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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 199-200 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 probably the eldest son of Harmen Albertse, and was born in 1671. At the destruction of the village in 1690, he was carried away to Canada. On his return he married in 1699, Maria, daughter of Johannes Sanderse Glen, and had at least five sons and two daughters, a part of whom were living 8th February, 1751/2, when his will was made. He died August 1, 1753, aged 82 yrs., 2 mos. and 21 days.

His village lot, on the north side of Union street, is thus described in a deed given June 3, 1701, by Reyer Schermerhorn and others, trustees. "Whereas Reynier Schaets was in peaceable possession of a certain lot in Schenectady, the patent to which is thought to have been destroyed in 1690 by the French, and as said lot was sold by Gideon Schaets, eldest son of said Reynier Schaets to Albert Vedder, and as said Vedder now desires a conveyance, therefore, said trustees of Schenectady conveyed to said Vedder said lot, having to the east the lot of Symon Groot, to the west the lot of Johannes Teller, north and south, the common highway [Front and Union streets], in breadth before and behind 51 feet, and in length 404 feet, wood measure." (199-6)

This same lot was in possession of Arent Van Curler in 1662, and after his death in 1667, it passed into possession of Benjamin Roberts, by whom it was sold to Reynier Schaets.

He owned and occupied a farm on the north bank of the Mohawk river at what was called Lusigh hoek, a short distance above the lower Glenville bridge, late the property of Thomas Walmsley. At this point was the "Lower Ferry," until 1808, when it was removed to Van Vorst's the next farm below, and without the limits (one mile), prescribed by the Mohawk Bridge charter.

He also inherited his father's pasture on Front street; in 1759 this lot belonged to Albert Johannese Vedder. (200-1)

Notes

(199-6) Deeds, V, 106.

(200-1) Deeds, V, 417.

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