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Rogers island.

^ Literally, " Refuge Point ' ; not " Flying corner," as in E. AI. Ruttenber,
Indian Geographical Names, p. 176.



DEEDS I 678- I 704 223

In witness of the truth of which the aforesaid two Indians have
signed and sealed this with their marks in presence of an Indian
named Papegay/ in Albany the 13th of June 1684.

The mark X of Maweyntay or

The mark X of Shermerhoorn, made with his own

Papegay, made with hand. (L. S.)

his own hand. The mark X of Onekeek or Jan de

Dirck Wesselsc Backer, made with his own hand.

Jan Jansz B keeker (L- S.)

In my presence,

RoB'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Pieter Davidsen Schuyler, husband of the widow of
Gerrit van Schaick, to Johannes Thomassen Mingael for a lot
without the north gate of Albany on which Aert Goossens van
Twiller built a house

[228] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., in presence of the
Honorable Mr Cornelis van Dyck and Mr Dirck Wessells, justices
of the peace, Pieter Davidtse Schuyler, husband and guardian of
his wife Alida, late widow of Ger^ van Schayk, who declared that
he granted, conveyed and made over to and for the behoof oi
Johannes Thomese Mingael a certain small piece of land lying with-
out the north gate on which Aert Goosense van Twiller- built a
small house, having to the south and west of him, the grantor, to
the north Ger^ Ryerse and to the east the highway ; in breadth, front
and rear, two rods, seven feet, on the south one rod, three feet and
a half, on the north eleven feet and a half ; which he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the conveyance to his predecessor, Ger*. van
Schayk, given by Annetje Lievens, of date the 4th of March 167J,*
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 there-
for, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem
cessam and full power to the aforenamed Johannes Thomase Min-
gael, his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the
same as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects,
promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from



1 A Dutch word meaning " Parrot."

2 About him, see Van Rensselaer Bowier Mss, p. 840.
^ Early Records of Albany, 1:176-77.



224 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

all lawful claims, demands and incumbrances and further never-
more to do nor cause to be done anything contrary hereto in any
manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided. Done in
Albany, the i6th of June 1684.

Cornells van Dyck Pieter Davidtsen Schuyler

Dirck W CSS els z

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Johannes Thomassen Mingael to the constables of
Albany, administrators of the estate of Aert Goossens van
Twiller, for a lot without the north gate of Albany on which
Van Twiller built a house

[229] Appeared before me, Rob*^. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleecker, jus-
tices of the peace, Johannes Thomase Mingael, who declared that
he granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and free
ownership to and for the behoof of the administrators of the estate
of Aert Goosense van Twiller, that is to the constables of this place,
a certain piece of land lying without the north gate of Albany
whereon Aert Goosense built a little house, adjoining on the south
and west Pieter Davidtse Schuyler, on the north Gerrit Reyerse,
on the east the highway; in breadth, front and rear, two rods and
seven feet, to the south one rod, three and a half feet, to the north
eleven and a half feet; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the
conveyance to him given by Pieter Davidtse Schuyler, dated the
i6th of June 1684, and that free and unincumbered, without any
charges thereon or issuing out of the same (save the lord's right),
without the grantor's making any further claim whatsoever thereto,
acknowledging that he is fully satisfied and paid therefor, the first
penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessani and
full power to the aforesaid constables in capacity as administrators
of the estate of Aert Goosense to do with and dispose of the same
as they in the capacity aforesaid have the right to do, promising to
warrant and defend the same against all persons from all lawful
claims, demands and incumbrances and further nevermore to do
nor cause to be done anything contrary hereto, binding himself
thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the 17th of June 1684.

