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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 187-188 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.)]

Arent, son of Claas Van Petten the first settler, married Jannetje, daughter of Philip Conyn of Albany, 10th April, 1703. They had ten children. By trade he was a carpenter.

On the 8th October, 1703, Reyer Schermerhorn [only surviving trustee] sold to Thomas Williams, of Albany "a parcel of woodland on the north side of the town of Schenectady, over against the north-west corner of woodland of Adam Vrooman, running between the highway that leads to Niskayuna [Green street] (188-1) and the highway that leads to the Aal-plaas [Front street] and westward to the church yard or burial place, being butted and bounded on the west the burial place or churchyard, on the east the woodland of Hendrick Hansen, on the south and north the said two roads or highways [Green and Front streets], containing "four morgens more or less." Said Williams by deed dated 7 April, 1709, conveyed the above land to Arent Van Petten of Schenectady, who by deed dated Jan. 20, 1742/3 conveyed the same to his son Frederic of Normanskill, for the sum of 60 pounds [$150]. (188-2) The above parcel of land lying between Front and Green streets extended from the then burying ground of the Dutch church easterly nearly to John street and was from time to time divided into building lots and sold by Frederic Van Petten.

Arent Van Petten, Myndert Schuyler and Jan Dellamont received a patent for 500 acres of land on the Normanskil Nov. 3, 1714, on which his son Frederic probably settled. (188-3)

Notes

(188-1) [Union street was not opened out at this time beyond Ferry. The north gate (at Church and Front), opened out to the ferry, and to the Aal Plaats (River Road), and Niskayuna (Green st.) roads which lead through the pasture and wood lots. — M'M.]

(188-2) Dutch Church Papers.

(188-3) Patents, 1678.

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