriber's, half brewery, lot and
garden, as he, the grantor, has possessed the same in company with
Goose Gerritse, deceased, according to patent by Jan Thomase and
Volkert Janse received from the Honorable Governor Franqoys
Lovelace under date of the 24th of March i66|,^ and is according
to the contents thereof in breadth on the east side or highway six
rods, nine feet, ten inches ; length on the south side by the alley of
Abraham Staets five rods and eleven feet; west also bounded by
Abraham Staets six rods and five feet ; on the north side [along] the
street seven rods, one foot. The garden bounded on the west side
along the road in length six rods, nine feet ; on the north side by the
road four rods, seven feet ; east by the river seven rods and five feet,
on the south side again on Abraham Staets [alley] five rods and
five feet. Which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance
by him received from Harme Rutgers, under date of the 31st Alay
1675, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon,
or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without the
grantor's having any further claim in the least thereon, acknowledg-
ing 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 Sybrant Goosense van Schayk to do with



1 See note to preceding instrument.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 147

and dispose of the aforesaid half brewery lot, and 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 incumbrances according to law and further nevermore to do
nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto, either by or without
resorting to law, in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law
provided.

Done in Albany, the 12th of November 1681.

PlETTER PlETTERSEN LasSEN

Cornells van Dyck
Dirck Wesselss

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Johan Friese (Vries) for a
parcel of land behind Friese's house

[135] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, etc., in presence of the Honorable Mr
Cornells van Dyck and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates of the same
jurisdiction, the worthy Johannes Clute, who declared that in true,
rightful and free ownership he grants, conveys and makes over in
actual and real possession to and for the behoof of Johannes Vries, ^
burgher of this town a certain parcel of land situated behind the
house and lot of said grantee, lying between the houses of him, the
grantor, and Marte Crigier ; the lot which said Johannes Clute con-
veys to Johannes Vreese is in length thirty wood feet and as broad
as the grantee's house and lot made over to him by the grantor the
27th of March 1680,- that is sixteen feet, one inch, wood measure
and lying to the east of said De Vreese and to the west and north
of him, the grantor, and south of Marte Cregier ; which he, the
grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance by him received from Jan
Lansingh, under date of the loth of April 1679,^ ^o 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), with-
out the grantor's having any further claim in the least thereon,
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 Johannes Vreese, his heirs, suc-
cessors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid parcel of



^ See his signature to next document.
2 See p. 72.
2 See p. 38-39-



148 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

land 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 liimself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the 14th of November 1681,

JOHANNS ClUTE

Cornells van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Bond and mortgage of Capt. Johannes Clute to Johan Friese
(Vries) with satisfaction of mortgage by Captain Clute's
nephew

[136] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, Secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk, etc., in presence of the Honorable Mr Cor-
nells van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates of the same juris-
diction, the worthy Capt. Johannes Cloet, who declared himself to
be indebted and in arrears to Johannes Vriese, burgher of this town,
in the quantity of twenty-five good, salable beaver skins at five quar-
ter Dutch pounds apiece, which aforenamed sum of twenty-five
beavers, or if the subscriber has no mercantile beavers thirty-one
and a quarter pounds Dutch weight instead, the subscriber promises
to pay to Johannes Vriese or order in the time of three years after
the date hereof ; for which the subscriber specially binds a parcel
of land lying behind the house and lot of said Vriese. being in
breadth sixteen feet and one inch wood measure and as long as the
subscriber's lot extends, and generally his person and estate, real
and personal, nothing excepted, submitting the same to the authority
of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges, for the recovery of the
aforenamed amount without loss or costs. Done in Albany, the
14th of November 1681.

JoHANNs Clute
Cornells van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

RC. Livingston, Secretary

I, the undersigned, Johan Vries, acknowledge and declare that I
have duly received the contents of the aforesaid bond or mortgage



DEEDS I 678- I 704 149

in the form of twenty-five beavers by the hand of Johan Cloet,
nephew and heir of Capt. Johannes Cloet, deceased, releasing him
from all further demands. Albany the nth of June 1686.

Johan Friese
Testes :
Jan Janss Bleecker

Ro'^. Livingston, CI.

Deed from Annetje van Schaick, widow of Goosen Gerritsen van
Schaick, to Anthony van Schaick for land at Half Moon (not
executed)

[137] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Air Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Annetie van Schayk, widow of the
late Goose Gerritse van Schayk who declared that in true, rightful
and free ownership she grants, conveys and makes over hereby in
real and actual possession to and for the behoof of Anthonie
Goosense van Schayk her farm lying on the Island of Cahoos and
all her right therein, as well lands, house, barn and ricks as also
her rights in land lying above the fourth Spruyt} excepting the farm
of Harman Lievense, the farm of Jan van Ness, the farm of Barent
Albertse Bratt, the farm of Geurt Hendrix and the farm of Jan
Jacobse van Noorstrant and likewise the farm of Roeloff Gerritse;
which she, the grantor, does by virtue of a patent granted to Phil:
Pieterse Schuyler and her husband, deceased, in company, by the
late Governor General Frangois Lovelace under date of the 30th of
March 1672, which Phil: Shuyler's half was conveyed to her, the
grantor, on the 12th of July 1681, to all of 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), without the
grantor's making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowledg-
ing that she is fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with
the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and full power to
the aforenamed Anth°. van Shayk, his heirs, successors or assigns,
to do with and dispose of the aforesaid farm, house, barn, ricks and
other land lying over the fourth spriiyt to her, the grantor, hereto-
fore belonging, together with all rights and privileges which she has
had therein (excepting the six farms of the aforesaid six persons).



