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received a confirmatory patent on October 28, 1667. Though there is ap-
parently no record of any conveyance from Withart to Thomas De Lavall,
the identity of the property seems to be borne out by the statement in the
deed of July 4, 1658. that Hartgers convej-s to Withart the house " which
the grantor built on a part of the lot granted to him on April 2^. 1652," and
the reference in the deed from Pieter Meesen Vrooman to Frederic Phillipse,
May 9, 1676, to the " house that Mr. De Laval owned, and that Pieter Hart-
gers caused to be built." See Mortgages, i :304-5 ; and Early Records of
Albany, i : 124-25.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 173

Yetts/ to the south the Rutten kill, to the north the street, to-
gether with the addition of the small house built on said lot next
the large house by Capt. Tho : De Lavall ; all which the subscriber,
in capacity aforesaid, conveys to the aforenamed Jacobus van den
Bulke, to be deducted from the money which Capt. Tho : De La-
vall, deceased, owed to Daniel d'Hondecoutre, agent for Mr
Peter van den Bulke, being appraised by two good men, chosen by
both parties, to wit, Mr Cornells van D}'k and Mr Rich''. Pretty at
the sum of one hundred and fifty-five beavers ; all of which is
granted and made over in consequence of a patent thereof,' 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
the least claim thereon, acknowledging that he has conveyed said
house and lot with their appurtenances for said consideration of
a reduction of moneys, therefore giving plenmn actionem cessam
and full power to the aforenamed Mr Jacobus van den Bulke, at-
torney for Mr Peter van den Bulke, his father, or his assigns, td
do with and dispose of the aforesaid two houses and lot as he could
do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, 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
9th of October 1682.'^

F^ John De Lavall

Cornells van Dyck Executor of my father,

Jan Janss Bleecker Thomas De Lavall

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary



1 Joseph Yates.

- No record is found of any patent to Thomas De Lavall for a lot on State
street. The statement may refer therefore to the patent to Johannes Withart
of October 28, 1667, mentioned in the preceding note.

3 December 24, 1684, Governor Thomas Dongan granted a confirmatory
patent to " Jacobus Vanderbulke " for this house and lot, which are described
as " scituated to the West of Peiter Meiussen To the East of the house of
Joseph Jeats bounded from the street to the Kill or Creeke commonly
called by the name of Rutts Kill being in breadth by the street thirty nine
foot and eight inches and behind the said Kill four Rood It being with a
triangle behind the house and Lott of Joseph Jeaths."



174 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Deed from Jannetje. widow of Thomas Powell, to Anthony
Lespinard for a lot in Albany

[167] Appeared before me Rob^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaers\v}'k and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk W'es-
sells, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jannetie, widow of
Thomas Pawel, who declared that she grants, conveys and makes
over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of
Anthony Lespinard a certain lot lying here in Albany over against
the house of Jacob Janse van Noorstrant, having to the east the lot
of Frederik Phillips, to the west the lot heretofore belonging to Jan
Dareth and now to Mr Cornelis van Dyk, to the south the lot of
Adriaen Gerritse and to the north the street, in length east and west
six rods and in breadth south and north three rods ; which she, the
grantor, does by virtue of the patent granted to her by the late
Governor General Francis Lovelace under date of the 30th of
May 1673,^ ^^d 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 herself to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the
first penny with the last, therefore giving plenum actionem cessam
and full power to the aforenamed Anth°. Lespinard, his heirs, suc-
cessors or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid lot 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 contrary hereto in
any manner, binding herself thereto as by law provided. Done in
Albany, the 20th of Februar}' i68|.

. This is the mark X of Jaxxetje Pawells,
Cornelis van Dyck made with her own hand.

Dirck Wesselsz In my presence.

