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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 102-103 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.)]

His father, Christoffel Davidts (102-4) or Kit Davidts, a native of England (102-5) came to Beverwyck as early as 1650, and lived for a time on a farm at "Dominie's Hoek" now called "Van Wie's Point." He married Cornelia, daughter of Andries De Vos of Albany, and had two sons, David and Joris, and perhaps other children. His wife was not living in 1657, when an inventory of his and his wife's estate was made and his trustees agree to pay for a lot purchased by him 26 Feb., 1657. As early as 1658 he was a skipper on the North river.

His son Davidt became an early resident of the village, occupying a lot of 100 feet front on the east side of Church street, 100 feet southerly from Union street. Bastiaan De Winter sold this lot Nov. 21, 1670, to Jan Labatie, by whom it was probably sold to Christoffelse. In the massacre of Feb. 9, 1690, the latter was slain with his wife and four children. His heirs still owned it in 1699; soon after it passed into the possession of Caleb Beck. Christoffelse also owned the west half of foremost lot No. 2, on the bouwland bought of Maritie Damens by Douwe Aukes in 1681.

Notes

(102-4) 3 Dec., 1654, he was ordered not to molest Mons. De Hulter in possession of his land, at Esopus probably, nor to incite the savages against him. — Albany Co. Records.

25 Sept., 1656, he received a patent for 36 morgens of land at Esopus about a [Dutch] mile inland from the North river, &c. Dutch MSS., H. H., 68.

In 1657 he sold this land to Jacob Janse Stoll for 1400 gl. — Albany Co. Records, 24, 377.

1663 he asked permission to reenter upon land from which he had been driven by Indians at Esopus. — Dutch MSS., X, 127.

(102-5) He was born in 1616 at Bisscohopwyck [Bisschopwyck?], Eng. B. & M. I., — Dutch MSS., XVI, 246; Deeds, I, 64.

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