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DUTCH 
RECORDS OF KINGSTON 

ULSTER COUNTY. NEW YORK 
(ESOPUS. WILDWYCK. SWANENBURGH, KINGSTON) 

1658-1684 

WITH SOME LATER DATES 




PART 1 

MAY 31. 1658— NOVEMBER 18. 1664 
ESOPUS-WILDWYCK 



REVISED TRANSLATION FOR 

NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL 
ASSOCIATION 

BY 

SAMUEL OPPENHEIM 

Of »hc New York Bar 



THE DUTCH 
RECORDS OF KINGSTON 

ULSTER COUNTY. NEW YORK 
(ESOPUS, WILD W YCK. S WANENBURGH. KINGSTON) 



1658-1684 

WITH SOME LATER DATES 



PART I 



MAY 31. 1658-NOVEMBER 18, 1664 
ESOPUS-WILDWYCK 



REVISED TRANSLATION FOR 

NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL 
ASSOCIATION 



BY 



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Of the New York Bar 



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INTRODUCTION 



The old Dutch records of Kingston, now in the office of the 
County Clerk of Ulster County, dating from 1658, are second in 
importance in the history of the Colony of New York to the data 
contained in the Records of New Amsterdam, and vie with, if they 
do not exceed, in importance the Records of the County of Albany 
and Colony of Rensselaerswyck, edited by Prof. Jonathan Pear- 
son, and the Dutch court records of Albany still unpublished. 

The Kingston records have within the past fifteen years become 
accessible to the public in translated form, in three large manu- 
script volumes kept in the office of the County Clerk of Ulster 
County. They have not heretofore been printed. 

The New York State Historical Association has decided, if it 
shall meet with sufficient encouragement, to print the whole of these 
records in a good English rendering, after a careful revision by 
comparison with the original Dutch. 

The manuscript translation referred to, under the supervision 
of Judge A. T. Clearwater, as commissioner appointed by the 
Board of Supervisors of Kingston, was made between 1895 
and 1898 by Mr. Dingman Versteeg, a native of Holland'. His 
work, however, though possessing merits and of value 
in a comparison, is deemed by competent judges who 
have examined it to be unsuited to publication without 
thorough revision. Such a revision has become a desidera- 
tum. The task of making it has been entrusted by the New 
York State Historical Association to Mr. Samuel Oppenheim, of 
the New York bar, who, in another field dealing with the Dutch 
period in New Amsterdam between 1654 and 1664, has familiarized 
himself with the crabbed Dutch writing and the language of simi- 
lar records, and whose acquaintance with legal forms and expres- 
sions has been of great service in correcting the old translation, re- 



n INTBODUCTION. 

lating as it does to court records. Many changes, both in style and 
in matter, have been found necessary in the revision, the corrected 
manuscript showing alterations and recasting on almost every page. 

While a fluent and readable version is given in the revision, 
the aim, which is believed to have been accomplished, has been to 
adhere closely to the original Dutch record and to bring out its 
meaning clearly. 

The court records begin, at page 11, of Book I, with the min- 
utes of the first meeting of the Inferior Court of Justice at Wild- 
wyck, as the Esopus, later Kingston, was then called, presided over 
by the Schout, or sheriff, and three Commissaries, or commis- 
sioners, appointed by Director General Stuyvesant and the Coun- 
cil of New Netherland. The first meeting was held July 12, 1661. 
Preceding the first court entry is a copy of a document dated May 
31, 1658, relating to the defence of the village against attacks by 
the Indians. This appears at page 3. The preceding two pages 
are missing, but, judging from a statement in The History of Ul- 
ster County, by Nathaniel B. Sylvester, Phila., 1880, pp. 44 and 
46, in a chapter copied from an unpublished manuscript of Jona- 
than W. Hasbrouck, of Ulster County, they probably contained a 
copy of the order of Stuyvesant giving the name Wildwyck to the 
place, and a memorandum of the fact that the court had been es- 
tablished there in May, 1661, and that Roeloof Swartwout had been 
appointed Schout, together with a copy of the order of his appoint- 
ment. Pages 4 to 10 are blank. They are referred to further on. 

The extant Dutch records give the legal history of Ulster 
county quite fully to 1684. They also include a variety of ac- 
count books from 1676 to 1719, and from 1772 to 1774, as well 
as some church ordinances of 1742. A brief descrip- 
tion of them, as found in the report of Prof. Herbert L. Os- 
good on the Archives of New York, printed in the Report of the 
American Historical Association for 1900, Vol. II, pp. 78-79, will 
afford a general idea of their contents and of their his- 
torical importance. They consist of: 

1. Court records. Book 1, July 21, 1661 to May 6, 1664. 336 
pp. Folio. Prefaced by a copy of a bond by the inhabitants of 
Esopus, dated May 31, 1658, to demolish their separated dwellings, 
build closer together, and surroimd the village with a stockade. 



INTRODUCTION, m 

2. Court records, Book II, June 29, 1664 to November 5-15, 
1667. 360 pp. Folio. 

3. Court records. Book III, November 12-22, 1667 to August 
26, 1673. 302 pp. Polio. At the end is an indenture of service, 
acknowledged before the secretary, 1672-3, and in English, a sum- 
mons to appear before the next court of sessions. 

4. Court records. Book IV, November 9, 1673 to November 11, 
1675. 100 pp. Folio. Also marked "Liber C." 

5. Court records. Book V, December 22, 1676 to October 15, 
1684. 243 pp. Folio. This volume also contains an instrument of 
December 19, 1685, acknowledged before Thomas Garton, justice of 
the peace. In this volume a list is given of the "Prottocol" or court 
records, 22 in number, stating which pages were missing on Febru- 
ary 19, 1700-01. 

6. Court records, January 8, 1680-1 to March 13, 1683-4, and 
March 15, 1680-1 to September 5, 1683. 354 pp. Folio. 

7. Secretary's papers, Liber A, April 7, 1664 to December 31 
1665. 140 pp. Folio. Contains depositions, deeds, mortgages, etc. 

8. Secretary's papers, Liber B., 1666-1681. 442 pp. Folio. 
Contains 

(a) Register of the secretary, January 5, 1666 to July 23, 
1667, 190 pp. 

(b) Contract of sale of horses, Gouwert Poulussen to Cor- 
nelis Barentsen Slecht, 1670; and two memoranda of fees due 
March 16, 1670, and November 9, 1673, pp. 191-192. Pp. 193-220 
are blank. 

(c) Register of the secretary, January 11 to November 22, 

1675, pp. 221-235. Pp. 236 to 254 are blank. 

(d) Register of the secretary, March 10, 1675 to November 9, 

1676, pp. 255-276. Pp. 277-292 are blank. 

(e) Register of the secretary, January 5, 1678-9 to February 
29, 1860, pp. 293-295. Pp. 296 is blank. 

(f) Transport for three negro slaves, John Colloway to Ga- 
briel Minviele, 1680 (in English), p. 297. Pp. 298 to 316 are blank. 

(g) Register of the secretary, March 3, 1679 to February 27, 
1679-80, pp. 317-381. P. 382 is blank. 

(h) Indenture, December 23, 1678 (In English), p. 383. Pp. 
384-400 are blank. 

(i) Register of the secretary, March 3, 1679-80 to January 7, 
1680-81. Pp. 401-442. 

9. Secretary's papers, Liber C, 1669-1672. Pp. 13 to 166. 
Folio. Pp. 1 to 12 are blank. Contain the register of secretary 
La Montague, December 27, 1669 to October 7, 1672. 



IV INTRODUCTION. 

10. Secretary's papers, Liber D, November 4, 1672, to April 
20, 1673. Contains deeds, etc. 

11. Secretary's papers, Liber E, 1676 to 1679. 216 pp. Folio. 
Contains register of secretary La Montagne, March 29, 1676, to 
March 5, 1678-9, pp. 3 to 133 ; and minutes of the court of sessions, 
April 26, 1676 to December 14, 1680, on reverse side, pp. 134 to 
216. 

12 to 19. Various account books relating to the poor funds, the 
deacons and the church, all in Dutch, covering various dates be- 
tween 1676 and 1719, and also the years 1742, 1772 to 1774, 162 pp. 
Folio. 

A romantic interest attaches to these volumes. Many years be- 
fore 1895 they disappeared from the Ulster County Clerk's office 
at Kingston, under circumstances not now definitely known. One 
day in June, 1895, an express package was received by the Clerk, 
which upon being opened was found to contain the records just 
described, together with some others in English. Inquiry then 
made resulted in the information that they had been shipped from 
Quogue, Long Island, by a gentleman who was a stranger to the 
express company. About fifteen years before this, rumors had been 
circulated in Ulster County that the records could be found on 
Long Island, but a sheriff, armed with a search warrant, whose 
arrival in New York was heralded with an announcement of the 
purpose of his visit, found nothing. 

In explanation of their disappearance and return, Wheeler B. 
Melius, in an introduction to the index to the Kingston records, 
printed in the Index to the Public Records of the County of Al- 
bany, State of New York, 1630-1894, quotes a statement concern- 
ing them, made by a gentleman named Van Alstyne, residing in 
Brooklyn, to Thomas J. Van Alstyne, former Mayor of Albany and 
ex-congressman, while in search of genealogical information. As 
quoted, Mr. Van Alstyne of Brooklyn said: 

"Years ago I, with a few others, became interested in these old 
Dutch records at Kingston. There was very little interest displayed 
in their preservation, and, being written more or less illegibly in 
the old Dutch of that early period, they were as a sealed book to 
most people. No translation had ever been attempted, officially or 
otherwise, and as there seemed to be no prospects of a translation, 
the records were removed to Brooklyn, where arrangements had 
been made for a complete translation by an old Dutch scholar. The 



INTRODUCTION, V 

work Avas scarcely started when the translator was taken ill and 
died. Owing to the press of other business, I lost track of the 
records, but it seems that when the effects of the deceased translator 1 
were disposed of, his executors, knowing nothing of the ownership 
of the records, but being satisfied that they were of a public char- 
acter, had them packed in a box and removed to the old city hall, 
where they were left undisturbed for a long time. I was one of 
the commissioners having in charge the building of the new city 
hall, and when that edifice was completed and the work of trans- 
ferring the books and papers was under way, this old box of 
Kingston records came to light. While the officials, to whom the 
records were Greek, were discussing the advisability of consign- 
ing the box of 'rubbish' to the junk pile, I happened to come into 
the room, and at once recognized the records. I had them carefully 
boxed and shipped to the Ulster County Clerk 's office at Kingston. 
No word was sent with them, because those who had brought them 
to Brooklyn were unable to complete the work and thought they 
might be open to censure for removing them from Kingston and 
then allowing them to remain so long neglected and in danger of 
destruction. These are the facts of the disappearance and return 
of the Kingston records, and the mystery is a mystery no longer." 

The Dutch traded at Kingston Point as early as 1613, and left 
some boats there in 1621-22. No permanent occupation seems to have 
been made, so far as appears from any manuscript records, prior to 
1652. In that year Thomas Chambers, an Englishman by birth, 
with a colony of settlers from the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, began 
a permanent occupation of the region of the Esopus, presumably by 
consent of the aborigines or by purchase of farms from them.^ 

Rev. Johannes Megapolensis and Rev. Samuel Dris- 
ius, in August, 1657, writing to the Classis of Amsterdam, refer to 
Esopus as follows: 

"About eighteen [Dutch] miles [about 54 English] up the 
North River, half way between the Manhattans and Rensselaer or 
Beaverwyck, lies a place called by the Dutch Esopus or Sypous and 
by the Indians Atharhacton [Atkarkacton]. It is an exceedingly 
fine country there. Thereupon some Dutch families settled there, 
who are doing well. "^ 



1 The History of Ulster County, edited by Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kings- 
ton, N. Y., 1907, p. 33-34. 

2 Ecclesiastical Records of New York, vol.1, p. 398. 



INTEODUCTION. 
VI 

Although the Dntch authorities had forbidden the sale of brandy 
ant^other Uquors to the Indians, Chambers reported o Director 
General Stuyvesant in May, 1658, that some treble had oe 
furred at the Strand "through the fearful foxication of h bar^ 
barians " They had obtained an anker of brandy (about ten 
ZIZ) and, becoming intoxicated, killed one of the inhabitants 
and "t fire to the house of another, so that the people were com- 

:ned to fly. At a previous date the Indians, ^^^^^^^^^^^ 
of liquor had become quarrelsome and had compelled the settlers, 
uLde' th threat of arson, to plow their lands for them killed some 
C and a horse or two that had strayed on their plantations, and 
Tthe estimation of their white neighbors, used great violence 

'"''''onTn appeal to Stuyvesant for assistance, he went up from 
Manhattan to the scene of the disturbance. In an interview wit^ 
the inhabitants he pointed out to them the inadvisability of then 
thinking of war against the Indians, and suggested that they should 
build closer together and enclose the whole place with palisades^ 
He marked out for them a site for a village on the north side of 
the Great Plat, to which he later gave the name Wildwyck, now the 
oldest part of Kingston.* 

The agreement of the inhabitants by which they bound them- 
selves to live close together, upon the assurance of protection from 
Stuyvesant in case of attack by the Indians, is the first entry m 
the extant Dutch records now put into print. A photogravure of 
the record of this agreement accompanies this translation. 

The Indians were not pleased with the action of the white 
men and complained to Stuyvesant that the land taken for the 
village had not been paid for, but after a conference with him they 
agreed to yield their claim ''to grease his feet with, because he had 
made such a long journey to come and see them." Later, further 
meetings were held with the Indians, and further land obtained 
from them. Matters proceeded along with more or less friction 
until the latter part of 1659, when, through the sale of intoxicants 

5 Clearwater, supra, p. 34. 
* Id., pp. 34-35. 



INTRODUCTION. Vn 

to the savages, what is known as the Esopus War of 1659-1660 was 
inaugurated.^ 

A record of this war and of the events leading to and fol- 
lowing it is to be found in the Documents relating to the Colonial 
History of New York, vol. XIII, which is our main source of infor- 
mation regarding the early history of Esopus or Kingston. 

Peace was concluded July 15, 1660, "under the blue sky." A 
copy of the treaty is given in vol. XIII, just mentioned. By its 
terms, the Sachems promised to convey, as indemnification, all the 
territory of the Esopus and to remove to a distance from there, 
without ever returning again to plant. In other words, they 
promised to give up the Groot Plat which Stuyvesant wanted and 
which the settlers hoped to obtain without payment.® 

The name Wildwyck was given by Stuyvesant to the settle- 
ment in the spring 1661, in a document of which Sylvester gives 
the Dutch version which, as already mentioned, he indicates was the 
first entry in the records, page 1. The English reads as f oUows : 

"Peter Stuyvesant, Governor and Director General, commis- 
gioned and authorized in the control of all matters relating to the 
public good of all the territories of New Netherland, by virtue of 
the authority and permission of the Honorable Lords, the Directors 
of the Privileged West India Company, Greeting: 

"The aforesaid valiant Director General Peter Stuyresant, ob- 
serving the situation and condition of the place called "Esopus," 
already inhabited six or seven years, and pleased thereat, hath, in 
consideration of its state and population, erected our place into a 
village, and honored it with the name of Wildwyck, by which name 
it shall henceforth be called."'^ 

A court at Wildwyck was established by Stuyvesant in May, 
1661. The oath of office of the commissaries appointed to act dur- 
ing the first year appears to be dated May 5, 1661, though the en- 



5 Id., p. 36. 

« Id., pp. 33-38. 

T Nathaniel B. Sylvester, The History of Ulster County, N. Y., Phila., 
1880, p. 44. The editor adds that the new name was given in honor of the 
Indians wlio had made a "free gift " of the soil, and that tlie Governor prob- 
ably meant it to be known as Indian retreat, Indian Refuge or Indian Village. 
Though Sylvester spells the name Wiltwyck, the correct spelling Wildwyck, 
which has the meaning he mentions, is here used. The original of the docu- 
ment he quotes does not now appear to be extant. 



X INTRODUCTION. 

"In case of disparity of votes and opinions on any occurring 
cases, the minority shall coincide with the majority without any 
contradiction. But those who are of a different advice and opinion 
can cause their advice and opinion to be entered on the roll or rec- 
ord ; but in no wise make public their rendered advice outside the 
Court, nor make it known to parties, under arbitrary correction at 
the discretion of the Court itself. 

