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hundred acres of woodland lyeing and being betwtene a small Creeke or
Kill lyeing over against Katskill called Wachanekasseck and a place by the
Indians Called Suaskahampka to the south of Roeloffe Johnsons Kill That
is to say, two hundred acres alongst the River side and the rest adjoyning
to the said two hundred acres and soe running back into the woods."

2 Meaning Jtiffrouw, or Madam Salisbury, presumably the widow of Capt.
Sylvester Salisbury, who married Cornelis van Dj'ck. See p. 219.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 193

Bleyker, magistrates of the same jurisdiction, Adriaen Janse van
Leyden, commonly called Adriaen Appell, who declared that he
granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Barentje,^ widow of the late Jan
Harmense Backer, a certain garden lying without Albany by No.
9, having to the south Jochim Ketelheyn, to the west Annctje
Lievens, widow of Goose Gerritse, deceased, and to the north Jan
Tanse Bleeker, being in breadth five rods and in length seven rods ;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent granted to him
by the late Governor General Rich^. Nicolls, of date the 22d of
May 1667,- and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon, or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right), without
the grantor's making any further claims in the least thereon, ac-
knowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessani and
full power to the aforenamed Barentje Gerritse Paws, her heirs,
successors or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid
garden as she could do with her 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 19th of July 1683.
Cornelis van Dyck A : Appel

Jan Jans:: Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro^ Livingston, Secretary



1 Barentje Gerrits Paws, or Pows, as she signs her name to the following
two documents. The joint will of Jan Harmensen Backer and Barentje
Gerrits Paws, dated February 16, 168I, was probated on June 5, 168.1,
and is in Proceedings of Justices of the Peace, 1680-S5, p. 4i5-i7- Their
children having died, the testators leave their property, real and personal,
to the children of the wife's sister, named Roeloff Pieterse Letwoor and
Aeltje Pieters Letwoor, living at Amsterdam, or in case of their death,
one half of the property to the church of the Augsburg Confession at Albany
and the other half to the children of Barentje's sister, Elsie Gerrits Paws,
living at New York, Elsie's daughter Annetje to have a dark gros-grain
woman's skirt before any division of the estate is made.

The conveyance by Adriaen Jansen Appel would seem to have been made
in settlement of some debt, as Barentje Gerrits immediately reconveyed the
property to Johan Byvanck, preparatory to going to Holland.

2 This was a confirmation of the grant of October 25, 1653, to Adriaen
Jansen van Leyden, alias Appel. In it the garden is described as " by No. 9 :
abutting to the South on Jochen Kettlehuyns to the West Pieter Broncks &
to the North Gerrit Jansens being in breadth five Rod, & in length seaven
Rod."



194 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

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

[191] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyk and Mr Jan Janse Bleker, mag-
istrates of the same jurisdiction, Barentje Gerritse Paus, widow
of the late Jan Plarmense Backer, who declared that by virtue of
her letters of administration she granted, conveyed and made over
to and for the behoof of the worthy Johan Byvanck a certain gar-
den lying without Albany by No. 9, having to the south Jochim Ketel-
heyn, to the west Annetje Lievens, widow of Goose Gerritse, de-
ceased, to the north Jan Janse Bleeker and to the west ^ the street,
being in breadth five rods and in length seven rods ; which she, the
grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance received by her this day
from Adriaen Appell, 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 she is
paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore
giving plenafu actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed
Johan Byvanck, his heirs, successors or assigns to do with and dis-
pose of the aforesaid garden as he could do with his own patrimonial
estate and effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against
a!l 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 19th of July 1683.

