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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 82-230 of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley by Jonathan Pearson, A. M. and others, edited by J. W. MacMurray, A. M., U. S. A. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 P36, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

[Copies of this book are available from the Schenectady County Historical Society.]

[The original version uses assorted typographical symbols to represent footnotes. To improve legibility, the online version uses the form (page number - note number.)]

Adult Freeholders, Who Settled in Schenectady Before 1700, Together with a Description of Their House Lots and Other Possessions (82-1)

Several of the first settlers who cooperated in founding the village in 1662, were of mature age, — scarcely any were aged.

Van Curler, Glen, Bratt, Swits, Schermerhorn, Vedder, Veeder, Van Eps, Vrooman, Wemp, etc., may be mentioned as of this class, whose children before 1700 had reached mature years and become heads of families.

They were nearly all farmers, whatever else they might do; their farms were small, seldom exceeding fifty acres of arable land and their families were large, often numbering from ten to fifteen children.

Their wants were few and simple; every one labored with his hands and the virgin soil yielded abundantly, and fully satisfied their frugal wants. There was neither poverty nor riches in the little community, but a sufficient competence was within the reach of all.

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Notes

(82-1) For a list of all citizens of Schenectady as well freeholders as others, see Schenectady Families.

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