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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Bastiaen De Winter

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 108 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 a native of Middleburgh, Holland and came to Albany 1654 and to Schenectady in 1662.

Falling sick, in 1670, he sold his house in the village and farm on the bouwland to Joris Aertse Vander Baast, Jan Labatie and Elias Van Gyseling, with the intention of returning to Holland but died before doing so, about August, 1678. Leaving no heirs in this country, the Dutch church of Albany claimed and probably received his property, for the use of the poor.

De Winter's village lot 200 ft. square, was on the south corner of Church and Union streets. His patent was granted by Governor Lovelace, Oct. 21, 1670.

On 22 Nov., 1670, he sold his house, barn and northerly half of this lot to Joris Arissen Van Der Baast, the surveyor, and on the next day the southerly half to Jan Labatie of Albany. (108-1) Van der Baast occupied his parcel until Feb. 9, 1690, when he was slain by the French and Indians, and his house burned. Sometime previous to 1690, Jan Labatie conveyed the southerly half to David Christoffelse, who was also slain at the same time. In 1699, Peter Bogardus, attorney for the heirs of Van der Baast, conveyed his lot to Gysbert Marcelis of Albany, and in 1716, Caleb Beck by virtue of a conveyance from Carel Hansen Toll, of date Oct. 4, 1714, became owner of both lots. (108-2)

De Winter's bouwland was conveyed to him by patent of Gov. Lovelace 21 Oct. 1670 and is described therein as:

"a piece of ground at Schenectady to the south of [bouwery] No. 2, being encompassed with a creek and containing 7 acres or 3 morgens 200 rods as granted by Gov. Stuyvesant June 15, 1664, to said Bastiaen: — also the plantation of then belonging to said Bastiaen having been lately measured, containing in breadth on the west 350 rods abutting on Willem Teller's first lot, on the north side by Jan Van Eps [late Maritie Damens his mother] in length 60 rods; on the east side on Sander Leendertse Glen's going with a sloping point south East 236 rods and so it is bounded with a creek and hath on the south side the high woods." (108-3)

By deed of date 22 Nov., 1670, De Winter conveyed this farm to Elias Van Gyseling and Pieter Cornelise Vielè. (108-4) Soon after Van Gyseling became owner of the whole parcel. (108-5)


(108-1) Deeds, II, 788 to 791.

(108-2) Deeds, V, 343.

(108-3) Patents, 759.

(108-4) Deeds, II, 789.

(108-5) See Van Gyseling.

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