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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 128-129 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 was a son of Marselis Janse of Albany and early settled here; in the massacre of 1690 he was slain with his wife and one child. His village lot was on the north side of State street, having a front of 55 feet Amsterdam measure. This lot comprising numbers 139 to 143 now belongs to the estate of the late William McCamus.

On the 6th April, 1708, the trustees of Schenectady, — Johannes Sanderse Glen, Adam Vrooman, Jan Mebie and Arent Vedder conveyed the above mentioned lot to Gysbert Marselis brother of Gerrit; — in the deed they say, "whereas to our knowledge Gerrit Marselis late of Schenectady deceased, when Schenectady was destroyed by the French, was in quiet possession of a lot in said town on the north side of the street called Martelaers' straat, of rack (129-1), having to the east the lot of Purmerent [Van der Volgen], on the west the lot of Douwe Aukes, to the north the pasture of Gysbert Gerritse [Van Brakel], and as the writing is lost, or destroyed," etc., his brother Gysbert Marselis of Albany, asked for a conveyance which said trustees granted. And on the first day of April, 1709, Gysbert Marselis shoemaker of Albany, quit claimed this same lot to Myndert, son of Gerrit Marselis, deceased, late of Schenectady. (129-2)

In 1716 it was owned by Daniel Danielse Van Antwerpen.

Notes

(129-1) [Martelaeres' straat, of rack = Martyr's street (State street) or to the highway. — M'M.]

(129-2) Deeds, V, 114.

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