"The Schout shall, pursuant to the first Article, preside in the 
meeting, and collect the votes; also act as Secretary until further 
order and increase of the population. But if he have to act for 
himself as a party, or in behalf of the right of the Lords Patroons, 
or in behalf of justice for the right of the Fiscal, in such case he 
shall rise up and absent himself from the bench, and then have no 
advisory, much less a casting, vote ; but one of the senior Schepens 
shall, in such case, preside in his place. 

"What is set forth in the preceding Article of the Schout, shall 
also apply to the Schepens, whenever any cases or questions arise 
in the aforesaid Court between themselves as parties, or between 
others related by consanguinity to the appointed Schepens, such 
as brothers, brothers-in-law or cousins in the first or direct line. 

' ' All inhabitants of the Esopus shall, until further order, either 
of the Lords Patroons or their Supreme government, be amenable 
to and subject to be cited before the aforesaid Schout and Commis- 
saries, who shall hold their Session and Court meeting in the Village 
aforesaid once a fortnight, harvest time excepted, unless necessity 
and circumstances otherwise require. 

"In order to provide the good Inhabitants of Wildwyck with 
cheap and inoppressive justice, the Schout, as president, and the 
Schepens of the Court, must, for the convenience of parties, appear 
on the Court day, and at the place appointed, on the fine of TM^enty 
stivers, to be at the disposition of the Board, they being notified at 
le{;st twenty-four hours before the Court day to appear, by the 
Court-messenger, to be appointed by the Director General and 
Council, and double as much for the President, unless excused by 
sickness or absence. If appearing too late, and after the appointed 
hour, the fine shall be Six stivers. 

"Extraordinary Courts shall not be ordered at the cost and 
charges of the parties, except on the application of both parties, 
under submission to costs on loss of the sait, which costs shall prev- 
iously be deposited by the applicant or appellant, to wit : for each 
Schepen, Fifty stivers, for the President, Three guilders, besides 
the provision for the Clerk and Court messenger, to be hereafter 
appointed and other ordinary costs, according to law. 



INTRODUCTION, U 

"All cases of Crime shall be referred to the Director General 
and Council of New Netherland, saving that those of the court may, 
and are bound to apprehend, arrest and to detain and hold in con- 
finement, all Criminal delinquents until they can send them under 
guard to the Supreme government, and, in the meantime, take good 
and correct information touching the Crime committed, at the cost 
of the Criminal or the Treasury, and such transmit at the same 
time with the delinquent. 

"Minor offences, such as Brawls, Injuries, Scolding, Striking 
with the fist, Threats, simple Drawing of a Knife or Sword with- 
out assault or bloodshed, are left to the adjudication and decision 
of the Court aforesaid, in which eases the Schout there shall have 
power to act as prosecutor, saving, nevertheless, the clause of Ap- 
peal, in case the condemned may find himself aggrieved by the 
sentence of the Court. 

"All cases of Major Crimes, and delinquents charged with 
Wounding and bloodshedding, M^horedom and Adultery, public and 
notorious Theft, Robberies, Smuggling of Contraband articles. 
Blaspheming and profaning God's holy name and religion. Sland- 
ering and calumniating the Supreme government or its representa- 
tives, shall, after the informations, affidavits and testimony have 
bf en taken, be referred to the Director General and Council of New 
Netherland. 

"Should the situation of affairs so require that the President 
and Schepens consider necessary for the greater security of the 
peace and quiet of the Inhabitants, to enact, in the absence of the 
Director General and Council, some ordinances for the greater ad- 
vantage and contentment of the aforesaid Village and Court in the 
above mentioned district, respecting Surveys, Highways, Outlets, 
Posts, and Fences of Land, laying out of Gardens, Orchards and 
such like matters that may most concern the flat country and agri- 
culture; also in regard to the building of Churches, Schools and 
similar public works, and the means how and by which the same 
are so effected, they are to commit to writing their opinions there- 
upon, and deliver them to the Director General and Council, with 
the reasons upon which they are founded, annexed, in order, if 
such be deemed necessary, that they may be confirmed, approved 
and ordered by the Director General and Council. 

"Said Schout and appointed Schepens shall also be particularly 
careful, and be bound strictly to observe and cause to be observed 
the Laws of our Fatherland, and the Ordinances and Edicts of the 
Honorable Director General and Council heretofore ordained and 
published, or hereafter to be ordained and published, and not to 



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INTRODUCTION. 



suffer anything to be done contrary thereto, but to see that the 
contraveners shall be proceeded against according to law. 

' ' Said Schout and Court shall not have power to enact, publish, 
much less to post up, any Ordinance, Edicts or such like Acts, ex- 
cept with the previous knowledge and consent of the Director Gen- 
eral and Council. 

"The Schout and Schepens shall also be particularly careful, 
and be bound to assist the Honorable Directors as Lords and Pa- 
troons of the province of New Netherland, under the Sovereignty 
of their High Mightinesses, the Lords States Greneral of the United 
Netherlands, and them to help to maintain in their Supreme Juris- 
diction, Right and Domains, and all other their Prerogatives. 

"Whereas, it is customary in our Fatherland and other well 
regulated governments, that some change be made annually in the 
Magistracy, so that some new ones come in [and] a few continue in 
order to inform the new ; the Schepens now appointed shall pay due 
attention to the conversation, demeanor and fitness of honest and 
decent persons. Inhabitants of their respective Village, in order to 
be able, about the time of changing or election, to furnish 
the Director General and Council with correct information as to 
who may be found fit, so that some may then be elected by the 
Director General and Council. 

"Thus done and given, at the meeting of the Director General 
and Council, hold^en in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 
16May, Ao 1661." 

The above ordinance was, on April 25, 1664, on petition, so far 
modified, as to authorize the court at Wildwyck to enact by-laws 
and ordinances such as the circumstances of the place and the 
settlers might require, on condition that it first submit them, 
with the reasons therefor, to the director general and council for 
their approval, and obtain the same, unless such could not be done 
in consequence of the winter season. In that case, the court was em- 
powered to issue and execute provisional ordinances, provided it 
submit them at the first opportunity to the director, etc., for appro- 
val. See New York Colonial Manuscripts, vol. X, pt. 3, pp. 205- 
206; O'Callaghan, supra, p. 401. For the petition and the action 
thereon see Documents, supra, vol. XIII, pp. 369-370. 

On the establishment of the court, Roeloof Swartwout applied 
for the position of Schout, and on May 23, 1661 received an ap- 
pointment from the director general and council as "provisional 
Schout in the village of Wildwyck on the Esopus, to serve 



INTRODUCTION. xni 

there in the capacity of Schout, in accordance with this 
commission and the instructions already given him or 
hereafter to be given, as a good and faithful Schout is bound to 
do." {Documents, supra, vol. XIII, p. 199.) He had returned 
from a trip to Holland in 1660, bringing with him an appointment 
from the Directors there, dated April 15, 1660, to act as provisional 
Schout, and his instructions gave him authority to act as judge 
and to hear and decide cases, etc. {Id., pp. 158-160.) Stuyvesant 
then refused to recognize the appointment, stating that he did not 
consider Swartwout, because of his youth and inexperience, qualified 
for the position and also because no court had yet been established. 
Id., p. 177; Sylvester, supra, p. 47. He was ordered, however, by 
the directors to ratify the appointment. Nothing appears to have 
been done by the Schout until the first session of July 12, 1661. 

The difficulties with the Indians did not cease with the organ- 
ization of the court. The Esopus war of 1663 occurred, and the 
record shows the troublous days passed by the inhabitants, the 
massacre of some of them, the destruction of their property, and 
the dangers they ran while earning their living. The sittings of 
the council of war, appointed by Stuyvesant, headed by Marten 
Cregier, are also recorded. A treaty of peace with the Indians 
was made May 15, 1664. 

The records now here printed supplement the data in the arch- 
ives at Albany, partly printed in the Documents, supra. 

The picture of life in the village presented by the reading of 
the first part of these records now printed, covering the Dutch 
period, is an interesting one. That substantial justice was meted 
out to the inhabitants in their disputes is clearly evident. 

The minutes show at first a primitive state of affairs, but grad- 
ually present a more organized aspect. We read first of complaints 
of shortage in the food supply for the military, and of clashes be- 
tween the soldiers and some of the inhabitants. Then comes the 
sad case of Grietjen Westercamp and her efforts to establish the 
paternity of her child. Later, after the inauguration of the sec- 
ond Indian war in 1663, we read of Aeltje Sybrants, the wife of the 
gunner Matthys Roelofsen, and her contemptuous treatment of the 
order of the council of war forbidding the sale of strong drink to 



XIV INTRODUCTION. 

the troops or to the Indians, and of the proceedings to 
punish her for contempt. Suits for slander also appear. One man 
felt aggrieved because he was called a Jew, another because he was 
called deceitful, and another because he was called a little tattle- 
tale. One litigant railed at the court after losing his case and 
called one of the judges, who was a physician, a bloodsucker, and 
was brought to the bar to apologize. Suits were frequent for the 
recovery of money due for wages, goods sold and money loaned. 
Mortgages and deeds were put on record. Lots for building pur- 
poses were granted by the court to various applicants. Various 
orders are entered for the regulation of affairs in the village. Ap- 
peals are noted in a number of cases to the director general and 
council in New Amsterdam. Stuyvesant himself appears as a 
suitor for money due from tenants and others. The Schout, Swart- 
wout, occasionally appears as a defendant, though usually as plain- 
tiff to collect fines for violation of orders. His suits for the recov- 
ery of fines for violation of the ordinance forbidding any one to 
go out to mow without a convoy, are of interest as showing the 
strictness of the precautions to prevent attacks by the Indians. 

The troubles of Domine Blom, the first minister, in his efforts 
to collect his salary, in arrears for several years, are reflected in 
suits against a number of the inhabitants who had agreed to pay 
their share but had neglected to do so. His letter to the magis- 
trates regarding the non-payment is worthy of perusal. Suits re- 
lating to the parsonage then being erected are several times men- 
tionedi. The domine 's dispute with the magistrates regarding the 
administration of the estates of several intestates, as to which the 
church claimed an ecclesiastical right, is the subject of various en- 
tries. In one of these the domine takes occasion to rebuke the court 
for writing to him a business letter dated on a Sunday. In his re- 
ply he expresses his astonishment that they should work on that day, 
seeing, as he said, that there were enough other days in the week, 
and he adds that this no doubt is the reason why the magistrates' 
pew is empty during the Sunday morning and afternoon services. 
His anxiety for the welfare of the community is shown in a long let- 
ter in which he asks the magistrates to co-operate with him to sup- 
press the celebration of Fastenseen (Shrove Tuesday or Mardi 



INTRODUCTION. XV 

Gras), as being of pagan origin and conducive to Bacchanalian 
orgies. The Court gave the necessary order. 

The farming out of the excise by auction is recorded, and suits 
for smuggling and non-payment of the impost are noted. Many 
suits involving arrests, attachments, partnership disputes and other 
classes of litigation appear. The retired magistrates came in for 
a reprimand for not making up their accounts for the information 
of their successors, who were appointed annually, and were ordered 
to hand them in at once. 

Finally, the on coming of the English is noted by a reference to 
the course of action to be pursued if they should appear at the 
gates. Then we read of the selection of Willem Beeckman to pro- 
ceed to Manhattan to obtain a warrant of authority for the continua- 
tion of the court, and also of his return with the w^arrant, dated Oc- 
tober 24, 1664, entered in full in the minutes of November 14 of that 
year, as translated from the English into Dutch. The original Eng- 
lish version does not appear to be extant. These minutes are here 
included as well as those of the succeeding session, November 18, 
1664. The latter contain the record of an important lawsuit be- 
tween Stuyvesant, then described simply as Mr. Stuyvesant and no 
longed director general, and one of his debtors. 

We meet in the Dutch period with many familiar names, such 
as Tierek Claszen de Witt, Alaerdt Heymansz Roose or Roosa, Al- 
bert Gysbertsen, Gysbert van Imbroch, Sergeant Christiaen Nissen, 
Thomas Chambers, Mattheus Capito, Cornells Barentsen Sleeht, 
Evert Pels, Nicolaes de Meyer, Henderick Jochemsen, Juriaen 
Westphael, Matthys Roeloofsen, Jacob Barentsen Cool, Jan Wil- 
lemsen Hoochteylingh, Willem Beeckman, Thomas Harmensen, 
Walran du Mont, and others. The Schout, Roeloof Swartwout, act- 
ed for two years as recorder of the minutes. The later entries 
were made by his successor, Mattheus Capito, who was also de- 
signated as secretary. Their records are precisely kept, so that the 
meaning can be clearly gathered, though the language used in fre- 
quently tautological, terse or elliptical. 

The spelling of names in the body of the minutes differs in 
many cases from that found in signatures. These varia- 
tions have been followed in this translation. Some of these names 



rvi INTRODUCTION. 

printed here appear as though containing typographical errors. 
These follow the spelling in the Dutch entries. No attempt has been 
made to reproduce the sign manual adopted by those who could 
not write. Titles and other abbreviations in the original record 
are given in full in the translation. The letters " i j " of the Dutch 
in names have been transcribed< as "y" in the English. Original 
signatures are printed in caps and small caps. 

The name of the village always appears as Wildwyck while 
Capito, the more scholarly writer, was the recorder of the min- 
utes. Before that, in Sw,artwout's entries, it appears as Wildt- 
wyck. Wiltwyck, frequently seen in translations of other writ- 
ings and in accounts of Kingston, does not occur in these records. 
Throughout the further records above referred to, yet to be pub- 
lished, the spelling is "Wildwyck. In those records the village was 
called Kingston from 1671 on, except during the Dutch re-occupa- 
tion in 1673-4, when the name Swanenburgh was given to it. 

This translation covers the whole of Book I, 336 pages, and 
also 46 pages of Book II, of the Dutch records. 

It is hoped that the first installment will meet with a favorable 
reception. The interest of the record grows with the growth of the 
colony. As the great German poet has so well said : 

"Examine where you will the teeming sea of human life, 
(All are of it, but not to many is it known), 

With fruitful interest you'll always find it rife." 



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FIRST PAGE OF WILDWYCK RECORDS 



THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON 
BOOK I 

[Resolution of Inhabitants of Esopus, May 31, 1658, 

AND 

Court Records of Wildwyck, July 12, 1661-May 6, 1664.] 

[Pages 1 and 2 are missing. See Introduction.] 
Copy. 

Having, through very sad cases and to our general injury, ex- 
perienced and borne, from time to time, the treacherous and intol- 
erable audacity of the wild and barbarous natives, and realizing the 
folly of trusting to their promises and our own risk and danger in 
living separated and far apart from each other among such treach- 
erous and vindictive people, 

We, the undersigned inhabitants of the Esopus, in meeting as- 
sembled, have, upon the suggestion of the Director General, the Lord 
Petrus Stuyvesant, and his promise to provide us with a protec- 
tive guard and, when needed, to assist us with additional troops, 

Resolved, that, for the greater security of ourselves, our wives 
and children, we w^ill, immediately after subscribing to these pres- 
ents, completely demolish our separate dwellings, and locate at 
the place designated by the Lford General, and, by our own united 
efforts, together with the assistance of the Lord Director General, 
surround the place with palisades of a proper height, in order, with 
the blessing of the All-Good God, the better to protect ourselves and 
our property against the hostile assaults of the savages. And, 
invoking the Divine blessing and help, and using all honorable 
means, we bind ourselves to enter upon this work at once and to 
complete it as soon as possible, a fine of one thousand dollars to be 
paid into the treasury of the community, as a penalty, by any who 
by word or deed oppose this. 



2 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [ 165g 

For the greater security whereof we have personally signed 
our names hereto, in the presence of the Right Honorable Lord 
Director General and Mr. Goovert Loockermans, former Schepen of 
the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland. Done this last of May, 
Ao. 1658. 

Jacob Jansen Stol, Thomas Chambers, Cornells Barense 
Slecht, the mark (x) of Willem Jansen, made by himself, the mark 
(x) of Pieter Dircksen, made by himself, Jan Jansen, Jan Broersen, 
his mark (x), made by himself, Dirck Hendricksen Graef, (x) his 
mark, made by himself, Jan Lootman. 

In presence of the Lord Petrus Stuyvesant and Goovert 
Loockermans. 

