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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Marten Cornelise Van Esselsteyn (Ysselsteyn)

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 180 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 born in the city of Ysselsteyn in Holland; his wife Mayke Cornelise was a native of Barnevelt; on the 12th Jan., 1676/7 they made a joint will, both then living in Claverac. (180-3) He died before 1705, leaving one son Cornelis Martense.

Cornelis was one of the first settlers of Schenectady; after residing here about six years he sold his farms and removed to Claverac. His residence was upon his hindmost farm near the site of Mr. John D. Campbell's house in Rotterdam.

His farms are thus described in the patent of date April 13, 1668:

"Two parcels of land at Schenectady both marked No. 8; — one lying on the second piece of land to the west of No. 7, — to the east of the creek [Poenties kil], (180-4) a line cutting between No. 7 and [No. 8] from the creek or kil to the woods south-west somewhat more southerly; — in breadth 36 rods containing about 22 acres or 11 morgens; the other being upon the hindmost piece of land on the woodside, to the west of No. 9, to the east of No. 7, a line being run as before from the creek [Dove gat] (181-1) to the woods south-west by west, — breadth 56 rods, containing about 24 acres or 12 morgens and 130 rods, as granted June 16, 1664 by Governor Stuyvesant to said Cornelise." (181-2) On the 23d of October following, Van Esselstyn sold the hindmost lot to Claas Frederikse Van Petten and Cornelis Cornelise Vielè, "together with the house, barn, 3 ricks, 4 horses, 5 cows, 8 hogs, wagon, plough and harrow." On the 25 Aug., 1670, Vielè exchanged the same with Jurriaen Teunise Tappen for a house and lot in Albany. Tappen conveyed the same to Dirk Hesselingh, who again transferred it to Harmen Albertse Vedder on the 1st day of February, 1671/2. (181-3)

The foremost lot No. 8 early passed into the possession of Jan Baptist Van Eps. (181-4)

On the 23 Jan., 1704/5 "Cornelis Martense, eldest son and heir of Marten Cornelise Van Isselstyn, deceased, of Claverac," confirmed the sale of farms No. 8, to Class Van Petten. (181-5)


(180-3) Not. Papers, II.

(180-4) [The Poenties kil crosses the river road on the west side of the old Van Eps place and is usually dry now at that point, the water having been diverted into Willem Teller's killetje, which also crosses the river road about a quarter of a mile east of the Poenties kil. All these streams have failed of water of late years, though this kil comes from the sand — M'M.]

(181-1) [The Erie canal in its passage across the bouwland was made over a series of dove gats or dead holes containing dead water, once doubtless the ancient bed of an arm of the river. One of these dove gats (called "Maritjes Gat") near the junction of the Princetown and river roads of great breadth and depth, was enclosed by the two banks of the canal and called "Navarino Bay." — M'M.]

(181-2) Patents, 527.

(181-3) Deeds, II, 741, 777, 866; VII, 185; Not. Papers, II; Wills, I, 285; Will of Johannes Vedder, in Court of Appeals office.

(181-4) Deeds, IV, 332.

(181-5) Deeds, IV.

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