Cornelis van Dyck Barentyen Pows

Jan Jansz Bleecker

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Power of attorney from Barentje Gerrits Paws to Dirck Wessels

and Gerrit Bancker

[192] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnectady, etc., and before the
aftemamed witnesses Barentje Gerritse Paus, widow of the late
Jan Harmense Backer, deceased, intending to depart for Holland



1 Apparently a mistake for "to the north"; see preceding deed.



DEEDS 1678-I704 195

and declared that she, the subscriber, constitutes and appoints
hereby Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrate, and Mr Ger'. Banker, trader
here, her attorneys, specially in her absence to demand, collect and
receive of diverse persons her debtors payment as well in beavers
as other goods of what they owe her according to promissory notes,
accounts and vouchers herewith placed in the hands of the attorneys,
and of the receipts to give acquittance ; also, to convey and make
over her two houses, and by laws and rigor of justice to constrain
all unwilling debtors to pay ; to that end to observe all the terms of
courts unto sentence and extreme execution thereof ; finding them-
selves aggrieved by judgment or judgments they, the attorneys, are
to provoke or appeal therefrom and said provocation or appeal Hke-
wise to prosecute to the uttermost, having power also to compromise,
agree, compound and contract and likewise to substitute one or more
persons in their place, and furthermore all things to do in the matter
aforesaid either with or without going to law which may seem to
them needful and proper and as she the subscriber could do if she
herself were present, [she] promising at all times to hold as good,
binding and valid whatever by virtue hereof may be done and per-
formed in the premises by the aforenamed attorneys, without any
opposition, under binding obligation as by law provided, provided
that the attorneys be holden when asked and desired to make a
proper accounting, showing and return of their aforesaid trans-
actions and receipts. Thus done in Albany this 19th of July 1683.
Testes: Barentyen Gerts Pows

Jan Byvanck
Arent Schuyler In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Mohawk sachems to Cornells van Dyck, Jan Jansen
Bleecker, Pieter Philipsen Schuyler and Johannes Wendel for
a tract of land north of Albany called Sarachtogoe
[193] Appeared before us, Capt. Gervis Baxter, commander, and
the undersigned magistrates of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk
and Schinnectady the following Maqua sachems,^ owners oi a cer-
tain parcel of land named Sarachtogoe and by the Maquas called
Ochseratonque, or otherwise Ochsechrage and by the Mahikans ^



^ Maquas e Sakamakcrs; meaning Mohawk sachems. In the patent from
Governor Dongan for this land at Saratoga to Cornells van Dyck and his
associates, dated November 4, 1684, the Dutch adjective form " Maquasse
Sachems " has been retained.

2 Mahikanders; a proper noun corresponding in form to Afrikaanders,
for Africans.



196 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Amissohaendiek, lying to the north of Albany on Hudson's river,
to wit, Roode, Saggoddiochquisax, Aihagari and Taiskanounda,^
being of the first and second castle, who in the presence of all the
Maqua sachems undertook to act in the name of all others w^ho have
any claims thereon and who declared that they granted, conveyed
and made over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the
behoof of Cornelis van Dyk, Jan Janse Bleeker, Peter Phil: Schuy-
ler and Johannes \\'endel a certain parcel of land lying to the north
of Albany, named Sarachtogee as aforesaid, beginning from the
uppermost limits of the land bought of the Indians by Goose Gerritse
and Philip Pieterse Schuyler, deceased, being a kill called Tioneende-
houwe,- extending northwards up along both sides of the river to
the extreme land of Sarachtoge aforenamed, bounding on a kill on
the east side of the river named Dionoendogeha,"* holding the same
length on the west side opposite the kill, extending westwards into
the woods as far as said Indian owners point out and likewise east-
wards into the woods, together with all kills, creeks, \\-oodland,
trees, marshes, brush lands, hills, dales and all the appurtenances
thereof, nothing whatever excepted, but the free hunting and free
fishing, which they, the grantors, do as being the rightful proprietors
and owners of the aforesaid lands and appurtenances thereof and
convey the same to Cornelis van Dyk, Jan Janse Bleeker, P"". Schuy-
ler and Johannes W'endel, their heirs, successors, or assigns, free
and [194] unincumbered, 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 contract of sale thereof made, giving therefore full power to the
aforesaid Cornelis van Dyk, Jan Janse Bleeker, P''. Schuyler and
Johannes Wendel, their heirs, successors and assigns to have and to
hold the aforesaid forever and therewith to do and dispose thereof
as they might do with their owm patrimonial estates and effects,
promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from
all trouble, claims and incumbrances which may arise from either
Christians or Indians, and nevermore to do nor cause anything to be
done contrary hereto in any manner, binding themselves thereto as
by law provided. Thus interpreted in Albany by Aernout Corn:



