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sachem of the first Castle, Saggoddiochquisax of the second Castle
and Todovasse, whose grandfather was Caniachkoo, also of the
first Castle, acting in the name of the whole Maquas nation, who
declared that they had granted to Claes van Boekhooven ^ certain
privileges in addition to [those set forth in the deed of] purchase
of the land belonging to him, sold to Barent Ryndertse and Harme
Vedder under date of the -~^ 1667,^ wherein it was stipulated
that they should use the woodland with their neighbors as a pasture
for their cattle. But now they declare that they grant and convey
to him, Claes van Boekhoven, and to those who acquired his right
or participate therein, the woodland and meadow {vly) lying north-
wards within the limits of the two trees marked with the mark of
Bar*. Rynderse and Harme Vedder, to cultivate, plant, pasture and
use the same as he or they may see fit, only reserving the right of
the Maquas to have free wood and hunting there without contradic-
tion ; conveying and making over said land in true and lawful owner-
ship to said Claes van Boekhooven and his associates or participants,
their heirs and successors forever, wholly relinquishing all claims



1 Also referred to as Claes Jansen van Boekhoven, and Claes de Braebander.

2 No record of this Indian deed is found, nor does there seem to be any
record of the patent of May 19, 1671, to Harmen Vedder and Barent Reynd-
ertsen, referred to in the deed from the latter to Claes van Boeckhoven
and Ryck Claessen, October 31, 1677, for which see Early Records of Albany,
I : 166-67.



DEEDS I 678-1 704 153

on said woodland and meadow (vley) excepting only firewood and
free hunting as above specified, promising in their capacity aforesaid
nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in
any manner, under binding obligation as by law provided. Thus
done and confirmed with our signatures in Albany on the day
aforenamed.

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

Corn, van Dyck The mark of X Sagoddiochquisax.

Dirck Wesselsz The sun.

J oh: Provoost The mark of X Rode, made with his

Jan Jansz Bleecker own hand. Is a woman.

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary
Interpreted by Aern'^. Corn : Viele.

Lease of land at Catskill from Cornells van Dyck, husband and
guardian of the widow of Silvester Salisbury, to Andries
Jansen and Hendrick Jansen

[142] On this 23d day of March 168^, appeared before me, Ro*.
Livingston, secretary of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and
Schinnechtady, etc., and the afternamed witnesses, Mr Cornells
van Dyk, husband and guardian of Elisabeth Beek, late widow of
Capt. Silvester Salisbury, of the one side, and Andries Janse, eld-
est son of Jan Thomase, and Hendrik Janse, his brother, of the
other side, who declared that in all love and friendship they had
contracted and agreed with each other about the hire of his,
van Dyk's, just half of and claim to the arable land at Catskill
held jointly with Marte Gerritse,^ in form and manner following,
to wit:

1 The said Mr Cornells van Dyck acknowledges that he has
leased and Andries and Hendrik Janse aforenamed that they have
hired of him his half of the arable land lying in Katskill, con-
sisting of the half of two flats, viz, the first where Ger*. Teunise
lives and the second called Potick, and that for the time of ten suc-
cessive years which shall begin on the first of May 1682 and end
the first of May 162, new style.

2 The lessee may cultivate, plant and sow said land during the
term of said lease to his profit.



1 Cf. Deed from Catskill and Mahikan Indians, July 8, 1678.



154 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

3 In case of a general war, which may God avert, the damage
shall fall wholly upon the lessor during the first eight years, but
if the lessor shall bear the risk for the last two years also, then the
lessee shall pay rent or hire for said land according to the decision
of two impartial persons, always with the understanding that it
shall be left to the lessee's choice to bear the risk, in which case
he shall be free from rent; furthermore, other accidents such as
fire, etc. shall be wholly at the risk of the lessee.

4 The lessor shall deliver upon the said land, four milch cows
and four draught horses, to wit, three mares and one stallion, one-
half the increase of which shall belong to each party but so soon
as there shall be an increase of eight cows, the lessor's half, to wit,
four cows, shall remain with the first delivered cows, making the
[143] number of eight milch cows, the half of the increase of which
the parties shall thereafter receive ; which number as likewise the
horses shall be delivered up at the end of the lease.