The above copy, made by order of the Commissaries, has been 
found, after comparison, to agree with the original. 

Attest, 

ROELOOF SWARTWOUT, Schout. 

[Pages 4 to 10 in original record, blank. See Introduction as 
to probable record intended to be entered here.] 

July 12, 1661. 

First Ordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck. 

Resolved, by the Schepens here present, to hold Court on 
Tuesday and thereafter every two weeks, until the further order 
of the Director General and Council of New Amsterdam. 

On the same day. Sergeant Christiaen Nissen romp informs 
the Schout and Schepens here present, that whereas, no grain is to 
be had here for the militia, Pieter van Alen, the shoemaker, is 
exporting wheat. Whereupon, deliberation having been had, it is 
resolved that the shoemaker shall deliver his remaining grain to 
Sergeant Christiaen Nissen romp, who is authorized to pay him on 
delivery. 

On the same day, the Schout and Schepens appoint one Jacob 
Joosten to attend to all kinds of church service and services for the 
Court. He is appointed Court Messenger, provisionally, until the 
further order of the Director General, and shall receive for one year 
two hundred guilders [one guilder equals forty cents], in zeewant. 



1661] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 3 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, September 13, 1661. 

Present : Evert Pels, Aldert Heymansen, Cornelis Baren 
Slecht. 

The Sellout, plaintiff, vs. Coenraedt the soldier, defendant. 
Default. 

Tjirick Classen, plaintiff, vs. Femmetjen. Default . 

Hendrick sewant reyger [braider of sewant] plaintiff, vs. Jan 
Buur. Default. 

Mathys Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick sewant reyger 
[braider of sewant]. Default. 

Pieter van Alen, plaintiff, vs. Sergeant Christiaen Nissen 
romp. Default. 

Machtelt [Stoffels], plaintiff, vs. Gerrit van Campen. Default. 

Femmetjen [Alberts], plaintiff, vs. Gerrit van Campen. De- 
fault. 

Femmetjen [Alberts] demands payment of twelve guilders, in 
zeewant. 

The Schout, prosecutor and plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, 
defendant. 

The Schout declares that Thomas Chambers drew a knife against 
his brother-in-law, Jan Janssen, at Cornelis Barentse Slegt's house, 
which is denied, by the defendant. Also that, on the last day of 
August, Thomas again drew a knife against Jan Janse and wound- 
€d him, which also is absolutely denied by the defendant. 

Albert, the carpenter, asks for a building lot, which is 
granted him. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, September 28, 1661. 

Pieter van Alen, prosecutor and plaintiff, vs. Sergeant Chris- 
tiaen Nissen romp. 

Pieter van Alen complains that the Sergeant beat him in the 
guard house, and pursued him on the public street. In defense, 
the Sergeant says that Pieter took brandy into the guard house 
and sold it there. 

Resolved, [rest of page blank]. 

Catelyn the Walloon, plaintiff, complains of the cowherder, 
that he does not drive the cows home in time and that he did not 
•drive them home for two days. 



4 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1661 

In defense, the cowherder says that, as she does not drive her 
cows to the herd, he cannot take care of them. 

Ordered, that Catelyn shall drive her cows to the herd and 
that the defendant shall then take care of them. 

The Schout, plaintiff, declares that Mathys Constapel 
[the gunner] tapped during the sermon. This the defendant de- 
nies, and says it is not true. 

Gritedgen [Hillebrants], plaintiff, demands that her master 
say if he knows aught against her as a reason why he discharged her. 

Juriaen Westgaer, the defendant, says that when he was sick 
she went out every day and returned home late at night, and that 
he then said to her, "Where you have been during the day, go 
there also at night." 

Tjyrick Classen, plaintiff, vs. Femmetje, defendant. Default. 
Default. 

The Schout plaintiff vs. Poulus Poulssen defendant. 

The Schout declares that Poulus drew a knife. This the 
defendant denies. 

The Schout, plaintiff, [blank space in original]. 

Jan Lammerse asks for a building lot, to be built upon at 
once. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 11, Anno 1661. 

Present: Cornelis Barense Slecht, Evert Pels, Aldert Hey- 
manse; the Schout, Roeloof Swartwout. 

Pieter Jacobsen requests the Schout and Schepens to fix his 
charges for grinding corn. And whereas the said petitioner leaves 
it to the decision of the Court, he is allowed to charge for every 
schepel [about one bushel], eight stivers [one stiver, equals two 
cents] in zeewant, and as to those who have no zeewant he may 
deduct a tenth part but no more. This permission is to be for one 
year, or until the further order of the Director General and Coun- 
cil. 

The Lord Schout, plaintiff, vs. Pop Barense. The Schout 
declares that complaint has been made that Fop Barents created 
a disturbance in front of the guard house, and there defied the 
Corporal, knife in hand, the which Corporal Ransou attests and 



1661] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 5 

says actually took place. Whereupon, having considered the 
matter, the Schepens give the officer time until the next Court day 
to get the Sergeant to testify. 

Basje Pieterse, plaintiff, demands payment of Aert Otters- 
poor of nineteen guilders, in zeewant. Default. 

Basjen Pieterse, plaintiff, vs. Fop Bareuse. Plaintiff demands 
forty guiideis, in :':eewant, of Fop Barense who admits owing the 
same and promises to pay within a month from date, under penalty 
of execution. 

Basje Pieletse, vs. Pouius Poulussen, demands payment of 
the anioiuit of twenty-three guilders, in zeewant. Default. 

Tjirck Classen, plaintiff, demands of Roeloof Swartwout pay- 
ment of three and a half schepels of wheat, and also of seven 
schepels of wheat assigned to him by some one else. The Schout 
is ordered to pay three and a half schepels of seed-corn within eight 
days, the other seven schepels to be paid within a month. 

On this day the Schout submits some written charges against 
Thomas Chambers, all of which the latter denies. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 25, [1661]. 

Present: Evert Pels, the Schout, Cornells Barense Slecht. 

Evert de Waeesman, defendant. 

The Commissaries demand a mudde of wheat [about four 
bushels] and seven guilders, nine stivers, which Evert Pels under- 
takes to pay, the same to go to the poor. 

Evert de Waelsman, plaintiff, demands from William Jansen 
Stol, as payment for two cows, the amount of two hundred guilders, 
in corn. William Jansen Stol is ordered to pay within two months. 

Evert de Waelsman, plaintiff', demands of Tjirick Clasen pay- 
ment of wages for nineteen days, and for mowing grass two days. 
[Defendant] is ordered to pay two schepels of wheat for the 
mowing of the grass, and two gldrs. in zeewant, per day, for the 
nineteen days, and to pay the whole amount within six weeks. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff, vs. Pouius Poulussen. Default. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen. Default. 

Tjirick Cla-sen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrantsen. Default. 

Thomas Chambers requests of the Commissaries further par- 
ticulars from the Schout of the written charges made against him. 



6 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1661 

And whereas Thomas requests the same to be in writing, though 
he has received a copy and he claims that omissions occur therein, 
the Commissaries have therefore examined said copy, and find the 
same to be correct and to correspond with the original charges. 
At the request of the Schout, it is consented that the parties be re- 
ferred to the Lord Director General and Council of New Amster- 
dam, or they may await the arrival of the Lord General. 

October 26, Anno 1661. 

Extraordinary Court Session, called by Thomas Chambers to 
proceed against the Schout, Roelof Swartwout. 

Whereas, Thomas Chambers, by petition, asks the Commis- 
saries, "Why am I, Thomas, not permitted to appear before the 
Court, notwithstanding the Schout has summoned me?" 

The reason why Thomas was summoned is because of the 
four schepels of wheat which he guaranteed for his servant Poulus 
Poulussen, and for which he refuses to pay to the Court Messenger 
sent to him. The Consistory petitioned that the Magistrate should 
kindly demand the same. The Schout therefore summoned him, 
Thomas. If his name was not called from the calendar, his default 
will be opened. Secondly: Whereas, Thomas by a petition has 
further requested the Commissaries to give reasons why the par- 
ties are referred to the Director General and Council, the Com- 
missaries answer that, as Thomas has denied all the charges which 
the Schout presented against him, and as these concern the Sup- 
reme Magistrates, the matter has been referred to the Director Gen- 
eral and Council of New Amsterdam. 

Thus done, for cause us thereunto moving. 

By order of the Commissaries. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, November 8, Anno 1661. 

Present: The Schout, Evert Pels, Cornelis Barense Slecht. 
Aldert Heymanse, absent. 

The Schout, plaintiff, demands of the Sergeant proof of what 
he has complained about Fop Barentse. The Sergeant denies this. 
Fop Barense, the defendant, also declares it to be untrue, and says 
he was at work. 



1661] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 7 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defandant. Default. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Ciasen, defendant. Default. 

Matheus Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. 
Plaintiff, by virtue of a power of attorney conferred upon him by 
Fousien Briel, demands payment of Pieter van Alen of the amount 
of two schepels of wheat. Default. 

Jan Aersen, plaintiff', demands of Evert Pels, defendant, 
payment of the amount of forty gldrs., thirteen stivers. Defend- 
ant offers to pay the plaintiff' in strung zeewant. The plaintiff, 
Jan Aersen, is not satisfied with zeewant. He is ordered to show, 
at the next session of the Court, whether the debt arose in beavers 
or in zeewant, and, as the defendant does not admit owing in 
beaver price, Jan Aersen is required to submit a true account. 

Gertjen Bouts, plaintiff, demands of Jan Aersen, payment of 
the quantity of twenty-one schepels of wheat. Jan Aersen admits 
owing the same and on consent promises to pay one-half within 
two weeks, and the other half next spring. 

Jan Jansen van Eyckelen, plaintiff, demands of Margrita 
Clabbort payment of the sum of seventy-two guilders. 

Margrita, on the other hand, demands payment from Jan Jan- 
sen van Eyckelen of rent incurred while living in her house. 

The Commissaries having heard the parties, both are referred, 
under orders from the Schout and Schepens, to two good men 
to arbitrate the matter as far as possible. For which purpose the 
Schout and Schepens select Jacob Boerhans and Aldert de Rade- 
maker [the wheelright], who, if a decision should prove too diffi- 
cult, are permitted to choose a third. 

Jan Joosten van Eykelen, plaintiff, demands of Pieter Loock- 
ermans the payment of fourteen schepels of wheat and asks to be 
allowed to attach his money here. Pieter Loockermans says he 
does not owe him any wheat, and that, besides, he has worked 
for him two or three days. The Commissaries, having heard the 
parties, refer them to the judge having jurisdiction. 

Jan Janse van Eyckelen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Willemse, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands of Jan Willemsen payment for the amount 
of six schepels of wheat. Default. 



8 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1661 

Basjen [Pieters], plaintiff, vs. Aert Otterspoor. Plaintiff de- 
mands of Aert Otterspoor payment of nineteen guilders. Aert 
Otterspoor admits owing Basjen Pieters nineteen guilders, and as- 
signs to Basjen Pieters [his claim] against Evert Pels who agrees 
to pay the same. 

Basjen Pieters, plaintiff, demands of Poulus Poulussen pay- 
ment of the amount of twenty-three guilders and assigns one-half 
of it to the poor or to the church. Third default. 

The Schout and Schepens order the defendant to pay within 
two days, together with the costs accrued under the law relating 
thereto. 

Note. Poulus Poulussen having appeared this day, and having 
been heard in his defense, denying everything, he saying that he 
drank there only once, for which the new farmer paid for him, 
the Commissaries, having heard both parties, order Basjen Pieters 
to prove the debt, the party found in the w^rong to pay the costs. 

Femmetjen Alberts, plaintiff', demands of Gerrit van Cam- 
pen, defendant, payment of the amount of twelve guilders. Second 
default. 

Geertruyt Vosburgh, plaintiff, says that she gave an order to 
Jan van Breeman for two hundred boards to be delivered here at 
Wildtwyck. Jan van Breeman, defendant, produces a certificate 
by two witnesses, that Gysbert van den Bergh would not let the 
boards go forward until the payment of the money advanced by 
him thereon. 

And as Geertruyt Vosburgh had Jan van Breeman arrested 
here, and she showed us an extract, dated August 23, whereby the 
Honorable Commissaries of Fort Orange ordered the defendant 
either to pay or to deliver the boards at this place, the defendant 
is ordered to furnish a bond for the remaining one hundred and 
fifty-two boards, and he offers as surety Juriaen Westgaer. This 
(x) is the mark of Juriaen Westgaer. And for this reason the par- 
ties are referred to the judge having jurisdiction. 

Fop Barense, plaintiff, demands of Jan Jansen, defendant, 
eight schepels of wheat for wages earned by him. Default. 

Evert de Wachtsman [the watchman], plaintiff, demands of 
Juriaen Westgaer, defendant, payment of the amount of forty 



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1661] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 9 

gldrs. in zeewant, Defandant admits owing the same and promises 
to pay within fourteen days. 

Gritjen Hillebrants, plaintiff, demands of Juriaen Westgaer 
payment of her full wages, and says that her master discharged 
her. Defendant denies this, and Gritjen is orderedj to produce 
good witnesses at the next session of the Court. 

Eymmetjen, defendant, places under attachment the moneys 
of Jan the weaver, which are in the custody of Cornelis Bareuse 
Slecht. 

Ymmetjen de Backster [the baker], defendant, places under 
attachment the moneys of Arent Isacsen, which are in the custody 
of Cornelis Barense. 

First Session, held Wednesday, November 16, Anno 1661. 

Present: The Noble Lord General, Petrus Stuyvesant; The 
Schout, Roelof Swartwout; Commissaries, Evert Pels, Cornelis 
Barense Slecht, Aldert Ileymanse Roosa. 

Femmetje Albert, plaintiff, demands twelve guilders of Gerret 
van Campen, who admits the debt. The Schout and Schepens 
order the defendant to pay. 

Mathyeu Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. 
The third default. 

Gritjen Hillebrants, plaintiff', says that her master dis- 
charged her, which she offers to prove by two witnesses. They tes- 
tify that they heard her master say : ' ' Where you have been dur- 
ing the day, go there also at night." Juriaen Westgaer, de- 
fendant, says that what the witnesses say is correct. Both parties 
having been heard, Juriaen Westgaer is ordered to pay Gritjen 
Hillebrantsen a quarter year's wages. 

Jan Jansen van Eyckelen, plaintiff, demands a receipt and the 
liquidation of the balance of his account. He testifies under oath 
that the debt is just, according to his account. Arien Symensen, the 
defendant, is ordered to give plaintiff a receipt and to pay the bal- 
ance of the debt. 

Bart Sybrantse, plaintiff', demands of Lowys Dubo the amount 
of seven schepels of wheat as payment for the freight of cattle. 
Lowys Dubo, defend^ant, says he paid his share. 



10 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1661 

Whereas, the defendant admits having ordered the cattle of 
Bart, he is therefore, after deliberation, ordered to pay. 

Bart Sybrantsen, plaintiff, demands sixteen guilders in zeewant 
from Harmen Jansen in payment for passage of himself, wife and 
children from the Manethans [Manhattan], to the Hesopues [Eso- 
pus] , also eight guilders paid to Mr. Poulus, besides half a schepel 
of peas. Harmen Jansen, defendant, admits that he owes the 
debt, and is ordered to pay, before his departure, twenty- four guil- 
ders in zeewant and a half schepel of peas, to Bart Sybrantsen. 

Geertruyt Andrissen, plaintiff, demands of Gerrit van Cam- 
pen payment of two schepels of wheat and eleven guilders in zee- 
want. Gerrit van Campen, defendant, having been heard in his 
own defense, is condemned to pay one schepel of wheat and eleven 
guilders, in zeewant. 

Weynant Gerritsen, plaintiff, demands payment of Jan Lam- 
mersen, defendant. The first default. 

Ordinary Session held Tuesday, November 22, [1661]. 

Present : The Noble Lord General, Petrus Stuyvesant ; Schout 
Roeloof Swartwout; Commissaries, Evert Pels, Cornells Barense 
Slecht, Aldert Heymanse Roosa. 

Evert Prys, plaintiff, by a petition, demands the return of the 
two cows he let to Roeloof Swartwout for one-half of the nat- 
ural increase, which is testified to by Pieter Jacobsen. Roe- 
loof Swartwout, the defendant, admits having hired the cows, and 
is permitted to keep said cows until the expiration of the three 
years, as contracted for. 

