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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 140 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.]

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He was the eldest son of the famous Anneke Janse, by her first husband Roeloffe Jansen. Until about the year 1670 he was a resident of Beverwyck, where he acted as the surveyor of lots. This year he accidently killed Gerrit Verbeeck at Albany, for which he was pardoned by the Governor. (140-3) His house lot here was on the north side of Union street 100 Amsterdam feet west of Ferry street — the lot now owned and occupied by Messrs. Joseph Y. and Giles Van de Bogart. This lot he sold to Jan Pootman, his neighbor on the east, reserving a life interest in the same for himself and wife. The consideration to be paid by Pootman was 50 beavers at 8 guilders each, in merchantable grain at market price, within eight years front date — 12 Sept., 1687, whereof, it is stated, a cow had already been paid and delivered at nine beavers. (140-4)

On the fatal night of Feb. 8, 1690, both Pootman and Roeloffse with their wives were slain. The latter left no children.

Notes

(140-3) Albany Annals, IV, 14; Court of Assizes, II, 524.

(140-4) Toll Papers.

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