5 The lessee shall not be permitted to sow more than forty
skipples of winter wheat the last year, one-half of which shall be
the lessor's and the remaining half he or the following lessee shall
have at the valuation placed upon it by impartial persons; he, the
lessee, shall also have no right to sell, remove or carry away any in-
crease of the horses or cattle without consent of the lessor.

6 As rental of the said land, the said And^ and Hendrik Janse,
at the end of ten years, shall deliver a proper dwelling house
of twenty-two and a half feet square, covered with shingles and
having a stone cellar as large as the house, which house shall be
delivered over, glass, roof, floor, and wall, tight; likewise a barn
of fifty-two and a half feet long and as wide as the barn which
Marte Gerritse has built there which they shall deliver over in
substantial and good repair as to wall and roof; with a proper
protecting fence about the arable land, that is to say about the
half of the nearest land, according to the judgment of impartial
persons ; likewise to plant an orchard which must consist of two
hundred fruit trees, but the lessor is holden to furnish the trees,
which they at the end of the lease must deliver over in a good
fence ; also a good fence about the homestead ; in like manner as
a yearly quit rent 25 pounds of butter to commence in May
1683.

7 The lessees shall cut and dig out all the useless trees and
stumps of the nearest land which may in any way hinder the
plowing and planting.



DEEDS 1 6/8- 1 704 155

8 It is further stipulated that the lessees shall have the half of
the land of Potick during the aforenamed term of the lease, for
which they shall pay to the lessor yearly the quantity of fifty skip-
pies of wheat or a hundred skipples of maize at the option of the
lessees, but if the lessees do not desire to hold said land Potek any
longer they shall be released from this obligation.

[144] For the performance and execution of the aforesaid con-
ditions the lessees 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.

Thus done in the presence of Mr Jan Janse Bleecker and Jacob
Sanders Glenn, called as witnesses hereto, in Albany on the date
above written.

CORNELIS VAN DyCK

Testes: Andries Janse '

Jafi Jansz Bleecker Hendrick Jansen

Jacob Sand: Glen

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from William Loveridge, senior, to Jacob Staas for two

houses and lots in Albany

[145] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Mr William Loveridge, senior,
hatter, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true,
rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Mr Jacob Staas
certain, the grantor's, two houses and lots standing and lying here
in Albany, between the town hall (Stadthuys) and the house of
Cornet Pieter Schuyler ; the large house is in breadth in front on the
street forty wood feet, three and a half inches, and in the rear at
the end of the lot of the small house thirty wood feet, and in the
rear on the river bank (strant) in breadth twenty-eight wood feet,
and in length to the river bank, which house and lot are situated
to the north of the town hall ; which he, the grantor, does by
virtue of the conveyance received by him from Pieter Jacobse Bors-
boom on the 30th of September 1671,^ to which reference is herein
made; the adjoining house is in breadth on the street twenty-
four wood feet, length back -fifty-five feet, breadth [in the rear]



^ See Early Records of Albany, i :488-89.



156 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

eight feet, which house and lot Hes between the large house speci-
fied above and Cornet Pieter Schuyler ; which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the conveyance received by him from Arent Jacobse,
dated the 8th of March 167!;^ it is to be noted also that the
honorable grantor likewise grants his rights in a few feet of ground
bought by P"". Jacobse Borsboom of Sander Leendertse, which is
also comprehended herein, and extending likewise to the King's
house [town hall] : all 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, acknowledging himself to be fully paid and satisfied there-
for, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem
cessam and full power [146] to the aforenamed Jacob Staas, his
heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid
two houses and lots as he could do with his own patrimonial estate
and efifects, 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, this 17th of May 1682.