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



150 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and elTects, promis-
ing 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 herself thereto as by law provided. Done in
Albany, the 17th November 1681.

It is specially stipulated between the grantor and the grantee be-
fore the signing of this conveyance that if the Indians shall make
any claims to any of the aforesaid lands, whether due to hostile
feeling or otherwise, or if any other persons shall make any pre-
tensions thereto, Anth°. van Shayk shall save said Annetje van
Shayk harmless and take all such charges upon himself she, the
grantor, now renouncing her interest therein.^

Deed from Robert Sanders to Pieter Pietersen van Woggelum
for a piece of woodland to the south of Piskawen kill
[138 blank; 139] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary
of Albany, colony of Renselaersw^yck and Schaenhechtady, in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornells van Dyck and ^Ir Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of said jurisdiction, Robert Sanders, who declared that
he conveyed and made over in true, rightful and free ownership to
and for the behoof of Pieter Pieterse van Woggelum a certain piece
of woodland into which extends a certain swamp ,2 the same being
the whole of the said grantor's interest on the south side of Piskawen
kill,^ which he conveys to said P"". Pieterse, so that said kill is now
their division line ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the pat-
ent to him granted by the Honorable Governor General Sir Edmund
Andross, dated the 22d day of ]\Iarch i6|f ;* 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 thereto, acknowledging that he is fully paid and
satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessam and full power to the aforesaid Pieter
Pieters van Woggelum, his heirs, successors or assigns, to do v/ith



1 The deed is canceled and underneath is written : This conveyance was
written anew the 9th of August 1682.
^■waerinnc Seekere vlyc is strcckcnde.

3 A stream between Troy and Lansingburg, N. Y.

4 This should apparently'be March 25, 1680, when a patent was granted to
Robert Sanders for " a certain parcell or piece of woodland Lyeing on the
East side of the North- River above Albany to the South of Robert Sanders
Farme or Bowery called by the Indyan name of Popqassick which s^ Land
as also a Small Island neare thereunto com [m] only knowne by the name
of the whale fishing Island, was . . . purchased of the Native Indyan
Proprietory's." See Indian deed for this land on p. 27-28.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 151

and dispose of the aforesaid piece of woodland lying on the south
side of Piskawen kill, as he might do with his own patrimonial
estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against
all persons from all lawful liens, claims and incumbrances and fur-
ther 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 19th of December 1681.

ROBBERT SaNDERSZ

Cornells van Dyck
Dirck Wesselss

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Mohawk sachems to Jan Mangelse for a piece of
woodland at Canastagioene (Niskayuna)

[140] On this day the 4th of March 168J appeared before their
honors of the court of Albany the following Maquas chiefs, to wit,
Rhode, sachem (Sakamaker) of the first Castle, Sagoddiochquisax
of the second Castle and Todarasse who takes the place of
Caniachkoo, his grandfather, deceased, who in accordance with the
declaration of the Maquas sachems to the proposition made the 2d
of this month, declared that out of good friendship and affection
they granted, conveyed and made over by way of gift to Jan Man-
gelse a certain piece of woodland on which some bushes (Stravellen)
stand, lying near Canastagioene on the other side of the river, ex-
tending up the river, beginning from the uppermost end of Ryk
Claese's land where the tree is marked with the mark of Harme
Vedder and Barent Ryndertse and stretches along the river over a
certain kill named by them Otskondaraogoo, which they also to-
gether with the water course convey to him, and further on to a
large black bark oak tree, on which the mark of the grantors and
the mark or name of Jan Mangelse have been put, and stretches
northward up into the woods so far as said Jan Mangelse or his
heirs shall have occasion to use the same whether for arable or pas-
ture land as he shall think best; which they, the grantors, do free
and unincumbered as they have possessed the same, with all appur-
tenances and dependencies thereto belonging, giving him herewith
full power to do with and dispose of the aforesaid land and kill
as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, relin-
quishing said land henceforth now and forever, conveying the same
fully to the said Jan Mangelse, his heirs, successors or assigns,



152 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

promising nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary
hereto in any manner, with or without legal process. Thus done
and confirmed with our signatures on the date above written in
Albany.

The mark X of Todarasse, made
with his own hand. The snake.
In presence of us : The mark X of Rhode, made with

Corn, van Dyck his own hand. A woman.

Dirck Wesscisc The mark X of Sagoddiochquisax;

Joh^. Provoost made with his own hand. The Sun.

Jan Jansz Bleecker Interpreted by Aern"^. Cornelise Viele.

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Mohav^^k sachems to Claes van Boeckhoven for a
piece of woodland at Canastagioene (Niskayuna)
[141] On this 4th day of March i68| the following Maquase
chiefs [appeared] in presence of the court of Albany, to wit, Rhode,



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