Mathyue Blansan, plaintiff, summons Pieter van Alen again, 
and, by virtue of a power of attorney from Toeryn Briel, demands 
two schepels of wheat and a sack [zak, or three schepels] . Defend- 
ant's third default. 

He is ordered after the third default to pay to Matheue Blan- 
chan, by virtue of a power of attorney, and the costs of the case. 

Wynant Gerritsen, plaintiff, demands thirty guilders in zee- 
want from Jan Lammersen, defendant, who admits he justly owes 
the debt. The parties having been heard by the Honorable Court, 



1661] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 11 

the defendant is ordered to pay Weynant Gerritsen thirty guil- 
ders, the amount claimed, besides the costs accrued herein. 

The Schout, plaintiff, demands a fine of Tjirick Clasen because 
he carted during the harvest. Fined six guilders. 

The Schout, plaintiff, demands a fine of Pieter van Alen, 
because he desecrated the Sabbath by receiving people and selling 
them brandy during the sermon. The defendant is ordered, on his 
third default, to pay the legal fine. 

Ordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck, December 6, 1661. 

Present: The Lord Schout; Evert Pels, Cornelis Barense 
Slecht, Aldert Heymanse Roosa. 

Jonas Ransou, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff alleges that defendant murderously attacked him at night, 
without reason or cause. He accuses him of having been at his 
wife's bed, and of having overpowered him, so that he would have 
been murdered if no assistance had come, the which plaintiff says 
he can prove. Defendant's first default. 

Machtelt Stoffels, plaintiff, demands of Altjen Constapel a 
pettycoat which plaintiff loaned her when she fled from her hus- 
band, Mathy Constapel. Defendant's first default. 

Christiaen Nissen romp. Sergeant, plaintiff, demands of Magiel 
Veree eight guilders, heavy money, and also two schepels of loaned 
wheat. Defendant says he paid the eight guilders of heavy money 
to My Lord the General. Whereas, Magiel Veere can not prove the 
payment, therefore the Schout and Commissaries, having heard the 
parties, order Magiel Feere to pay the aforesaid amount within 
six weeks. 

On the same date, Cornelis Jansen, sawyer, petitions for a lot 
for a house, which is granted him by the Schout and Schepens, 
the same to be pointed out to him at the first opportunity. 

I Ordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck, January 3, Anno, 1662, 
Present: The Schout, Roeloof Swartwout, Aldert Heymanse 
Roosa, Cornelis Barense Slecht. 

Tjirick Classen, plaintiff, demands of the Schout, Roeloof 
Swartwout, the cost of three summonses and also demands, with- 
out proof, two schepels of wheat. 



12 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1662 

Roeloof Swartwout, the defendant, denies owing the two sche- 
p€ls of wheat demanded by the plaintiff. Whereas, Tjiriek Cla- 
sen cannot prove the debt, his claim is rejected, but the Schout is 
ordered to pay for the three summonses. 

Tjiriek Clasen, plaintiff, demands of Pieter Hillebrantsen, 
defendant, eight schepels of wheat. Pieter Hillebrantsen admits 
he owes the debt. The Schout and Commissaries, having heard the 
parties, order Pieter Hillebrantsen to pay the plaintiff two schepels 
every week until the eight schepels are paid. 

Huybrecht Bruyn, plaintiff, demands of Tjiriek Clasen the 
value of six schepels of wheat. The defendant admits he owes the 
debt, and promises to pay the same to the Schout within six weeks. 

Casper Caspersen, plaintiff", demands of Pieter Jillessen pay- 
ment of the amount of thirty-two guilders zeewant, as per obliga- 
tion. The defendant Pieter Jillisse admits he owes the plaintiff. 
The Commissaries, having heard the parties, order the defendant 
to pay within fourteen days. 

Capser Casperse, plaintiff, demands of Jonas Ransou, payment 
of the amount of twenty-nine guilders, sixteen stivers, in zeewant, 
as per obligation. The defendant admits he owes the debt. The 
Schout and Commissaries, having heard the parties, order Jonas 
Ransou to pay the amount sued for within eight days. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, demands from Albert Gerritsen 
payment of the cost of palisades for a lot bought and not built 
upon. The defendant answers as follows : The Schout and Com- 
missaries have given me the lot for which I am to pay six schepels 
of wheat for expenses incurred for palisades. 

Mathys Roelofsen, plaintiff, demands of Aert Aertsen Otters- 
poor payment of the quantity of ten schepels of wheat, due for 
drinks of brandy. The first default. 

Huybrecht Bruyn, plaintiff, demands of Parent Gerritsen pay- 
ment of the value of sixteen schepels of wheat for wages earned 
on a lot of work thus undertaken, which Jan Westhoesen is willing 
under oath to affirm he heard. The first default. 

Albert Gerritsen, plaintiff, demands from Jan Jansen van 
Ammerstede payment of the quantity of twenty-seven schepels 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 13 

of wheat due for wages earned. Defendant Jan Janse van Amers- 
foort's [sic] first default. Paid. 

Jan Jansen van Amersfoort, plaintiff, vs. Willem Haf. The 
first default. 

Gerrit van Campen appears and assigns to Jan Barensen 
six schepels of wheat which Aldert Heynianse promises to pay. 

Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, demands from Pieter van Alen, 
by virtue of, an earlier judgement against him, payment of two 
schepels of wheat and a sack. Whereas, Pieter van Alen shows us 
a receipt from Toesyn Briel's son-in-law for the debt sued for, 
dated November 24, and whereas Matheu Blanchan has pressed the 
Schout to issue execution against Pieter van Alen, who has de- 
manded security from Matheu Blanchan, which is conceded as due 
to Pieter van Alen, but Matheu Blanchan refuses to give security, 
and the parties, at their request, having been heard, Pieter van 
Alen is ordered to pay, as aforesaid, provided Matheu Blanchan 
gives security on his claim against Pieter van Alen. 

January 10, Anno 1662. 

Huybrecht Bruyn requests an extraordinary session of the 
Court for the purpose of proceeding against Barent Gerretsen, the 
party found in the wrong to pay the cost. 

Huybrecht Bruyn, plaintiff, demands from Barent Gerritsen, 
defendant, payment of the value of sixteen schepels of wheat for 
wages earned, for which he had contracted with the defendant. 
Barent Garretseu, the defendant, denies owing the value of sixteen 
schepels of wheat, but says that he made a contract with Huybrecht 
Bruyn for the mason work, for sixteen schepels of oats, of which 
he offers to make oath. 

Huybrecht Bruyn produces two certificates, one by Jan West- 
husen who certifies and declares, at the request of Huybrecht 
Bruyn, that Barent Gerretsen contracted for the mason work in 
putting up two brandy-stills, and an axle with which to grind, and 
a malt kiln, in consideration of sixteen schepels of wheat, or in 
oats at the price of wheat, three schepels of oats to be reckoned 
equal to one schepel of wheat; and he confirms the same under 
oath. 



14 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1662 

The second certificate, made by Jan Broersen, states that he 
was present when Huybrecht Bruyn, the mason, demanded sixteen 
schepels of wheat from Barent Gerritsen, and he confirms the 
same with his oath. 

The plaintiff declares the debt sued for is just, and this he 
confirms under oath. 

The Schout and Commissaries, having considered the matter 
and having found a great error, thereupon order Barent Gerritsen 
to pay the demanded quantity of sixteen schepels of wheat, besides 
the cost of the trial. The defendant is allowed a stay of two weeks. 

Ordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck this 17th of January, 
Anno 1662. 

Present: The Schout; Cornelis Barense Slecht, Evert Pels, 
Aldert Heymanse Roosa. 

Jonas Ransou, plaintiff, vs. Evert Prys, defendant. The first 
default. Paid. 

Magiel Feree, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. The 
first default. Paid. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Fop Barense, defendant. 
The first default. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Aertsen, defendant. The 
first default. Paid. 

Barent Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Hey Olfertsen, defendant. The 
first default. Paid. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. The 
first default. Paid. 

Barent Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen, defendant. The 
first default. Paid. 

Jan Jansen, plaintiff, demands from Willem Jansen Hap, de- 
fendant, payment of the quantity of thirty schepels of wheat. 
Against Willem Jansen Stol, defendant. Paid. The first default. 

Albert Gerritsen, plaintiff, demands twenty-seven schepels of 
wheat from Jan Jansen for wages earned. The defendant answers 
he does not owe any money until he shall have received the money 
from William Jansen Stol. The plaintiff replies that he will be 
able to prove that Jan Jansen must pay him. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 15 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, demands from Dirck Willemse 
payment of the quantity of ten schepels of wheat, according to 
account. The defendant admits owing plaintiff ten schepels of 
wheat, and assigns to him his claim against Tjirick Clasen to receive 
the value of ten schepels of wheat, 

Cornelis Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. The 
first default. 

Jan Dircksen van Breeman, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Jansen, de- 
fendant. The first default. 

Jan Dircksen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lammerse, defendant. The 
first default, 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff, demands ten and a half schepels 
of wheat from Jonas Ransou. The first default. 

Hendrick Jochemsen attaches the value of six schepels of wheat 
belonging to Jonas Ransou, in the possession of Dirck Willemsen. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff, demands payment of Jacob 
Jansen, defendant. The first default. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, January 31, [1662]. 

Present: The Schout, Roelof Swartwout; Evert Pels, Aldert 
Heymanse Roosa, Cornelis Barense Slecht. 

Albert Gerritsen, plaintiff, demands of Jan Jansen van Amers- 
foordt, defendant, payment of the quantity of twenty-seven schepels 
of wheat. Defendant admits he owes no more than sixteen schepels 
of wheat for work and for making Willem Jansen Stol's harness. 
He admits still owing eleven schepels of wheat on account of the 
work of Geertruyt Andrissen, but promises to pay these eleven 
schepels at the completion of the job. The Schout and Commissar- 
ies order the defendant to pay the first half of the sixteen schepels 
of wheat within two weeks, and the other half one month after date, 

Jonas Ransou, plaintiff, demands from Evert Prj'^s payment 
of the amount of ten schepels of wheat, three half pints, forty-fivo 
stivers, on account of brandy delivered to him. 

The defendant answers that he owes only for a pint of brandy. 
The plaintiff says he is ready to prove that the debt sued for is just. 

Hey Olfersen, plaintiff, complains that Barent Gerritsen 
beat and kicked him and trampled upon him, and proves it by 



16 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

four witnesses, viz. Jan Lammersen, Alberent Gerritsen, Gommert 
Gerritsen, Aert Pietersen Tack. 

The defendant, Barent Gerritsen, admits having beaten the 
plaintiff three times, and says he beat him because plaintiff heaped 
abuse upon him and said that he, Barent Gerritsen, was a scoun- 
drel. The defendant is granted time until the next session of the- 
Court to prove his assertions. 

Jan Jansen van Amersfoort, plaintiff, demands of Willem* 
Jansen Stol, payment of the amount of fifteen schepels of wheat 
for wages earned. The defendant admits owing plaintiff the amount 
sued for. The Schout and Commissaries order the defendant to 
pay the plaintiff the first half within six weeks, and the balance 
one month after [that] date. 

Session, held Tuesday, February 7, 1662. 

Present: The Schout, Roelof Swartwout; Comelis Barense- 
Slecht, Evert Pels, Albert Heymanse Roosa. 

Dirck Ariaensen, plaintiff, says he worked for Evert Pels dur- 
ing harvest time, and threshed twenty-seven days. He demands, as 
daily wages for threshing, two guilders, in zeewant, and, for har- 
vesting, two guilders, ten stivers, in grain, per day. The defend- 
ant, Evert Pels, answers he owes the plaintiff no more than one 
guilder, ten stivers, for threshing, and two guilders, ten stivers 
for harvesting, both in zeewant. 

The Commissaries order the defendant to pay the plaintiff" 
for harvesting, two guilders, ten stivers, in wheat, and, for thresh- 
ing, one guilder, ten stivers, in zeewant, each per day. 

Jan Aersen, plaintiff, demands from Evert Pels payment of 
the quantity of sixty schepels of oats. The defendant admits owing 
Jan Aersen the above demanded sixty schepels of oats and prom- 
ises to pay within fourteen days. 

Jan Aersen, plaintiff, demands payment of Roeloof Swartwout. 
Defendant admits owing the plaintiff and says, if the plaintiff is 
willing, he will pay him at the opening of navigation. 

Hendrick Cornelissen, plaintiff, demands from Albert Gysbert- 
sen payment of the quantity of four and a half schepels of oats for 
wages earned. The defendant admits owing the amount sued for. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 17 

and promises to pay withiu fourteen days, at the option of the 
plaintiff. 

Hendrick Cornelissen, plaintiff, demands a mudde of wheat 
[about four bushels] or its value from Jan Willemsen for wages 
earned. The defendant admits owing plaintiff' the aforesaid 
amount, provided plaintiff first completes the work contracted for. 
The Commissaries order plaintiff first to finish his work and then to 
demand payment. 

Hendrick Corneelissen, plaintiff, demands from Jan Lootman'ei 
wife payment of the amount of twelve guilders, in zeewant. The 
defendant, Jan Lootman, denies the debt, and answers he does not 
know what his wife has done, but promises the plaintiff eight guild- 
ers he owes him. The Commissaries order the defendant to pay 
plaintiff eight guilders, in zeewant, and the plaintiff to prove the 
balance of the debt. 

Haremen flendricksen, plaintiff, demands from Pieter Hille- 
brantsen payment of the amount of eight schepels of wheat, as per 
obligation assigned to him. The defendant admits owing the quan- 
tity demanded. The Commissaries order defendant to pay within 
three days three and one-half schepels of wheat, and the balance 
within six weeks. 

Storm Albertsen, plaintiff, demands from Baerent Gerritse 
the quantity of forty schepels of oats in payment for an anker of 
brandy [about ten gallons]. The defendant, Albert Gerretse, ad- 
mits owing the amount demanded. The Commissaries sentence 
defendant to pay plaintiff within one month. 

Hey Olfersen, plaintiff, demands of Barent Gerritsen, as per 
complaint heretofore presented, security for his hurts, physician's 
fee, and lost time. Barent Gerritsen admits having thrice beaten 
Hey Olfersen, as heretofore stated, and that he cannot prove any- 
thing further. The Commissaries order and refer the parties to two 
good men within the period of thrice twenty-four hours. 

Machiel Feere, plaintiff, demands from Pieter van Alen pay- 
ment of the amount of two and a half schepels of wheat for wages 
earned. The defendant, Pieter van Halen, refuses to pay the 
amount sued for, and says he does not owe it, and has overpaid the 
plaintiff. The Commissaries having examined the accounts of the 



18 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

parties find that defendant has paid one schepel of wheat too much, 
on which account the plaintiff is ordered, if he cannot adduce fur- 
ther proof, to pay the defendant one schepel of wheat. 

The Schout, as plaintiff, declares that on February 2, Anno 
1662, one Jacob Boerhans was found very badly hurt in his own 
house, and that there were present, Jan van Breemen, Sergeant 
Christiaen Nissen roemp, Poulus Poulussen, the Norman, of which 
I demand judicial inquiry. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, defendant, says he is not able to say 
anything about it. 

Poulus Thomassen, defendant, says he did not know anything 
about it until he came in on the morning of the following day, and, 
seeing what had taken place, went immediately away. He testifies, 
however, that the Sergeant took a knife from the table, and threat- 
ened him, Poulus Tomassen, with the same. 

Jan Dircksen van Breeman, defendant, says he was there 
too, but does not know how Jacob Boerhans happened to get hurt, 
saying, "I was drunk." He declares that he knew that Sergeant 
Christiaen Nissen romp and Poulus Tomsen had had trouble, and 
that Poulus Tomassen had tried to break the Sergeant's sword, and 
had broken the scabbard to pieces. 

Defendant Jan Jansen van Hamersfoort was called upon to 
testify, but declares that he does not know how Jacob Boerhans 
happened to get hurt, as he arrived there after it happened. 

Christiaen Nissen romp testified: "Poulus Tomassen broke 
the scabbard of my sword to pieces, and thereupon fell over the 
bench, and upon me, and thereupon I took a knife from the table 
and said to him, ' Get off of me.' " 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday this 14th of February, 1662. 

Present : The Schout ; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roosa. 

