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to warrant and defend the same against any and all persons from
all trouble, claims, or incumbrances which may hereafter arise, and
nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto



1 Now Maiden Lane.

2 This was a confirmation of the conveyance by the magistrates to Barent
Reyndersen dated June 8, 1668, for lot no. 13, " lyeing & being upon ye Hill,
Conteyning in breadth before Two Rod fiue foot, & behynde Two Rod nj'ne
foot & on ye West syde Three Rod & Eleaven foot haueing on ye West
Goosen Gerrits on y^ East Will"i Bouts on y^ South y^ High street, & on
y® North I> Schaets." Cf. Deed from magistrates to Goosen Gerritse for
lot No. 12, in Early Records of Albany, 1 1434.



DEEDS 1678-I704 23

either with or without judicial proceedings in any manner what-
soever, binding his person and property as by law provided. Done
in Albany, this 9th of September A°. 1678.
Rich'^. Pretty Barent Reyndersen

A. Teller

Acknowledged before me,

Johannes Provoost, Sheriif

Deed from Barent Reyndersen to Jan Nack for a house and lot

on Rom street in Albany

[8] In the absence of Secretary Livingston appeared before me,
Johannes Provoost, sheriff of Albany, and in presence of the Right
Honorable Anderies Teller and Ritcherd Pritty, Barent Reyndersen,
who declared that he had granted, conveyed and made over, as
hereby he does, in real and actual ownership and possession, to and
for the behoof of Jan Nack, a lot lying on the hill in Albany on
Rom street^ so called, being to the north of the street, to the east of
Gerrit Lansingh and to the west of Willem Bout, breadth in front
on the street, one rod, -two feet and a half, in the rear one rod, four
and a half inches, length to the west three rods and nine feet, to
the east three rods and seven feet; which he does by virtue of a
patent granted him, the grantor, by the Honorable Governor Francis
Lovelace, of date the 22d of August 1670,^ to which reference
is herein made, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
thereon, save the lord's right, and without the grantor's making any
further claim thereto, acknowledging himself paid and fully satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessam and full power to the aforesaid Jan Nack, his heirs,
successors and assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid lot,
as he might or could with his own patrimonial estate and effects,
promising to defend the same from any and all persons and free it
from all trouble, claims and incumbrances which may hereafter
arise, and nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary
to or against these, either with or without judicial proceedings,
in any manner whatsoever, binding his person and property as by
law provided. Done in Albany this 9th of September A°. 1678.

A. Teller Barent Reyndersen

Ric¥. Prettv , .
1_ Johannes Provoost, Shenir

1 Now Maiden Lane.

2 See note to preceding document.



24 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBAXV

Deed from the deacons of the Reformed Church at Albany to
Capt. Philip Pietersen Schuyler for Bastiaen de Winter's
plantation at the Steene Hoeck

[9] In the absence of Secretary Livinghston appeared before me,
Johannes Provoost, sheriff of Albany, in presence of the Honorable
Ritchard Prittj and Dirck Wesselsen, magistrates of said jurisdic-
tion, Mr Jan Janssen Bleycker and Mr Jacob Staets, deacons of the
Reformed Church in Albany and administrators of the estate of
Bastiaen de Winter, deceased,^ who declared that they conveyed and
made over, as they hereby do convey and make over in true, rightful
and free ownership, to and for the behoof of Capt. Philip Pietersen
Schuyler, a certain house and plantation or small piece of land lying
in the colony of Renselaers Wyck, above the Vlackte - at the Steene
Hoeck,^ called De Winter's plantation, with all the right, title and
interest which said Bastiaen de Winter had therein, according to the
conditions on which said Capt. Schuyler bought the same yesterday
at public sale, with this reservation that the grantee shall pay to the
patroon of the colony of Renselaers Wyck as quitrent of said lot
two skipples of maize and two pairs of fowls yearly, without any
other charges thereon or issuing out of the same, saving the lord's
right, giving hereby plenam actionem cessam and full power to said
Capt. Philip Schuyler, his heirs, or assigns, to do with and dispose
of said house and plantation on land as he might or could do with
his own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to defend the same
publicly from all and every person and to free it from all trouble,
claims or incumbrances which may hereafter arise and nevermore
to do nor cause anything to be done contrary to these, either with



1 Bastiaen de Winter, of Middelburg, in the province of Zealand, died at
the Steene Hoeck July 24, 1678, just after making his will, by which he left
his property to the deacons of the Dutch church at Albany for the behoof
of the poor. August 6, 1678, the Court of Albany authorized the deacons
to take possession of the estate with order to apply for letters of administra-
tion as soon as the new governor arrived. August 13, 1678, the deacons
petitioned Governor Andros that the residue of De Winter's estate, after pay-
ment of his debts, might be given to them for the poor. This request was
evidently granted. For order of the court, certified copy of the will, an
affidavit by Surgeon Cornelis van Dyck and the petition to Governor Andros, ,
see New York Colonial Mss, 27: 170-72, 180. The original of the will is in
Notarial Papers, 2:41-42. See also N. Y. Hist. Soc, Collections, 1892, 25:56.

