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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Hans Janse Eenkluys

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 109-110 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 is first mentioned in the records as a servant or soldier in the Dutch West India Company's service, in 1632, and as such was one of those who erected the arms of the States General at Kievits Hoek [Saybrook], at the mouth of the Connecticut river. (109-5)

In 1648, on the occasion of Governor Stuyvesant's visit to Fort Orange, he was there, and was employed to clean the Heer Patroon's cannons and fire the salute. (109-6)

After a long service he retired to Schenectady soon after it was settled and in his old age, was cared for by the church, to whom he left his property for the poor of the village. He died in 1683, leaving no heirs.

His farm consisted of 18 morgens of river flats lying in the third ward, bounded by the Mohawk on the north, Front street on the south, the Hansen, or Simon Groot's kil [College brook] on the east, and the Fonda place on the west. After holding this land 180 years, it was sold by the church in 1863, for about $10,000. It was generally used as a cow pasture, and as it was given for the maintenance of the poor, was called the arme wey, or "poor pasture." (110-1)

Notes

(109-5) Col. Hist., I, 287. — O'Callaghan's Hist. N. N., I, 149.

(109-6) O'Callaghan's Hist. N. N., II, 71.

(110-1) Church Papers.

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