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

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 220-221 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.)]

Wouter, son of Adam Vrooman, married Marytje, daughter of Isaac Casparse Hallenbeck of Albany. They had sixteen children. His wife died Jan. 19, 1748; he made his will May 7, 1748, — proved April 18, 1757, — and died Oct. 26, 1756.

He owned the following parcels of real estate in or adjacent to the village.

1st. The south half of his brother Hendrick's large lot on the south corner of Union and Centre streets. This lot fronted on Centre street commencing on the east side thereof — at a point 152 feet south-westerly from the south corner of Union and Centre streets and had a front of 292 feet and a depth of 231 feet Rynland measure. (220-2)

2d. A pasture lot on the north side of Front street next west of his father Adam's lot, which on the 21st April, 1711, he sold to Jacob Cromwell innkeeper for 130 pounds [$325], — "a house and lot bounded north by the river, south by the street [Front], east by the lot of Adam Vrooman and west by the lot of Claas Fransen Van de Bogart, — length 542 feet; breadth on south end 95 1/2 feet and on north end 33 feet one inch, Dutch measure." (220-3) This lot is now owned by Joseph Harmon and Nicholas Yates.

3d. His father also conveyed to him Oct. 13, 1710, — consideration £292-10 the mills and land at the "Brandywine mills," which passed to Adam and Isaac, sons of said Wouter. (220-4)

The mill property and lands were confirmed to him in 1716 by a new lease for which he paid 15 pounds and 600 boards, with a yearly rent reserved of one board. (220-5)

4th. He owned 5 1/2 morgens of bouwland, — a portion of farm No. 10, which he purchased of Dirk Bratt of Niskayuna, April 3, 1741, for 207 pounds, "just over the third bridge [on the "Poenties, kill"], between the lot late belonging to Reyer Schermerhorn and the lot late belonging to Catrina Glen, late widow of Cornelis Barentse Van Ditmarse and late wife of Gerrit Lansingh, Jr. [Lansing?], decd, having the waggon way [river road] to the south and Maquas river to the north, in breadth to the waggon way 32 rods, and the same breadth towards the river, formerly belonging to Cornelis Teunise Swart deceased." (221-1)

5th. His father Adam, by deed of gift of date 15 Feb., 1725/6, conveyed to him "a certain lot in Schenectady bounded south by the road [Front street] over against the house and lot of the widow of Capt. Philip Schuyler deceased, 75 feet, and west butting the lot of his sister Christiana deceased, wife of Teunis Swart 215 feet from the roadway or street, on the north end butting the land of his father Adam deceased (?) 65 feet and on the land and orchard of his father Adam east 210 feet up to the street; — Amsterdam measure." (221-2) The westerly line of this lot is now the westerly line of the lot of Daniel Vedder who owns a portion of said lot. In 1748 Wouter Vrooman devised this lot and the house "in which I now dwell as the same was conveyed to me by my father," to his youngest son Nicholas also "that parcel of land, — 2 1/2 morgens, — purchased by me of Philip Livingston near the fort." (221-3) This latter lot, on the north side of Front street, was originally patented to Sander Leendertse Glen in 1664, and commenced at a point 299 feet English, east of North street and extended along the street easterly 210 Feet English.


(220-2) Deeds, VII; Dutch Church Papers.

(220-3) Deeds, V, 496.

(220-4) Deeds, VI, 259.

(220-5) Dutch Church Papers.

(221-1) Deeds, VI, 259.

(221-2) Deeds, VI, 259.

(221-3) Will, Court of Appeals.

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