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Contract of sale between Anthony van Schaick and Harmen

Jansen Knickerbacker for a piece of land at Half Moon

[168 and 169 blank; 170] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston,

secretarv of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady,

etc., Anth°. van Schaik of the one side and Harme Janse Kinneker-



1 Xo record of this patent is found.



DEEDS 1 678- 1 704 175

backer of the other side, who declared that they had contracted and
agreed with each other in love and friendship, in manner following:
Anth°. van Shayk acknowledges that he has sold and Harme
Janse Kinneker Backer that he has bought of him a piece of arable
land at the north or upper end of the Halve Maen^ over against
the Skachkook^ path, being bounded by a little kill on the south
side and likewise by a little kill on the north side, to the east the
river, and to the west the high woods,^ the grantee to have two
hundred paces above the heights next the woods to be fenced in and
furthermore free range for his cattle, with the persons living in
the Halve Maen ; for which piece of arable land and the privileges
aforesaid Harme Janse Kinneker Backer promises to pay to Anth°.
van Schayk the quantity of thirty good salable beaver skins, to be
paid in the three following years, every time a just third part, to
wit, ten bea\ers in January i68f, ten beavers in January 168 ^
and the last ten beavers in January i68|; on the last payment the
seller promises to deliver a proper conveyance of the aforesaid land,
free and unincumbered (saving the lord's right) ; with which the
contracting parties acknowledge they are content, binding for the
execution of these presents their persons and estates, real and
personal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting the
same to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges.
Done in Albany, in presence of Gabriel Thomson and Mr Abraham
van Tricht called as witnesses hereto, the nth of December 1682.

Antony van Schaick
Hermen Jansen van Wyekycbacker*
Gabriell Tomasen
Ahram van Tricht, chirurgeon

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary



1 Half Moon ; about 15 miles north of Albany.

2 Schaghticoke.
^'T hooge boss.

* This signature, though written in a neat and legible hand, is apparently
imperfect. In an indenture from Anthony van Schaick to Harmen Jansen
for land at Half Moon, dated February 26, 169!, in Deeds, 4:04-96, the
grantee is repeatedly referred to as " Harme Janse Knickerbacker van Wye,"
and the original, according to the record, was signed " Harme Janse Knicker-
backer van Wyye." In an action for debt by Hermen Jansen Kinnekerbacker
against Mews Hogeboom, in Proceedings of Justices of the Peace, 1680-85,
P- 535, the plaintiff is spoken of as " Harmen Jansen van Bommel." Bommel
is supposed to stand for Zalt-Bommel in the province of Gelderland, but
may possibly refer to Den Bommel, on the island of Over-Flakkee, in the
province of South Holland.



176 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Bond and mortgage of Jacob Meussen Vrooman, husband and
guardian of Elisabeth de Lint, to the deacons of the Reformed
Church

[171] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Shaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Comelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wes-
sells, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jacob ]\Ieuse Vroman,
husband and guardian of his wife Elisabeth d'Lint, who declared
that he was honestly and truely indebted and in arrears to the
honorable diaconate of the Reformed Church here in the sum of
one hundred and twenty pounds Boston money, of which said sum
he, the subscriber, now acknowledges the receipt from P"". Schuyler
and Albert Rykman, deacons, in the following specie, to wit, two
hundred and eighty-two heavy pieces of eight each weighing a
French crown, amounting to eighty-four pounds, twelve shillings ;
item, one hundred and ninety-four Boston shilHngs, being nine
pounds and fourteen shillings, and in quarter guilders and pieces
of eight twenty-five pounds and fourteen shillings ; on this con-
dition that he return said sum to the diaconate in the same
specie, or failfng of the same, in Boston money, in the space of
two years, paying eight per cent [interest] yearly but if he pays
the same or a part of the same earlier, then he shall be holden to
pay interest at the same rate until the time of the full payment
up to the last penny ; always with the understanding that the whole
sum with the interest thereon must be paid in the stipulated time
of two years; for which payment of said sum of £120 Boston
money the subscriber specially binds the two payments on his
farm sold, lying at Schinnechtady, bought by Claes Laurense^
Purmerent for the sum of five hundred and forty beavers to be
paid within the next five years, each year one hundred beavers
and the 40 beavers in the sixth year; likewise his house and lot
wherein he dwells here in Albany between Jan Salomonse and the
house of Hans Heyndrix ; and generally his person and estate,
real and personal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting
the same to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges
to secure the payment without costs or loss. Thus done in Albany
without fraud or deceit on the 2d of February i68§.
Comelis van Dyck Jacob Meesce Vroman

