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leased from the payment of the aforesaid money, but if they re-
ceive the land in full ownership they shall be holden to pay the



1 Literally, "the Dance Chamber"; a cove in the north part of the town
of Newburgh.

- Raccoons. See Journal of Jasper Danckacrts (in series of " Original Nar-
ratives of Early American History"), p. 82, where tbo hcspacn is described
as a wild animal somewhat larger than a cat.



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704 183

aforesaid debts. Tapuas, likewise promises to pay to Law : van Ale
and Ger^ Lansingh one otter for the recording fee when he returns.
[178] All of which Tapuas promises to fulfil, binding himself
thereto as by law provided, and agreeing that if he does otherwise
than is hereinbefore written, whether directly or indirectly, or by
any evasion whatever, the same shall be null and of no etTect. Done
in Albany on the i6th of May 1683.

The mark of X Tapuas, made with his

own hand.
Dirck Wesselsz The mark of X Wattawyt, a sachem

Jan Jansz Bleecker The mark of X Emmenninck, sachem

Arnout Corn: Viele of Schotak, as witness.

against the land of Haverstroe, named

Kightamonk.

Acknowledged before me,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Memorandum. Johannis Cuyler, attorney for his father Dirk
Wessellse, acknowledges that he has received from Laurence van
Ale and Gerrit Lansing a salable beaver and five hcspannen in sat-
isfaction of his debt [mentioned] in the above mortgage. Witness
my hand in Albany, this 3d of June 1702.

P''. Jon. Cuyler

Deed from Robert Sanders to Johannes Wendel for his farm on
the east side of the Hudson river

[179] Appeared before me Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, in presence
of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Dirk Wessells,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Robert Sanders, burgher of
this place, who declared that he granted, conveyed and made over to
and for the behoof of Mr Johannes Wendell, burgher and inhabitant
of this place, his, the grantor's, farm, house, barns, ricks, horses,
cattle, hogs etc. and all that is fast by earth or nail, according to con-
tract of sale thereof, lying on the east side of Hudson's river over
against the farm of Anth°. van Schaick, extending, along said river
from the second to the third kill which runs on the west side of the
river, extending toward the woods up to the high hill, including
a piece of marsh (vley) or meadow land, having also free range for



184 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

his cattle, all of which is comprised in a certain patent granted to
him, the grantor, by the late Governor General Francis Lovelace, of
date the ist of September 1670; together with a certain piece of
woodland lying to the south of said farm and the Wallevissen
Eylandt (Whale-island) comprehended in a patent granted to him,
the grantor, by the late Governor General Sir Edmond Andross,
knight, of date the 22A of March i6|§, excepting what was conveyed
to Pieter van Wuggelum under date the 19th of December 1681,
lying to the south of Piskawen kill, w^hich kill is likewise conveyed to
said Wendell, being the division between him and P"". van Wug-
gelum ; all which the grantor conveys to said Johannes Wendel
with all his right and title which he has therein by virtue of said
two patents, to which reference is herein made, all 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 cessam and full power to the aforenamed
Johannes Wendel, his heirs, successors or assigns to do with and
dispose of the aforesaid farm and the appurtenances thereof as
he could do with his* own patrimonial estate and efifects, promising
[180] 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 26th of May in the year of Our Lord and
Savior 1683.

Robert Sanderz

Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz

In my presence,

Robert Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jan Jansen Bleecker and Jacob Sandersen Glen,
attorneys of Jan Hendricksen van Bael, to Harmen Rutgers
and Johannes Provoost, administrators of the estate of Hen-
drick Willemsen, and to Jan Albertsen Bratt for all his land
on the Normans kill except four morgens of arable land
[181] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and ]\Ir Dirk Wessells, magis-



