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on ye west side Eighteene Rod In length on ye North fourteene & on ye
South side four & twenty Rod." The original patent, like all other patents
for the years 1652 and 1653, when most of the grants for land at Albany
were issued, is missing.

2 This document is recorded out of its proper chronologic place.

3 This should be Thomas Powell. September 2, 1663, Thomas Powell of



62 EAKI.V RECORDS OF ALBANY

made over to and for tlie behoof of Paulus Mautense Raemmaeker ^
a certain house and lot standing and lyinj^ here in Albany next to
Doniine Ciideon Schaets, adjoining south and west Jurian Teunise
Tai)pcn, to the east and north the street,- in breadth in front on the
road two rods, ten feet, in length to the north ten rods, to the south
ten rods, eight feet and a half, in breadth to the west along the fence
of Jurian Teunise five rods and three feet ; which she, the grantor,
does by virtue of a conveyance to her late husband from Sander
Leendertse Glen, under date of the 26th of October 1662, to which
reference is hereby made, and that free and unincumbered, Avithout
any charges on, or issuing out of the same (saving the lord's right)
and without the grantor's making any further pretension in the
least thereto, acknowledging himself to be fully paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny wnth the last, and therefore giving plcimm
actionem cessaiii and full power to the aforenamed Paulus Mar-
tense Raemmaeker, his heirs, successors and assigns, to do with and
dispose of the same as he might do with his own patrimonial pos-
sessions and efifeots, promising the same to warrant against any and
all persons and free the same from all trouble, claims and incum-
brances as is right and furthermore nevermore to do nor cause any-
thing to be done contrary hereto, in any manner, under binding obli-
gation as by law provided. Done in Albany, this 2d of August 1680.
N. B. Has been long written but not subscribed till now.

Dirck Wesselsjj The mark X of Jannetje Paulussen

Cornells van Dyck made with her own hand.

Acknowledged before me,

Ro"^. Livingston, Secretary



Herrisfort (Hertford?, Eng.) states in an affidavit that in 1641 he was a
sergeant in Brazil under Capt. Adam Wilschut and afterwards a lieutenant
in Capt. Claudio Messu's company. See Notarial Papers, i :37(>-7y.

^ The same as Raemaeker, or Rademaker, meaning wheelwright.

-belent ten sityden & teii westen Jurian Teunise Tappcn, ten oosteii en
noorden 's heere straet. Cf. Deed from Sander Leendersen Glen to Thomas
Powell, October 26, 1662, referred to below and translated in Early Records
of Albany, i :3I4, in which the compass directions are reversed. See also
contract between the widow of Thomas Powell and Paulus Martensen,
August 24, 1676, in Early Records of Albany, i : 133-34.



DEEDS 1 678-1 704 63

Deed from Westenhoek Indians to Dirck Wesselsen and Gerrit
Teunissen for four flats on both sides of the Kinderhook
creek

[49] On this 1st of October 1679, Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr
Gerrit Teunise ^ have bought a certain parcel of land lying at Kinder-
hoek, in presence of the honorable magistrates of Albany, colony of
Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtaedy, of the following Indian own-
ers, to wit, Wieshaghcaet and his two brothers Powhyates and Max-
inhaet and their two cousins - Waespacheek and Pinonak, all Wes-
tenhoek Indians, the land consisting of four flats lying on both sides
of the Kinderhoek kill, being about a Dutch mile from Jan Tysen's,
whereof the two largest lie on the east side of the kill, the most
northerly comprising about twenty-seven morgens and the other
about fourteen morgens, and the other two flats lying on the west
side, one comprising about twenty-five morgens and the other about
six morgens, together with the woodland lying thereby extending to
the high hills, the four flats aforesaid lying to the north of the land
that Jan Bruyn bought of Pompoen-'' and south of the land of Matit
Niminaw, for which aforesaid pieces of land with the woodland and
the kill so far as the land extends the aforesaid owners acknowledge
themselves fully paid and satisfied, having therefor received three
hundred fathoms of seawan, or the value thereof in merchandise to
their content, which aforesaid lands they as the lawful owners wholly
grant, convey and make over to the aforesaid Dirk Wessells and
Gert Teunise, Avith all the privileges, rights and prerogatives thereof,
without their making any further pretensions in the least thereto,
acknowledging themselves to be fully paid and satisfied therefor,
the first penny with the last, promising to defend the premises
against any and all persons and to free the same from all [50]
trouble, claims, and incumbrances which may hereafter arise as well
from Christians as Indians, and nevermore to do nor cause anything
to be done contrary hereto in any manner.



