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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Du Treux or Truax

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 158-159 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.)]

Philippe Du Treux, a Walloon, came to New Amsterdam during the administration of Governor Minuit, 1624-29; — was appointed court messenger or marshall, 1638, and in 1640 received a patent for a lot in "Smit's valey" [Pearl street], New Amsterdam. He was born in 1585, married Susanna De Scheene and had seven children, three sons and four daughters, of whom Rebecca married Simon Simonse Groot, afterwards of Schenectady, and Susanna was the wife of Evert Janse Wendel of Beverwyck.

About the year 1670, his son Isaac, then about twenty-eight years of age, came to Schenectady and settled upon the Second flat on the south side of the river. This flat consisting of 22 1/2 morgens with 10 morgens of woodland adjoining, was granted to him and his cousin Jacobus Peek in 1677 by patent of Gov. Andros.

He married Maria daughter of Willem Brouwer and had four sons and three daughters. His death probably occurred about 1705; the following year his widow sold eight morgens of her land to Jacobus Peek. (159-1)

Notes

(159-1) See Peek; Col. MSS., XXVI, 139; Albany Rec., I, 160, 234; Albany Annals, VIII, 299; Dutch MSS., I, 48; Patents G. G., 34; Valentine's Man., 1861 and 1863; O'Callaghan's Hist. N. N., I, 181, 344; II, 581, 640, 642; Toll Papers.

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