DEEDS 167S-1704 185

trates of the said jurisdiction, the worthy Mr Jan Janse Bleeker
and Jacob Sanderse Glenn, in capacity of attorneys of Mr Jan
Hendrix van Bael S""., according to power of attorney dated the
22d of July 1675,^ who declared that they granted, conveyed and
made over to and for the behoof of Harme Ruttgers and Johannes
Provoost, administrators of the estate of Hendrik Willemse, and to
Jan Albertse Bratt, all the lands lying on the Noorman's kill called
by the Indians Tawalsouthaa,- excepting four morgens of good
arable land which the seller Jan van Bael reserves to himself, either
at one end or the other as by lot shall be determined, but with the
understanding that if he does not convey the same to anyone,
they, the buyers, shall have the right to fence, plant and cultivate
the same also, and if the seller should wish to sell the same that
they shall have the preference and refusal thereof, according to the
contract of sale thereof made and executed on the 21st of De-
cember 1674^ between Jan Hendrix van Bael of the one part and
Hendrik Willemse and Jan Albertse Bratt of the other part ; which
they, the attorneys, do by virtue of the patent granted to Jan Hend-
rix van Bael by the late Governor General Francis Lovelace under
date of the 21st of August 1672,'* and that free and unincumbered,
without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same (saving
the lord's right), without the grantors in the capacity aforesaid
making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowledging that
they are fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the
last, giving therefore plenam actionem cessam and full power to
the aforesaid administrators of the estate of Hend : Willemse, de-
ceased, and to Jan Albertse Bratt, their heirs, successors and as-
signs, to do with and dispose of the aforesaid land lying upon the



1 Apparently not recorded.

2 The same as Tawasentha. With the exception of the final double vowel
the spelling of the name in the deed corresponds with that in the patent of
August 21, 1672, cited below. Ruttenber mentions the form Tawalsontlia.

3 No record of this contract is found.

■* The description in this patent reads as follows: "Whereas by the
Consent of the Commissaries at Albany Jan Hendricks van Baal hath made
purchase of the Indian Proprietors of the Maques of a certain parcell of
Land near Schanectade lyeing and being by the Kill or Creek called by the
Indian name Tawalsoutha otherwise the Normans Kill, the said Land stretch-
ing from the Sandy Hills North-West on, to an Out Hooke of Land, the
which it also Includes Containeing in breadth and length on both sides of
the Kill all the Land as it lyes in a square together with the Wood Land,
Valley, or Meadow Ground, Kills, and Creeks therein Included, the said
Indian proprietors Names who made sale of the said Land, and sett their
marks for the Conveyance thereof being Canachko, Schaenwino, Canhowad-
adin, and Sagodermechta, who acknowledge to have Received satisfaction
for the same Now for a Confirmation unto him the said Jan Hendricks
van Baal ..."



l86 EAKl.^' RKCORnS OF ALHAXV

Noornian's kill as they niii^ht do with their own patrimonial estate
and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same from all
lawful claims, demands and incumbrances 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 29th of May An°. Christi 1683.

„ ,. „ , Tan Jansz Bleecker

C ornelis van Dyck ^ o ^

^. , ,.. , Jacob San: Glen
Uirck Wesselss

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jan Albertsen Bratt to Jacob Caspersen for his half
interest in the land on the Normans kill

[182] Appeared before me Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, in presence
of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessels and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jan Albertse Bratt, who de-
clared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful
and free ownership to and for the behoof of Jacob Casparse his
interest in the land on the Noorman's kill, being the half of all the
land lying on the Noorman's kill alias called Tawassoutha, ^ except-
ing four morgens of good arable land which Jan van Bael reserved
from the whole for himself at one end or the other as by lot
should be determined, with the understanding that if said Van Bael
did not make over the same to anyone, the buyers might fence, plant
and cultivate the same and if Van Bael, the first seller, desired to sell
the same the preference and refusal thereof should be given to the
buyers ac ording to contract of sale thereof made between J: v:
Bael and Hen: Willemse and Jan Alb: Bratt, dated the 21st of
December 1674;^ which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the con-
veyance received by him from Mr Jan Janse Bleeker and Jacob
Sanderse Glen, attorneys of Jan Hendrix van Bael. of date the 29th
of May 1683, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without



1 Jacob Caspersen was probably a brother of Isaac Caspersen and a son
of Casper Jacobsen Halenbeck. See Proceedings of Justices of the Peace,
1680-85, p. 631, and Earlv Records of Albany, i :i6. ^l. The name is vari-
ously spelled Halenbeck, Halenbeek, Hallenbeck and Hollenbeck. The early
members of the family were Lutherans and it is probable that Casper
Jacobsen came from Hollenbek, in Holstein, about 20 miles south of Kiel.