1 In the patent of November 4, 1684. the Indian names are spelled : " Roode,
Saggodiochquesax, Aihagure and Tinskanoenda."
- Same spelling in the patent.
3 In the patent spelled : " Dionoondehouwe."



DEEDS I 6/8- I 704



197



Viele, interpreter, in the
A''. D\ 1683.

As witnesses :
This is the mark X of
Cannondondaiv Chief
Sakaniaker (sachem)
of the 4th Castle
called Tionondoge
This is the mark X of
Odianne, Sakaniaker,
also of the 4th Castle
named Tionondoge
Ger. Baxter
Dirck Wesselss
Aernoiit Corn: Viele, in-
terpreter



court house of Albany on the 26th of July



This is the mark X of Rhode, [made]
with his own hand

This is the mark X of Saggoddiochqui-
SAX, [made] with his own hand

This is the mark X of Aihagart, [made]
with his own hand

This is the mark X of Taiskanoenda



In my presence,

RoB'^. Livingston, Secretary



[195] Meniorandiim. That the Mahikans were present at the
aforesaid purchase of the land of Sarachtogoe and saw the Maquas
aforenamed receive the payment. Being asked if they had any right
or claim to the said land, that they must now speak or forever keep
silent, they declared they renounced all rights and ownership which
they had therein, leaving it to the purchasers' discretion to give
them something as an acknowledgment or not, inasmuch as in old
times it was their land before the Maquas won it from them. And
we, the undersigned, in the name of the whole nation who may have
any claims thereon, declare that we release the said purchasers from
all further demands as far as our nation is concerned; whereupon
the purchasers as a remembrance of said purchase gave them seven
pieces of duffel, also two half casks of beer and two small casks of
wine. Done in the court house of Albany, the 26th of July 1683.

This is the mark X of Nisi Campe, made

with his own hand
This is the mark X of sachem Knaep,

made with his own hand
This is the mark X of Soquarse, as

witness
This is the mark X of Kesiiuchamak



Ger. Baxter
Dirck Wesselsz
Arnout Corn: Viele, in-
terpreter



In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary



198 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Propositions of the Cayugas and Onondagas relating to lands on
the Susquehanna with the answer of the magistrates

[196 blank; 197] Propositions made by the Cajouges and Onnon-
dages sachems to the honorable magistrates of Albany, colony of
Renselaerswyk, etc., in the court house of Albany, the 26th of
September 1683.

Present

!Marte Gerritse

Corn : van Dyk

Dirk W'essells

J. Provoost

P^ Winne

Hend : van Ness

J. Janse Bleker

R. Preety, sheriff

R. Livingston, secretary

Brothers :

We are glad to see the brothers here who represent Corlaer ; ^ we
came together yesterday and heard the Great Penn, meaning the
agent of Governor Penn, speak concerning the land lying upon the
Susquehannes river, but saw none of the commissioners nor order
from Corlaer. I have slept little during the night but meditated
continually and I think the land cannot be sold without the order
of Corlaer, for we made it over to this government four years ago,
and therefore shall do nothing about the sale without Corlaer (mean-
ing the governor general) or his order or those who represent him
here. The land aforenamed belongs to us, Cajouges and Onnon-
dages, alone ; the other three nations, viz, the Sinnekes, Oneydes
and Maquas have nothing to do therewith.

We not only made it over to Corlaer, that is the governor general,
four years ago, but granted it to him to rule over it and we now
again give, convey and make it over to the governor general or his
representatives.