William Loveridge
Dirck Wesselss
Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Bond of Pieter Meussen Vrooman, husband of the widow of Ger-
rit Jansen Stavast, to Hendrick Cuyler, attorney for the heirs
of Michiel Lambertsen van Bree, for the payment of one hun-
dred beavers in settlement of a debt due by said Stavast to
Van Bree, Jacob Meussen Vrooman mortgaging his house as
security ; with satisfaction of mortgage

[147] 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 said jurisdiction, Mr Hendrik Cuyler, trader and
resident here, who with Mr Abraham d'Peyster was made attorney
at Haerlem in Holland of the heirs of Michiel Lambertse van Bree
in a certain action of debt respecting some pieces of linen bought



1 See Early Records of Albany, i : 178-79.



DEEDS 1678-I704 157

by Ger*. Janse Stavast there of said Van Bree, for which said
Ger'. Janse Stavast on the 30th November 1661 gave a promis-
sory note in the sum of fourteen hundred and thirty-one Carohis
guilders, one stiver, at 40 Flemish groats the guilder, with interest
at six per cent to the final and effectual payment thereof, on which
said Van Bree obtained judgment in the year 1663 on the 27th of
January, the aforesaid Ger'. Janse Stavast and his wife Volkje
Pieterse being here in this country, where said Ger*. Janse Stavast
died and the said Volkje Pieterse, his widow a second time entered
into wedlock with a certain Pieter Meuse Vrooman; the aforesaid
judgment with power of attorney to the aforesaid Hend: Cuyler
and Abraham d'Peyster having meanwhile arrived here, said at-
torneys brought suit against the aforesaid Pieter Meuse by virtue
of his marriage relation, but the matter being yet undecided, they
have in love and friendship agreed and contracted together that
the aforesaid Pieter Meuse Vrooman shall pay to the aforesaid
Hend : Cuyler or order the sum of one hundred merchantable beav-
ers or the just value thereof, whether in beavers, seawan, silver
money, or wheat at market price, to be paid in four payments, each
time a fourth part, to wit, anno 1682, in the month of September, the
first; anno 1683 the second and so on every year until the effectual
payment thereof, and the last payment being made said Kuyler
[148] promises said Pieter Meuse Vrooman or his assigns to put
said promissory note and judgment in their hands and duly to re-
lease him from all further claims ; for which payment of one hun-
dred beavers aforenamed Jacob Meuse Vrooman constitutes him-
self surety as principal debtor, for the aforenamed P"". Meuse
Vrooman, promising all failures in the payment of the aforesaid
sum which may happen to make good and pay as his own debt, for
which he specially binds his, Jacob Meuse's, new house standing
and lying here in Albany on the Coestraet (Cow street) between
Hans Hendrix and Barent the miller's except that those who have
any claims on said lot shall be preferred, the same being not yet
fully paid for, and generally his person and estate, real and per-
sonal, nothing excepted, submitting the same to the authority of all
lords, courts, tribunals and judges; for security of which debt, and
for the freeing of him from all harm, Peter Meuse Vrooman on
the other hand pledges to his brother Jacob Meuse Vrooman
specially and in the most permanent manner conveys and makes
over all the movable goods mentioned in the inventory made by the
sheriff under date of the 13th of May last by order of the court in



158 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

the form of an attachment in the matter aforesaid, \vhi:h by four
good men nominated by the court were appraised at i6gi in beavers ;
hkewise he, Pieter Meuse Vrooman, pledges and fully conveys
hereby to his brother Jacob Meuse Vrooman, all his account book,
with all the outstanding debts and credits therein contained, without
any reservation or exception whatever [149] but delivering over the
same to him, Jacob Meuse, fully with the aforesaid inventory and
the goods therein specified, together with all the effects and goods
which he, P"". Meuse, may acquire, as well having as to have, noth-
ing excepted, submitting the same in full ownership of Jacob Meuse
Vrooman aforesaid, even as if they were his own patrimonial
goods and effects, which transfer of said mentioned goods, books
and other effects to be acquired shall be directed to the effectual
payment of the aforenamed hundred beavers. Thus done without
fraud, all honestly and in good faith with the consent of the said Mr
Hend : Cuyler, P''. Meuse and Jacob Meuse Vrooman, an instru-
ment hereof in debit a forma is drawn up and executed within the
town of Albany in Ameri.a on the loth June 1682.

