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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Pieter Cornelise Vielè

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 207-208 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.)]

Two brothers of this name were among the early settlers of Schenectady, Pieter Cornelise and Cornelis Cornelise Vielè.

Pieter came to Schenectady with his brother Cornelis, senior, and in company with Elias Van Gyseling purchased De Winter's bouwery in 1670. (208-1) His wife was Jacomyntje, daughter of Teunis Swart the first settler, by whom he had two sons and one or more daughters. He died sometime before 1690, after which his widow married Bennony Arentse Van Hoek, who was killed in the massacre of 1690. She subsequently married Cornelis Vinhout and removed to Ulster county, where she was living as late as 1700.

Vielè's village lot was confirmed to him by patent of date Oct. 21, 1670, "containing as it lies along the highway 200 feet, having to the west Bent Bagge and on the east the woodland; as also another small piece of land for a plantation, of two morgens or four acres bounded west by the fence of Claas Van Petten and on the lot aforementioned, * * behind on the line of Pieter the Brasihaen's lot." (208-2)

On the 12th Dec., 1684, Pieter Vielè and Jan Janse Jonckers obtained a conveyance from the trustees of Schenectady of the Second flat, next above Maalwyck on the north side of the river, the former taking the easterly 17 morgens and the latter, the westerly 17 morgens. After his widow's removal to Ulster county, she conveyed her bouwery on the Second flat in 1699 to her only surviving son, Lewis Vielè, who about 1708 being about to remove to Schaghticoke, reconveyed the same to the patentees of Schenectady; and they on the 25th March, 1718, conveyed it to Reyer Schermerhorn. (208-3)


(208-1) Deeds, II, 789.

(208-2) Patents, 752. The locality of these lots is unknown to the compiler.

(208-3) Deeds, IV, 215, 216; VI, 464; Gen. Entr., XXXII, 12.

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