Jed’s Historical Fragments #253: Court minutes of Old Albany, 1683.
I’ll go a little easier on you, that last entry was a reading challenge! This appeared in The Argus, January 29, 1905.
January 2, 1683.
Wynant Gerritsen (van der Poel) vs. Jan Buys (supra, p. 337).
Macs Cornelissen asks for permission to build a house on the hill, opposite Johannes de Wandelaers, where the old guardhouse has stood; deferred.
Tryntje Claes attaches the grain of Jan the weaver.
Constables ordered to assist by turns Sheriff Pretty in preventing desecration of the Sabbath.
Sheriff Cobes, of Schinnechtady, summoned for allowing French people to desecrate the Sabbath.
Order for bringing firewood to the guardhouse.
February 6, 1683.
Jan Jacobsen van Noorstrant vs. Maria Jochims. continued.
Marten Cregier vs. Cornelis Viele, debt.
Same vs. Goose van Noort, debt.
Pr. Schuyler and Albert Rykman, deacons of the Reformed church, vs. Ludovicus Cobes for an accounting of the estate of Bastiaen de Winter, deceased.
Same vs. Claes Willemsen, mortgages on a house of Bastiaen de Winter, sold fo Akus Cornelissen, and assumed by defendant.
Gysbert Gerritsen vs. Jan Spoor, breach of contract.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Dirck Jacobsen van der Heyden, Gerrit Luykassen and Gerrit Wynantsen (van der Poel). abusing and insulting Margareta, widow of Jan Conell; Nanning Harmensen, Johannes Janssen Quisthout, Maritje, wife of Jan van Loon, Mary, wife of Harmen Grietie wife of Pr Maekelyk, Jr., Jan Andriessen Dow, witnesses; jury trial.
Margriet, widow of Jan Conell, vs. Cornelia, wife of Cornelis Gysbertsen, defamation of character, continued.
Proclamation for a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.
Request of Captain Philipp Schuyler for permission to collect from Marten Cregier money attached in his hands belonging to Jan de La Vall, denied. Marten Cregier produces an order from the court of mayor and aldermen of New York to pay it; decision deferred.
Order for bringing firewood to the hanshoos (Indian trading houses).
Request of Harmen Gansevoort and Jurian Teunissen (Tappan) for permission to buy Indian land opposite Madeleenen Island, referred to the Governour.
Petition of Isebrant Elders, Christian Christiansen and Cornelis Thymesen for the pardon of their daughter, respondent’s sister-in-law, Niesie Ysebrants, wife of Jacob Fenix; granted on condition that she appear before the court to receive the pardon.
Extraordinary Session, February 8, 1683.
Niesie Ysebrants is admonished and pardoned by the court and returns thanks.
Extraordinary Session, February 15, 1683.
Robert Sanders arrested for accidentally wounding Barent Ackerstaff, alias Paepen Barent, with a knife; bailed for £500, Jacob Sandersen (Glen) and Evert Wendell, Jr, bondsmen.
March 6, 1683.
Mrs. Maria van Rensselaer vs. Gerrit Teunissen, debt, continued.
Jacob Lokermans vs. Hans Hendrix, debt.
Marten Cregier vs. Evert Wendell, debt.
Same vs. Cornelis Teunissen, brother-in-law of Harmen Gansevoort, debt.
Jan Cornelissen Vyselaer vs. Barent Janssen (Wemp), wages.
Johannes Becker vs. Jurian Teunissen (Tappen), wages.
Marten Cregier vs. Philipp Schuyler, continued, as high water prevents defendant from coming.
Gerrit Swart and Aerrout Cornelissen (Viele), guardians of Jan Barentsen Wemp’s minor children, vs. Sweer Teunissen (van Velsen), for an accounting of thelr father’s estate, deferdant having married their mother; jury trial. Grietie Wemp, a daughter, is dead.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Robert Sanders, assaulting Jan Cloet, Jr.; Johannes Cuyler. witness.
Claes Willemsen ordered to pay John Gilbert expenses for keeping a horse.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Robert Sanders, Ackerstaff case (supra, p. 357); jury trial; verdict, breach of the peace.
Myndert Frederiksen (van Iversen’s) request to be paid his claim out of the estate of Cornelis Machielsen, a fugitive, to be considered.
Jurian Teunissen (Tappen) ordered to give a deed for a house to Harmen Ruttgers; arrears of taxes to be collected.
Richard Pretty and Jan van Loon settle their differences (supra, p. 203.
Johannes Wendell, late constable, and Jacob Sanders Glenn, constable, granted discharge as administrators of James Penniman’s estate.