Hendrick Coyler
Cornells van D\ck Pieter Meesen Vroo^niax

Dirck JJ^essels.': Jacob Meesse Vromax

In my presence,

Ro'r. Livingston, Secretary

Memorandum — that on the 17th August 1686 Hendrik Cuy-
ler came before the secretary and declared that he had received
full satisfaction and payment of the hundred beavers comprehended
in the aforesaid instrument, to wit twenty-five beavers, being the
first payment of P"". Meese Vroman and the remaining three pay-
ments of seventy-five beavers in full of Jacob Meese Vrooman also
mentioned as surety in said instrument, therefore freeing them,
their heirs, executors and administrators, from all claims by these
presents. In witness whereof signed with his owm hand in xA.lbany
on the date above written.

Hendrick Coyler

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary



DEEDS I 678- I 704 159

Deed from Jan van Eps, representing the heirs of Maritje Damen,
to Harmanus Burgersen for a garden without the town of
Albany behind the old fort

[150] Appeared before me, Ro*. 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, Jan van Eps, son of Maritie
Daeme, deceased, empowered by Ger'. Banker and Marte Cregier,
also heirs of said Maritje Daeme and hereby declared that he
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Harmanus Burgerse a certain gar-
den lying without the town of Albany behind the old fort, adjoin-
ing south by east the public road, to the west the pasture formerly
belonging to Capt. Jan Cloet and now to Rob'. Sanders and Mynd'.
Harmense,^ to the north the garden of Evert Luycasse close by lot
No. 26, being in breadth five rods and in length seven rods ; which
they, the grantors, do by virtue of the patent granted to Cornelis
van Ness, husband and guardian of the late Maritje Daeme, by
the late Governor General Rich^. Nicolls the 27th of April 1667,^
and that free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon, or
issuing out of tlie same (saving the lord's right), without his, the
grantor's, having any further claim in the least thereon, acknowl-
edging himself to be paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny
with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and full
power to the aforenamed Harmanus Burgerse, his heirs, suc-
cessors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid garden
as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, 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 to cause anything to be done contrary hereto



^ Probably a son of the well-known surgeon Harmen Myndertsen van den
Bogaert.

2 This was a confirmation of a grant by Director General Stuyvesant to
Michiel Reyckersen for " another Lott and Garden, in the s*i Town bounded
by the south and East by the common waggon way west by the Plaine, &
north by Jacob Clomps near to the Lott N^. 26 being in breadth five Rod &
in length seaven Rod which s*' Patent or Groundbriefe so graunted as afores'^
bearing date the 25° day of Octob. 1653 having been purchased by Hendrick
Andriesen deceased & Cornelys van Nesse being marryed to Marritien
Dameus [Damens] his widdow & Relict whereby the Title & Interest there-
unto is devolved upon him." The first husband of Maritie Damen was Dirck
van Eps.



l60 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

in any manner, under binding obligation as by law provided. Done
in Albany, the 3d of July 1682.

Jan Van Eps
Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Harmanus Burgersen to Robert Sanders and Myndert
Harmensen for a garden without the town of Albany, conveyed
to him by the heirs of Marritje Damen

[151] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretar)' of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk
Wessells, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Harmanus Bor-
gerse, who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Robert
Sanders and Myndert Harmense a certain garden lying without the
town of Albany behind the old fort, adjoining southeast the public
road, west the pasture formerly belonging to Capt. Jan Cloete
and now to Ro^ Sanders and Mynd'. Harmense aforenamed, north
the garden of Evert Luycasse, close by lot No. 26, being in breadth
five rods and in length seven rods ; which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the conveyance received by him this day from the
heirs of Maritje Daeme, deceased; and that free and unincum-
bered, 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, acknowledging himself to be paid and
satisfied therefor the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenani actionem cessain and full power to the aforenamed Ro'.
Sanders and Mynd'. Harmense, their heirs, successors, or assigns
to do with and dispose of the aforesaid garden as they could do
with their own patrimonial estates and efl:'ects, 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,
under binding obhgation as by law provided. Done in Albany, the
3d of July 1682.