Machiel Fere, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Halen, defendant. The 
plaintiff demands another two and one half schepels of wheat from 
Pieter van Halen. Defendant denies owing anything to plaintiff, 
and even claims a balance in his favor. Whereas, parties have not 
made up their accounts, the Commissaries refer the parties to two 
good men, Tomas Chambers and Albert Gerritsen. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 19 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiflt', demands from Pieter Hillebrantsen 
payment for the value of four schepels of wheat. Defendant's first 
default. 

Matys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, demands from Jacob Jansen thirty- 
six schepels of oats. The defendant admits he owes the plaintiff 
thirty-six schepels of oats. The Commissaries order the defend- 
ant to pay within three months. 

Mathys Roelofsen, plaintiff", demands from Jacob Barense 
payment of three schepels of wheat, due for wine delivered to de- 
fendant. The defendant admits owing three schepels of wheat, but 
says he is not able to pay at present, and requests two or three 
months' time. The Commissaries order the defendant to pay within 
two months. 

Hendrick Janse Looman, plaintiff, demands from Jacob Joosten 
payment of the value of forty schepels of wheat, due for moneys 
advanced. The defendant admits he justly owes the plaintiff. The 
Commissaries order the defendant to pay twenty schepels of wheat 
within two months, and the balance after that date. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff, demands from Mathys Roeloofsen, 
three and a half schepels of wheat for school-money earned by him. 
The defendant admits owing plaintiff the aforesaid amount and 
requests four weeks' time, which are allowed him. 

As plaintiffs, Aert Aertsen and Pieter Jillessen demand full 
payment for taking care of the Schout's cows. The Schout an- 
swers that they were only to take care of the cows during harvest 
time, and therefore he refused full payment. The plaintiffs say 
that as the Schout had the cows brought to his land they were not 
obliged to receive them again. The Commissaries order the Schout 
to pay in full. 

Albert Gysbertsen, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen pay- 
ment of the value of three beavers, wages earned for making a 
plough. The defendant answers he owes no more than two beavers 
and a half. The Commissaries find that plaintiff is entitled to his 
full wages, and thereupon defendant is ordered to satisfy the plain- 
tiff. 

Jonas Ransou, plaintiff, vs. Evert Prys, defendant. Default. 



20 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1662 

Hey Olfertsen, plaintiff, says, Barent Gerritsen has been un- 
willing to appear before good men to settle his difference with me. 
The defendant answers that he has not had time. The Commissar- 
ies order the defendant to pay to Hey Olfersen, according to the 
account furnished, eighteen guilders, four stivers, and in addition, 
for expenses incurred, such as court summons, six gldrs. more, 
making together twenty-four gldrs., four stivers. 

The Commissaries order plaintiff to pay a fine of six gldrs., 
for the poor. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerretsen, defendant. 

Plaintiff says he bought of defendant three ankers of distilled 
waters, one anker [about ten gallons] to be delivered every consecu- 
tive week. The defendant answers, and admits he sold plaintiff 
three ankers of distilled waters and delivered two of them, but says 
he is not willing to deliver any more until he is first paid. The 
Commissaries order the defendant to deliver the third anker of 
wine within a week's time, and further order the plaintiff to pay 
within a week from date thirteen schepels of wheat and fifty 
guilders, in zeewant. 

Jan Lammersen, plaintiff, demands from Femmetjen Alberts 
five schepels of wheat, the selling price of a pig. 

The defendant, Femmetje Alberts, answers she does not owe 
more than four schepels of wheat. The plaintiff answers he will 
be satisfied with four schepels. The Commissaries order defend- 
ant to pay one-half within two weeks and the other half two weeks 
after date. 

Jan Barense van Ammeshof, plaintiff, demands from the 
Schout payment of the value of nineteen schepels of wheat. 

Roeloof Swartwout, the defendant, admits the debt and re- 
quests time. The Commissaries order defendant to pay within six 
weeks. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff, demands from the Schout seven 
schepels of wheat and one daelder [sixty cents]. 

The Schout, defendant, admits the debt. The Commissaries 
order defendant to pay within one month. 

Jan Janse Brabander, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen, 
defendant, payment of the value of ten schepels of oats. The de- 
fendant adlnits the debt and promises to pay the oats. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 21 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, demands from Fop Barense, 
defendant, as payment for a hat, six schepels of wheat and five 
gldrs., ten st., in zeewant. Defendant admits owing the debt sued 
for. Plaintiff grants defendant three weeks' time. 

The Sehout, as plaintiff, again informs the Commissaries that 
one Jacob Boerhans was very badly wounded in his own house, 
and requests to be allowed to secure legal evidence concerning the 
same from the witnesses who were present at the time, viz., Chris- 
tiaen Nissen romp, Poulus Tomassen, Jan Dircksen van Breeman, 
and requests that Jan Janse give testimony in regard to the same, 
as he had come there. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, February 28, 1662. 

Present : The Sehout ; Evert Pels, Albert Heymanse Roosa, 
Cornelis Barense Slecht. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Matys Roeloofsen and 
Altjen Sybrants, defendants. 

Plaintiff demands, as payment for a hat, the value of six 
schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the debt, but answers he has 
an account against the plaintiff. 

Plaintiff says the account is wrong, and defendant answers that 
he is able to prove the same. 

The Commissaries order the defendant, in accordance with his 
own request, to prove his account at the next session of the Court. 

[No names appear in the following case, but judging from the 
second entry in the next session it was between Christiaen Nissen 
romp and Mathys Roeloofsen.] 

The plaintiff tells the Court how, the defendant, during the 
night, pushed the drunken savages out of the house, which the de- 
fendant admits, saying they rushed, with kettles, in and out of the 
house. 

The plaintiff further says that, because he happened to men- 
tion this at the house of Jan Brouwersen, the defendant, and espec- 
ially his wife, called him, the plaintiff, names, in his own house, on 
a Sunday before the morning sermon, saying he was a rascal and a 
thief— "you robber of reputations." 



22 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

The defendant admits having called plaintiff names, and con- 
siders him now just such a person as he was stated to be, and asks 
if he can prove that I sold brandy to the savages. 

On the second count, the Commissaries, upon the plaintiff's 
demand, order the defendant to prove at the next session of the 
Court what rascally and thieving acts the plaintiff has committed, 
under a penalty [to be imposed on] defendant, as an example to 
others. In addition, the defendant is ordered to prove how the 
savages obtained the brandy, or he will be punished at the next 
session of the Court. 

Jonas Ransou, plaintiff, demands from Evert Parys, defend- 
ant, payment of the amount of ten schepels of wheat and forty-five 
stivers for sold brandy. Defendant denies the debt. Martin Har- 
mense, a witness, says that Jonas Ransou fetched three cans of 
brandy for defendant. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, a witness, says he heard that Evert 
Prys promised to pay Jonas Ransou ten schepels of wheat. 

The Commissaries order defendant to pay to the plaintiff the 
amount sued for, within two months, unless the defendant can fur- 
nish counter proof. 

Evert Parys, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. Plain- 
tiff says that Jonas Ransou, in the presence of Poulus Poulussen, 
Jan Brouwersen and Jan de Brabander, called him a thief and a 
scoundrel. 

The defendant denies having called names, but says that plain- 
tiff did not act right in trying to keep from defendant what belong- 
ed to him. 

Storm Albertsen, plaintiff, demands from Jonas Ransou, de- 
fendant, payment of the amount of ten schepels of oats and two 
schepels of wheat, as per obligation which ought to have been paid 
Dec. 10, 1661. The defendant admits the debt. The Commissar- 
ies order defendant to pay within two weeks, without further delay, 
besides the costs. 

Aert Pietersen Tack, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen 
payment of the amount of eighty-one schepels of oats. Defendant 
admits the debt but says he is not now able to pay. Requests time. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 23 

Commissaries order defendant to pay the plaintiff twenty schepels 
of oats every two weeks until the debt is paid. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Matys Roelofsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from the defendant payment of thirteen schepels 
of wheat and fifty guilders, in zeewant, for wines delivered to him. 
Defendant says that, whereas plaintiff did not, in accordance with 
the judgment, deliver the third anker, he does not now want 
plaintiff's wines, and requests that the third anker of wine be 
deducted from the bill. The Commissaries order plaintiff to value 
the anker of wine at eighty guilders, in zeewant, to be deducted 
from the bill. 

Defendant is ordered to pay plaintiff eight schepels of wheat 
within two weeks. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Hey Olfersen, defendant. 

Plaintiff presents a petition informing the Commissaries that 
he gave an order to Hey Olersen, the carpenter, to build a house 
for him, to be finished without delay, and that he needs it 
badly. Requests to be allowed to employ another carpenter on it. 

The defendant answers that he will have the work done within 
two weeks, to be ready for occupancy at the pleasure of the plain- 
tiff. 

Whereas this matter has already been before the Schout and 
Schepens, defendant guarantees the completion of the above and, 
in case of failure, to pay a fine of fifty guilders to the poor, at the 
pleasure of the Commissaries. 

Barent Gerrisen, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment of the value of six schepels of wheat for 
wine delivered. Defendant demands an account of what has been 
received for the same. The Commissaries order plaintiff to make 
out and send in his account. 

Dirck Arianese, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment of twenty-seven guilders, ten stivers, in 
wheat, and also forty guilders, ten stivers, in zeewant. Defendant 
answers he paid four schepels of wheat, leaving a balance due of 
five schepels. The Commissaries order defendant to pay plaintiff 
two schepels of wheat within eight days, and of the balance, on* 
schepel each week, and to pay the zeewant within three weeks. 



24 THE DUTCH KECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1662 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Geertruyt Andrissen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of five hundred guilders, 
eighteen stivers, to be paid in heavy money. 

The defendant answers that he has a counter bill, and also that 
the accounts do not agree but that there is a considerable difference 
between them. The parties are allowed by Schout and Commissar- 
ies two weeks' time to verify and square their accounts, and are 
ordered to furnish copies to each other. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, March 19, 1662. 

Present: The Schout, Roeloof Swartwout; Cornells Barense 
Sleglit, Evert Pels, Aldert Hejonanse Roosa. 

Storm Albertsen, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. The 
first default. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff again demands that defendant prove what ras- 
calities and slanders the plaintiff committed. 

Defendant requests another two weeks' time to adduce proof. 
At the request of the defendant, the parties are granted two weeks ^ 
time by the Schout and Commissaries. 

Geertruyt Andriessen, plaintiff, presents an account against 
the Schout, and demands fifty lbs. of butter and some beavers, for 
carting sixteen stack-poles. 

The Schout demands a copy of the account with full particu- 
lars. The Commissaries allow the parties two weeks' time, and 
order a copy of the account to be furnished. 

Lowys Dubo, plaintiff, vs. Coenraet Jans or Ham and Chris- 
tiaen Andrissen, defendants. 

Plaintiff demands from defendants payment of five schepels of 
rye, on account of ribbons sold them. Defendants admit the debt. 
The Commissaries order defendants to pay within three weeks. 

Classjen Thunes, plaintiff, demands from Pieter Hillebrantse, 
defendant, payment of the amount of twenty-two and one half 
schepels of wheat, due on account of brandy and Spanish wine sold 
to him. The first default. 

I, undersigned, Pieter van Halen, acknowledge owing Pieter van 
Alen, the amount of one hundred and thirty schepels of good 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 25 

winter wheat, and in default of payment the parties have agreed 
that Pieter van Halen shall keep at interest the aforesaid one hun- 
dred and thirty schepels of wheat for the period of two years, com- 
mencing August 1, 1662, and shall pay for the use of said moneys 
ten schepels of wheat per annum, Pieter van Halen promises to 
return and repay the aforesaid principal, with the interest there- 
on, on March 14, 1664. For this purpose, said Pieter van Halen 
binds and absolutely mortgages his house and lot, situated here, be- 
sides all his property, real and personal, present and future, sub- 
mitting himself to the jurisdiction of all Lords and Courts. 

Pieter van Halen. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, March 28, 1662. 

Present : The Schout, Roeloof Swartwout ; Evert Pels, Aldert 
Heymanse, Cornelis Barense Slecht. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, de- 
fendant. Default. 

The Commissaries allow defendant one more default, for the 
last time, under penalty of imprisonment. 

Cornelis Jansen Houtsager [sawyer], plaintiff, vs. Carsten 
Carstense. Default. 

Cornelis Barense Slecht, plaintiff, vs. Juaraien Westvael. De- 
fault. 

Cornelis Barense Slecht, plaintiff, demands from Geertruyt 
Andrisse, defendant, payment of the amount of one hundred and 
forty-six guilders, ten stivers, heavy money, advanced for building 
the bridge. 

The defendant answers she has a counter bill. The Commis- 
saries order defendant to produce her account at the next session of 
the Court, and to have it complete. 

Ann Bloms, plaintiff, demands from Jan Mertense payment of 
twenty beavers, according to a delivered obligation, for which de- 
fendant's com, now held by Andries the weaver, has been attached. 
Defendant answers he knows nothing about the debt, and requests 
time until his wife arrives here, and lets his grain be held till then. 

Philip Hendricksen, plaintiff, demands from Willem Mertense 
payment of the quantity of two muddes [about four bushels each] of 



26 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

wheat for two thousand bricks delivered by him. Defendant ad- 
mits having bought the bricks from plaintiff. Whereupon the 
Schout and- Commissaries order defendant to pay plaintiff the two 
muddes of wheat. 

Jeronimus Ebbingh, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barense Sleght, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff* demands from defendant two thousand gldrs., 
five years' rent for the use of his farm, and now asks to be permit- 
ted to enter upon his farm and a restitution of everything, according 
to lease between both parties. The defendant answers he paid five 
hundred and fifty-six guilders. 

Plaintiff demands a copy of the account, and announces the 
seizure by the Court Messenger of the threshed and unthreshed 
grain, the brewing kettle and appurtenances, and the remaining 
cattle, all of which were in the possession of Cornelis Barense 
Slecht on March 29. 

The Schout and Commissaries, having carefully considered this 
matter, find a small yield of grain, and therefore resolve that it is 
unreasonable, as it is not right, in the first year of the lease, to 
take a farm from the lessee because he is unable, owing to poor 
crops, to pay the rent which is due, and order defendant to pay the 
rent of the current year within one week. And as defendant has 
requested time for the payment of the money due, he promises to 
pay one thousand guilders within seven months, and engages to 
pay in addition one-sixth, under penalty of judgment by default. 

Jeronimus Ebingh, [the plaintiff], signs appeal papers and 
requests permission to appeal. 

Jeronimus Ebbingh, plaintiff, demands from Willem Mertense 
payment of the amount of thirty schepels of wheat due in the fall 
of 1661, on the sale of 150,000 planks. The defendant admits the 
debt, but answers that he has an account against the Commissaries 
for the sale of lime. The Commissaries agree to pay Jeronimus Eb- 
bingh thirty schepels of wheat next fall. 

Pieter de Reymer, plaintiff, vs. Willem Jansen Stol, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the value of eight schepels of wheat, 
for panes of glass sold and set. Defendant acknowledges the debt 
and requests time. The Commissaries order him to pay the plaintiff 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 27 

the amount sued for. He promises to pay one-half within three 
weeks, and the other half in the fall, at plaintiff's option. 

Hermen Vedder, plaintiff, demands from Jan Mertense pay- 
ment of the value of one hundred schepels of oats, and announces 
the seizure at the house of Andries Barrense of the grain belonging 
to Jan Mertense. Defendant admits being indebted to Hermen 
Vedder. The parties decide to come to an agreement. 

Barent Pietersen, plaintiff, demands from Barent Gerritsen 
payment of the amount of ninety-five schepels of wheat, as per 
obligation payable November 1, 1661. Defendant admits he justly 
owes the debt, and says he is not able to pay. The Commissaries 
order defendant to pay the plaintiff the amount sued for. 

Barent Pietersen, plaintiff, demands from Willem Mertense 
payment of the amount of twenty-five schepels of wheat. De- 
fendant admits the debt, and says he has the guarantee of the Com- 
missaries for lime delivered to them. They agree to pay Barent 
Pietersen twenty-five schepels of wheat next fall for Willem Mer- 
tense, if so much is due him. 

