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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 176-177 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.)]

Dirk Van Eps married Maritie Damens and had two children, Johannes and Lysbet, who became the wife of Gerrit Bancker, of Albany. After Van Eps' death his widow married Hendrick Andriese Van Doesburgh, and had a daughter Jannetie, born in 1653, who married Marten, son of Capt. Marten Cregier, and settled in Niskayuna. And in 1664 Maritie Damens married her third husband, Cornelis Van Ness, of Albany. She had lands in Albany, Niskayuna and Schenectady, — which after her death were distributed among her three children.

Johannes Dirkse Van Eps, the eldest son of Maritie Damen and Dirk Van Eps, married Elizabeth Janse (176-2) and had three sons and four daughters, all of whom left families save one, who with his father was killed in the massacre of 1690.

He was one of the five magistrates of the village in 1676 and 1678, and named one of the five patentees in the Dongan patent of 1684.

His home lot in the village was on the north corner of State and Church streets, comprising one quarter of the block, — 200 by 225 feet. This lot together with bouweries No. 2 on the bouwland, were purchased for him April 29, 1664, by his stepfather, Van Ness, at the sale of Philip Hendrickse Brouwer's property in 1664. (177-1) The conveyance to him is dated April 15/25, 1667, and the patent April 29, 1667, — "to Jan Van Epps, son of Maritie Damens, to confirm a conveyance to him made April 15, 1667, by Cornelis Van Nesse, of a certain bouwery or farm at Schenectady on two several parcels of land containing about 42 acres or 21 morgens 570 rods, as set forth in the grondbriefe June 16, 1664, together with a house and lot and another lot of ground and garden lying near the place where he inhabits at Schenectady, being in breadth and length according as is Exprest in the General's grant to him said Cornelis Van Nesse dated April 10, 1665." (177-2) His eldest son Jan Baptist, inherited the above mentioned parcels of land.


(176-2) After her husband's death she married Gysbert Gerritse Van Brakel; for her will see Van Brakel.

(177-1) See Ph. Hendr. Brouwer; Deeds, II, 469.

(177-2) Patents, 392.

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