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Indian tongue called Pachonakellick otherwise Mahicanders island," which
Ruttenber, Indian Geographical Names, p. 178, erroneously identifies with
Castle island. See Early Records of Albany, 1:119; Dutch Patents, HH,
part 2, p. 122; O'Callaghan, History of Nezu Netherland, 1:437; and Van
Rensselaer Bonner Mss. p. 829-30.

2 According to this patent, Teunis Cornelissen van der Poel came into
possession of the half of the island and one-half of the buildings, fences and
appurtenances thereof by virtue of a judgment of the court, in satisfaction
of a certain debt due to him from Rutger Jacobsen, since deceased. The
other half of the island, which originally belonged to Andries Herpertsen
Constapel, was after his death disposed of at public sale, on June 26, 1663,
to Volckert Jansen Douw, who received a patent for it on September 6, 1667.
July 26, 1675, Volckert Jansen entered into a contract with Pieter Winne
for the sale of his half interest in the island and December 13. 1677. he
made a formal conveyance thereof. See Early Records of Albany. 1:118-19,
16CH70, 325, 333'34-



7-2 KAKI.V RECORDS OF ALDAXV

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Johan Friese (de Vries) for

a house and lot in Albany

I 6oJ Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr. And^ Teller and .Mr Dirlv W'essells, magistrates
of said jurisdiction, Capt. Johan Clute, who declared that he grants,
conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership to
and for the behoof of Johannes de Wies,' burgher of this town, a
certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany, with all
that is thereto fast by earth and nail, adjoining southerly and also
easterly the grantor, northerly ^larte Cryger and westerly the
street, in breadth, front and rear, sixteen feet, one in h and in
length eighty feet, wood measure, with the understanding that the
house shall have free drip on both sides, except in front on the
street between [it and] Marte Cryger as the houses stood at the
time they were sold, moreover granting him, said de Aries, or his
successors, forever the privilege of repairing the sewer which runs
through the grantor's garden, without contradiction or objection
of anyone, which the grantor does b}' virtue of the conveyance
to him given by Jan Lansinck. of date the loth of April 1679.- to
which reference is herein made, and that free and unincumbered,
without any charges resting on. or growing out of the same (sav-
ing the lord's right ) and without the grantor's making any ftirther
claim in the least thereto, acknowledging that he is fully paid and
satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving
plenam actionem cessani and full power to the aforesaid Johannes
de A'ries, his heirs and successors, or assigns to do with and dis-
pose of the aforesaid house and lot as he might do with his own
patrimonial estate and eflfects, promising to defend the same against
any and all persons and to keep the same free from all trouble,
claims and incumbrances and further nevermore to do nor cause
to be done anything contrary hereto, in any manner, binding him-
self as bv law orovided.

Done in Albany, the 27th of ]\Iarch. 1680.

JOHANXS Cl.UTE

Dirck Wesselsz

A. Teller ^" "^>' pi'e^ence.

Ro^. LiviXGSTox, Secretary



^ See his signature on p. 149.
2 See p. 38.^



DEEDS 1 678-1 704 73

Deed from Major Abraham Staets to the elders and deacons of
the Lutheran church for a house and lot in Albany on the
First kill

[61] Appeared before me, Ro'. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence
of the Honorable Mr And^ Teller and ]\lr Cornelis van Dyck
magistrates of said jurisdiction, Major Abraham Staas, who de-
clared that he granted, conveyed and made over in true, rightful
and absolute ownership to and for the behoof oT Albert Bratt,
Mynd^ Frederikse, elders, and Anthony Lespinard and Carsten
Frederikse, deacons, of the Lutheran Church here in Albany, a
certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany, with all
that is thereto fast by earth and nail, on the First kill,^ adjoining
to the south the First kill, to the north the former common path
now owned by Mr Pretty, Ja:ob Sanders. Job: Wendel, Mynd^
Harmense and Hend : Cuyler, to the east the common road and to
the west a little kill, in breadth on the east side twelve rods and
eleven feet and on the west side six rods and four feet, and in
length on the south side twenty-one rods and one foot and on the
north side twenty-three rods and two feet, all Rhineland measure,
on which lot the Lutheran church now stands; likewise the house
for the Lutheran domine, being bought and paid for by the whole
Lutheran congregation, to whom the same is now made over;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent to him grinted
by the late Governor Richard Niccols under date of the 25th of
April ir)67,- being a part of said lot, to which reference is herein



1 The same as the Rutten kill. For location of the Lutheran cliurch, see
Simeon De Witt's plan of the city of Albany, 1794, reproduced in Year Book
of the Holland Society of New York for 1904.