Dirck Wesselss

Acknowledged before me,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary



1 Professor Pearson here supplies the name Van der Volgen.



DEEDS I 678-1 704 177

Memorandum. On Dec. 21, 1688, this special bond was canceled
and another in English given in the sum of two hundred and
forty-seven heavy pieces of eight as per said instrument is to be
seen.

Gerit Reyer
Elbert Tunusen^
Deacons

Bond and mortgage of Andries Albertsen Bratt to Willem Ketel-

heyn

[172] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction. And®. Albertse Bratt, who declared
that he was honestly and truly indebted and in arrears to W"\
Ketelheyn, in the sum of eight hundred and fifteen guilders, six
stivers and eight pennies, seawan, growing out of tavern expenses
incurred as well in his, W[ille]m's, predecessor's (Storm: v: d"".
Zee)- time as in his own time, which aforenamed sum of fl.8i5:6:8
seawan, the subscriber promises to pay in the time of one year from
the date hereof, to wit, the just half thereof next summer and the
other half in the month of March i68|, for which the subscriber
specially binds his half [interest in the] sawmill with the kilF^ and
the rights and privileges thereof, standing and lying between the
farm of Phil : P: Schuyler and the farm of P''. van Woggelum, Ju''.,
together with his person and estate, real and personal, present and
future, nothing excepted, submitting the same to the jurisdiction of
all lords, courts, tribunals and judges, for the recovery of the debt
without loss or costs.

Thus done in Albany without fraud or deceit on the 5th of March
i68|.

This is the mark AB of And^. Albertse
Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz Bratt, made with his own hand.

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary



1 This name may also be read " Ebbert Tunusen," and is probably intended
for Egbert Teunisen.

2 Willem Ketelheyn married Hilletje, the widow of Storm Albertsen van
der Zee.

3 The Poesten kill? See deeds from Sweer Teunissen van Velsen to Pieter
Pietersen van Woggelum and from Juriaen Teunissen Tappen to Philip
Schuyler, on p. 44 and 52 of this volume, and note on p. 129 of v. i of
Early Records of Albany.



1/8 EARLY RECORDS OF ALRANY

Deed from the constables of Albany, as administrators of the
estate of Hendrick Gerritsen, to Jean Rosie for a lot in Albany

[173] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, et-\, in presence of
the Honorable ]\Ir Cornelis van Dyk and Air Dirk W'essells, mag-
istrates of said jurisdiction, the worthy Jacob Sanderse Glen,
Rob*. Sanders and .Albert Rykman, constables, in the capacity of
administrators of the estate of Hendrik Gerritse,^ who declared
that they granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and
free ownership to and for the behoof of Jean Rosie a part of a lot
lying next to his house to the south, over against the house of
W"'. Ketelheyn, being in breadth in front on the street ten feet
and in length thirty feet, that is to his stable, all Rhineland meas-
ure; which the grantors do by virtue of the conveyance to Hendrik
Gerritse aforesaid given by Jacob Janse van Xoorstrant dated the
13th of January 1679-80, and that free and unincumbered, with-
out any charges thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the
lord's right), without the grantors in the capacity aforesaid mak-
ing any further claim in the least thereto, acknowledging that they
have been fiilly paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the
last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessaiii and full power to
the aforesaid Jean Rosie, his heirs, successors and assigns, to do
with and dispose of the aforesaid part of a lot as he might do with
his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and
defend the same against all persons from all 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 7th of
April 1683.