Extraordinary Session, March 29, 1683.
(12 o’clock night).
Examination of Unochschoenie, a Maquase (Mohawk) Indian, accused of murderous assault on Albert van Heekelen, a boy 16 years old, living at the house of Dirk the Noorman.
March 3, 1683.
Albert wan Heekelen examined: messengers sent to the Mohawk sachems to send witnesses for the trial.
Extraordinary Session, April 2, 1683.
Trial of the Indian; to be communicated to his sachems.
April 3, 1683.
William Teller vs. Dowe Aukus, appeal from a judgment of the Schinnechtady court in a case of trespass; jury trial.
Christopher Skaife, substitute of Jan Carter, attorney for Jonathan Walker, ve.Roeloff Carstensen, debt.
Symon Jacobsen Shermerhoorn vs. Jan Jacobsen Gardenier, breach of contract.
James Stuart vs. same. debt.
Claes Bever vs. Albert Jacobsen Gardenier, breach of contract.
Sheriff Richard Pretty vs. Dowe Aukus and Goose van Oort, selling liquor at Schinnechtady, continued.
Marten Cregier vs. Phil. Schuyler, expenses in re Jan de La Vall; jury trial.
Dirk Jacobsen van der Heyden retracts his insulting allegations against Margaret Conell (supra. p. 385).
Punishment of Cornelis Michielsen, as demanded by the sheriff, to be considered.
Proclamation (English and Dutch) prohibiting the lodging of Indians over night.
Extraordinary Session, April 4, 1683.
William Ketelheyn, Jochim Ketelheyn, Dirk Albertsen Bratt, Mrs. Maria Teller, John Harris, Livinus van Schayck, Evert Wendell, Sr. Aernout Cornelissen (Viele), Robert Livingston and Captain Hans Hendrix swear to their accounts against the estate of Jan Conell.
Order directing the coopers to make all flour barrels of uniform size.
Extraordinary Session, April 6, 1683.
Message from the Mohawks that if the boy, wounded by Unochschoenie (supra, p. 379) should die, the Indian must die likewise.
April 9, 1683.
Permission to buy land back of Claverack granted to Gert Teunissen, subject to the Governour’’s approval.
May 1, 1683.
Sweer Teunissen (van Velsen) vs. guardians of Jan Barentsen Wemp’s children (supra, p. 359), revision of former trial; same jury reaffirms former verdict; plaintiff gives notice of appeal to Court of Assizes.
Ida Barents vs. Jacob Berrie, debt, continued.
James Stuart vs. Hendrik Abelsen, debt.
Jan van Loon vs. Thomas Craven, expenses caused by defendant running away, continued.
Same vs. same, defamation cf character.
Jacob Berre vs. Lambert Janssen, debt, continued.
James Stuart vs. Jan Jacobsen Gardenier (supra, p. 383), William Teller, Ida Barents, Robert Gardenier and John White, witnesses: case thrown out of court.
Marten Cregier vs Phil. Schuyler (supra, p. 383).
Sheriff Pretty vs. Dowe Aukus and Goose van Oort (supra, p. 383), again continued.
Petition of Johannes Pootman and Sweer Teunissen (van Velsen}, deacons of Schinnecntady, for a rule in regard to a bequest of Hans Janssen, referred to magistrates of Schinnechtedy.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Jan Soet and Robert Zachariassen, assaulting three Frenchmen at the tavern of Ida Barents.
Carmen and people using wagons ordered to assist in repairing the roads; which is to be done by details from the trainbands.
Extraordinary Session. May 16, 1683.
Pr. Schuyler, David Schuyler, Robert Sanders, Jacob Lokermans and others complain that the flour which they had shipped on board Jan Schouten’s sloop has been detained: they want to know why.
June 5, 1683.
Dirk Barentsen Bratt vs. William Gysbertsen, breach of contract, continued.
Geurt Hendrix vs. Barent Albertsen Bratt, location of fences.
Order directing owners of lots abutting on the Rutten kil to clear the bed of the kil and secure the banks by boarding it up.
Antho. Casko vs. Jacob Flodden (Gardenier), Wages.
Same vs. the wife of Vie la Roy, wages.
Willlam Bout, attorney for Jan Hendrix Maet, vs. Stephen Janssen, debt; jury trial.
Gysbert Cornelssen van den Bergh complains that the order of May 21. 1681, concerning fences in Paepsknee, has not been obeyed.
Pr. Bogardus, husband of Wyntie Cornelis, asks that she be declared heiress of Juriaen Groenwout, who has declared her so in presence of Elizabeth Lansing, Aert Goossensen van Twiller, Dirk Hesselingh, William Parker and Laurence van Alen: jury trial. Letters of administration on the estate granted to Pr. Bogardus.