2 The record of this patent reads as follows : " Richard NicoUs Esq. &c.
Whereas there was a Patent or Groundbriefe heretofore graunted by the
Dutch Governour Petrus Stuyvesant unto Cap*. Abraham Staets for a certain
Lott of Ground where his House stands lying in Beverwick Albany neer
the Fort abutting on the west to the Lott belonging to Rut Jacobsen there
being a path between both of five foot breadth otT from the s^ Path west-
ward its in breadth six Rod & two foot Southward it conteynes eighteen
Rod westward to his small Creek or Kill five and twenty Rod & from the
s^ Creek to the first small creeke its in breadth eight Rod. Together with
another Lott of Ground and Garden abutting on the North to the Lott of
Ruyter Hendricks, on the west to the way, on the East to the Garden
belonging to M"" Renselaer, & on the south to Aryaen Ilpendam conteyning
in breadth five Rod and in length seaven Rod lying as it were in a square
which s'J Patent or Groundbriefe graunted as afores"! beares date the 25°
day of Octob. 1653. And whereas there is also another Garden adjoyning on
the south to Adriaen Gerritsen on the North to the Lott of Anneke Bogardus
on the East to M"" Renselaers, and on the west to the way conteyning in
breadth fifteen Rod & in length seaven Rod which s<i Garden hath been
heretofore purchased by the s^ Cap*. Abraham Staets. Now for a Con-
firmacon &c. The Patent is dated the 25*1*. Apr : 1667."



74 EARLY RECORDS OF ALBAXV

made, and that free and unincumbered, without an\- charges
thereon or growing out of the same (saving the lord's right), ac-
knowledging that he is fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first
penny w iih the last, giving therefore plcnam actionem cessam and
full power to the aforenamed persons in their capacity as [mem-
bers of the] consistory (if llie Lutlieran cliurch. being for the use
of the whole church, to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house
and lot as they might do with their own patrimonial estates and ef-
fects, promising to defend the same against any and all j^ersons and
to free the same from all future trouble, claims and incumbrances
and furthermore nevermore to do nor cause to be done anything con-
trary hereto in any manner, binding himself as by law therefor
provided. Done in Albany, the 29th of March 1680.

Abram St a as
Cornells van Pyck
A. Teller

In my presence,

Ro'T. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Jacob Lokermans to Reyer Schermerhorn, husband
and guardian of Ariaentje Arents, widow of Elmer Otten, for
a house and lot on the hill in Albany

[62] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence
of the Honorable ^Ir And\ Teller and Air Dirk W'essells, magis-
trates of said jurisdiction. Jacob Lokermans, who declared that he
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Ryer Jacobse Schermerhooren, hus-
band and guardian of Ariaentie Arents, late widow of Elmer Otte,^
deceased, a certain house and lot standing and lying on the hill here
in Albany, being Xo. 9, in breadth in front two rods and eleven
inches and in the rear two rods ; in length on the south side six
rods, one foot, nine inches and on the north five rods, ten feet, eight
inches long; bounded north by Ryer Jacobse aforesaid and Jan
Cloete, easterly by ( ieertruy \'osburgh. southerly by Omay La
Grangie and westerly Ijy the street ; which the grantor does by vir-
tue of a patent to him granted by His Excellency Sir Edmond An-
dros, Knight, governor general, etc., of date the 25th of IMarch



1 In Notarial Papers, i :446. he signs his name as a witness to a power of
attorney of July 19, 1664, " Helmerich Otten," and is referred to in the text
as " Helmert Otten van Isens." Judging from his distinctly Frisian name,
Isens probably stands for Esens. in East Friesland, and not for Essen, as
Professor Pearson suggests in his First Settlers of Albany.



DEEDS 1678-I7O4 75

1680,' to which reference is here made ; and that free and unincum-
bered, without any charges on, or growing out of the same (saving
the lord's right), and without the grantor's making any further claim
in the least thereto, since he acknowledges that he is fully paid
and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last, giving there-
fore plcnam actionem ccssain and full power to the aforesaid
Ryer Jacobse Schermerhooren, sticcessor of Elmer Otte, de-
ceased, his heirs and successors, or assigns to do therewith and
dispose thereof as he might do with his own patrimonial estate
and efifects, promising to warrant and defend the same against all
persons from all lawful claims, demands and in.umbrances, and
further nevermore to do nor cause to be done anything contrary
hereto in any manner, binding himself thereto as by law provided.
Done in Albany, this 17th cf April 1680.