Jacob Sand: Glen
Cornelis van Dyck Robbert Sanders

Dirck Wesselss Albert Ryckman

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Dirck Wesselsen and Gerrit Teunissen to Omy La
Grange for a parcel of land on the east side of Kinderhook
creek
[174] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of

Albany, colony of Rensselaerswyck and Schinnechtady, etc., in



1 Hendrick Gerritsen van der Mculen; see deed of Jan. 13, 16 if, mentioned
in the text.



DEEDS 1678-1704 179

presence of the Honorable Mr Cornells van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse
Bleker, magistrates of the same juricdiction, Mr Dirk Wessells
and Gerl Teunise/ who declared that they granted, conveyed and
made over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the
behoof of Omy La Grangie a certain parcel of land lying on the
east side of the Kinderhoek kill, together with all their rights and
claims which they have between the land of P"". Vosburgh and the
land of Jan Bruyn which is possessed by Groot Andries, having
to the south the land of Jan Bruyn, to the north P''. Vosburgh, to
the west the Kinderhoek kill and to the east the tall woods, being
the smallest flat on the east side of the kill which is specified in
the grantor's patent, containing fourteen morgens or twenty-eight
acres, with the woodland thereto appertaining for his use wuth
others, which flat is known by the name of the Pruynie vlakte
(Prune flat) ; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of the patent
granted to them by the late Governor General Sir Edmond
Andross, of date the 15th of April 1680,- to which reference is
herein made, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), with-
out the grantors having any further claim in the least thereon,
acknowledging that they are fully paid and satisfied therefor, the
first penny with the last, therefore giving plcnam actionem cessam
and full power [to Omy La Grangie] to do with and dispose of the
aforesaid land as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and
efifects, 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 themselves thereto as by law
provided.

Done in Albany, the 7th of April 1683.

DiRCK Wesselsz
his
Cornells van Dyck ' Gerritt X Teuntse

Jan Jansa Bleecker mark

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary



1 By his mark identified with Gerrit Teunissen van Vechten. See his will
dated March 8. 170". in Wills, 1:112-14.

2 No record is found of any patent to the grantors of that date. A patent
was granted to them, however, for four flats on both sides of the Kinderhook
creek on March 25, 1680.



l8o EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Deed from Juriaen Teunissen Tappen to Harmen Rutgersen for
two houses and lots in Albany

[175] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schinnechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jurian Teunise Tappen, who
declared that he granted, conveyed and made over to and for the
behoof of Harme Ruttgers two adjoining houses together with the
lots thereof, formerly belonging to Dirk Janse Croon, standing and
lying here in Albany of such size and bounds as the same lie in-
fenced up to the little kill, being in breadth, front and rear, five
rods and in length on both sides eight rods; which he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the conveyance received by him from Martin
Cregier, Jun*"., attorney of Mr Francis Lovelace, late governor
general, dated the 13th of September 1672;^ and that free and un-
incumbered, 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 that he is fully
paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore
giving plenam actionem cessain and full power to the aforenamed
Harme Ruttgers, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dis-
pose of the aforesaid two houses and lots 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 himself
thereto as by law provided.

Done in Albany, the 8th of April 1683.

JURRE T.\X TUNSEN

Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselss

Tn my presence.

RoB'^. LivixGSTOX, Secretary

Deed from Cornelis Cornelissen Viele to Cornelis van Dyck for

a house and lot in Albany
[176] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc., in pres-
ence of the Honorable Air Dirk Wessells and Air Johannes Provoost,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Cornelis Cornelise Viele, who