Dirck Wesselss Johaennis Toemissen Mingael

Jan Jansc Bleecker In my presence,

RoB"^. Livingston, Secretary



DEEDS I 678-1 704 225

Deed from an Esopus Indian named Curpuwaen to Gysbert
Uytenbogaert for land at Catskill

[230] Appeared before us, Mr Marte Gerritse and Mr Cornells
van Dyck, justices of the peace for the county of Albany, a certain
Esopus Indian named Curpuwaen, representing all the other Esopus
Indians who may have any claims thereto, who declared that he
conveyed and made over to Gysbert uyt den Bogaert a certain parcel
of woodland lying on the north side of Catskill where he at present
dwells, extending from Boomtjes hoek ^ up the river northwards to
a little kill named Stuck, which comes out into the river over against
Vastrikken island,^ extending further westward into the woods to
below Dirk Teunise's mill to the south, to the first small kill that
flows out into Hans Vossen kill,^ running along Hans Vossen kill to
where the same flows out into the Catskill and so further along the
Catskill again to Boomtjes hoek; which aforenamed land he, Curpu-
waen, as the rightful owner thereof, conveys and makes over to Gys-
bert uyt den Bogaert, his heirs, or successors forever and that free
and unincumbered, without any charges thereon and without his hav-
ing any further claims thereto, acknowledging that he has received in
full payment and satisfaction therefor, one coverlet, one gun, one
kettle, one beaver in stockings, one beaver in rum, two shirts, two
half casks of beer, for which consideration he hereby delivers the
said land into the possession and ownership of said Gysbert uyt den
Bogaert, to have and hold the same forever with the appurtenances
thereof lying within said limits, 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



1 Literally, "Small Trees' Point."

2 The same as Vastrix. or Vastrick's island, now known as Rogers island.
According to E. M. Riittenber, Indian Geographical Names, p. 48. Vastrix
is a compression of Dutch t' Vaste Rak as written on Van der Donck's map
of 1656, meaning, " The fast or steady reach or sailing course," which began
here. Egbert Benson, Memoir of the Names of Places in New Nctherland,
1816, reprinted 1848, p. 44, says : " The island between Cats Kill and Hudson,
under the east shore of Vastrick's Island, so called after Garret Vastrick."
The latter explanation sounds more plausible, though there seems to be no
record of any conveyance of the island to either Gerrit or Robert Vastrick,
both of whom were in the colony of Rensselaerswyck about 1650.

3 Apparently so named after Hans Vos, Vosch, or de Vos, who was
onderschoiit (deputy sheriff) in Beverwyck in 1658. He is given in the
Rensselaerswyck records as from " Baeden," and in the Court Minutes of
Beverwyck, 1658-60, p. 80, as born in " Lunnenburgh," which would seem to
indicate that " Baeden " refers not to the grand-duchy of Baden, but to the
village of Baden in Hannover.



226 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

anything to be done contrary hereto. In witness of the truth of
which the aforesaid Indian has signed and sealed these with his
mark on Marte Gerritse Island, the 26th of July 1684.
Interpreted by The mark X of Culpuwaen, made

Ger'. Teunise with his own hand

Marten Gertsen In my presence,

Cornells van Dyck Rob^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jannetje Powell, widow of Thomas Powell, to Jacob
Jansen Gardenier for a lot in Kinderhook

[231] Appeared before me, Rob'. Livingston, clerk of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable ^Ir Dirk Wessells and Mr Jan Janse Bleeker, magis-
trates of the same jurisdiction, Jannetie Pawel, widow of the late
Thomas Pawel, deceased, who declared that she granted, conveyed
and made over in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the
behoof of Jacob Janse Gardenier a lot lying at Kinderhoek whereon
said Jacob Janse has built a house, having to the west P'. Moree,
to the east Lawrence van Ale, to the south the kill and to the north
the hill; being in breadth in front 19 rods and in the rear thirty-
seven rods ; which she, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent
granted to her husband, deceased, by the late Governor General
Rich'^. Nicolls dated the 13th of April 1667,^ 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, therefore
giving plenani actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed
Jacob Janse Gardenier, his heirs, successors, or assigns the afore-
said lot to have and to hold forever to him the aforesaid Jacob
Janse, his heirs and successors to do with and dispose thereof as he
could do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, without the
opposition or contradiction of anyone.
Done in Albany, the 26th of July 1684.