Jacop. Lokermans
Dirck IVcssclsc
A. Teller

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Reyer Schermerhorn to Capt. Johannes Clute for the
house and lot described in preceding deed (not executed)

[63] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable Mr And^ Teller and Mr Dirk Wessells, magistrates
of said jurisdiction, Ryer Jacobse Shermerhooren, who declared
that he grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free
ownership to and for the behoof of Capt. Johan Cloete a certain
house and lot standing and lying here in Albany on the hill, being
lot No. 9, breadth in front two rods and eleven inches and in the
rear two rods, length on the south side six rods, one foot nine inches
and on the north five rods, ten feet and eight inches ; bounded north
by Ryer Jacobse aforesaid and Jan Cloete, easterly by Geertruy
Vosburgh, southerly by Oniy La Grangie and westerly by the street ;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance granted him



1 The only record of a patent of that date to Jacob Lokermans is for a
lot of exactly the same dimensions as that conveyed by the present deed, but
which is described as lot no. 11 and as " having on the north side Helmer Otte
and Jan Clute on the East side Gertruy Vosburgh on the South side Omy
La Grande and on the west side the High streete According to the Returne
of the Towne Surveyo""." According to this patent, the lot was purchased by
Lokermans at public sale and conveyed to him by the commissaries.



j6 KAKI.N' KKCOKDS OF Af.r.AXV

by Jacob Lukcrmans. of date the 17th of April 1O80, to which refer-
ences is herein made, and that free and unincumbered, without any
charges on, or growing out of the same (saving the lord's right)
and without the grantor's making any further claim in the least
thereto, since he acknowledges that he is fully paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, and therefore giving plenani
actionem ccssam and full power to the aforenamed Capt. Jan Cloete,
his heirs, successors, or assigns therewith to do and to dispose thereof
as he might do wnth his own patrimonial estate and efifects, promis-
ing to warrant and defend the same against all jjersons from all law-
ful claims, demands and incumbrances and further nevermore to
do nor cause to be done anything contrary hereto in any manner,
binding himself thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, this
19th of April 1680.

[Not signed by the grantor]
Dirck Wesselss
A. Teller

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Jan Jansen Bleecker for a
house and lot on the hill in Albany

[64] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyk and Schaenhechtade, in presence of the
Honorable ]\Ir And^ Teller and Air Dirk W'essells, magistrates of
said jurisdiction, Capt. Jan Cloete, who declared that he grants,
conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership to
and for the behoof of Air Jan Bleeker a certain house and lot stand-
ing and lying here in Albany on the hill, bounded westerly by Ryer
Jacobse Shermerhooren, easterly by the house that heretofore Ger*.
Hardenburgh owned, southerly by the lot heretofore owned by
Jacob Lokermans and northerly by the street ; length on the west
side two rods, ten feet, three inches, in front on the street one rod,
ten feet and nine inches, breadth in the rear one rod, ten feet and
six inches, length on east side three rods, all Rhineland measure;
which he, the grantor, does by virtue of the patent to him granted
by His Excellency Sir Edmond Andross, knight, governor general,
of date the 25th of March 1680; likewise said Cloet conveys
to Air Jan Bleeker aforesaid a small corner of a lot that adjoins to
the rear of said lot, in breadth one rod, ten feet and six inches and
the south end one rod, nine feet and two inches, length east and west
six feet less three inches, likewise Rhineland measure; which he
does by virtue of the conveyance received by him from Ryer Jacobse



DEEDS 1678-1704 yy

Shermerhooreii, of date the 19th of April 1680, to which reference is
herein made; and that free and unincumbered, without any charges
on, or growing out of the same (saving the lord's right) and
without the grantor's making any further claim in the least thereto,
acknowledging himself to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the
first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam actionem cessam
and full power to the aforenamed Jan Janse Bleeker, his heirs and
successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the aforesaid house
and lot as he might do with his own patrimonial estate and ei^ects,
promising to warrant and defend the same against all persons from
all lawful claims, demands and incumbrances and further neither to
do nor cause anything to be done contrary hereto in any manner,
binding himself thereto as by law provided. Done in Albany, the
2 1st of April 1680.