^ Gerrit Teunissen van Vechten, as shown by the mark of the present
grantee to a deed of April 7, 1683, and that of van Vechten to his will
dated March 8. 170". in JJ'ills, 1:112-14.

^Necffs; which may mean either nephews or cousins.

^'t Laiidt dot Jan Bntyn van Pompocn gek^. hccft. In the patent for these
four flats to Dirck Wesselsen and Gerrit Teunissen, dated March 25, 1680,
the sentence reads : " the Land that Jan Bruyne De Pompoen hath bought,"
implying that Pompoen (Pumpkin) was a nickname of Jan Bruyn. This is
not the case, however. According to E. A. Collier, History of Old Kinder-
hook, p. 10, Pompoen was the Indian proprietor of Valatie or land to the
east of it. See also E. M. Ruttenber, Indian Geographical Names, p. 58.
and William M. Beauchamp, Aboriginal Place Names of New York, p. 48
(New York State Museum Bulletin 108).



64 KAKI.V RECORDS OF ALBAXV

In confirmation of which said natural owners have subscribed
these in presence of Mr Marte Gerritse and Air Corn: van Dyk,
magistrates, and Aernout Cornelise Viele, as interpreter hereto
called. Done in Albany datum lit supra [and in presence of] the
Alahikan Indians Cach Patt and Sagancochkan, as witnesses.

This the mark X of Wieshachkaet
Marten Gertscn made with his own hand.



Cornells van Dyck
Arnout Corn: J'iclc



This is the mark X of Maxinhaet
made with his own hand.



This the mark X of This is the mark X of Waespacheek

Cack Patt, wit- made with his own hand.

ness

This is the mark X of Pouhyates

T^, . , , X' r made with his own hand.
I his the mark X of

Sagancohkan, This is the mark X of Pinonak made

witness with his own hand.



In my presence,

Ro^. LiviXGSTON, Secretary



Power of attorney from the heirs of Gerrit Fredricksen Lansing
to Jan Barentsen ten Kate and Gysbert Jansen Vermeer to
collect their inheritance in tJie province of Overijsel

[51] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence
of the Honorable Dirk W^essells and Cornells van Dyck, magistrates
of said jurisdiction, Gerrit Gerritse Lansing, Hendrick Gerritse
Lansingh, Johannes Gerritse Lansing, Air Ger^ van Slichtenhorst,
husband and guardian of Aeltie Lansingh, Hendrik Rooseboom,
husband and guardian of Gysbertie Lansing, and Hilletie Lansing,
widow of the late Storm Albertse van der Ze, deceased, all citizens
of this town of Albany, who declared in accordance wath advice
from their cousin ^ Jan Barentst ten Kate, dwelling at Swoll in Over
Isell, dated the 4th of June 1679, that they constituted and appointed



^Neeff; which may mean either nephew, or cousin.



DEEDS 1678-I704 65

their said cousin Jan Barentst ten Kate, residing at Swoll, and Gys-
l)ert Janse Vermeer, residing at Hassell, where he is gastlutysm'.,^
their attorneys, specially to demand, collect and receive in Over
Yssell, etc., their inheritance and bequests left to them by their
father deceased, named Gerrit Frerickse Lansing, in his lifetime
burgher of Hassell ; of the receipts to give acquittance, to release
from further demands and furthermore to do, transact and perform
all that may be needful and that may seem advisable to them, pnjmis-
ing at all times to hold valid whatever shall be lawfully done and per-
formed in the matter aforesaid by the aforenamed attorneys Mr Jan
Barenst ten Kate and Mr Gysbert Janse Vermeer, without any gain-
saying, provided that the attorneys be 'held upon request to make a
proper accounting, statement and return of their transactions afore-
said. Done in Albany in America on the 3d of October in the thirty-
first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second,
by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland,
defender of the faith, Annoq: Dom : 1679.