Elsje Jans, wife of Hendrick Jochemse, had attached the value 
of six and one-half schepels of wheat in the possession of Aldert 
Heymanse Roose, belonging to Barent the shoemaker, and now 
gives notice of the attachment. She also gives notice of another at- 
tachment of the value of five schepels of wheat and three and one- 
half guilders, in zeewant, in the possession of Evert Parys. ' ' The 
money belongs to Jonas Ransou who owes the above named amount 
to me. ' ' She gives notice of the attachment of the money of Frans 
Pietersen in the possession of Albert Gysbertse, and "all the money 
that is coming to him there." 

Ordinary Session, held this March 29. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Cornells Barense Slecht. 

Willem Mertense, plaintiff, vs. Geertryut Andriessen, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, says he leased to Mathys Roelof- 
sen two oxen for the amount of fifty guilders, for the purpose of 
carting wood to his house, and that this should have been done 



28 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, [1662 

last fall. The defendant, Mathys Roeloofsen, says his wife hired 
the oxen for fifty gldrs., but has not yet carted it all, and therefore 
refuses to pay. Jan Mertense testifies that the oxen were leased 
and hired, and that the carting ought to have been finished in 
the fall at ploughing time, or the oxen returned. 

Whereas, Mathue Blanchan says he has another account 
against her, he is given time until next session of the Court to make 
out his bill. 

Geertruyt Andrissen, plaintiff, vs. Koeloof Swartwout, defend- 
ant. 

Hey Olfersen, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff says he is building for defendant, and, as the work w.as 
given out by contract and there is not sufficient lumber, he is oblig- 
ed to wait. Defendant says windows and doors are still to be made. 

Plaintiff answers that no mention is made in his contract 
about his making windows and doors. The Commissaries, after 
calling in carpenters and obtaining their advice, decide that Barent 
Gerritse shall pay extra for doors and windows. 

Jeronimus Ebbing says that, although the grain in possession 
of Cornells Barense Slecht has been seized, he will not oppose 
either its threshing or sowing there, as may be necessary, but asks 
the Coimnissaries to supervise the same and to see that the over- 
plus grain be not neglected. 

The Commissaries agree to attend to their duty in this matter, 
according to law. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, April 18, 1662. 

Present: Roeloof Swartwout, Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse 
Roosa, Cornells Barense Slecht. 

Pieter van Halen, plaintiff, demands three and one-half sche- 
pels of wheat, in payment for a pair of shoes. Warrenaer Hooren- 
beeck, defendant, admits he honestly owes plaintiff the debt. The 
Commissaries order defendant to pay the amount he is sued for, 
within a month's time and without further delay. 

Volckjen Jans, plaintiff, demands from Jan Aersen the amount 
of thirty-four schepels of wheat, for one month's board and for 
zeewant advanced him. Defendant denies owing so much, and de- 



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mands an itemized account. Tlie Commissaries order the parties to 
furnish a copy thereof. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, demands from Roeloof 
Swartwout payment of eighteen schepels of wheat. Defendant 
admits the debt and says he will pay within twenty-four hours with 
the grain belonging to Storm Albertsen, attached by Christiaen Nis- 
sen romp at the Ronduyt [Redoubt]. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, demands from Juriaen West- 
gaer payment of the amount of twenty-nine schepels of wheat, ac- 
cording to bill produced in court, due for wages earned. 

Defendant admits the debt and promises to pay within two 
weeks, plaintiff being willing. 

Cornells Barense Slecht, plaintiff, demands from Juriaen 
Westgaelt payment of the amount of one hundred and fourteen 
gldrs., heavy money, due for wages earned for brewing. 

Defendant Juriaen Westvael admits he honestly owes the 
debt. The Commissaries condemn defendant to pay within six 
weeks. 

Cornells Barense Slecht, plaintiff, demands payment from 
Geertruyt Andrissen of the amount of one hundred and seven gldrs. 
ten stivers. Defendant admits owing plaintiff the debt. The Com- 
missaries order defendant to pay the amount sued for within six 
weeks. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, demands from Tjirick 
Classen payment for a cow sold defendant and for wages earned, 
together amounting to one hundred schepels of oats. Defendant 
admits the debt, and says he is not able to pay at present as he 
will be obliged to sow his oats himself. The Commissaries, having 
heard the parties, order Tjirick Classen to pay plaintiff the amount 
sued for, and, on default of payment, plaintiff is authorized to 
seize the cow. 

Jan Aersen, plaintiff, demands from Tomas Chambers pay- 
ment of the amount of one hundred gldrs., heavy money, due for 
wages earned for smithing. 

Defendant admits the debt and requests six months' time. 
The Commissaries order defendant to pay the amount sued for, 
within six weeks. 



30 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

Elsjen Jans, plaintiff, demands from Jonas Ransou five sche- 
pels of wheat, and three gldrs., in zeewant. Defendant denies the 
debt, and says he does not owe more than one can of brandy, and 
one turkey and three musjens [half pints] of brandy. The Com- 
missaries, having heard the parties, order plaintiff to prove the 
debt she is suing for and the defendant to pay the debt he has 
acknowledged. 

Willem Mertense, plaintiff, demands from Geertruyt Andris- 

sen payment of the amount of and shows an account. The 

defendant and plaintiff decide to agree. 

The Schout, as plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertse. The first 
default. 

Volckjen Jans, plaintiff, demands from Juriaen Westvael pay- 
ment of the amount of fifteen schepels of wheat, according to obli- 
gation produced in court. Defendant's first default. 

Matthys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barense and Willem 
Mertense, defendants. The first default. 

Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, demands for the second time fifty 
gldrs., zeewant, for the use of two oxen by Mathys Roelofsen. He 
also demands twenty-five gldrs., eleven stivers, zeewant, more, for 
milk, butter and brandy supplied to defendant. Default. 

Lowys Dubo, plaintiff, vs. Coenraet Ham and Christiaen An- 
drissen, defendants. Default. 

Lowys Dubo, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrantse, defendant. De- 
fault. 

Anthony Cruepel, plaintiff, demands from Hendrick Mertense 
payment of the amount of twenty-three gldrs., fifteen stivers, in 
zeewant, due for wages earned. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Schout, Roelof Swartwout, agrees to pay plaintiff for 
Hendrick Martense twenty-three gldrs., fifteen stivers, in zeewant, 
one-half within two weeks, and the balance one month after that 
date. 

Anthony Cruepel, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrantse, defendant. 
Default. 

The Schout, as plaintiff, vs. Hester Douwens and Hey Olfer- 
sen, defendants. 



1652] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 31 

Plaintiff asks Hester Douwens what she has to say against the 
defendant Hey Olfersen, as she has accused him of theft. She 
answers: "This is plain enough, because he took out of my house 
at night some flour and some pieces of meat, as set forth in the 
summons. I also miss a beaver, an otter, and a half beaver, as well 
as an anker of small beer, and the person who stole the one I guess 
must also have taken the other." 

Defendant also announces the attachment, at the house of Jan 
de Brabander, of goods belonging to Hey Olfersen, to serve as 
security for the stolen goods. 

Defendant, Hey Olfersen, admits having taken some meat and 
flour from Hester Douwens' house at night, because he was hungry. 
He also says, "As she would not give me food and I was working 
for her, I tried to procure it, since there was little or no food for 
sale here." 

Whereas, Hey Olfersen requests of the Schout and Commis- 
saries of the Court here, to be allowed to go out on bail, for the pur- 
pose of enabling him the better to plead his cause, the Court, there- 
fore, for cause, hereby consents thereto. 

For cause, the Commissaries have suspended judgement in the 
above mentioned case, and also decide to wait until the arrival of 
the Noble Lord General, so as to enable the parties the better to 
plead their cause. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, May 2, 1662. 

Present : The Schout, Roelof Swartwout ; Cornells Barense 
Slecht, Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roosa. 

Anthony Cruepel, plaintiff, demands from Pieter Hillebrantse 
payment of the amount of two schepels of wheat. Defendant ad- 
mits owing the plaintiff two schepels of wheat. The Commissaries 
order defendant to pay plaintiff the amount sued for, within eight 
days. 

Lowys Dubo, plaintiff, demands from Pieter Hillebrantse pay- 
ment of the amount of two schepels of wheat due for ribbons sold 
him. Defendant, Pieter Hillebrantsen admits owing the debt to 
plaintiff. The Commissaries order defendant to pay plaintiff the 
amount sued for, within two months* time. 



32 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1652 

Jan Lammersen, plaintiff, demands from Juriaen Westphalen 
payment of the amount of sixteen scheples of wheat, according 
to obligation, and procuration received from Volckje Juriaens. 
Defendant admits the debt, says he is at present unable to pay, 
requests time, and offers to pay proper interest therefor. "The 
principal together with the interest I promise to pay next fall." 
Thus declared, at the pleasure of plaintiff. 

Mathys Blahchan, plaintiff, demands from Matliys Roeloofseu 
payment of fifty gldrs., zee want, for the use of two oxen, as al- 
ready mentioned, and as has been proved. Plaintiff in addition 
demands twenty-five guilders, in zeewant, for goods furnished. 
Defendant admits the debt of twenty-five gldrs., zeewant, but sayii 
he has not had satisfactory use of the oxen, and therefore declines 
to pay. The Commissaries, after having heard the parties, and 
the circumstances being known to the Court, order defendant to 
pay the plaintiff the amount sued for. 

Cornells Jansen van Dost, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacob- 
sen payment of the amount of sixty-one guilders, zeewant, for wages 
earned. Defendant admits the debt but says he carted a load of 
stone for six guilders, zeewant. The Commissaries order defendant 
to pay plaintiff fifty-five gldrs. zeewant, within fourteen days. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Coeraet Ham, defendant. 
Default. 

In the matter of the elections, the Schout and Commissaries 
have decided to nominate the following persons to govern us here- 
after, subject to the approval of the Very Noble Honorable Lord 
Director General and the Lord High Councillors: Thomas Cham- 
bers, Jan Willemse, Tjirick Classen de Wit, Albert Gysbertsen, 
Aert Jacobsen. 

The Noble Lord Director General and High Councillor Gerret 
Decker were this day here present. The Lords Director General 
and Councillor continued Evert Pels and Aldert Heymanse Roose 
as Commissaries, and from the nominees above mentioned appointed 
Albert Gysbertsen and Tjirick Classen deWit. 

Below stood, 

April 27, Ao. 1662, Pieter Stuyvesant. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 33 

On May 3, the newly appointed Commissaries took their oaths 
before the Schout and the old Commissaries, and were installed 
into olifice by order of the Noble Lord Director General and the 
Lord Councillor Gerrit Decker, who were here present. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, May 16, 1662. 

Present: The Schout, Roelof Swartwout; Evert Pels, Allert 
Heymanse Roose, Albert Gysbertse. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, demands from Cornells Barense the 
amount of six schepels of wheat and says he sold him hops therefor. 
Defendant's first default. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, demands from Coenraet Ham 
payment of the amount of eighty-six gidrs., fifteen stivers, eight 
pennies, in zeewant. Second default. 

Hey Olfersen, plaintiff, presents a petition in writing, stating 
that he would have finished his work at Barent Gerritsen's, but that 
■owing to the absence of materials such as boards, lumber and nails, 
he was unable to do so, and that he also was refused board. He 
therefore asks full payment for his contracted work, and restitu- 
tion of expenses and damages suffered in consequence. 

Defendant, Barent Gerritsen, answers that there were boards 
still there for use, and that he did not refuse him board. The Com- 
missaries order plaintiff to prove that his materials had been used 
up, as stated in his petition presented to the Court. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, June 22, 1662. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Albert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 

Hey Olfersen, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands a total of sixty-four gldrs., heavy money, in res- 
titution of expenses and for lost time and board. 

Defendant says he is not liable for the expenses, "but if you, 
Hey Olfersen, had not failed me, I would certainly have paid you 
the last time. ' ' 

The Commissaries order the defendant to pay plaintiff sixty- 
four gldrs., heavy money, for damages sustained. They also order 
plaintiff and defendant each to pay twenty-five gldrs. for the poor, 



34 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662: 

as both appeared here February 28, and offered fifty gldrs. to the 
poor if, at the appointed time, Barent Gerritse's house were not 
finished. This time having expired, it is more Barent Garritsen's 
than Hey Olfersen's fault, since he, defendant, made the plaintiff 
do the work over again, so that plaintiff could not complete the work 
at the appointed time. All of which is known to the majority of 
the Commissaries and the Schout; they therefore sentence the par- 
ties to each pay twenty-five gldrs., for the poor. 

Evert Pels does not believe Barent Gerritse should pay for the 
time during which Hey was detained for his acknowledged theft. 

Counter opinion of the Schout and Commissaries: "We deem 
Barent Gerritsen to be origin and author of all the trouble. ' ' 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roelofsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands of defendant proof of his account, 
which he himself once before consented to give, and says defend- 
ant's book is false. 

By order of the Commissaries, Mathys Roelofsen made out an- 
other account and found that it tallied with the first one, and at 
the instance of plaintiff he affirmed it under oath. The Commis- 
saries order plaintiff to pay defendant the amount sued for. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff again demands from defendant a vindication of his honor be- 
fore the Commissaries' Court, before whom this case comes for the 
third time, the magistrate having been called names. Defendant, 
Barent Gerritsen, once more asks for time, and demands an account 
of expenses from Hey Olfersen. 

The Commissaries for the last time grant him time until the 
nest session of the Court, when he is to show" what injustice has 
been done him. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, July 4, 1662, 
Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen. 

Mathys Blanchan, plaintiff, demands vindication of his honor. 
Says that Juriaen told his wife that it was reported that Dirck 
Adriaensen said to her he had seen Matheu Blanchan beat Juriaen 
Westvael's pig. Defendant Juriaen Westvael and his wife admit 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 35 

having heard this from Dirck Adriaensen, and state that Pieter Jan- 
sen also heard it. 

Defendant Dirck Adriaensen denies this, and says he did not 
say so. The Schout and Commissaries order the parties to pre- 
serve the peace, and sentence Dirck Adriaensen to pay a fine of six 
gldrs., for the poor. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, demands from Coenraedt Ham 
payment of the amount of eighty-six gldrs., fifteen stivers, eight 
pennies, in zeewant. Defendant admits owing plaintiff the amount 
sued for. The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay 
within fourteen days thirty gldrs., and the balance one month after 
date. 

Tjirick Classen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jillessen, defendant. De- 
fault. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, demands from Mathys Roe- 
loofsen vindication of his honor, under an earlier complaint men- 
tioned in this register. Whereupon the Commissaries refer both to 
two good men, and a third, to consider and decide the matter. And 
in case the good men are unable to mediate between them, the par- 
ties are referred to the Lord Director General and Supreme Council 
at the city of New Amsterdam. Such is the order of the Commis- 
saries, in the absence of the Schout. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 4, 1662, 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 

Grietjen Westercamp, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. 
Default. 

Classjen Maertens, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrantsen, defend- 
ant. The second default. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Parent Gerritsen, defendant. Default. 

Parent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westvael, defendant. 
Default. 

Willem Vredenburgh, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Amers- 
foort, defendant. Default. 

Extraordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck this 10th of Octo- 
ber, 1662. 



36 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

Present: The Schout; Commissaries, Evert Pels, Aldert Hey- 
manse Roose, Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 

Hans Carrelsen van Langesont, plaintiff, vs. Andries Jochem- 
sen, defendant. 

Plaintiff' says he took defendant in his yacht up the river, and 
thence above Fort Orange to the Manathans, and then was not able 
to collect payment; that he again took defendant to Fort Orange,, 
on his promise to pay there, and not being able to get any money 
there, the defendant signed an obligation for the amount of sev- 
enty-seven gldrs., in zee want, due for passage money and money 
advanced at Fort Orange. 

Defendant admits that he honestly and truly owes plaintiff the 
above mentioned debt. 

Andries Jochemsen assigns to plaintiff his claim against Cor- 
nells Barense Slecht, on which to collect seventy-seven gldrs., if 
plaintiff will consent thereto. Plaintiff requests the Commissaries 
to allow him costs as well, as defendant would not pay the principal 
before suit. The Schout and Schepens having considered the 
request, defendant is ordered, within twenty-four hours, to pay 
twenty gldrs. for costs, in addition to the principal of ninety-nine 
gldrs. 

Ordinary Session, held October 17, 1662. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick 
Classen de Wit. 

Parent Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westvael, defendant. 
Plaintiff' demands payment of the amount of three hundred and 
fifteen gldrs., thirteen stivers, as per obligation to, and assignment 
by, Evert Pels, the same payable at beaver's price. 

