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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 201 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 Harmen Albertse, married Sara, daughter of Symon Groot, and had eleven children, all of whom save one were living and had families 10 Aug., 1746, when he made his will.

His village lot on the west side of Washington street, extended from the lot of Charles Thompson to that of Mrs. Peck, about 100 feet Amsterdam measure. This lot is now owned and occupied by D. Cady Smith.

By his will which was proved March 1, 1755, he devised to his youngest son Albert, "my house and lot in Schenectady where I now dwell, bounded south by the lot of Myndert Veeder, north by the house and lot of Hendrick Brouwer, east by the street [Washington], and west by my son Harmanus Vedder." (201-1)

He had a farm at Hoffman's [late Vedder's] ferry, which was confirmed to him by patent of date March 21, 1686/7; "a certain parcel of land lying above Schenectady on the south side of the river, beginning at the end of the limits of said town and so along the river side to the steep strand just over a little stoney kil, stretching itself into the woods as far as the trees are marked, containing 16 acres, according to the Indian deed thereof dated July 20, 1686, and the warrant of Governor Dongan, dated 26 May, 1686." (201-2)

By his will he gave to his eldest son Harmen 3 pounds; — to son Symon "the east part of my land on the south side of the Mohawk river in the Woestyne [opposite Hoffman's ferry], where I now live, with house, barn and hofstede, beginning at the division between me and Jan Wemple and running up the river to Kromme kil, and a morgen on the hight over or on the west side of the Kromme kil between the ditch (sloot) and the river and then with a right line where the uppermost or most western line of that morgen comes over the kromme kil from the river or to the Kings highway, with bosland behind my house; — to my son Harmen my westerly part of my bouwland on the south side of the Mohawk in the Woestyne where he has built a house and barn, beginning on the west side of the Kromme kil, &c., — to youngest son Albert Vedder, my house and lot in Schenectady where he now dwells, &c. — Also three morgens of lowland at Schenectady [part of farm No. 8] bounded north by the King's highway, east by the land of Harmanus Vedder, south by land of Corset Vedder, west by land of Abraham Mebie, — and my hay pasture (Weytje) 1/4 of a morgen lying in the lowland on the south of Schenectady bounded south, west and north by the pasture of heirs of Lourens V. D. Volgen and east by the road." (201-3)

Notes

(201-1) Wills, I, 285.

(201-2) Patents, 1364; Toll Papers.

(201-3) Wills, I, 285.

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