2 See note to preceding deed.



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704 187

the grantor's making any further claim whatsoever thereto, acknowl-
edging that he has received in payment and satisfaction therefor
the half island of Jan Bruyn and fifteen beavers, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessam and full power to the aforesaid Jacob
Casperse, his heirs, successors and assigns, to do with and dispose
of the aforesaid land as he might do with his own patrimonial
estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same
against all persons from all lawful claims, liens and demands, and
further nevermore to do nor cause to be done anything contrary
hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the 26th of June 1683.

Jan Brat
Dirck Wesselsz
Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jacob Caspersen to Symon Volkertsen for his half
interest in the land on the Normans kill

[183] Appeared before me Rob'. Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, in presence
of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Jacob Casparse, who declared
that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free
ownership to and for the behoof of Symon Volkertse ^ his interest
in the land on the Noormanskil as he has owned and possessed
the same, being half of all the lands lying on the Noormans kill,
alias called Tawassouthaa, with house, barn and all that appertains
thereto, excepting four morgens of good arable land which Jan
Hendrix van Bael reserved to himself out of the whole at one end
or the other as should be determined by lot, with the understanding
that if said Van Bael made over the same to no one the buyers
might fence, plant and cultivate the same and if Van Bael, the
principal seller, wished to sell the same, the preference and refusal
thereof should be given to them, according to contract of sale
dated December 21, 1674; which land aforenamed he, the grantor,
divided with Hendrick Willemse, deceased, in presence of Jan Al-
bertse Bratt and Rob'. Gardener and there fell to the grantor's
share the upper land to be reckoned from the houses, beginning
at the division of both lots and extending westwards between the
hill and the kill ; with the understanding that all the land not en-



1 Symon Volkertsen Veeder.



1 88 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

tered upon the kill is still to be divided; which he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the conveyance received by him from Jan Al-
bertse Bratt this day June 26, 1683, and that free and unincum-
bered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same (sav-
ing the lord's right), without the grantor's having any further claim
in the least thereon, acknowledging that he received in payment and
satisfaction therefor a parcel of land at Shinnectady and a half lot
which they have exchanged with each other, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessaui and full power to the aforenamed Symon Volk-
ertse, his heirs, successors or assigns to do with and dispose of the
aforesaid land and the appurtenances thereof as he could do with
his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and
defend the same against all persons from all trouble, claims and,
incumbrances according to law and further nevermore to do nor
cause anything to be done contrar}^ hereto in any manner, under
binding obligation as by law provided.

Done in Albany, the 26th of June 1683.
Dirck Wesselss Jacob Kasperse

Jan Jans:: Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jacobus van den Bulke, attorney of Pieter van den
Bulke, to Johannes Wendel and Jan Jansen Bleecker for a
house and lot on Jonker street

[184] Appeared before me Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, in presence
of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and A'lr Johannes Provoost,
magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Mons. Jacobus van den Bulke,
in the capacity of substitute for Johan van Twist, attorney for Mr
Peter van den Bulke, trader at Leyden in Holland, who declared
that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free
owmership to and for the behoof of Johannes Wendell and ^Nlr Jan
Janse Bleker a certain house and lot standing and lying here in
Albany on Yonkheer street, between the houses of ]\Iatthys Pieterse
Vroman and Joseph Yetts, to the south the Rutten kill and to the
north Jonkheer street, wdth the addition of a little house which
stands to the west of the large house, which he, the grantor, does
by virtue of the conveyance received by him from Jan de Lavall,
executor of his father Thomas de Lavall, dated the 9th of October
1682; and that free and unincumbered, without any charges there-
on or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without



DEEDS 1 678- 1 704 189

the grantor's making any further claim in the least thereto, ac-
knowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and
•full power to the aforenamed Johannes Wendel and Jan Janse
Bleker, their heirs, successors or assigns to do with and dispose
of the aforesaid two houses and lots as they could do with their
own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and de-
fend 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 nth of July 1683.
Dirck Wesselsa J. V. Bulcken