2 Literally : the Flat, referring to what is known as the Schuyler Flatts,
east of the Troy road, 4 miles north of Albany.

3 Stonehook, or Stony point, on the west bank of the Hudson, just south
of Green Island.



DEEDS 1678-1704 25

or without judicial proceedings in any manner, tinder binding obliga-
tion as by law provided. Done in Albany, the loth of September
A°. 1678.

Rich'^. Pretty Jan Jansz Bleecker

Dirck IVessels Jacob Staets

Acknowledged before me,

Johannes Provoost, Sheriff

Deed from Harmen Bastiaensen to Gerrit van Nes for a garden
without the south gate of Albany (incomplete)

•[10] In the absence of the secretary appeared before me, Johannes
Provoos't, sheriff of Albany, and in the presence of the Honorable
Ritchard Pritty and Dirck Wesselsen, magistrates of said jurisdic-
tion, Harmen Bastiaensen, surveyor ^ of this place, who declared
that he granted, conveyed and made over, as he hereby does convey
and make over, in true, rightful and absolute ownership and posses-
sion to and for the behoof of Gerrit van Nes a lot or garden lying
near Albany without the town gate at the south, next to and to the
south of Poulus Martensen, in breadth in front on the highway three
rods and a half, in length on the south as well as on the north ten
rods, in breadth easterly on the river side tliree rods and one foot,
Rhineland measure^ [Not completed]

Contract for the sale of a house and lot on the hill in Albany
from Abraham van Tricht to Isaac Verplanck

[11] Appeared before me Ro^. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck, Shaenhechtady, etc., and before the
hereinafter named witnesses, Mr Abraham van Tricht, chirurgeon,
who declared that he had sold to Isaak Verplanck, who acknowledged
that he had bought the seller's house and lot, which heretofore be-
longed to Capt; John Baker, as [appears] by contract of sale thereof



^ Roojmccstcr; meaning the official town surveyor. The existence of this
office at an early date and the minuteness with which the dimensions of
the lots are given in many cases shows that considerable care was exercised
in the laying out of the village. The rooimeester, as the title of his. office
indicates, had to see to it that the rooilijn, or street line, was maintained;
in other words, that the property owners did not encroach on the street,
the right and title to the soil of which under the Roman Dutch law was
vested in the government.

2 Though the dimensions do not agree, it would seem as if this garden,
or a part of it, was the same for which Harmen Bastiaensen entered into
contracts of sale in 1657, first with Claes Hendricksen and then with Willem
Hoffmeyer; see Early Records of Albany, i -.^i, 51-S2. In a note on page 33,
Professor Pearson calls the grantor " Harmen Bastianse Visscher (or De
Vyselaer)."



26 KAKLV RECORDS OF ALBAXV

between said Backer and the seller, of date the 3d of May 1678/
standing and lying on the hill in Albany between the house of Dom:
Nicolaes Van Renselaer, deceased, and Arent vand[en] Bergh, being
lot N°. I, in breadth thirty-six and a half feet, and for depth the
buyer has stipulated for fifty wood feet, the foot reckoned at twelve
inches, with all that is earth and nail fast, free and unincumbered
(saving the lord's right) ; for the purchase of which the buyer is
obligated and promises to pay to the aforesaid Mr Abraham van
Tricht, or order and assigns the quantity of fifty-six good, whole,
merchantable beaver skins, to be paid in three payments, each time
a just third part, to wit, the first payment next August 1679, ^he
second payment in August 1680, and the third, or last payment in
August 1 681. The buyer may enter, take possession of and use said
house and lot immediately and the conveyance shall be made on the
final payment. In witness whereof parties have subscribed these in
presence of Aernout Corn: Viele and Jacob ten Eyck, called as
witnesses hereto. Done in Albany, the 7th December 1678.