1 Meaning the governor of Xew York. Gov. Thomas Dongan arrived
from England on August 25, 1683. When he heard of William Penn's
efforts to secure the upper Susquehanna valley for himself, Dongan made a
hurried visit to Albany. See J. R. Broadhead, History of the State of Xew
York, 2 :375-76.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 199

In confirmation of which they have signed and sealed these pres-
ents datum ut supra.

This is the mark X of Thaoweratt,

sachem of Cajouge (L. S.)

This is the mark X of Carachjundie, of

Cajouge (L. S.)

This is the mark X of Ochquarokichke,

of Cajouge (L. S.)

In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Present ut ante

[198] Albany, the 26th of September 1683
Answers to the propositions of the Cajouges and Onnondages
We have heard your propositions and thankfully accept for Cor-
laer the conveyance of the river of Susquehannes with the land
lying thereon, and having seen that you have kept your word for
over four years and in confirmation of your gift are about to sign
and seal a conveyance for the aforenamed land, we present you with
a half piece of dufifell, two coverlets, two guns, three kettles, four
coats, fifty pounds of lead and twenty-five pounds of powder.

In the meanwhile we will acquaint herewith his honor, the gov-
ernor general, whose good affection for you you. need not doubt and
who upon the proper occasion will recompense you therefor.

Whereupon the sachems signed and sealed their aforesaid gift and
conveyance as is to be seen on the other side [of this leaf] and
accepted the aforesaid presents as full satisfaction.
Albany in the court house dato ut supra.

Cornelis van Dyck
Dirck Wesselsz
Jan Jansz Bleecker
Pieter Winne

Deed from Mohawk sachems to Arnout Cornelissen Viele for

land above Schenectady

[igg] Appeared before the court of magistrates of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk, etc., the following Maqua sachems, repre-
senting all the three tribes of the Maquas, owners of a certain piece
of land lying above Schinnechtady on the north side of the river,
containing about 16 or 17 morgens opposite the flat occupied by
Jacobus Peck, by the Maquas called Wachkeerhoha, which flat the



2O0 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

said sachems grant, convey and make over to and for the behoof of
Aernout Cornehse Viele, interpreter, in consideration that he daily
takes much trouble both in journeying to their land, to the Sinnekes
and to the north and in [performing] other services among the In-
dians; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of being the rightful
proprietors and owners of the aforesaid land and they convey the
same to Aernout Cornelise, his heirs or successors, free and unin-
cumbered, without any charges thereon, giving therefore full power
to the aforesaid Aernout Cornelise, his heirs, or successors, or as-
signs to have and to hold the aforesaid flat forever and thereof to
dispose as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and that
in consideration [of his services] aforenamed, promising to warrant
and defend the same against all persons from all trouble, demands
and claims which may hereafter arise, w^hether from Christians or
Indians, and nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contra:ry
hereto in any manner, binding themselves thereto as by law provided.
Thus interpreted by Akus Cornelise in the court house of Albany,
the 26th of September 1683.

Dirck Wesselss The mark X of Tigskanoexda, the
Jan Ja)isc Bleecker tortoise

The mark AC of The mark X of Oweadachane, the bear

Akus, interpreter The mark X of Tahaiadoris, the wolf

In my presence,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jan Jansen Bleecker, attorney for Johannes Witthart,
to Robert Livingston for a house and lot on Jonkheer street
at Albany

[200] Appeared before us, Joh: Provoost and Cornelis van Dyck,
magistrates of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady,
the worthy Jan Janse Bleker, also a magistrate, in capacity of attor-
ney for Johannes Witthart, trader in Holland, who declared that he
granted, conveyed and made over to and for the behoof of Rob*.
Livingston a certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany
on the hill, on Jonkheer street, next to the house of said Livingston,
having to the south the street, to the west the house of Phillip
Foreest, cooper, to the north the lot of Isaak Verplanck and to the
south ^ the corner house of Rob^ Livingston aforesaid ; in breadth



1 This should be : to the east the corner house of Robert Livingston ; re-
ferring to the house which was conveyed by Reyer Schermerhorn to Domine
Nicolaus van Rensselaer and which came to Robert Livingston through his
marriage with the latter's widow. See p. 16-17 (note) and 40.



