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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 216-217 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 son of Hendrick Meese, and married Geesie, daughter of Symon Volkertse Veeder, July 4, 1680, and had fifteen children; nine sons and six daughters, the most of whom attained maturity and left families. He made his will April 24, 1732.

His village lot, inherited of his father, had a front on the north side of State street of 172 feet, extending from a point 49 ft. east of Givens' Hotel lot to the Stanford block.

His house and the westerly half of this lot, by his will were devised to his son Cornelis, who died the next year, leaving his property to his mother, by whom it was devised to her son Bartholomew, in 1734. The easterly half Jan Vrooman devise to his son Jacob, who had already built a house upon it.

In 1686 he bought half of Jan Hendrickse Van Bael's patent, on the Normanskil. (217-1)

On March 10, 1705/6, the trustees of Schenectady conveyed to Jan Vrooman, "a piece of land near Schenectady, to the west the highway [Jefferson St.] that's laid out on the east side of the woodland of Philip Schuyler, to the north and north east ye woodland of Arent Bratt, to the east and south the highway [Pine street] that leads to Symon Groot's bridge, containing two morgens." (217-2) This parcel extended the whole length of Jefferson street, from Front to Pine streets, and of a sufficient breadth to comprise four acres.

Jan Vrooman's portion of his father's bouwland was conveyed to him June 8, 1714, by his elder brother, Adam, to wit, "one half of a certain piece of land called Juffrouw Corlaer's Weyland, which half contains ten morgens or thereabouts, Bounded north by the other half belonging to said Adam, east by the meadow of Gerrit Symonse [Veeder], south and west by the land of Jan Wemp; together with free ingress and regress of the waggon road [Vrooman's lane] to the said piece of land and half the benefit of the grass growing on said road." (217-3) By his will, made April 24, 1732, this parcel was divided among his sons.

Notes

(217-1) Deeds, III, 309, 322.

(217-2) Dutch Church Papers.

(217-3) Old Deed.

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