Testes

Arnout Corn: Viele Abraham van Tricht

Jacob ten Eyck ' Isaack Verplancken

Acknowledged before me,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Release by Dirck Hesselingh of his interest in a house and lot on
the hill in Albany purchased from Jan van Ake, in favor of
Nicolaes de Meyer, assignee of van Ake's claim

[12] Appeared before me, R^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and S'chaenhechtady, in presence of the
Honorable Mr And^. Teller and Mr Dirk Wessels, magistrates of
said jurisdiction. Dirk Hesselingh, who declared that on June t^-^-
1668, he bought a house and lot of Jan van Ake, standing and lying
here in Albany on the hill, with a garden outside of the town of
Albany, for the sum of one thousand guilders in beavers, which sum
the purchaser acknowledges that he has failed to pay; and whereas
]\Ions. van Aken has assigned his claim to Mr Nicolaes de Meyer,^
as per instrument thereof written by notary Van Vechten at Utrecht,
dated the 13th of August 1671, therefore, the said Mons. De Meyer
agreed with said Dirk Hesseling on the 12th of April 1677 that he



1 No record of this contract of sale is found.

2 In a confirmatory patent of June 29, 1667, for several pieces of land
on Manhattan island, he is called Nicholas de Meyer van Holsteyn.



DEEDS 1 6/8-1 704 27

should pay twelve hundred guilders in beavers in full satisfaction of
said contract or bill of sale with the interest, in three payments, as
in said agreement more at large appears ; and whereas Mons. Van
Dyck, attorney for Mons. De Meyer, last court day obtained a judg-
ment against the purchaser for the sum of one hundred beavers,
being the first two payments mentioned in said contract of the 12th
of April 1677, therefore, he, said Dirk Hesselingh, now this moment
voluntarily gives up the aforesaid purchase of the house and lot
where he now dwells, as he obtained them, with all the rights thereto
belonging, and makes them over to Mons. De Meyer in payment of
the sum of seven hundred and seventy-five guilders in beavers,
always with the understanding that the garden mentioned in said
bill of sale is excepted, with which [release] of the house and lot in
payment of seven hundred and seventy-five guilders beavers Mons.
Van Dyck is satisfied, he, the purchaser, being holden to make the
third payment according to contract. Done in Albany, this 24th of
December 1678.

A. Teller Dirck Hesselingh

Dirck Wesselsz Cornelis van Dyck

Acknowledged before me,

R'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Anaemhaenitt, a Mahikan Indian, to Robert Sanders
for a parcel of woodland and Whale island

[13] An this 30th day of December 1678, in presence of the
honorable magistrates of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck, etc.,
R°. Sanders has bought of Anaemhaenitt, a Mahikan and native
proprietor, a certain parcel of woodland by the Indians named
Popgassik,^ lying on the east side of the North river, to the south
of the aforesaid Ro^ Sander's farm, extending to the land and
claim of P''. van Waggelen,^ which land was mentioned in his former
contract of sale dated May ||^ 1668, when he with Harme Vedder
bought his farm, and was then conveyed by all the natives, that is
to say, free range (vry uytdrift) for his cattle, but now he, Anaem-
haenitt, sells the land in fee, with all the right, title and interest
which he, the grantor and native owner, has therein ; likewise a
small island lying in said North river, named Wallvissen Eylant,^ .
which aforenamed parcel of land and Walvissen Eylant and all



1 Robert Sanders received a patent for this land on March 25, 1680.

2 Generally called " van Woggelum," probably after the village of that
name near Alkmaar, in the province of North Holland.

3 Walvisch, or Whale island, near Lansingburg, N. Y. See Van der



28 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

rights and prerogatives, he, the aforesaid natural owner, for him-
self, his kindred and blood relations, declares in true, rightful and
free ownership hereby to be granted, conveyed and made over by
him to and for the behoof of the aforenamed Robert Sanders, with-
out his making any further claim in the least thereto, acknowledg-
ing that he has received therefor to his satisfaction a piece of cloth,
a cutlass, a kettle, two pairs of stockings, four axes, a coat, a shirt
and two jugs of rum, promising therefore never more to do nor
suffer an)'thing to be done contrar)' hereto in any manner. In con-
firmation whereof the aforesaid natural owner has subscribed this,
in presence of Capt. Silv: Salisbury, commandant, and the magis-
trates of Albany aforesaid. Done in Albany on the date above
written.

A. Teller This is the mark X of Anaemhaexitt made

Dirck IVesselsz w^ith his own hand.