Cornelis van Dyck This is the mark MB of Manus .

Dirck Wesselsz Borgerse made with his own hand

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretarv



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704 161

Deed from Esopus Indians to William Loveridge, senior, for land

at Catskill

[152] Appeared before us the undersigned magistrates of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc. the
following Esopus Indians, owners of a certain parcel of land lying
at Catskill, viz, Wannachquatin, an old Indian ; Mamanauchqua,
a squaw, and her son Cunpwaen; and Usawanneek alias S[c]heele
(Cross-eyed) Jacob, and Wanninmauwa, Taw-wequanis, Anna-
neke, and Naktemoot, who declared that they granted, conveyed
and made over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for
the behoof of Mr William Loveridge, senior, hatter, all their rights
in a certain parcel of woodland lying at Catskill, extending from
the mouth of the kill where his, Loveridge's, house and barn
stand southward along the North alias Hudson's river to the mid-
dle of the great bend (Imbocht) where the trees are marked W —
and runs from the river up westward to where one comes to a
fall on the Kaeters kill, named Qwatawichnaak, and so along the
'east side of the Caeterskill to where the same empties into the
Catskill and so along the Catskill to the house and barn of W™.
Loveridge aforesaid and so to the great river; with all the kills,
creeks, flats, appurtenances and dependencies thereof, excepting
the arable land which said Loveridge bought of Jan Conell where-
for a patent has already been granted, which they, the grantors,
do by virtue of being the rightful proprietors and owners of the
aforesaid lands, saving that they stipulate that Mahak Niminaw,
sachem of Catskill, shall have when he comes home two pieces of
dufifel and six cans of rum; conveying said land free and unin-
cumbered without any 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 that they have received
therefor to their content the following goods in the presence of
the court, to wit, three guns, three kettles, two pistols, three cov-
erlets, three pieces of duffel, three pieces of strouding, three shirts,
three pairs of stockings, ten fathoms of seawan half white and
half black, two ankers of rum, two swords, three knives, three
axes, six handfuls of powder, six bars of lead, three adzes, and a
half cask of good beer, giving therefore full power to the afore-
said W'". Loveridge, his heirs and successors, or his assigns, to
do with and dispose of the aforesaid woodland, kills, creeks, etc.
as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, promis-
ing to warrant and defend the same against all persons from all



l62 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

trouble, claims and incumbrances which may arise either from
Christians or Indians ; and as Dirk Teunise Teunise^ makes some
claim to a piece of land within said limits lying on the point by
the river called Uylespiegel's land, therefore, W'". Loveridge de-
clares before the court that if he [Teunise] can make good his
claim, he [Loveridge] will gladly yield it up, otherwise, if Dirk
Teunise wishes to hold said land, he shall be bound to pay therefor
pro rata as he [Loveridge] pays for the whole lot; further the
Indians declared that they nevermore would do nor cause any-
thing to be done contrary hereto in any manner, binding themselves
thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany in the court house
on the 19th of July 1682 and subscribed by all the owners thus :

Cornells van Dyck The mark X of Waxnachquatin,

Dirck Wesselsz the old Indian

The mark X of Mamanauchoua, the

old squaw
The mark X of Cu[n]puwaen
The mark X of L'^sawanneek
The mark X of Wanninmauwaa, a

squaw
The mark X of Taw-wequanis, a

squaw
The mark X of Annaneke, an

Indian
The mark X of Naktemoot, a squaw
Acknowledged before me,

Ro''. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Gerrit Visbeeck to Thomas Davidtsen Kikebel for a
house and lot opposite the church

[154] Appeared before me Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc., in presence of the
Honorable Mr Cornells van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates
of the same jurisdiction, Gerrit Visbeek, who declared that he grants,
conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership to and



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