JOHANNS ClUTE

Dirck Wcssclsa
A. Teller

In my presence,

Ro: Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Capt. Johannes Clute to Juriaen Jansen Groenwout
for a house and lot in Albany on the hill

[65] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyck and Schaenhechtady, etc., in the presence
of the Honorable Mr Andries Teller and Mr Dirk Wessells, magis-
trates of said jurisdiction, Capt. Johan Cloet, who declared that he
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free owner-
ship to and for the behoof of Juriaen Janse Groenwout,^ a certain
house and lot standing and lying here in Albany on the hill, with all
that is thereto fast by earth and nail, boiinded northerly and west-
erly- by Ryer Jacobse Shermerhooren, southerly by Omy La
Grangie and westerly by the street , both sides of the house and lot
drip free ; in length thirty-eight wood feet and nine inches as well
on the south side as on the north side, to wit, the house and lot



1 For account of Juriaen Jansen Groenwout, see Early Records of Albany.
I :i22, note. He died shortly before June 5, 1683, when Pieter Bogardus,
husband of Groenwout's stepdaughter Wyntje Cornells, obtained letters of
administration on his estate, Bogardus having proved to the satisfaction of
the court that it was Groenwout's desire that Wyntje CorneHs should be his
sole heir, to the exclusion of relatives in Holland. See Proceedings of
Justices of the Peace, 1680-85, p. 414. In Notarial Papers, i :2og, he is called
Juriaen Jansz van Groenwout. There are a number of places by the name
of Groenwout, or Groenewoud. in the Netherlands.

2 This should be : easterly.



-8 l•:.\ln,^■ ki'.cokds <ti" .\l.l■..\^■^■

alike, breadth in the rear as in front; wliicli lie. the j^n-antor. does by
virtue of the eonveyanee made to him by Ryer Jacobse Shermer-
hooren. of date the 9th of A])ril 1680, to whieh referenee is herein
made; and that free and unincumbered, without any charges on. or
growing out of the same (saving the lord's right) and without the
grantor's making any further claims thereto, acknowledging himself
to be fully paid and satisfied therefor, the first penny with the last,
giving therefore plcnam actionem ccssam and full power to the
aforenamed Juria[e]n Janse Groenwout, 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 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, this 21st of April 1680.

JOHANNS ClUTE

Dirck Wesselsz
A. Teller

In my presence,

Ro^. Livingston, Secretary

Deed from Gerrit Herttenberch to Jan Byvanck for a house and

lot at Albany on the hill

[66] Appeared before me, Ro*. Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Rensselaerswyk and Shaenhechtady and in presence of the
Honorable Mr And-*^. Teller and Air Cornelis van Dyck, magistrates
of said jurisdiction. Mr Gerrit Hartenbergh, who declared that he
grants, conveys and makes over in true, rightful and free ownership
to and for the behoof of Mr Jan Byvanck a certain house and lot
standing and lying here in Albany on the hill, with all that is fast by
earth or nail, bounded westerly by Jan Janse Bleeker, easterly by
Jan Byvank aforesaid, northerly by the street [Maiden Lane] and
southerly by Geertruy Vosburgh and Omy La Grangie ; length on
the east side near the house of said Byvank thirty-four feet and one
inch Rhineland measure and breadth front and rear twenty-four
wood feet, on the west side next Jan Bleeker thirty-two feet and
eight inches Rhineland measure ; likewise a small corner of lot behind
the rear end, breadth front and rear ten feet, three and a half inches,
on the east side two rods long, on the west side two rods and two
inches long; which he. the grantor, does by virtue of a conveyance
to him made by Ca])t. Jan Cloete, of date the 20th of April 1680, to



DEEDS 1678-I704 79

which reference is herein made ; and that free and unincumbered,
without any charges on, or growing out of the same (saving the
lord's right) and without the grantor's making any further claim in
the least to the same, acknowledging himself fully paid and satisfied
therefor, the first penny with the last, therefore giving plenam
actionem cessani and full power to the aforenamed Jan Byvank, his
heirs, successors, or assigns to do with and dispose of the same as
he might do with his own patrimonial effects and estate, promising
to defend the same against all persons and free the same from all
trouble, claims and incumbrances, as is right, and further nevermore
to do nor cause to be done anything contrary thereto in any manner,
binding himself as by law provided. Done in Albany, this 21st of
April 1680.

