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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Claas Andriese De Graaf

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 107 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.)]

Andries De Graaf was a citizen of New Amsterdam in 1661. His son Jan Andriese, brickmaker, was a resident of Albany in 1655; in 1658 he with two others, was fined 500 guilders for selling liquor to the Indians. In 1660 he went to New Amsterdam with one Roseboom and commenced the making of bricks. (107-1)

Claas Andriese De Graaf, another son of Andries De Graaf, was born about the year 1628 (107-2), and became one of the first settlers of Schenectady, taking up land at the Hoek, (107-3) in Scotia, where for several generations the family resided.

He probably died about 1697, in which year his wife leased her farm to Jonathan Stevens and Daniel Mascraft.

De Graaf married Elizabeth, daughter of Willem Brouwer of Albany; she survived her husband many years, dying in 1723.

Notes

(107-1) Valentine's Man., 1861, p. 521; Albany Co. Rec., 59, 221.

(107-2) Deeds, II, 88; Albany Co. Rec., 224.

(107-3) Called Claas Graven's hoek; another Claas Graven's hoek is mentioned in the old records — a portion of what subsequently became Cuyler's Patent at Crane's Village below Amsterdam.

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