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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Capt. Harmanus Van Slyck

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 190-191 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.)]

Harmanus, eldest son of Jacques Cornelise, married Jannetie, daughter of Adam Vrooman, in 1704; they had twelve children. He died in 1733. His military title was given because of his commanding the company of foot in the village.

By his father's will, fourteen morgens of land on the First flat was devised to him, and the Mohawks gave him 2,000 acres at Canajoharie. This conveyance was made Jan. 12, 1713/4, "in consideration of ye love, goodwill and affection which we have and do bear towards our loving cozen and friend Capt. Harmon Van Slyck of Schenectady aforesaid, whose grandmother was a right Mohaugs squaw and his father born with us in the above said Kanajoree... it being his the said Harmon Van Slyke's by Right of inberitance from his father." This deed was signed by Roddah, Kahekoe, Schenaktadee (191-1) and others of the principal Indians, and witnessed by Lea Stevens interpreter to ye above deed." (191-2)

In a deed of partition, dated 15th March, 1771, of Capt. Van Slyck's land, it is recited that Capt. Harme Van Slyck, deceased, obtained a patent for 2,000 acres of land at "Anthony's Nose"; — Nicholas Schuyler, deceased, surveyed the same 27th Sept., 1723, and divided it into sixteen lots; Nov. 1, 1731, said Harme Van Slyck made his will and bequeathed to his three sons, Jacobus and Adam Van Slyck, both now [1771] of Schenectady, and Harmanus Van Slyck, now of Canajoharie, the half of the above mentioned tract of land, save lots No. 8 of lowland, and No. 9 of woodland, and five morgens of lowland out of the west end of No. 6 of lowland, which he bequeathed to his son Harmanus. Isaac Vrooman made a new map of this property and a new sub-division, and the same was alloted to said Jacobus, Adam and Harmanus by lot; and the above mentioned deed was given to confirm this allotment. (191-3)

Capt. Van Slyck probably inherited the half of Van Slyck's island belonging to his father; in 1748 it belonged to his son, Capt. Jacobus Van Slyck. (191-4)

Notes

(191-1) [Is this only a coincidence? — M'M.]

(191-2) H. Yates' Papers.

(191-3) H. Yates' Papers.

(191-4) See Jan Wemple's will; Wills, II, 4.

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