Cornells van Dyck The mark X of Jannetie Pawell, made

Jan Jansz Bleecker with her own hand

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary



1 No record of this patent is found.



DEEDS 1678-I704 227

Deed from George Heathcote to Robert Sanders for a house and
lot and another lot in the rear on the hill in Albany

[232] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, etc., Mr George Heathcoat, trader in
N : York, who declared that he granted, conveyed and made over
in true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof of Rob*.
Sanders a certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany
on the hill, having to the north the house of Jan Gilbert heretofore
belonging to Teunis Slingerlant, to the west the street, to the south
Gerrit Lansingh, and to the east Harme Bastiaense and Claes
Jacobse ;^ breadth in front on the street against the hill twenty-three
feet and three inches, and in the rear the same, in length fifty-two
feet and eight inches, by virtue of the conveyance to him given by
Harme Bastiaense, of date the 26th of August 1676; together with
a lot behind this on the other street, having south Claes Jacobse, to
the north Harme Bastiaense, to the east the street and to the west
the lot hereinbefore described ; length, east and west, seventy-six
wood feet and breadth, front and rear, twenty-two wood feet, by
virtue of the conveyance to him, the grantor, given by Claes Jacobse,
of date the 26th of August 1676; and that free and unincumbered,
without any charges thereon, or issuing out of the same (saving the
lord's right), w^ithout the grantor's having any further claims in the
least thereon, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam and full
power to the aforenamed Rob*. Sanders, his heirs, successors, or
assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house and two 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 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 x\lbany, the 23d of July 1684.

Geo. Heathcote
In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, CI.
Cornells van Dyck
Jan Janss Bleccker



1 Professor Pearson here supplies the name " Groesbeck," while the deeds
of August 26, 1676 {Early Records of Albany, 1:135-37), mentioned above,
refer to " Claes jacobse, alias Rotterdam." That these names refer to one
and the same person seems borne out by certain entries in Dutch Reformed
Church records at Albany, in spite of the fact that there is no similarity
between the signatures of Claes Jacobse Rotterdam in Deeds, i :3i9, 323,
and that of Claes Jacobse Groesbeek in Wills, i 1136. Groesbeek is a place
near Nijmegen in the Netherlands.



228 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

Deed from Jan Jansen Bleecker and Lawrence van Alen to Jacob
Lokermans for a house and lot in Albany

[233] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., Mr Jan
Janse Bleeker, a fellow magistrate, and Lawrence van Ale, who
declared that they granted, conveyed and made over in true, right-
ful and absolute ownership to and for the behoof of Jacob Loker-
mans a certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany,
with all that thereon is fast by earth and nail, having to the south
the house of Pieter Winne and to the north Geurt Hendrix, to the
east the street and to the w-est the wagon road; in breadth, front
and rear, four rods and in length from the street to the wagon
road; which they, the grantors, do by virtue of the conveyance to
them given by Paulus Martense Rademaker,^ dated the 2d of
March 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), without the grantors' having any
claims in the least thereon, acknowledging that they are fully paid
and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenum actionem cessam and full power to do with and dispose of
the aforesaid house and lot as he [Lokermans] could do wath his
own patrimonial estate and eflfects, promising 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 25th of July 1684.

Dirck Wesselss Jan Jaxsz Bleecker

Cornelis van Dyck Lourus van Ale

Deed from Barent Albertsen Bratt to Jacob Abrahamsen Cuyper
for a lot in Albany, the house on which was rebuilt by the
grantee

[234] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk, etc., Barent Albertse Bratt, who de-
clared that he granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and
absolute ownership to and for the behoof of Jacob Abrahamse Cuy-
per a certain lot whereon stood a certain house which said Jacob
Abrahamse rebuilt, lying here in Albany, in breadth twenty-five
feet, in length to the lot of Rob*. Sanders, having on the east side
Hendrik Bries, on the south side the street, on the west side the
lot that said Jacob Abrahamse bought of Ger^ Slichtenhorst and to



1 Paulus Martensen van Benthuysen. wheelwright.



DEEDS I 6/8-1 704 229

the north Rob*. Sanders ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of
the conveyance to him given by Gerrit Lansing, of date the .^-^
July 1668,^ 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 paid
and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Jacob
Abrahamse Cuyper to do with and dispose of the same 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 man-
ner, binding himself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, the first day of August 1684.