Johannes Provoost

Attorney of my father and

Jan Van Twist

Contract of sale between certain Mahikan Indians and Robert
Livingston for a tract of land on both sides of Roelof Jansens
kill

[185] Appeared before us, Mr Johannes Provoost and Mr Jan
Janse Bleker, magistrates of Albany, colony of Rensselaerwyck and
Shinnechtady, etc., the following Mahikan Indians, owners of the
land upon Roelof Johnson's kill, being to the east of Hudson's
river a little below Catskill, to wit, Ottonawaw, a lame Indian ;
Tataemsheet, Oothout, Maneetpoo, and two squaws named Tam-
aranachquae and Wawanitsawaw ; item Auxhys, Newameen, Ma-
quoame, attorneys for Mamaranechtak who is at present in the
Esopus, and Takanitto, Tamaranachquae's son, item Attoquas-
sowaa her brother for Kachkanamaw, and Sausquas, who declared
in presence of diverse Indians of their nation that they had sold
all their land lying upon Roeloff Jansen's kill to Robert Livingston
(who has authority to buy the same from the late Governor Gen-
eral Sir Edm : Andross, of date the 12th of November 1680) ; w4iich
land lies on both sides of said kill named Sankhenak and consists
of three flats with some small flats, together with the woodland,
kills, creeks and all their claims extending along the riverside
northward from Roeloff' Janse's kill to a little kill opposite Catskill
called Wachanekassik, and southwards down the river [from] oppo-
site the Sagertje's kill to a place by the Indians called Saaskahampka
and furthermore eastwards into the woods of the same breadth as on
the riverside to a thicket {Kreiipel Boss) by the Indians called Ma-



190 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

haskakook, for which the buyer promises to pay to the said owners
[186] the following goods within the time of five days, to wit, three
hundred guilders in seawan, eight blankets and two child's blank-
ets, twenty-five ells of dufifel and four pieces of strouding {Stroiid-
li'atcr), ten large shirts and ten small ones, ten pairs of large stock-
ings and ten pairs of small ones, six guns, fifty pounds of powder,
fifty bars of lead, four fur caps, ten kettles, ten axes, ten adzes,
two pounds of paint, twenty scissors, twenty small looking glasses,
one hundred fish hooks, awls and needles of each a hundred, four
rolls of tobacco, one hundred pipes, ten bottles and three rumalets
of rum, one tun of good beer, twenty knives; four strouding coats,
two dufifel coats and four tin kettles ; the sellers promise on the re-
ceipt of said payment to deliver over said lands to said R. Liv-
ingston free and unincumbered, as well, flats, kills, creeks, as wood,
marsh and brush lands and their appurtenances, nothing excepted,
onlv that said owners stipulate for free fishing in the kill and the
right to hunt the deer within said limits on condition that they deliver
the head to the buyer; and furthermore to convey all free and
unincumbered and release the same from all claims and demands
as well of Christians as of Indians whoever they may be : wherewith
the contracting parties are content. Done in Albany and inter-
preted by Aern*. Corn: Viele, interpreter, on the 12th of July

1683.

The mark X of Nottonowaw, [made]

with his own hand.
In presence of us The mark X of Tataaemshaet, [made]

I oh: Provoost v^ith his own hand.

Jan Jansz Bleecker The mark X of Tamaranachqua

Aernout Corn: Viele The mark X of Wawanitsawaw

Robert Livingston

X. B. Before signing it was stipulated by Tamaranachquae, the
squaw, that she should have permission to plant for four years
on a little corner of land which shall be pointed out to her and not
longer, which is specially stipulated in presence of the Commis-
sioners.