1 See Early Records of Albany, i :49i.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 181

declared that he granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful
and free ownership hereby to and for the behoof of Mr Cornelis
van Dyk, husband and guardian of Elisabeth Salisbury, late widow
of Capt. Silvester Salisbury, a house and lot lying here in Albany
on the west side of Aernout Cornelise Viele, having the street to
the north and to the south the alley of said Aern^ Cornelise and
to the west the narrow street upon which And^ Teller abuts ; in
breadth in front on the street one rod, three feet and eleven inches
and in the rear on the alley toward the kill one rod, one foot and
four inches; length on the east side five rods, one foot and ten
inches, on the west side five rods, five feet and two inches, Rhine-
land measure ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the con-
veyance received by him from Jurian Teunise Tappen on the 26th
of August 1670,^ to which reference is herein made, and that free
and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of
the same (saving the lord's right), without the grantor's having
any further claim in the least thereon, acknowledging that he is
fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, there-
fore giving plenam actionem cessam and full power to the afore-
named Mr Corn : van Dyk, 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 eft'ects, promising to warrant and
defend the same against all persons from all trouble, claims and in-
cumbrances 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 17th of April 1683.

Cor. Cor. Viele
Dirck W ess els 2
Johannes Provoost

In my presence,

Rort. Livingston, Secretary



1 See Early Records of Albany, i '.470, which follows the original descrip-
tion : aende snydt syde van pieter Hartgras ten ivesten dc eerste kit, which
is evidently a mistake for " on the west side of Pieter Hartgras, to the south
the first kill." The patent of May 2, 1668, mentioned in the deed, is a
confirmation of the conveyance on December 13, 1665. by Abraham Staets
and Gerard Swart, attorneys of Pieter Hartgers, to Juriaen Teunissen for
" parte of a certaine Lott w^''. a small house upon it lying & being at Albany
hauing on y<= East syde y<= said Pieter Hartgers on y^ South syde Pieter
Hartgers & y^ Creek or Kill & on ye West & north sydes y^ high street."
The property was apparently located on the east corner of State and Green
streets, and not as shown in the diagrams in Munsell's Collections, 4:187,
half way down the block between Green street and Broadway, the first three
lots in the diagrams being by mistake placed to the east instead of to the
west of Green street.



1 82 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Mortgage from Tapuas, a Highland Indian, to Lawrence van
Alen and Gerrit Lansing of land on the east side of the Hudson
river opposite the Danskamer

[177J Appeared before us the underwritten magistrates of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, a certain High-
land Indian named Tapuas, who now proposes to go out hunting
and who acknowledges himself to be indebted to Law: van Ale
and Ger^ Lansing in the sum of twenty-four beavers for mer-
chandise received and debt taken over by them from other persons
to whom he is indebted, together with a further loan of twenty-
one beavers, making together forty-five beavers, w^hich the sub-
scriber promises to pay^ to Lawrence van Ale and Ger^ Lansingh,
to each a just half, so soon as he shall come back from hunting,
but if he in the meantime shall happen to die, or shall not be able
to deliver said quantity of forty-five beavers when he comes back
from the hunt on which he now sets out with his companions, then
he, Tapuas, conveys his land lying on Hudson's river on the east
shore obliquely over against the Danskamer,^ being a flat of land
lying on the west side of a kill named Wynachkee, beginning from
the second falls where Aernout Cornelise's claim ends, and that for
the aforementioned payment, with this understanding that if he
does not come back with the Indian, with w'hom he now goes out,
he shall be deprived of his rights in said land, givin-j said Lawrence
van Ale and Ger*^. Lansingh then full possession and ownership of
said land together with the woodland lying thereby for a range for
their cattle and for such other purposes as they may need the same.
It is to be noted that the debts which Law : van Ale and Ger'.
Lansing assume to pay for said Indian if he, Tapuas, should hap-
pen to die or. remain behind, embraced in the tvv'enty-four beavers
aforesaid, are as follows : to Hendricus Beekman three beavers and
one otter; to Geertrtiy Noormans in the Esopus two beavers; to
Dirk Wessells one beaver and five hespanncrr ; to Rykje Staets
two hcspannen; to Jan Janse Bleeker two hespaunen; but with this
provision that if the Indian Tapuas comes back again and pays the
debts to Lawrence van Ale and Ger^ Lansing, they shall be re-



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