Gerit Herttenberch
Dirck IVcssels:::
Cornelis van Dyck

In my presence,

RcT^. Livingston, Secretary

Bond and mortgage of Gerrit Teunissen to the patroon of the
colony of Rensselaersv^^yck with satisfaction of mortgage by
Maria van Rensselaer

[67J On this 27th of April 1680 appeared before me, Robert
Livingston, secretary of Albany, colony of Renselaerswyck and
Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of the Honorable Mr Dirk Wes-
sells and Johannes Provoost, magistrates of said jurisdiction, Mr
Gerrit Teunise,^ who acknowledged that he was well and truly in-
debted and in arrears to the patroon of the colony of Renselaers-
wyck, or order, in the quantity of nine hundred and twenty-seven
skipples of wheat, growing out of rent due for the farm, on which he
dwelt, which sum of 927 skipples of wheat the subscriber promises to
pay within the time of eighteen months, to wit, the just third part,
being three hundred and nine skipples of wheat, within the time of
the next six months, the second payment, also a just third part,
within six months thereafter, that is before April 1681, and the third
or last payment in October 1681 ; and if the subscriber fail to make
the two last payments, then he shall pay interest on the same at 6 per
cent reckoned from April and October 1681 ; for the full perform-
ance of which the subscriber specially binds his land lying behind



1 By this mark identified with Gerrit Teunissen van Vechten ; see Notarial
Papers, 2:56, 58.



So i:.\KI.\' Ri:(()RI)S OF Al.r.ANV

the farm on which he clweh. according to the patent thereof granted
him by his honor Kchnond Andross, dated the 29th of September
1677 :' hkewise his house and barn, and the appurtenances thereof,
together with his person and estate, real and personal, present and
future, nothing excepted, submitting the same to the authority of all
lords, courts, tribunals and judges. Done in Albany without craft or
guile, dated as above.

This is the mark X of Gerrit
Teunise, made with his own hand.



Dirck W CSS else
Johannes Pro:'flost



In my presence,

Ro^ Li\i.\"(;sTux, Sccrctarx



On this iith day of July 1683, ^ladam Maria van Renselaer,
as attorney for Mr Steph : van Cortlandt, director of the colony of
Rensselaerswyck, acknowdedges that she is fully paid for the afore-
said note of indebtedness of Ger^ Teunise in the sum of nine hun-
dred and twenty-seven skipples of wheat with the interest thereon;
releasing him from all claims from the beginning of the world to
this date, which attests,

Maria van Rexsslaer
As witness :

J. Becker

Bond and mortgage of Geertruy Vosburgh to Maritje Loker-
mans, widov;' of Pieter van Alen, and the guardians of the
latter's children

[68] Appeared before me, Ro^ Livingston, secretary of Albany,
colony of Renselaerswyk and Schaenhechtady, etc., in presence of
the Honorable ]\Ir Dirk W'essells and Mr Corn : van D}k,
magistrates of said jurisdiction, Geertruy Vosburgh, who declared
tliat she is honestly and truly indebteded and in arrears to Maritie
Lokermans, late widow of P"". van Ale, deceased, and now wife of
Ger*. van Xess, and to ^Ir And^ Teller and Mr Lawrence van
Ale, gtiardians of the children left by P"". van Ale, deceased, in the



1 This patent was for a piece of upland and swamp lying to the southward
of Albany laid out by order of the governor for " Lieuten* Garritt Tunniss.
in consideracon of his severall Services with y*" Indians. & p'ticularly being
Imployed and sent out During y* late troubles." The land is described as
running from the great kill easterly toward the hills 72 rods, which seems
to indicate that it was situated on the Normans kill.



DEEDS 1678-1704 81

sum of nine hundred and twenty guilders in beavers, to be paid in
good, merchantable winter wheat, beavers price, growing out of the
purchase of the farm at Kinderhoek where she now lives ; likewise
the sum of one hundred and ten guilders, eight stivers in beavers,
to be paid also in wheat as above, for interest due on the aforemen-
tioned principal sum; which sum of 920 guilders in beavers and
fl. no; 8 beavers, Geertruy Vosburgh aforesaid promises to pay in
the time of two years beginning last February, with interest on the
aforesaid principal sum of fl. 920 at 6 per cent, for which she binds
and specially mortgages her house and lot standing and lying here in
Albany on the hill, on the south side of Luycas d' Backer and to the
north of the house and lot of the widow of Arent van den Bergh,
together with her orchard lying on the Pleyn (Plain) on the road to
the old fort, over against the garden of Mr W"\ Teller, likewise her
person and estate, personal and real, present and future, nothing



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