In the margin :

Was subscribed :

D: Wessells Ger"^. Gerritse Laksinc;

Corn: van Dyck Hend : Gerritse Lansingh

JoH : Gerritse Lansingh
GER'r. van Slichtentiorst
Hexd: Rooseboom
Hilletie van d**. Zee

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary



Deed from Robert Story to Gerrit Lansing for a house and lot

on the hill in Albany

[52] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretar}' of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, in presence of the
Honorable Mr Dirk Wessells and Mr Cornelis van Dyck, magis-
trates of said jurisdiction, Mr Robert Story, who declared that he
grants, conveys, and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Gerrit Lansingh, his house and lot



' Gasthuysiiiccstcr ; meaning " hospital superintendent," and not " proprietor
of an inn," as the translation had it. Hassell is intended for Hasselt, in
the province of Overijsel.



66 EARLY KKfoKDS <)I" Al.r.WS'

Standing and lying in Albany on the hill, with all that is therein fast
by earth or nail, adjoining on the east side Claes van Rotterdam, on
the south side said Gerrit Lansingh and on the north and west sides
the hijrhwav. in breadth in front on the street five and twentv feet
and in the rear said Lansing's house, extending from the upper corner
to the lower in a straight line along said Lansing's house, drip free,
the width in the rear being fourteen feet less two inches, in length
on the south side four rods, six feet and three inches, all as it lies
inclosed in fence, which the grantor does by virtue of a conveyance
to him given by Mr Samuel Holeman of date the 29th of August
1676,^ to which reference is herein made, and that free and unincum-
bered, without any charges on or issuing out of the same, saving the
lord's right, and without the grantor's making any further claim in
the least thereto, acknowledging himself fully paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, and therefore giving plenam
actionem cessam and full power to the aforesaid Ger^ Lansinck. his
heirs and successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the afore-
said house and lot as he might do with his own patrimonial estate
and effects, promising to defend the same against all and every per-
son and free the same from all trouble, claims and incumbrances
which may hereafter arise, and nevermore to do nor cause any-
thing to be done contrary hereto either with or without judicial
proceedings in any manner, under binding obligation as by law pro-
vided. Done in Albany, on the 4th of October 1679.

Robert Story
Dirck W ess else
Cornelis van Dyck In my presence,

Ro^. LivixGSTOX. Secretary

Deed from Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom to Cornelis van Dyck for
a garden outside of Albany behind the old fort

[53-54 wanting; 55] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secre-
tary of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc.,
in the presence of the Honorable ]\Ir And : Teller and Mr Johannes
Provoost, magistrates of said jurisdiction, Pieter Jacobse Borsboom,
who declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, right-
full and free ownership to and for the behoof of Mr Cornelis van
Dyck a certain garden lying without the town of Albany behind the
old fort which said \ an Dyk now possesses,- adjoining southerly

1 See Early Records of Albany, i :i4i-42.
- JVclke d". van Dyk tcgcnzi'oordigh bcsitt.



DEEDS 1678-1704 67

the garden of Jan Janse Bleeker and Jan Byvanke, northerly Harme
Vedder, westerly Jochem the baker and easterly the common lane
(gangJi), in length and breadth as the same has been possessed by
Jan Labathee ; which he does by virtue of the conveyance to him
given by Jan Labathe, dated the 17th of September 1669/ 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) and without the grantor's making any further claim in the
least thereto, acknowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied there-
for, the first penny with the last, and therefore giving plcnam ac-
tionem cessam and full power to the aforenamed Cornells van Dyk,
his successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid gar-
den as he might do with his own patrimonial possessions and efifects,
promising to defend the same against all and every person and free
it from all trouble, claims and incumbrances as is right and further-
more nevermore to do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto
in any manner, under binding obligation as by law provided. Done
in Albany, this 12th of December 1679.

PlETER YaCOBSEN BorSBOOM

A. Teller

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jacob Jansen van Noorstrant to Hendrick Gerritsen
van der Meulen for two lots in Albany

[56J Appeared before me, Ro'. Livingston, secretary of Alb[any],
colony of Rens[elaerswyk] and Schaenh[echtady], in presence of
the Honorable And*. Teller and Corn : van Dyk, magistrates of said
jurisdiction, Jacob Janse van Noorstrant,- who declared that he



1 See conveyance in Early Records of Albany, i :459-6o, which covers a
house and lot as well as the garden. The conveyance states that Labatie
makes over the house and lot to Borsboom " by virtue of patent in the care
of Mr. Jacob De Hinsse, of date the 3d of May, 1667." As there is no patent
to Labatie of that date, the statement refers apparently to tlie patent which
was issued on that date to De Hinse in confirmation of the conveyance to
him by Labatie, of August 20, 1662, for which see Early Records of Albany,
1:308. It will be noticed that by this last mentioned conveyance — which
must have been in the nature of a mortgage, since Labatie still had title
to the house and lot in 1669 — the garden was reserved.

