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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. 221-222 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.)]

Jan, son of Adam Vrooman, was by trade a brewer. He probably did not marry, — if so there is no record of it in the Dutch churches of Albany and Schenectady.

On the 17 Jan., 1726/7, his father conveyed to him the following parcels of land:

1st. "A lot of Ground in Schenectady on the north side of said town and on the north side of the street that leads to the pastures [Front street] near and partly over against his Majesty's Fort, with barn, 2 dwelling houses and kitchen thereon, the easternmost house, kitchen and barn being now in possession of said Adam Vrooman, and the westernmost house, now in possession of Takel Dirkse [Heemstraat], — beginning from the east corner of Douwe Fonda's lot [No. 33 Front street] and running easterly along the front to the lot of the heirs Johannes Teller [to a point 194 ft. west of North street] 335 Amsterdam feet, then northerly along the lot of heirs of said Johannes Teller to Schenectady river, then westerly up said river to the lot belonging to the heirs of Jacob Cromwell, deceased, southerly up the said lot till it comes to the bottom of the lot belonging to Teunis Swart, then easterly along the bottom of the lots of the said Teunis Swart, Wouter Vrooman and Douwe Fonda aforesaid as the fences now stand, then southerly up the east side of the lot of the said Douwe Fonda till it comes to the street or front where it first began (except only one small piece of ground lying on the east side and adjoining to the fence of the lot of ground of the said Douwe Fonda, which the said Adam Vrooman reserves for a burying place for himself, his heirs and assigns forever, by the fence of the said Douwe Fonda, being 35 feet long and 18 feet broad)." (222-1)

"Also four morgens of bushland with one half of the brewhouse thereon erected and likewise one-half of the furnaces, coppers, vats, vessels and all other utensils in said brewhouse, the said brewhouse being at present in the use and occupation of said Adam Vrooman and Barent his son bounded on the south by the Cross street [Union street], on the east by the land of the said Barent Vrooman, on the north by the highway that leads from the Fort by the house of Willem Coppernol into the woods [Green and Pine streets] and on the west by the lot of Dirk Groot." (222-2)

"Also a lot of arable land on the south west side of the town of Schonectady on the first part of the land called Mrs. Corlaer's land, bounded north west by land of Jan Wemp, south west by land of Jan Vrooman, brother of said Adam Vrooman, where a large white oak tree stands, & south east by land of his [Adam's] said brother Jan Vrooman and further on the south east side, by the land of Hendrick Vrooman son of said Adam Vrooman, and on the north east side by the lands of Gerrit Symonse [Veeder] and the garden of Dirk Groot, as it now lyes in fence, — about 8 morgens and 200 rods, all Rynland measure." (222-3) This parcel lying west of the city is now mainly covered by the canal and railroad.

Notes

(222-1) This burial lot is now included in lot No. 35 Front street.

(222-2) This lot had a front on Union Street from the west line of John B. Clute to the N. Y. Central railroad.

(222-3) Deeds, VI, 209.

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