Sealed and signed in y^ presence of

Dirck Wesselsz his

Barent X Albertse Bratt
mark

(L. S.)

Deed from Mohawk sachems to Governor Thomas Dongan for
land on both sides of the Mohawk river west of the bounds of
Schenectady ^

[235] Know all men by these Presents, that we underwritten
Maquase Sachims Indian owners, for and [in] Consideracon of
these following goods, in hand Paid to witt 6 faddon Duffels 3
gunns 3 kittles & three bags Powder sixty gild wampum four
and twenty barrs of Lead six shirts y^ Receit whereof wee doe
oune and acknowledge, & off y^ Payment, doe fully Dis[c]harge,
have bargained Sold aliened & Transported, & by these Pres-
ents doe Bargain Sell Alien, & Transport all our Right Title &
Interest unto y^ Right hon^'^. Col. Tho : Dongan Lief* and gov.
gen^ under his Roy : Highnesse James Duke of York : y^. off N :
York & its Dependencies, & to his heires & assigns for Ever,
in a Certain Tract orParcell of Land scituate lying & being upon
y^ Maquase River, within y« County of Albany, beginning, where
y^ Bounds & limitts off Shinnechtady End & Terminate, att a
Certain Place called by y*^ natives Caggawawoone & so Running
up both sides of y^ River to a Creek or kill Cald & known by



1 See Early Records of Albany, i :439-40.

2 This document is written in English.



230 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

y* name off Ottnewadesat ; together with all our Right, title &
Interest in all y'^ wood Lands Pastures Meadows, Marches creeks
Rivers Rivelets Creeks Kills, trees timber, w*. all y^ Commodities,
Emuloments, & Conveniencies thereunto Appertaining & be-
longing, to have & to hold y^ s^. Tract & Parcell of Land &
Premises to him his heires & assigns for Ever, & in y^ quiet
full & Peaceable Possession of y^ s'^. [236] Tract & Parcell of
Land & Premises him y^ s^. Tho : Dongan his heires & assignes
to keep & mentain, we binde ourselfs our heires & assignes for
Ever firmly by these Presents in witnesse whereof we have here-
unto Putt our marks & seals in, Albany y^ i*^ day of August 1684.

This is Read and In- The mark X of Rhode (L. S.)

terpreted to them The mark off Tahis Kanoende

by us (L. S.)

Arnoudt Corn. Viele The mark of X Sarighto (L. S.)

Robbert Sandersz
Johannes Wendel

Sign^. seal*^. and De-
liver'^, in y^ Pres-
ence of

Ger. Baxter
J. Spragge
RobK Livingston

Deed from Jacob Thyssen van der Heyden to Tierk Harmensen
for a house and lot in Albany

[237] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Al-
bany, etc., Jacob Tyse vand"". Heyden, who declared that he granted,
conveyed and made over in true, rightful and absolute ownership
to and for the behoof of Tierk Harmense a certain house and lot
standing and lying here in Albany wherein said Tierk dwells, with
all the appurtenances as the same lies in its fence and with all
that is fast by earth and nail (saving the lord's right), having come
to him, the grantor, from the attorneys of Lammert van Eck as
appears by their acquittance executed the 28th of July last, signed
by Abrah : Staets and Hans Hendrix, and he, the grantor, hereby
declares that he has no further claim whatsoever thereon, having
received the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Tierk Harmense,
his heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the same
as he could do with his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising
to warrant and defend the same against all persons from all trouble,



DEEDS 1678-1704 231

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 2d of August 1684.