DEEDS 1678-I704 201

in front on the street one rod, ten feet and one and a half inches
and in the rear to the north one rod, ten feet, and in length five
rods, eleven feet and two inches from which an alley of four feet
extending back to the street eastwards is free as well for this house
as for the other house of said Livingston ; which he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the conveyance received by him, Jan Witthart,
from Ryer Jacobse Shermerhoorn, husband and guardian of
Ariaentie Arents, late widow of Helmer Otte, deceased, being the
half of the lot specified in a patent granted to J : Thomase by the late
Governor General Rich*^. NicoUs of date the 29th of April 1667, to
which reference is herein made, the other half of the said patent
being the corner house wherein said Livingston dwells ; 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 himself to be suf-
ficiently paid therefor the sum of seventy-two beavers to his content
received, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and full power
to the aforenamed Robert Livingston, his heirs, successors, or assigns
to do w^ith and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as he could
do with his own patrimonial estate and eflfects, 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 12th of October 1683.

Jan Jansz Bleecker
Johannes Provoost

Cornelis van Dyck

Deed from Jannetje Powell, widow of Thomas Powell, to An-
dries Hansen Scherp and Jurian Collier for land at Kinder-
hook

[201] Appeared before me Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., in presence of the
Honorable Mr Marte Gerritse and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates
of the same jurisdiction, Jannetie Powel, widow of the late Tho :
Pawel, deceased, who declared that she granted, conveyed and made
over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of
Andries Hanse Sherp and Jurian Callier a certain parcel of wood-
land lying near Kinderhoek, extending from Kinderhoek kill west-
ward to the river on both sides of the path, having the full breadth
of the arable land and marsh {vley) specified in said Powel's patent,



202 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

containing two hundred acres, which breadth continues down to the
river; on this condition that said And^ Hanse and Jurian KaUier
shall convey to Stephen Coning his [their?] third part of the wood-
land lying on the north side of the path, extending from the Spigel
to the marsh according to contract of sale thereof ; in like manner
there is excepted out of the aforesaid woodland a little parcel that
Frans Pieterse Claw is supposed to own, which lies about a quarter
of an hour's walk from the aforesaid land of Steph : Janse Coningh
and is also comprehended in the aforesaid patent; otherwise, all the
remainder of the woodland specified in the patent aforesaid granted
by the late Governor General Rich'^. Nicolls to her deceased husband
Tho: Powel, of date the 13th of April 1667,^ the said widow con-
veys to Andries Hanse and Jurian Kallier 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 she is fully paid and satisfied there-
[202] for, the first penny with the last, therefore, giving pleimm
actionem cessani and full power to the aforenamed And^ Hanse and
Jurian Kallier to do with and dispose of the aforesaid woodland
(except the aforesaid parcels of land) as they could do with their
ov^^n patrimonial estate and efifects, 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 any-
thing to be done contrary hereto in any manner, binding herself
•thereto as by law provided.

Done in Albany, the 15th of November 1683.
Marten Gertsen The mark X of Jannetje Powel

Dirck Wessclss made with her own hand

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Teunis Dircksen van Vechten to Marcelis Jansen for
a house and lot without the south gate of Albany
[203] Appeared before me Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Marte Gerritse and Mr Cornells van Dyk, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Teunis Dirkse van Vechten, who
declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful



1 No record of this patent is found.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 203

and free ownership to and for the behoof of Marcelis Janse ^ a cer-
tain house and lot standing and lying without the south gate of
Albany, having to the south the lot formerly possessed by Claes
Rotterdam, to the north Cornelis van der Hoeve and to the east
and west the highway ; in breadth in front on the wagon road nine
rods and ten feet and in length as well on the one as on the other
side twelve rods, and breadth in the rear nine rods and five feet ;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent granted to him
by the late Governor General Francis Lovelace dated the 20tli of
October 1670,^ to which reference is herein made; and that free
and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the



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