Acknowledged before me,

RoB'^. Livingston, Secretary



Contract between Johannes Clute and Syman Schouten for the
sale of tv^^o parcels of land at Niskayuna

[14] Appeared before me, Rob^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., and in presence
of the Honorable Capt. Hans Hendrix and Lieut. Jan Janse Bleker,
witnesses, Capt. Jan Cloet, of the one side, and Symon Schoute, of
the other side, who declare that in love and friendship they have
contracted and agreed with each other in regard to the purchase of
two small parcels of land lying at Canastagioene,^ as follows:

First, said Capt. Johan Cloet acknowledges that he has sold and
Symon Schoute that he has bought of him two parcels of land lying
at Canastagioene, on the south side of the river, on the Groote
Vlaktc (Great Flat), being all [the land] along the river side to
which he, Cloet, has title and claim, to wnt, one piece of about 10



Donck's map of Xew Xetherland. 1656, in E. B. O'Callaghan, History of New
Nethcrland, 2:312, and map of Troy and vicinity, 1876, in A. J.. Weise,
History of the City of Troy, p. 264. Cf. also Munsell's Annals of Albany.
2 -.226, and E. M. Ruttenber, Indian Geographical Names, p. 62, (published
with New York State Historical Association, Proceedings, 1906, v. 6).
1 Niskayuna.



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morgens, bounding upon the land of Cuyles ^ and Hann at Schaen-
hechtady, and the other piece, also on the Groote Vlakte, of about
six morgens, adjoining the land of Jan Spoor, on the express con-
dition that there shall remain a path on the high ground along the
shore and likewise that the purchaser shall maintain the fence along
the steenhergie (stony hill) for which land and rights of said Cloet
therein the purchaser promises to pay the vendor the quantity of
seventy-five beavers, to wit twenty-four beavers during this current
year and the reniaining fifty-one beavers in four payments in four
successive years, the first, being 12 beavers and 6 gl. in beavers, in
the year 1680, and each time a just fourth part in the years 1681,
1682 and 1683. The vendor promises with the last payment to give
a proper conveyance ; the aforesaid payments shall be made m
beavers or wheat at the market price, wherewith the contracting
parties are well satisfied, hereto binding their persons and estates,
real and personal, present and future, nothing excepted and sub-
mitting the same to the authority of all lords, courts and judges.
Done in Albany, the 15th of February 167!

JOHANNS ClUTE

Testes:

Hans Heindricks This is the mark X of Symon Schoute

Jan Jansz Bleecker made with his own hand.

Acknowledged before me,

R"^. Livingston, Secretary

Bond and mortgage by Pieter Adamsen to secure his debt to

Marten Cregier, junior

[15] Appeared before me, Johannes Provoost,. sheriff (hereto
authorized in the absence of the secretary), and in the presence of
the honorable magistrates Richard Pretty and Andries Teller, the
person of Pieter Adamse, who acknowledges that he is well and
truly and justly indebted to Marten Cryger, junior, in the sum of
forty-two guilders in beavers and six skipples of wheat for goods
and merchandise to his content received, and promises to pay the
same with expenses to said Marten Crigier, or his attorney, within
two months, specially binding thereto his house and lot lying at
Schaenhechtady, which he mortgages hereby and ofifers as special
security, for the recovery if need be of the said forty-two guilders



1 Gerrit Claessen [van Vranken?], alias Culis, or Kuleman. See note on
page 83.



30 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

and six skipples of wheat and the expenses already incurred herein,
without loss or damage. Done in Albany, this i6th of August A°.
1678.

In the margin: Was signed with the mark P A of

PiETER Adamse
Ric¥. Pretty

A. Teller Acknowledged before me,

Johannes Provoost, Sheriff

This is a true copy, copied from the original, inasmuch as the
original was accidentally defaced.^ Alb. 6 Jan. 167 j|.

Quod attestor

Rort. Livingston, Secretary



Bond and mortgage of Willam Loveridge to Hezekiah Usher
and satisfaction of mortgage acknowledged by Jan Juriaense
Becker

[16] Appeared before me, Rob*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in presence of the
Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Corn : van Dyck, magistrates
of said jurisdiction, William Loveridge, hatter, burgher of this town,
who acknowledges that he is well and truly indebted and in arrears
of Mr Hezekiah Uscher, merchant at Boston, in the sum of two hun-
dred and twenty-four pounds, eleven shillings and two pence Boston
money, growing out of the matter of certain wares and merchandise
which Wm. Loveridge, jun''. bought of said Usher [and for which
he executed an obhgation payable on the loth of June 1676, on
which obligation £35:16:11 Boston money has been already paid,
so that the appearer promises to pay the remainder, £224:11:2]^
(the interest being not counted to said Mr Usher at Boston in silver
money there, or beavers at silver price, before September next ensu-
ing, herewith releasing his son William therefrom and thereto bind-
ing specially his, the appearer's, three houses and lots, standing
and lying in Albany, to wit, two next to the court house and the
other on the square (Plein), and generally his person and property,
real and personal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting
the same to the authority of all lords, courts, tribunals and judges,



1 Door ongeluck is gecanceleert gewcest.

2 The words between brackets were written in the margin.



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for the recovery of the debt in due time, if need be, without loss or
damage. Done in Albany the ist of March 167 1.

