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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Capt. Hendrick Vrooman

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 217-218 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 the fourth son of Adam Vrooman and until 1705 was resident of Albany. He married first Geertruy ————, and secondly Maria, daughter of Barent Wemp, and had eleven children. When the church was built in 1732 he was baes of the carpenters.

Among other parcels of land owned by him, was one conveyed by the trustees of Schenectady 10 Mar., 1706/7, and described as "one morgen of woodland on ye south side of the highway [State street], on the side of the [Coehorn] creek that runs by Johannes Baptist Van Eps dwelling (217-4), breadth in front on the [State] street twenty rods [240 ft.] and runs back south along said creek and land of Barent Wemp [which was on the west side of the creek] thirty rods [360 ft.] untill it takes in one morgen." (218-1) The front of this lot extended from Coehorn kil south-easterly along State street to a point about 62 feet beyond Clinton street and to the rear towards Smith street 330 feet English.

The patentees of Schenectady, Jan. 3, 1718/9, likewise conveyed to him another parcel of land on the south corner of Union and Centre streets described as "a piece of woodland in the east part of the town, beginning at the north west corner of the lot of Jan Barentse Wemp by the street [Centre] and runs from thence along said street north 35 degrees E. 37 rods [444 ft.] to the crossway [Union and Centre streets], thence south 78 degrees E. 19 rods [228 ft.] along the road that leads to Niskayuna [Union street], thence south 34 degrees W. 40 rods [480 ft.] — thence to the place of beginning, containing one morgen 105 rods, Rynland measure." (218-2)

This lot extended south from Union street nearly to Liberty street and there joined upon his brother-in-law Wemp's lot which fronted upon State street, and easterly to No. 120 Union street. In 1755, Tobias Ryckman of Hackensack, N. J., conveyed the northerly half of this lot to Ryckert Ryckertse Van Vranken for 86 pounds [$215]; it was then described as "a house and lot bounded north by the road to Niskayuna, 19 rods 3 feet [231 ft.], East by lands of Dirk Bratt 18 rods 8 ft. [224 ft.], south by land of Wouter Vrooman 19 rods 3 ft. [231 ft.] and west by the road [Centre st.], leading to Jellis Fonda's, 12 rods and 8 ft. [152 ft.]." (218-3) Wouter, who in 1755 owned the southerly half of Hendrick Vrooman's lot was his brother.


(217-4) J. B. Van Eps lived on the east corner of Jay and State streets.

(218-1) Dutch Church Papers.

(218-2) Dutch Church Papers.

(218-3) Ibid.

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