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that he might conduct them to the governor
and council. He was furnished with the
proper instructions and given wampum belts
to use. Considering the mode of travelling
in those days, he was decidedly expeditious,
for only six days afterwards he returned with
the "far Indians, called Shawanoes, and some
Senecas, who had been travelling together for
nine years". His expense account is of pe-
culiar interest, and sets forth that on August
7 ?th it was necessary to pav for ferriage at 1
Elizabethtown : on the T4th. lodging and horse
'lire; on the 15th for horse hire to (Trenton")
Falls and a guide to the Indians; on the i6th.



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for two Holland shirts to be given to Indian
chiefs ; expenses at Raritan and Woodbridge ;
on the 17th, horse hire from Benjamin
Ckiet's to Ehzabethtown ; on the 18th, expense
at the same place and ferriage from Davitt's ;
at New York, charges for butcher's meat
crackers and peas, furnished for the Indians,
and on arrival, for the comfort and keeping
of the Indians, "fourteen gallons single beer,
fish, bread, and oysters", the expenses for the
entire trip, for all, amounting to but little
more than twelve English pounds. He pre-
sented a belt at the end of each proposition,
addressing them as "brethren" and they him
as "Corlaer". On account of so many and
frequent demands made upon him to treat
with the Indians or engage in campaigns, Ar-
ent Schuyler's business had been seriously
neglected. His brother Brandt and his sister
Gertrude (Geertruj) were both married and
had settled in New York. Albany was then a
frontier town and exposed to attack, so con-
sidering everything he departed for New
York about February, 1694, determined to re-
sume business as a merchant. It was deter-
mined at a council held Feliruary 3. 1694, by
Gnvcrnor Fletcher, that as there were one
hundred Frenchmen and fifty French Indians
comin? into the Minisink country to debauch
the Minisink Indians, that a trustworthy mes-
sengfcr must be despatched to seek out their
intent. Arent Schuyler was again selected.
He started the afternoon of the day he was
told of the mission, and the day after reached
the Indian village, eight miles beyond Hack-
cnsack. His conference was favorable, and
after an absence of six days among dangerous
tribes, he returned to New York. On June
^. if^)?. Arent Schuyler and Anthony Brock-
hoist purchased of the Indians four thousand
acres of land at Pequannock. On November
TT, 1695, thev purchased the title of the East
Tcrsev nroprietors to the same tract for one
hundred pounds. On May 20, 1697. ^^ re-
ceived from Governor Fletcher a patent for
land in the Minisink country, called bv the
Indians Sankhekeneck. alias Masrhawaem ;
also a parcel of meadow called Wainsagsk-
meck. on the Minisink river, containing one
thousand acres.

He removed from New York to Pompton
Plains, New Tersey. about 1702. where he
remained until 1710. when he removed to a
large farm which he had purchased from Ed-



mund Kingsland, on New Barbadoes Neck,
on the east side of the Passaic river, the deed
dated April 20, 1710; the amount three hun-
dred and thirty pounds. A negro slave be-
longing to him accidentally found a copper
deposit while he was plowing. He had turned
over a peculiarly greenish and very heavy sort
of stone. He took it to his master and it
was sent to England to be analyzed. The
reply was . that it contained eighty per cent
copper, and this opened a means for Arent
Schuyler to obtain wealth. Desiring to re-
ward the slave he told him that he might make
three requests, to which the fellow replied ;
first, that he might remain with his master as
long as he lived ; second, that he might have
all the tobacco he could smoke; and third, that
lie might be gi\en a dressing gown with big
brass buttons, like his master's. Schuyler told
him to consider and ask for something less
trifling, and the answer was that for the fourth
request he might have a little more tobacco.
Before his death he had shipped to the Bristol
copper and brass works, England, one thou-
sand three hundred and eighty-six tons. In
T761. on receipt of an engine from England,
the mine was extensively operated for four
years. Three miles above the present city of
Newark and opposite the old town of Belle-
ville, on the Passaic river, Arent Schuyler
erected his mansion. It was built by him in
1 710. and is standin?. in excellent condition, at
the present time. It is believed that he had
to send to Holland for the brick that com-
posed the front, and the other walls of tlie
brownstone were found at Belleville. It has
been the residence of generations of the
Schuyler familv since that time, and its simple,
substantial architecture is a noble type. In
the olden days there was a magnificent deer
park about the house, stocked with no less
than one hundred and fifty animals of that
kind. Arent Schuyler was most liberal.

He was an officer of the Reformed Dutch
church, and soon after he settled on the Pas-
saic he assisted in organizing it at Belleville.
He gave it one hundred and fiftv pounds in
1729, as a commencement of a fund for the
pastor's salarv. and shortlv after added three
himdred pounds. .After his death in i/'^o his
widow and five children, in respect to his
memory, contributed fifty pounds apiece, and
in 1739 Tohn added one hundred and fifty
pounds, arranging for the right to vote on



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calling a minister as also the privilege of sign-
ing the call, and the consistory bound itself
and successors not to invite a clergyman of
another denomination to occupy the pulpit
without his or their consent, provided always
that they were members of the Dutch church.
Colonel Schuyler, however, withdrew from
the church because of a difference, and while
leaving the fund he united with the Episco-
palians and built a church for them in the
same place.

(Ill) Casparus, son of Arent and Jenneke
(Teller) Schuyler, was baptized in New York
City, May 5, 1695, died April 13, 1754. He
received from his father a deed for land in
Burlington, New Jersey, at Lossa or Wing-
worth's Point, and he owned considerable
property along the Delaware river. The line
of the Schuyler family that sprang from him
became very much distinguished for the suc-
cession of high church dignitaries and other
figures in the learned world that belonged to
it, just as other lines in the same family
gained considerable military distinction.
Among his descendants who entered the
church may be mentioned the Rev. Livingston
Schuyler, Rev. Hamliton Schuyler, Rev. Cam-
eron Mann. Casparus Schuyler married in
Burlington, in 1723, Mary Schuyler, a distant
cousin.

(IV) Arent (2), only son of Casparus and
Mary (Schuyler) Schuyler, was born about
1720. He married. May 19, 1748, Jannetie
Van Wagenen.

CV) Arent (3). son of Arent (2) and Jan-
netie (\'an Wagenen) Schuyler, was born in
1754. He married Hester Dey in 1784. Chil-
dren: I. Anthony Dey. mentioned below. 2.
Aborn, born August 29, 1788: married Caro-
line Butler, having a son, the Rev. Anthony
Schuyler, D.D.. born July 8, 1815, a distin-
guished member of the Episcopal church. 3.
Peter, who died unmarried.

(VI) .\nthony Dey, son of Arent (3) and
Hester (Dey) Schuyler, was born October 18,
178';. He married Sarah Ridge. October 25.
1810.

fVII) The Rev. Dr. Montgomery Schuvler,
son of Anthony Dey and Sarah (Ridge)
Schuyler, was born at New York City, Janu-
arv 0, 1814, died at St. Louis, Missouri, in
t8o



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