Defendant admits the obligation and also that he accepted 
the assignment, but denies owing the whole debt and says he only 
owes part of it. The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to 
pay his signed obligation within six weeks. 

Grietjen Hendricks Westercamp, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands of defendant why he denies his 
child. Defendant answers, and says, "I have my doubts about it." 

Plaintiff says that defendjant ruined her, and asks that he 
restore her to honor. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 37 

Defendant denies that he ruined her, and says ' ' she must prove 
this to me," and also denies that he promised to marry her. He 
asks her when she became pregnant, and when she was de- 
livered. 

Plaintiff says that defendant made her pregnant eight days 
before Christmas, 1661, and that she was delivered eight days be- 
fore Kermis [the Fair], 1662. Plaintiff says she conceived at the 
mill-house of Pieter Jacobsen. Defendant requests two weeks' 
time. The Schout and Commissaries grant the defendant two 
weeks' time, and order plaintiff to prove at the next session that 
defendant ruined her. 

Maerten Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrantsen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff' demands from defendant payment of twenty-two 
schepels of wheat due for debts for liquor. Defendant admits the 
debt. The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay within 
twenty-four hours twenty-five gldrs., in wheat, and to count this 
from the aforesaid Court day, by virtue of the third default. 

Gerrit Herregrins, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant two schepels of wheat, payment 
of wages earned by him. The Commissaries order defendant to 
pay within twice twenty-four hours two schepels of wheat. Plain- 
tiff shows a certificate against defendant M'ho requests a declaration. 
The Commissaries order plaintiff to procure his witnesses at the 
next session of the Court. 

The Sellout, plaintiff, vs. Parent Gerrissen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff asks from the Court a vindication of his honor and reputation, 
and that the same be maintained, because defendant has abused 
the Court. 

Defendant acknowledges that he has spoken evil, and asks the 
Commissaries that the matter may be amicably settled between the 
parties. The Commissaries resolve and hereby allow the parties to 
settle their differences amicably. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, October 31, 1662. 
Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 



38 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

Hendrick Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Marten Hermensen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of ten gldrs., 
ten stivers. The first default. 

Barent Sybrantsen van der Hout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lootman. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of thirty-six gldrs. zee- 
want, for freight and board earned by him. The defendant does 
not deny the debt, and answers that he is willing to pay six sche- 
pels of wheat, or thirty-six gldrs., zeewant. The Schout and Com- 
missaries order defendant to pay within ten days. 

Jesyntje Verhagen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barense, defendant. 
Default. 

Willem Mertense, plaintiff, vs. Hey Olfersen Roseblom, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff' demands payment for freight from the Manathans 
to the Hesobes [Esopus], amounting to fourteen gldrs., zeewant. 
The defendant admits having come here with plaintiff in his vessel. 
Thereupon the Schout and Commissaries order defendant to satisfy 
plaintiff'. 

Sara Pieterse Schepmoes, plaintiff, vs. Huybrecht Bruyn, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount 
of fifty-four gldrs., twelve stivers, and costs, according to judg- 
ment and the order given to the Doorkeeper* at the city of 
New Amsterdam on July 21, 1661. Defendant denies the deb^ 
The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay within twen- 
ty-four hours, under an earlier sentence of the Burgomasters at the 
city of New Amsterdam, this at the pleasure of plaintiff. As the 
defendant denies the debt, he must seek redress before the judge 
having jurisdiction, at New Amsterdam. 

Geertruyt Vosburgh, widow, plaintiff, vs. Marten Harmensen, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of fifty- 



* This word appears here in the Dutch record as consarsie, and later as con- 
cergie, i. e., concierge, meaning doorkeeper, or the Dutch Court officer, Deur- 
waarder. Though some dictionaries translate detirwaarder as a process server, 
sergeant-at-law, tipstaff, or baliff, in addition to doorkeeper, the revised Eng- 
lish translation of Simon van Leeuwen's Het Rooms-Holland s-regt, Am- 
sterdam, 1678, by J. G. Kotz4 and C. W. Decker, in Commentaries on Roman- 
Dutch Law, London, 1881-1886, renders the word as Usher or Doorkeeper. The 
last named form is adopted here and elsewhei'e in this record as the most 
appropriate equivalent. The duties of this Court officer, under the Dutch 
law, differed from those of the Court Messenger or of a Bailiff. The Court 
Messenger at Wildwyck probably performed the duties of a deurwaarder. For 
some of these duties see Deurwaarder, in van Dale's Groot Woordenboek. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 39 

three gldrs., eight st., due on debt for liquor, as per account pro- 
duced by her, and which she says has been taken from her hus- 
band's book. In addition, there is an account of eighteen gldrs., 
two St., crossed out in the book. The defendant denies owing her 
the whole debt, but admits he owes thirty-one gldrs., six st., and 
says he paid her four beavers on the above itemized bill. The 
Schout and Commissaries having explained to her, the widow is 
satisfied with the payment by Marten Harmense of thirty-one gldrs., 
six st. Accordingly, the defendant is ordered to pay the amount of 
thirty-one gldrs., six st., and further to prove he paid four beavers. 

Tjirick Classen de Wit, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lammersen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff' demands payment of the amount of twenty-one 
gldrs., in zeewant. He admits lie received on the account one 
beaver for twelve gldrs. The defendant admits the debt, but says 
he worked one day at harvest time, and demands five gldrs. for 
this. Plaintiff' says his other laborers worked for one schepel of 
buckwheat, and that he pays no more. 

The Schout and Coimnissaries order plaintiff to pay one sche- 
pel of buckwheat for one day's work, and defendant to pay plain- 
tiff the balance as demanded. 

The Schout, plaintiff, demands a five-fold fine of Jan Barense 
Amersfort for having, in the presence of two Commissaries, smug- 
gled into this place an anker of wine. 

The defendant, Jan Barense Amersfort, denies having smug- 
gled it. He says he will prove that the soldiers at the Ronduyt 
[Redoubt] permitted him to discharge the wine, and that they 
said to him, "The Schout and Evert Pels are present." 

The Commissaries grant defendant time until the next session 
of the Court to furnish proof. 

Ordinary Session, held Wednesday, November 1, 1662. 

Grietjen Hendriks Westercamp, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobse, 
defendant. 

Plaintiff exhibits to the Schout and Commissaries a certificate 
and deposition by seven women who certify and declare that they 
were present at the birth of Grietje Westerkamp 's child, and that 



40 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

she swore three times that Pieter Jacobse was the father of the 
child. The piaintiff asks for a vinidiction of her honor. 

The defendant says plaintiff did not behave as a decent girl 
should, and produces a certificate of Juriaen Westvael and his 
wife who declare that Grietjen Westercamp lay under one 
blanket with Jan van Breeman, with his daughter between them. 
Defendant, being interrogated, admits having conversed and lain 
with plaintiff, but did not promise marriage, and, besides, gave her 
no money for it, and asks if a woman can be thirteen months and 
four days in the family way. 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to bring clearer 
proof at the Court's next session. 

Thomas Chambers, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of seven 
hundred guilders, in wheat and in oats, according to bill of sale 
of a house, barn and lot. The defendant admits the debt, and of- 
fers to pay next winter, as his wheat it yet unthreshed. 

Plaintiff demands immediate payment. 

Defendant answers he is unable to pay at once, and offers to 
restore plaintiff's property and to pay him a moderate rent for the 
same, if he is allowed his outlay for repairs. 

Plaintiff refuses to take back his property, but says he pro- 
poses to recover his money with costs and accrued and accruing 
damages. The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay 
plaintiff the amount claimed, within the period of . . . .1. .etc. 

Thomas Chambers, plaintiff, vs. The Schout, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment from defendant of the amount of forty-six 
schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the debt, and alleges he has 
a counter claim. The Commissaries order the Schout to liquidate 
his account with plaintiff and to pay any balance within six weeks. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands three fines, of six gldrs. each, due from defendant's 
unwillingness and neglect to cart materials for the parsonage when 
the Commissaries ordered this to be done. 

Defendant admits having thrice neglected to cart materials 
for the Court, and says he is not disposed to cart materials for the 
general parsonage, either by order of the Schout or of the Schepens. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 41 

Plaintiff demands that the Commissaries unpose the fine, and says 
that, as they promised the fine to the congregation, it ought to have 
it. Defendant exhibits a certificate in which it is declared that the 
Schout and some citizens were at the defendants' house, and 
that the Schout seized some goods there, trying forcibly to take 
possession of something, and carried it out of the house. For this, 
defendant now makes a charge of assault against plaintiff, and 
craves justice. Plaintiff admits he was with others at defendant's 
house, in order to collect the fine of six guilders for his neglect to 
cart. He says he received an order and authority from the Com- 
missaries to make no exception as to any offender, this being for the 
benefit of those M'ho carted. 

The Commissaries sentence defendant to pay eighteen gldrs., 
for thrice neglecting to cart, and empower plaintiff to deduct the 
amount of the fines from the debt he owes defendant. 

Ordinary Session, held on Tuesday, November 14, 1662. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse, Albert 
Gysbertsen. Tjirick Classen. Default. 

Isaack d'Foreest, plaintiff, vs. Parent Gerretsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of one hundred and eighty gldrs., zee- 
want, as per obligation delivered in Court. Defendant admits the 
debt. The Schout and Commissaries ask plaintiff to accept a mort- 
gage on defendant's house, located in this place, which defendant 
voluntarilly offers. In case of non payment by April 1, 1663, plain- 
tiff may then take and sell defendant's property until he realizes 
the amount of the debt of one hundred and eighty gldrs., zeewant, 
together with costs and interest to the above named date. 

Geertruyt Vosburgh, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roelofsen, defendant. 
Default. 

Hendrick Briesjen, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Classen, defendant. 
Default. 

Hendrick Bresjes, plaintiff, demands, under power of attorney 
from Storm Albertse, produced in Court, payment from Barent 
G^rritsen of the amount of forty schepels of oats, pursuant to 
judgment of February 7, 1662. The payment not having been 
made after three warnings, plaintiff asks the court to permit him to 



42 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

proceed with the execution. The Commissaries permit plaintiff so 
to proceed against defendant, through the Doorkeeper. 

Bart Sybrantsen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Cornelissen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of three schepels of 
wheat, due on the sale of some articles. Defendant admits the 
debt. The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay three 
sehepels of wheat within eight days. 

Hendrick Briesjes, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. De- 
fault. 

Evert Prys, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment of the amount of twenty-five and one-half 
schepels of wheat, and also twenty-one gldrs., heavy money, for 
wages earned. Defendant Albert Gysbertsen admits owing the 
above mentioned debt. The Schout and Commissaries order de- 
fendant to pay within six weeks. 

Evert Parys, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Classen de Wit, defendant. 
Default. 

Evert Parys, plaintiff, vs. Aert Pietersen Tack, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of eleven and one-half 
schepels of wheat, for wages earned. Defendant admits the debt, 
and offers to pay one-half of it within fourteen days, if it so please 
the plaintiff. 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay the other 
half within six weeks. 

Warrenaer Hoorenbeeck, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen Stouten- 
burg, defendant. Plaintiff demands t\\^o hundred guilders, 
heavy money, a couple of shirts, a pair of stockings and a pair of 
shoes, as payment for wages earned. Defendant admits owing 
plaintiff eighty gldrs., according to the verbal contract between 
them, and says he paid thirty gldrs. thereof. 

Plaintiff admits having received thirty gldrs., and says that 
as payment has not been made in accordance with the contract, 
two years having already passed, he requires full payment. 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay plain- 
tiff, as per contract, eighty gldrs., deducting therefrom the amount 
already paid, unless plaintiff is able to adduce proof of the agree- 
ment between them. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 43 

Pieter Jillessen, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of thirteen beavers. De- 
fendant admits the debt. The Commissaries order defendant to pay 
plaintiff the amount of thirteen beavers within ten days, and that 
the grain shall be attached until the debt is paid. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, November 28, 1662. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertse, ^Vldert 
Heymanse Roose, Tjirick Classen de AVit. 

Pieter Couwenoven, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Stoutenburgh, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands the amount of thirty schepels of oats and 
four schepels of buckwheat, sold in 1659 for seed-corn, together with 
the freight charges thereon. Defendant admits having received the 
corn with Albert Jansen who bought it from the plaintiff. 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay plaintiff 
the just half of the amount sued for. 

Pieter Couwen-oven, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barense Slecht, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands payment of four hundred and thirty- 
seven gldrs., in corn, for wages earned, as per obligation made out 
to Albert Jansen. Defendant answers that he paid the obligation, 
but that it was not cancelled, and requests plaintiff to show his as- 
signment and power of attorney for the same. Cornelis Barense 
is ordered to furnish written proof. 

Symen Jansen, plaintiff, demands payment of twenty-seven 
gldrs., in zeewant, thirty-one gldrs, ten stivers, in beavers, and thir- 
teen schepels of wheat. Pieter van Halen, the defendant, admits 
the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the amount sued 
for. 

Albert Heymanse, plaintiff, demands proof of Pieter van Alen 
who has accused him of using false weights. Defendant admits 
[the accusation], and says that he did not receive full weight. 

The Court orders defendant under arrest until the accusation 
shall have been proved. 

Symen Jansen Romeyn, plaintiff, vs. Willera Jansen Stol, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the 
amount of seventy gldrs., Dutch money. The debt was due to his 



44 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662 

forefather, Claes Hendricksen, deceased, for money borrowed in 
Holland by Marcus Vogelsaugh on bottomry bond. Defendant 
offers to pay the principal. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the principal of 
the bottomry bond, without interest. 

Hendrick Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Marten Harmense, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands of defendant three thousand bricks bought 
by him but not received. Defendant says he did not deliver any 
bricks to plaintiff, and admits he owes him eight gldrs., ten stivers. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the amount of 
eight gldrs., ten stivers. 

Jan Pietersen, plaintiff, demands payment for six schepels, as 
per assignment by M. [Dr.] Jan. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant, ad- 
mits the debt. 

The Court orders him to pay. 

Doctor Jan demands from defendant, Poulus Poulussen, pay- 
ment of two and one-half schepels of wheat. 

Defendant admits having hired Doctor Jan to barber him and 
give him medical treatment. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the amount claimed. 

Poulus Martense, plaintiff, demands payment of eighteen sche- 
pels of wheat for wages earned. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant, 
admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the amount claimed. 

Merten Hermensen, plaintiff, demands payment according to 
judgment which should have been paid within twenty-four [hours] . 
Defendant, Pieter Hillebrantsen, answers he can make no other pay- 
ment than what he earns by working for Aert Jacobsen. 

Pieter Hillebrantsen, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen 
payment of the amount of one hundred and seventy gldrs., in wheat 
or other grain, for wages earned. Aert Jacobsen, the defendant, 
admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the amount claimed. 

Parent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westvael, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of three 
hundred and fifteen gldrs., thirteen stivers, as per an earlier judg- 
ment rendered by the Court, here, October 19, 1662. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 45 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay as pel 
former judgment. 

Martha Symense, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of 
twenty-eight and one-half gldrs., in heavy money, and seventeen 
gldrs., in zeewant, besides a shirt, due for wages earned. Defend- 
ant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the amount 
<;laimed. 

Parent Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of ten 
schepels of oats, nine and one-half schepels of wheat, and forty-six 
gldrs., zeewant. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Schout and Commissaries order defendant to pay. 

Gerrit Herregrens, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Classen de Wit, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of two sche- 
pels of wheat. 

Gerrit Heergrins, plaintiff, vs. Aert Pieterse Tack, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of four 
schepels of wheat which his son earned while with defednant. De- 
fendant says he hired plaintiff's son for two years, the first year for 
ten schepels of wheat and a pair of leather breeches, the second 
year for fifteen schepels of wheat; that plaintiff took his son away 
from him, and for fear of arrest sent said son to the Mathans [Man- 
liattan] . This having been made Imown to the Schout and an order 
of arrest having been asked for, defendant refuses to pay, or wants 
plaintiff's son to serve out his time; says the mudde of wheat 
which plaintiff claims for his son is ready. This is affirmed by Pou- 
lus Poulussen who is busy winnowing. 