Deed from certain Mahikan Indians to Robert Livingston for a
tract of land on both sides of Roelof Jansens kill described im
preceding contract of sale

[187] Appeared before us, Capt. Gervis Baxter, commander,
and before the undersigned magistrates of Albany, colony of Ren-
selaerswyck and Schinnectady, the following Mahikan Indians,



DEEDS I 678- I 704 191

owners of the land lying on the Roeloff Jansen's kill, to wit, Otto-
nowaw, a lame Indian, Tataemschaet, Oothout, Maneetpoo and two
squaws named Tamaranachqua and Wawanitsawaw ; item Auxys,
Newameen, Maquoame, representing Mamaranechtak who at pres-
ent is in the Esopus, and Takanitto, Tamaranachquae's son ; item
Attoquassowaa her brother, for Kachkanamow, Sausquas, Kipa-
quachane, who is at present in Canada, and for all the other In-
dians who have any claims hereto, who declared that they granted,
conveyed and made over in true, rightful and free ownership to and
for the behoof of Robert Livingston a certain parcel of land lying
on both sides of Roeloff Jansen's kill, by the Indians named Sanck-
henak, to the east of Hudson's river a little below Catskill, con-
sisting of three flats and some small flats, together with the wood-
land, the kill with other little kills which run through the same,
hills, dales, trees, marshes, brush land and all their rights and
claims which [land] is bounded along the riverside from said Roel-
off Jansen's kill northward up to a little kill opposite Catskill
called Wachanekasseck and southwards down the river till opposite
the Sagertje's kill to a place called by the Indians Saaskahampka
and furthermore eastwards into the woods to a thicket (Creupel
Boss) by the Indians called Mahaskakook, all which they convey and
[188] make over, reserving and excepting nothing whatsoever, only
they may have free fishing in the kill and within said limits to
hunt deers, provided the head of every deer be delivered to the
buyer; which they, the grantors, do as being the rightful propri-
etors and owners of the aforesaid land, kills, creeks, woods and
appurtenances thereof, and convey the same to Robert Livingston,
who has permission and liberty to buy the aforesaid land from the
owners, from the late Governor General Sir Edmund Andross, and
to give satisfaction before this Court as per the license thereof
dated November 12, 1680; delivering the same free and unin-
cumbered without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same,
without the grantors' having any further claim in the least thereon,
acknowledging that they were fully paid and satisfied therefor this
day, the first penny with the last, according to the contract of
purchase thereof dated the 12th of this month; giving therefore
full power to the aforesaid Robert Livingston, his heirs, succes-
sors or assigns, to have and to hold the aforesaid land forever and
[189] to do therewith and dispose thereof 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 incum-
brances which may hereafter arise on the part of Christians or



192 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Indians and nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary
hereto in any manner, binding themselves thereto as by law provided.
Done in the Court house at Albany on the i8th of July 1683.^

The mark of X Kassh- This is the mark X of Ottoxowaw

echo, as witness. This is the mark X of Tataem-

The mark of X Man- shaett

eetpa, as witness. This is the mark X of Tamaran-

The mark of X Kach- achquae, squaw

kehant, as witness. This is the mark X of Wawanitsa-

WAW, squaw

Ger. Baxter This is the mark X of X^ewamee,

Cornelia van Dyck the daughter of Tamaranchquae

Jan Jans:: Bleecker This is the mark X of Auxvs, Ot-

Arnoiit Corn: Viele, . tonowae's son's daughter .
Interpreter

On this 18th day of July 1687 a certain lame Indian squaw-
called Siakanochqui of Catskil acknowledged that she had re-
ceived to her full satisfaction a piece of cloth and a cotton shirt
for her right and claim to a certain flat of land lying in the manor
of Livingston. Which witnesses,

SiAKANOCTiouT X her mark

This signed in the presence of

and interpreted by,
Juffr. Salisbury -

Deed from Adriaen Jansen Appel to Barentje Gerrits Paws,
widow of Jan Harmensen Backer, for a garden outside of
Albany

[190] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and 'Sir Jan Janse



1 Robert Livingston received a patent for this land from Governor Thomas
Dongan on November 4, 1684, in which the land is described as follows :
" a certaine Tract or parcell of land lyeing and being on a Creeke on the
East side of Hudsons River Comonly called or knowne by the name of
Roeloffe Johnsons Kill it being in three plains called Nickanhooke Kichpa
Wichquaskaka and two or three other small flatts or plaines containing in
all about one hundred morgen or two hundred acres together with eighteen



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