Dirck Wesselsc
Cornells van Dyck

The words in the margin were written before
the signing hereof.

William Loveridge

Acknowledged before me,

Robert Livingston, Secretary

On this 13th day of May 1682 before me, Ro^ Livingston, secre-
tary of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schinnechtady, came
and appeared Mr Jan Jurianse Becker, submitted for Mr Andries
Teller, attorney for Mr Hezekiah Usher, who in the capacity afore-
said declared that he released the two houses of W"\ Loveridge,
hatter, standing and lying next the court house, bound over by the
foregoing mortgage to Mr Hezekiah Usher of date March i, i67|,-
granting hereby full privilege to sell, occupy the same, or dispose
thereof as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects.

In witness whereof subscribed with his own hand in Albany.
datum lit supra. J. Becker

Power of attorney from Maria Arents, widow of Arent van den
Bergh, to her son-in-law John Gilbert

[17] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, and presence of the
hereinafter named witnesses, Maria Arents, widow of the late
Arent van den Bergh, who declared that she hereby constituted and
made her son-in-law, John Gillbert, her attorney for her and in her
name to collect all debts from whomsoever due to her late husband,
likewise to pay all persons who have any claims against the afore-
said estate so far as the money will go and of the remainder to
make a proper return and accounting to her according to law, giving
him hereby full power and authority, with the severity of justice,
to compel those who may refuse or be unwilling to pay, to observe
all the terms of the courts unto sentence and extreme execution
thereof, and likewise upon receipt to grant a discharge and further-
more to do all things in the matter aforesaid regarding said estate
which shall be needful, either with or without legal proceedings,
promising at all times to ratify whatever her attorney shall do and



^2 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBANY

f>erforni in the matter aforesaid, without any gainsaying. Thus
done and executed in Albany, on the nth of March 167 f. .

Testes

This is the mark X of Maria Arents made

witli her own hand.



Rich"^ Pretty
Hans Dreper



Acknowledged before me,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary



Deed from Teunis Teunissen de Metselaer to Paulus Martensen
Raemaecker for a house and lot in Albany

[18] Appeared before me, Robert Livingston, secretary of
Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in
presence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wessels and Mr Corn : van
Dyk, magistrates of said jurisdiction, Teunis Teunise de Metselaer,^
who declared that he had granted, conveyed and made over in
true, rightful and free ownership to and for the behoof Paulus
Martense Raemmaecker- a certain house and lot standing and
lying here in Albany, with all that is therein fast by earth and nail,
adjoining to the south the house of Harme Janse ^' and to the
north Geurt Heyndrix,^ to the east the public street and to the west
the w^agon road; in breadth, front and rear, four rods, and in
length from the street to the wagon road; which he, the grantor,
does by virtue of the patent to him granted by the honorable the
Governor General Rich: Nicolls, dated May 15, 1667, to which
reference is herein made, free and unincumbered, without any
charges thereon or issuing out of the same, saving the lord's right,
and without the grantor's making any further claim thereto in the
least, acknowledging himself to be fully paid therefor, the first
penny with the last, and therefore giving plenam actionem cessam
and full power to the aforesaid Paulus Martense Raemmaecker,
his heirs, successors and assigns, to do with and dispose of the



1 Teunis Teunissen, mason, from Loenen, province of Utrecht. See Van
Rensselaer Boziner liiss, p. 830.

2 Raemmaecker, literally " window maker," is apparently a mistake for
Raemaecker, a contraction of Rademaecker, meaning " wheelwright." He is
also referred to as Paulus Martensen van Benthuysen and Paulus Martensen
van Rj-nsburch; see p. 70 and note on p. 18.

3 Harmen Jansen Lyndrayer (rope maker); identified by Professor Pear-
son with Harmen Jansen van Salsbergen. See Early Records of Albany,
1:133, 170; and p. [127], [175] of this volume.

* Geurt Hendricksen van Schoonhoven.



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same as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and effects,
promising nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done con-



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