Barentje Gerrits Paws, widow of Jan Harmensen Becker, offers her husband’s will for probate; it is recorded.
Jaques Benwoa vs. Lambert Janssen, wages.
Jan van Loon vs. Tho. Craven (supra, p. 396).
Pay allowed to Jacob Fenix for taking care of the cattle of Cornelis Michielsen, a fugitive from justice.
Constables and fire guardians to make inspections for the prevention of fires.
Order concerning the estate of Jan Conell.
June 6, 1683.
Propositions made to and by Mohawk sachems concerning Unochscnoenie (supra, pp. 379 and 394).
Extraordinary Session, June 18, 1683.
Myndert Harmensen examined about vituperations of Captain Brockholes by Cornelis wan Dyke. Magistrate Dirk Wessells (ten Broeck) testifies about it.
Certificate of good behavior given to Cornelis van Dyk, magistrate.
Constables Jacob Sanders (Glen) and Robert Sanders charged with the execution of the sheriff’s duties during his absence.
Extraordinary Session, June 28, 1683.
Myndert Harmensen again examined; Robert Sanders examined.
Extraordinary Session, July 2 1683.
Jonathan Bul, of Hartford, New England, asks for the return of two young Indian servants, run away from him and Mr. Richard Lord; is told that he cannot take them by force, as Indians
are here free.
July 3, 1683.
Dirk Barentsen Bratt vs. William Gysbertsen, horse trade.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Douw Aukus and Goose van Oort (supra, pp. 283 and 390).
William Abrahamsen, Johannes Appel, Josias Swart. William Ketelheyn, Dirk Albertson (Bratt), Jan Rotterdam and Jan Rinkhost, Sr., subpoenaed: case continued.
Order forbidding the running to the Indian houses on the hill and soliciting trade there.
Extraordinary Session, August 4, 1683.
Jan Peerse, a stranger from New England, and servant of John White complains of having been badly treated by Indians. His examination (English), examination of negro and Indian witnesses.
Extraordinary Session, August 6, 1683.
Subscriptions to pay for the salary of Dominie Gotefridus Dellius. arrived on the 2d inst., amounting to 350 pieces of eight (dollars). Conference with Dominic Dellius.
Gert. Visbeek, of Claverak, wants permission to make a private road across his land for himself and his brother-in-law, Frank Hadwyck; not granted, unless the road is public.
Casper Leandertsen and Gert. Visbeek appointed overseers of roads at Claverak.
Extraordinary Session, August 7, 1683.
The Indians (supra, p. 430) fined.
Order directing the inhabitants of Patkook. near Claverak, to repair the road to the river.
Extraordinary Session, August 13, 1683.
Conference with Domine Dellius concerning his salary; it is fixed at 300$ Holland currency, payable in pieces of eight, equal to 48 stivers (95 cents) or two pieces equal to one beaver. Letters of thanks to be written to the Classis of Amsterdam, also to Richard van Rensselaer and Abel d’Woliff, the agents, who have secured the services of Domine Dellius.
September 7, 1683.
Two Cajouges (Cayugas) and one Susquehannes Indians give information about the Susquehannes river, which William Haig and James Graham, agents of Governour William Penn, intend to buy. Letter concerning it with map of the river sent to the Governour (English).
September 11, 1683.
Robert Livingston vs. Andries Jacobsen Gardenier, debt.
Same vs. Duplicee, debt, continued.
Hendrik Cuyler vs. Cornelis Cornelissen Viele, Pr. Cornelissen Viele, and Duplicee, debt, continued.
Same vs. Pr. Viele, debt, continued.
Barent Myndertsen vs. Matthys, a Frenchman, debt, continued.
Cornelis Cornelissen Viele vs. same, debt, continued.
Same vs. Duplicee, debt, continued.
Same vs. Tardivett, debt, continued.
Harmen Janssen vs. Harmanus Haege; plaintiff absent.
Jan van Loon vs. Tho. Craven, debt, continued,
Gert Banker vs. Dowe Aukus. illegally trading with his negro slaves, continued.
Omy La Grangie vs. Symon Volkertsen, damage to pigs.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Dowe Aukus and Goose van Noort (supra. pp. 383, 396, 427); William Abrahamsen Smitt, Josias Tonissen Swart, Johannes Appel, William Ketelheyn. Dirk Albertsen Bratt, witnesses. Jan Janssen Yonker, alias Rotterdam, and Jan Rinkhout, subpoenaed for this case and not appearing, are fined.