2 Nordstrand, an island off the coast of Schleswig, opposite Husum, from
the vicinity of which, Bredtstedt. Wittbek, Friedrichstadt, Eiderstedt and
Dithmarschen, a number of early settlers came. In the 17th century a colony
of Dutch farmers belonging to the Old-Catholic sect settled on the island of
Nordstrand. Their descendants still entertain relations with Holland and
obtain their clergymen from there. See Johan Winkler, Oiid Nederland,
p. 103. Friedrichstadt, on the Eider, in the same region, was founded in the



68 EARLY RECORDS OF ALHAXV

granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful and absolute
ownership to and for the behoof of Hend : Gerritse vand'. Meule '
a certain lot lying here in Albany on which the house of Tennis
Slingerlant and some other small houses stand, adjoining southerly
and westerly the common road, easterly the grantor and northerly
the Fuykse kill, in breadth on the south and north thirty feet, in
length eight and a half rods; likewise said Jacob Janse conveys to
said Hend : Gerritse a small parcel of ground in the rear on the kill,
twenty-six feet in breadth and twenty-three feet in length, according
to the survey thereof ; which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the
patent to him granted by the Right Honorable Edmund Andros.
governor general, dated the 8th of May 1679,^ 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) and
without the grantor's making any further claim in the least thereto,
acknowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny with the last, and therefore giving plenaui actionem cessam
and full power [to said Van der ISleule] to do with and dispose of
the aforesaid lot as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and
effects, promising to warrant and defend the same against all per-
sons from all lawful claims, liens and incumbrances and furthermore
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 13th of January 16 %,

Jacob Jansex van Xordtt
Cornells van Dyck
A. Teller In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jan Cornelissen Vyselaer to Andries Albertsen Bradt
of his half interest in the mill on the Poesten kill

[57] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colonv of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of



17th century by Dutch Protestants known as Remonstrants, the opponents of
the Calvinists, who were exiled on account of their faith after the synod
of Dordrecht. It is possible therefore that some of the settlers from
Schleswig were in reality Hollanders, and not Frisians. Danes, or Germans.

1 Hendrick Gerritsen van der Meulen was a master tailor. See Notarial
Papers, i ■.2og.

2 This patent was a confirmation of a Dutch grant of April 23. 1652, for
a lot of ground " bounded to the South by the waggon way. to the North
by a certaine Creeke called the Fuyck Kill, to the West by a waggon path
and to the East by the hospital!, being in length nine Rodd and in breadth
Eight & a halfe." This lot was apparently situated upon what is now the
northeast corner of Beaver and South Pearl streets.



DEEDS 1678-I704 69

the Honorable Air And^ Teller and Mr Corn : van Dyk, magistrates
of said jurisdiction, Jan Cornelise Vyselaer, who declares that he
grants, conveys and makes over as hereby he does, in true, rightful
and absolute ownership, to and for the behoof of Andries Albertse
Bradt a certain, the grantor's, half [interest in a] sawmill, together
with half of the kill on which the mill stands and half of two mor-
gens of arable land in the colony of Renselaerswyk, up the river, on
the east bank, over against the Steenhoeck, heretofore called Poes-
ten mill, together with the half of a right of way for a wagon along
the hills toward Pieter Pieterse van Waggelum's to the shore, as
it has heretofore been used ; likewise the grantor hereby fully relin-
quishes his half interest in the tools which belong to the aforesaid
mill, making over the same to the said And*. Albertse Bratt with
the half of ten new saws, together with all the rights and privileges
as he, Vyselaer, has possessed the same and they were acquired by
him from Sweer Teunise, together with the half of what has been
added, built and delivered to the mill since that time ; which the
grantor does by virtue of the conveyance to him and Luycas Pieterse
given by vSweer Teunise, dated the 25th of June 1675 ;^ and that 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 in the least thereto, acknowledging that he is fully
paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, and there-
fore giving full power to the aforenamed Andries Albertse Bradt,
his heirs and 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
all trouble, claims and incumbrances as is right, and nevermore to
do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto, either by or
without going to law, in any manner, binding himself thereto as by
law provided. Albany, the 15th of April 1680.

