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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Philip Hendrickse Brouwer

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 99-100 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.)]

He settled in Beverwyck as early as 1655, and the year following purchased of Hendrick And. Van Doesburgh, second husband of Maritie Damens, a house, lot, garden and brewery for 4000 guilders, giving a mortgage on said property for 3144 gl. of the purchase money. In 1662 he became one of the original proprietors of Schenectady and it was on or near his foremost lot No. 2 that he shot Claes Cornelise Swits the following year. (99-2)

His death occurred about the beginning of the year 1664, and on the 29 April, his administrators offered for sale his house, brewery and mill house in Beverwyck, and a house lot, garden and 25 morgens of land at Schenectady, — the lot 200 feet square, — also a barn 30 ft. by 24, two bergen, two horses, mare, two milch cows, heifer, calves, five sows, a waggon, &c. (99-3) The real estate at Schenectady was purchased by Cornelis Van Nes, third husband of Marine Damens, for 1,287 gl. for Jan Dirkse Van Eps, her son by her first husband, Dirk Van Eps. Brouwer's wife was Elsie Tjerck; the records make no mention of any children.

Philip Hendrickse's horse lot in Schenectady was on the north corner of State and Church streets — about 200 ft. square — (100-1) being a quarter of the block bounded by State, Washington, Union and Church streets.

A patent was issued to Cornelis Van Ness for this lot and bouweries No. 2, June 16, 1664, and confirmed to Jan Van Eps, April 29, 1667. (100-2)

Notes

(99-2) See Claes Swits.

(99-3) Deeds, II, 469, 472, 495.

(100-1) As measured by Adam Vrooman in 1713, the north and south sides of this lot were 200 ft. long, and the east and west sides were 225 ft., Amsterdam measure.

(100-2) Patents, 392; see also Van Eps.

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