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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 101-102 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.)]

In 1669 Paulus Janse received a patent for a morgen and a half of land at Schenectady, "lying to the west about halfway the land of Arent Van Curler." (101-4) This parcel of land lying on the Binnè kil about halfway from Mill creek to the farmhouse of the late John Myers, was purchased from Paulus Janse by Christiaan Christiaanse in 1671. (101-5) His village lot was on the north side of Union street adjoining the Dutch church lot and included the lot owned by the late Isaac Riggs (now included in the church grounds) and the lot occupied by Mr. Aaron Barringer, being 100 feet broad front and rear and 200 feet deep, Amsterdam measure. The deed for this lot having been lost in the destruction of Joris Aertse Van der Baast's house in 1690, Johannes Sanderse Glen, magistrate of the village, reconveyed the same Dec. 1, 1694, and on the same day Christiaanse conveyed it to Neeltie Claase, widow of Hendrick Gardenier. (102-1) April 7, 1695, an inventory of the estate of the late Hendrick Gardenier of Scotac, Albany county, was taken and this lot was then valued at 15 beaver skins sewant. (102-2) Feb. 22, 1701/2 Johannes Ouderkerk and Neeltie Claase, then his wife, conveyed it to Jellis Van Vorst. (102-3)

Notes

(101-4) Patents, 971.

(101-5) Deeds, II, 811.

(102-1) Toll Papers.

(102-2) "Het erff op Shinnectady gelegen tuschen het erff Van D Domini Salgr. Van Shinnectady en het erff Van Pottman zynde gewaerdeert op fifthien Bevers sewant."

(102-3) Deeds, V, 111; see also Van Vorst; Wills, I.

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