This is the mark X of Jan Corn-
Cornelis van Dyck elise Vyselaer made with his own

A. Teller hand

In my presence,

Rqt. Livingston, Secretary



1 For deed from Sweer Teunissen van Velsen to Jan Cornelissen Vyselaer
and Lucas Pietersen Coeymans, see Early Records of Albany, 1:117-18.



/O KARLV RECORDS OF ALIJANY

Deed from Palus Martensen to Jan Jansen Bleecker and Law-
rence van Alen for a house and lot in Albany

I 58J Appeared before me, Ro'. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhcchtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable -Mr And\ Teller and Mr Corn: van Dyk, magis-
trates of said jurisdiction, Paulus Martense Raedemaeker,^ who
declared that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and
free ownership to and for the behoof of Mr Jan Janse Bleeker and
Lawrence van Ale a certain house and lot, standing and Ling here
in Albany, with all that therein is fast by earth and nail, adjoining
southerly the house of Harme Janse, northerly Geeurt Hendrix,
easterly the street and westerly the wagon 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 conveyance to him
granted by Teunis Teunise !Metselaer, of date the 30th of March
1679, to which reference is herein made, and that free and unin-
cumbered, without any charges resting on. or issuing out of the
same (save the lord's right) and without the grantor's making any
further claim in the least thereto, acknowledging that he is fully
paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, and there-
fore giving ploiain actionem cessam and full power to do with and
dispose of the aforesaid house and lot as they might do with their
own patrimonial estates and eftects, promising 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
2d of March 1680.

PouLis Marten
Cornelis zvn Dyck
A. Teller

Deed from Teunis Cornelissen van der Poel to Marten Cornelis-
sen for one-half of Ghonankenigh island opposite Bethlehem

[59] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhcchtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr Andries Teller and ^Ir Corn: van Dyk, magis-
trates of said jurisdiction, Teunis Cornelise van der Poel,^ who
declared that he granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful
and free ownership to and for the behoof of Alarten Cornelise^



^ Paulus Martensen, wheelwright. See note on p. 32.

- By his signature clearly identified wth Teunis Cornelissen Spitsenbergh,
or Spitsbergen. See Notarial Papers, 2:269; Early Records of Albany, i .-119,
334; Van Rensselaer Bo-nner Mss, p. 846; and following notes.

3 Professor Pearson here and in Early Records of Albany, 1:119, supplies



DEEDS 1678-1704 • 71

the half of a certain island l)y the Indians called Ghonankenigh,'
where said Marte now dwells, lying" oblic|uely over against Bethle-
hem, with all his right and interest therein as the same has be-
longed to him; which he does by virtue of the patent granted to
him by the late Governor General Richard Niccols, dated the 13th
of August 1667,- and that free and unincumbered, without any
charges thereon or issuing out of the same (save the lord's right)
and without the grantor's making any further claim in the least
thereto, acknowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied therefor,
the first penny with the last, and therefore giving plenum actionem
cessam and full power to the aforenamed Marte Cornelise, his
heirs, sticcessors and assigns, to do with and dispose of the afore-
said half island and appurtenances thereof as he might do with his
own patrimonial estate and effects, promising to warrant and de-
fend the same against all persons from all lawful claims, demands
and incumbrances and furthermore never to do nor cause to be
done anything contrary hereto in any manner, binding himself
thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, on the 13th of
March 16 4;;.



Cornells van Dyck
A. Teller



Teunis Corneltsze van der Puel



In my presence,

Ro'^. Livingston. Secretary



the name Van Buren, hut this is apparently a mistake and should he Van
Ysselsteyn. See J'an Rensselaer Bozvier Mss. p. 181, note, and Xotarial
Papers, I :36.

1 In the patent of the 13th of August 1667, mentioned in the text, the
island is called Constables island, which evidently corresponds to Constapel's
island, opposite Paerde Hoeck (now Parda hook), and would seem to refer
to what is now known as Bear island, about a mile south of Van Wie's point.
Constapel's island was so named after Andries Herpertsen Constapel, to
whom, jointly with Rutger Jacobsen. the island was patented on March 10,
1661. In this patent of 1661 the island is said to be situated "about two
[Dutch] miles below Fort Orange, obliquely opposite Bethlehem, in the



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