Same vs. the wives of Jacob Tyssen (Van der Heyden) and of Ville Roy, insults to the wife of Pr. van Wuggelum; Jacobus Turk, Wessell Dirksen, witnesses; continued.
Same ws. Cornelis A. Michielsen, baker, execution of former sentence, continued. .
Jan van Loon and Juriaen Teunissen (Tappen) released from their bond for said Michielsen, who is put in jail.
Tax to be levied on assessment of preceding year.
September 21, 1683.
Cornelis Michieleen asks for the return of a canoe, which he claims to have brought from Haverstroe (Haverstraw) and which Wynant Gerritsen (van der Poel) will not surrender; Takel Dirksen and Pr. Lokermans, witnesses.
Letter to Governour Dongan (English) about the Susquehannes river.
September 25, 1683.
Teunis Slingeriant asks to be relieved of 70 schepels of applies, which he holds for his father-ir-law. Albert Andriessen Bratt, who refuses to take them, as he wants money.
Extraordinary Session, September 25, 1683.
Marten Gerritsen (van Bergen) and Hendrik van Ness elected delegates to the Court of Assizes; their credentials (English).
October 2, 1683.
Dow Aukus vs. Harmanus Haege, John White vs. Dirk Hesselingh and Andries Teller, both continued.
Robert Livingston vs. Duplice (supra, p. 447).
Hendrik Cuyler, by his son, Johannes, vs. Cornelis and Peter Viele and Duplice, continued.
Jan van Loon vs. Tardivett, debt.
Vie la Roy vs. Duplicee, debt.
Barent Myndertsen vs. Matthys, the Frenchman (supra, p. 447).
Cornelis Cornelissen Viele vs. same, debt.
Same vs. Tardivett, debt.
Same vs. Duplicee, debt.
Gert Banker vs. Dowe Aukus, debt. The sheriff asks to be made co-plaintiff; granted; case continued.
Sheriff Pretty vs. Anna, wife of Jacob Tyssen (van der Heyden). and Catie, wife of Vie La Roy (supra, p. 447); jury trial.
Same vs. Cornelis Michielsen; jury trial; defendant appeals.
Salary of Zacharias Sickells as town crier fixed.
November 6, 1683.
Jacob van Vorst vs. Jan Spoor, pay for a cow.
John White vs. Dirk Hesseling. debt.
Barent Ackerstaff vs. Matthys Hooghtelling, continued.
William Ketelheyn vs. Luycas Pietersen, debt.
Robert Livingston vs. Pr. Vosburg, debt.
Richard Pretty vs. Dowe Aukus, illegally trading with negro slaves, continued.
Anth. Barwa, a Frenchman from Canada, with wife, Annetje Lieber, and six children. granted permission to remain and settle, subject to the governour’s approval. Anthony Lespinard giving bonds for their good behavior.
Jan Buys. attorney for Baltus Berentsen, vs. Cornelis Teunissen van Vechten, debt.
Barent Myndertsen vs John White, debt, continued.
John White vs. Barent Mynderteen, debt, continued.
Extraordinary Session, November 12, 1683.
Charter of Privileges for the Province published, as adopted by the General Assembly, October 17, Cornelis van Dyk and Dirk Wessels (ten Broeck), members for Albany.
Robert Livingston produces his commission as collector of excise for Albany county and asks for the appointment of Christopher Ekaife as gauger and Richard Pretty as searcher. They are sworn in. Order for gauging liquor.
Certificate of good character for William Ketelheyn to obtain a tavern license.
December 4, 1683.
Hendrik van Ness vs. Willlam Pietersen, alias Mauke (Lame) William, debt.
Order directing the constables to bring documentary evidence of how the sheriff has settled the case with Dowe Aukus (supra, pp. 447 and 489).
Captain Gervis Baxter, commander, by his attorney, William Shaw, vs. Sheriff Richard Pretty, for one-third of all fines (English).
Johannes Cuyler, on behalf of his father, Hendrik, asks for a revision of the judgment of October 2; granted.
License to keep a tavern for travelers granted to Aernout Cornelissen Viele.
Robert Livingston,. subcollector, vs. Barent Myndertsen, defrauding the excise by selling wine at retail.
Constables Jacob Sanders (Glen), Robert Sanders and Albert Ryckman report that they have buried the body of Teunis Willemson as befitted his station and have made an inventory of his estate, as ordered; the inventory; the constables are appointed administrators. .
Certificate of good character for Barent Myndertsen to obtain a tavern license.
December 15, 1683.
Adriaen Gerritsen and Gerrit Hartenbergh elected church masters for one year, out of four names proposed by the consistory.
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