Jacob Theysen vand H[eyden]
Cornelis van Dyck
Jan Janss Bleecker

In my presence,

RoB^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Claes Jansen Stavast to Pieter Pietersen van Wog-
gelum for a house and lot in Albany

[238] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Al-
bany, etc., Claes Janse Stavast, who declared that he granted, con-
veyed and made over in true, rightful and absolute ownership to
and for the behoof of Pieter Pietersen van Wuggelum his, the grant-
or's, house and lot standing and lying here in Albany, having to
the south Marte Gerritse, to the north Leendert Phillipse, to the
east the river and to the west the street ; in length nine rods and in
breadth thirty-six wood feet ; free and unincumbered without any
charges thereon, or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right),
which he does by virtue of the conveyance given to him, the grantor,
by Stoffel Janse,^ deceased, dated the 25th of July 1676, 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 paid and satisfied therefor, the
first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam
and full power to the aforenamed Pieter Pieterse van Wuggelum
to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as he could do
with his own patrimonial estate and efli^ects, 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 2d of August 1684.

Cornelis van Dyck Claes Jansen Stauast

Jan Janss Bleecker

In my presence,

RoB'^. Livingston, CI.



1 Stoffel Jansen Abeel; see deed of July 25, 1676, in Early Records of
Albany, i :i30.



22,2 EARLY RF-CORDS OF ALBANY

Deed from Gerrit Visbeeck, husband and guardian of the widow
of Jan Fransen van Hoesen, to Hans Juriaensen for a parcel
of woodland at Claverack

[239] Appeared before us, the undersigned magistrates of Al-
bany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Shinnechtady, etc., Ger^ Vis-
beek, husband and guardian of Volkjc, late widow of Jan Franse
van Hoesen, who declared that he granted and conveyed, as he
does hereby, to and for the behoof of Hans Juriaense a certain
parcel of woodland where he now dwells,^ lying between the land
of Jan Roothaer^ and that of Jacob Janse van Hoese, having Jan
Roothaer to the north and Jacob Janse to the south and running
straight to the shore, keeping the same width which it has inland
between said boundary lines ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue
of the patent granted to Jan Fransz van Hoesen by the late Gov-
ernor General Richard Nicolls, bearing date the 14th of May 1667,^
to which reference is herein made, for which land the grantor
acknowledges that he has received satisfaction, promising to de-
fend the same from all trouble, claims and demands which may
hereafter arise (saving the lord's right), binding thereto his per-
son and estate, real and personal, present and future, submitting
the same to all courts. Done in Albany on the 4th of August 1684.

Cornelis van Dyck • Gerret Vi[s]beeck

Jan Jansz Bleecker



^ At this point the words: groot hondert morgen (containing one hundred
morgens) were erased.

-Jan Hendricksen, alias Roothaer (Red hair); see next note. Egbert
Benson, in his Memoir, 1817, p. 16, says: "Jan Roodhaer, a little freely
translated Foxy-head John."

3 In this patent the land is described as " being at Claveracke near Albany
stretching from the small Creeke or Kill by Jan Hendricksens al[ia]s Root-
haer to the Land belonging to Gerrit Slichtenhoorsts which s<i p'"cell of
Land takes in three of the clavers, on the south side of the s<i Roothaers
and strikes into the woods near about the way that goes over the great
Creek or Kill, & so going forwards it includes all the Land within the
Bounds of the markt Trees, & the creeke or Kill which s'^ pi'cell of Land
was upon the 5"^ day of June 1662 purchased fro[m] the Indyan Proprietor's:
with leave of the Governour by Jan Frans van Housen, and due satisfaction
given by the same."

The use of the word " clavers " in this patent is interesting and suggests
that Claver-rack may mean something else than Clover-reach, as commonly
stated. Claver means " clover," but the use of the word in the sense of a
piece of land, possibly a clover field or a meadow in the shape of a clover
leaf, is peculiar.



DEEDS I 678-1 704 233

Deed from Gerrit Visbeeck, husband and guardian of the widow
of Jan Fransen van Hoesen, to Jacob Jansen van Hoesen for a
parcel of woodland at Claverack



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