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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 136 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.]

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He was a son of Jan Peeck (136-2), innkeeper, and Maria Du Truy [Truax], of New Amsterdam, where he was baptized Jan. 16, 1656. With his kinsman, Isaac De Trieux, he early took up land on the Second flat, on the south side of the Mohawk, about five miles above the village. He married Elizabeth Teunise and had two sons, Jacobus and Johannes, who succeeded him in the possession of his farm. His mother lived upon the lot on the west corner of Front and Church streets, now belonging to the heirs of the late Jeremiah Fuller; she died before the year 1684.

The patent conferring title to the Second flat upon Peeck and Du Trieux, was granted by Governor Andros on the 29th Oct., 1677. The survey made by Joris Arissen Vander Baast, describes this parcel of land as being 240 rods long on the woodside, and 150 rods broad, comprising 22 morgens and 230 rods, to which is added another parcel on the woodside behind said flat 200 rods long and 30 rods broad, making altogether about 32 morgens and 230 rods of land.

Du Trieux died about 1705, when his widow sold her half interest in this flat, probably to the Peecks. (136-3)

The Second flat is now owned by Mr. John McGue and Mr. Abraham A. Bratt.


(136-2) Jan Peeck was probably a resident of Fort Orange before the year 1655, when he sold two houses there to Johannes Dykeman for 1627 gl. — Albany Co. Records, 226.

He and his wife were frequently complained of in New Amsterdam, for selling liquor to the Indians and without license, and finally, in 1664, she was fined 500 gl., and banished from Manhattan island; it is presumed that she retired to Schenectady, where she was found living not long after. — Dutch MSS., V, 455; VI, 4, 308; VIII, 80; X, 23, 24; X2, 452; X3, 1, 2; Council Minutes; Deeds, III, 324.

Mrs. Peeck at the time of her banishment, was said to be "one of the oldest inhabitants of the city of New Amsterdam."

The town of Peekskill-on-the-Hudson, received its name from Jan Peeck, who ran his vessel into the creek and wintered there.

(136-3) Land papers, II, 59; Toll and Dutch Church Papers; Albany Co. Records in Deeds, IV; Col. MSS., 129th vol., p. 197; Col. Doc., IV, 802.

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