The Commissaries, having heard both parties, order plaintiff to 
send his son back to serve out his time, as he admits he hired him 
out under a written agreement with defendant, prepared by him- 
self, and according to which defendant is to pay plaintiff a mudde 
of wheat. For which reason plaintiff is ordered to pay the fine on 
arrest. He says he himself represents his son. 

Evert Pels, 
The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 



46 THE DUTCH KECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662": 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, de- 
fendant. 

Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of 
twenty schepels of oats, as per assignment, by which defendant en- 
gaged to pay for Mathys Roeloofsen the money due for an anker 
of brandy delivered to the latter. 

Defendant admits the debt, requests time or to be allowed to 
pay at the garrison. 

The Court orders defendant to pay within six weeks. 

Willem Vredenburgh, plaintiff, vs. Jan Janse van Amersfoort, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of nine 
schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Pieter van Halen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Mertense Dorn, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of twelve schepels of wheat due 
for shoes made and brandy furnished. Defendant admits he bought 
the shoes and owes for them, but says he received no more than 
two cans of brandy. 

The Schout and Commissaries order him to pay eight schepels 
of wheat and the plaintiff to prove the balance of the account or to 
confirm his book under oath. 

[The following entry is in the handwriting of Mattheus Capito, 
Secretary.] 

"This note was neglected to be entered by the ex-Schout and 
Secretary, Roelof Swartwout, and I have entered the same here 
at the request of Gysbert van Imbrock. This is a literal copy of 
the original which reads : 

"On the underwritten date, the worthy Aert Pietersen Tack, 
resident of the village of Wildwyck, appeared before Roelof 
Swartwout, Schout of Wildwyck, and two Commissaries , and ack- 
nowledged and said he appeared before us and admitted and declar- 
ed that he this day settled and closed his account with Mr, Gysbert 
van Imbrock, and is truly and justly indebted to him for the sum 
of five hundred and fifty-eight gldrs., in beavers, with interest on 
two hundred and sixty four gldrs., as per obligation in favor of 
Mr. Gysbert, which sum the said Aert Pietersen Tack acknowledges 
he owes. And, owing to his inability now to pay, he absolutely mort- 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 47 

gages his present crop of grain which, by God's grace, is to be har- 
vested in the year 1663, and hereby confers upon him full right, 
power and authority to do with the same as if personally present, 
until Mr. Gysbert shall have received his claim out of the same, 
and in general to properly account for the same. Both appearers 
hereby admit having made this agreement with each other, and, in 
pursuance thereof, submitting themselves to the jurisdiction of all 
courts and judges. The appearer [Tack] shall not be at liberty to 
alienate, seize or cause to be seized any of the said crops or harvests 
until Mr. Gysbert van Imbrock shall have been satisfied for what 
has been above mentioned. In testimony whereof, we have affixed 
•our signatures to these presents at Wildwyck this 21st of December, 
Anno 1662. 

(Signed) This is the mark (x) of Aert Pietersen Tack, This 
is the mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Claesen de Wit. 

(Below stood) In my presence. Roelof Swartwout. 

After comparison with the original the above has been found 
to be an exact copy, to which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary, October 25, 1664." 

Pieter van Alen, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ransou, defendant. De- 
fault. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Barense Amershoff, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands for the second time one-half an anker of brandy, 
the fine for smuggling. Defendant answers that he will prove he 
was at Bestevaer's house, and says that his mtnesses are sick. 

The Commissaries order defendant to furnish either oral or 
written proof at the next session of the court. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerretsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant a fine of twelve gldrs., because defend- 
ant made two exit openings in the fortress or long palisades. 

Commissaries order defendant to pay the fine. 

Evert Pels, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen. 

Willem Jansen Stol. plaintiff, vs. Jan Aersen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of one hundred and fifty 
gldrs., in beavers, to be paid with wheat at three schepels per bea- 



48 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1662'. 

ver, as per obligation therefor shown to the Court. Defendant ad- 
mits the debt and says he paid twenty beavers on it. 

The Court, having heard the parties, orders defendant to pay 
plaintiff, as per obligation, unless defendant can prove he so paid 
plaintiff, which shall then be deducted from the amount claimed. 

Evert Prys, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jochemsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of sixty-six gldrs.,, 
zeewant. Defendant admits the debt, but shows a bill for sixty 
gldrs., fourteen stivers, zeewant, which plaintiff accepts in payment.. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the balance of the account. 

Symen Jansen Romeyn asks for an attachment of fifty- four 
gldrs., Dutch money, in the possession of Jan Aersen Smit, due 
him from Willem Jansen Stol. 

Willem Vredenburgh attaches in the possession of the 

Noble Lord Director General Pieter Stuyvesant, money due to 
Evert Parys. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, December 12, [1662]. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose,. 
Albert Gysbertse, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 

Barent Hermensen, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant a receipt for eight sehepels of 
wheat which he says he paid defendant in accordance with a power 
of attorney and an obligation. 

Defendant admits he received the power of attorney, and that 
he was paid by plaintiff. 

The Court orders defendant to return to plaintiff his obliga- 
tion, together with a receipt. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Cornelissen, defen- 
dant. Default. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen and his wife, defend- 
ants. Default. 

Plaintiff demands judgment on account of a former complaint, 
lodged before this Court, that defendants spoke irreverently of the 
Court in saying that the Commissaries did not give them justice. 
The Schout having communicated with the Commissaries they know 
all about the matter. 



1662] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 49 

Whereas, the defendants do not appear before the Court, but 
have several times poked fun at the Court, the Schout is ordered 
to put the defendants under arrest until they shall prove they 
have been unjustly treated by said Court. 

Evert Pels, 

Alaerdt Heymansz Roose, 
This is the mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

Tierck Claszen de Witt. 
Poulus Poulussen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Pietersen Tack, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands the amount of thirty sehepels of wheat, 
payment of three months' wages earned. 

Defendant answers that plaintiff broke the terms of his con- 
tract by leaving him. The Court questions Gommert Gerritsen and 
Dirck Adriaensen, witnesses who had been summoned, and finds that 
Poulus Poulussen left Aert Pietersen Tack's service, without the 
latter 's consent. 

The Court rejects plaintiff' 's claim, because he hired himself 
out for a year and left his place within the stipulated period ; and 
decides that defendant owes plaintiff nothing. 

Poulus Poulussen, after the above sentence was read to him, 
declares that the witnesses testified falsely, and; that if he is not 
paid he will not be receiving justice. 

The Commissaries order the Schout to arrest Poulus Poulussen, 
and to keep him under arrest until he shall prove he has not 
received justice, and further proved that the witnesses have testi- 
fied falsely. 

Evert Pels, 

Alaerdt Heymansz Roose, 
Albert (x) Gysbertsen, 
Tierck Claszen de Witt. 
Jan Broersen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Martense, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of six months ' house rent, at four gldrs. 
per month. Defendant answers that plaintiff did not ask any rent, 
and he therefore refuses to pay. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff twenty-four gldrs. 

Hendrick Jochemse, plaintiff, vs. Evert Parys, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands of defendant five sehepels of wheat and three 



50 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1662 

and one-half gldrs., in zee want, for which plaintiff has attached 
defendant. 

Defendant answers he knows of no attachment and that he has 
paid. The Court, having heard the parties, orders defendant to pay 
plaintiff. 

Willem Jansen Stol, plaintiff, vs. Evert Prys, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment of five schepels of wheat. Defendant answers 
he earned this amount from plaintiff for four days' labor. Plain- 
tiff says defendant only worked three days. 

The Commissaries order plaintiff to pay defendant three sche- 
pels of wheat for labor done, and defendant to satisfy plaintiff 
for the balance of the account. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Barense Amershof, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands a fine for the half anker of brandy which de- 
fendant smuggled, about which Jacob Boerhans, being also ques- 
tioned by the Court Messenger, says he saw the brandy taken from 
the wagon. Defendant says he called at the Collector's house and 
the Collector not being home, the brandy was carried to his house. 

The Court, Commissaries, order the brandy to be con- 
fiscated and that defendant pay six gldrs. for the poor. 

Evert Pels, 
Alaerdt Heymansz Roose. 

Thomas Chambers, plaintiff, vs. Aert Pietersen Tack, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount of 
two hundred and ninety-four gldrs. beaver's value, as per obliga- 
tion. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Court, having heard the parties, orders defendjant to 
satisfy plaintiff. 

Parent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. The Schout, defendant. Default. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff, vs. Willem Vredenburgh, de- 
fendant. Default. 

Hester Dowens gives notice of an attachment of three schepels 
of buckwheat in the hands of Jan Jansen, belonging to Merten 
Hermensen. 

Session of Januarj 9, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymansz Roose, 
Albert Gysbertse. 



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Poulus Poulussen, plaintiff, vs. Jannetje Volckertsen, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Jan Jansen de Brabander, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of seventeen and one-half schepels of 
wheat and also eighteen and one-half lbs. of butter. Defendant 
answers he has a bill against this, which plaintiff declines to accept. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the amount claimed, and, if 
defendant has any claim against plaintiff, he may go to Court 
with it. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, Elsjen Jans, 
and Pieter Cornelissen, defendants. Default. 

Parent Gerretsen, plaintiff*, demands payment of ten schepels 
of wheat, as per obligation payable Ao. 1663. Defendant, Jan 
Broersen, admits the debt and requests time. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the amount claim- 
ed, as per obligation of Ao. 1663. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh, vs. Matys Eoeloofsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands the six new sacks which he found at the house 
of defendant, who kept them four weeks. Through the Schout, 
he ordered the defendant to give the sacks back, and upon his re- 
turn home Mr. Gysbert took the sacks to the Schout for inspection. 
There is was found that some of them were rotten and decayed, 
and one M^as missing, for which he demands payment. Defendant 
says he knew nothing about the sacks until the Schout sent for 
them. 

Thereupon the Court was informed by Jan Peerssen that he 
had directed Louwerens the soldier to take the six sacks to Mr. 
Gysbert van Imbrogh 's. 

And whereas, both parties refer to Jan Perssen, it is ordered 
that the witnesses shall be present or testify in writing. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Anthony de Walter, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Poulus Tomassen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of twenty schepels of wheat due for 
drinks and goods sold defendant. Defendant admits the debt and 
requests six weeks' time. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff within six weeks. 



52 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

The Court, Commissaries, order that the attachment laid on 
the goods in the possession of Roelof Swartwout, for the amount of 
twenty schepels of wheat, shall remain in force until full payment 
by Poulus Tomassen. 

The Schout, plaintiff, demands from Mathys Roeloofsen a fine 
of five hundred gldrs., because the savages were admitted to his 
house at night through the palisades, all of which the Sergeant and 
his roundsman declare. 

The Court allows the Schout fifty gldrs., and the defendant 
is ordered to pay the same to the Schout. 

Tjirick Classen de Wit and Sergeant Christiaen Nissen, under 
power of attorney from the Lord General Pieter Stuyvesant, 
plaintiffs, vs. Cornells Barense Slecht, defendant. 

Plaintiffs inform the Coiu-t that whereas, in consequence of a 
late sentence against Cornells Barsen, they have become sureties for 
him for the amount of nineteen hundred gldrs., in beavers, and 
finding that no corn is forthcoming, they ask the Court to authorize 
them to appoint one or two guards at the expense of defendant, so 
as to relieve them of their anxiety. 

The Court, after considering the petition, directs plaintiffs 
to take turns each week, and every day to carefully watch the 
quantity of corn threshed and delivered there, and also to receive 
and note the same, to store or cause the same to be stored, and, if 
this do not suffice, they are authorized to appoint two watchers to 
watch the corn, at the expense of defendant. 

Tjirick Classen deWit sues out an attachment upon one hun- 
dred and seven gldrs., beaver's value, in the hands of Juriaen West- 
vael, belonging to Cornelis Barense Slecht. 

Pieter Jacobsen, plaintiff, vs. Grietjen Westercamp. Plain- 
tiff, by petition, asks to be released from defendant, so as to be a 
free man again and earn his living. Defendant requests fourteen 
days' time. 

The Court again allows defendant fourteen days* time, and 
if she can not bring proof, plaintiff shall receive the judgment of 
the Court which, upon request, will mete out justice. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westvael, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands of defendant what he has to say against his obligation 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 53 

held by plaintiff, as defendant is not willing ro ;jay it. Defend- 
ant demands a bill of particulars. 

Plaintiff answers he is not obliged to give one, because, at the 
signing of the obligation, they settled their accounts in the presence 
of Thomas Chambers. He therefore demands payment, or proof by 
defendant that he does not owe it. Defendant answers he is noi 
disposed to bring any other proof before this court. 

The Commissaries order plaintiff to show defendant the origin 
of the indebtedness, and the defendant to send in his account to 
plaintiff. 

Session, held January 13, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen deWit. 

Ald|ert Heymanse, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Alen, defendant. 
Plaintiff says that by a previous judgment of the Commissaries, 
rendered at their session of November 28, defendant was ordered to 
prove to plaintiff that he used false weights. The defendant, af- 
ter being under arrest for four days in the hands of the Schout, 
moves him to bring him to Court. 

The Court, Commissaries, resolve and decide to give defend- 
ant time until the next session of the Court, and in the meantime 
he may give bail, or else be detained until then. 

Evert Pels, 
TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, January 23, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Aldert Heymanse Roose, Albert Gys- 
bertse, Tjirick Classen de Wit. 

Thomas Chambers, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. Both 
default. 

Poulus Poulussen, plaintiff, vs. Annejte Aerts, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of defendant. Default. 

Poulus Poulussen, at the request of Emmetje Volckerts, de- 
clares and testifies that, after he left Tack's service, Aert Pieter- 
sen Tack promised to pay her. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, demands a declaration of Thomas 
Chambers, Pieter Comelissen and Elsjen Jans. Says that the Ser- 



54 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

geant called him a thief. Pieter Cornelissen and Elsjen Jans tes- 
tify and declare that they did not hear it. Thomas Chambers de- 
clares he heard he was taxed with having ;?tolen turnips, which 
plaintiff admits in Court. The Sergeant added : ' ' Fresh pork 
tastes good with turnips." 

Walraven deMont, plaintiff, vs. Huybrecht Bruyn, defendant. 
Default. 

Gommert Poulusseu, plaintiff', vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of fifty-three and 
one half schepels of wheat, due for goods bought from and wages 
earned by his deceased brother. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff one-half within one 
month and the balance within two months. 

Evert Pels, 
Alaerdt Heymansz, 

Gommert Poulussen, plaintiff', vs. Aert Mertense Dorn, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff' demands payment of twenty-five and one-half sche- 
pels of wheat, for cloth sold ; and also twenty-four schepels of 
wheat, and eleven gldrs., zeewant, the latter due on an obligation 
to Willem Mertense for whom Gommert Poulussen is attorney, 
as is known to Tjirick Classen and Albert Gysbertsen. 

Defendant Aert Mertense Dorn admits the debt and requests 
time. The Court orders defendant to pay within six weeks, and the 
obligation six weeks afterwards. 

Gommert Poulussen, plaintiff", vs. Peter Bruynsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of ten schepels of wheat for goods sold. 
Defendant admits the debt. The Court orders defendant to pay 
within six weeks. 

Gommert Poulussen, plaintiff, vs. Warrenaer Hoorenbeek, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands payment of seventeen schepels of 
wheat, and also three schepels of wheat for interest. 

Defendant admits the debt. The Court orders defendant to 
pay within six weeks. 

Matheu Blanchan, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands the expenses he says he incurred for defendant 
when defendant was under sentence. Defendant answers he offered 
to pay plaintiff, but his obstinacy caused him to go to Court. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 55 

The Court, after hearing both parties, decides that each pay 
one-half the expense, so that defendant must pay plaintiff ten 
gldrs., ten stivers. 

Pieter Jacobsen, plaintiff, vs. Grietjen Westercamp, defendant. 
Default. 

The Schout, plaintiff", vs. Barent Gerritse, defendant. Default. 

Emmetjen Volckertss, plaintiff', vs. Jacob Bareuse, defendant. 
Default. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff', vs. Jacob Barense, defendant. The 
plaintiff", as attorney for Jan Verbeeck, demands of defendant pay- 
ment of the amount of fifteen schepels of wheat. Defendant admits 
the debt, offers to pay eight schepels of wheat within fourteen days. 

The Court, Commissaries, order that the r.ttiichment levied by 
Jacob Joosten on Jacob Barense 's corn shall remain in force until 
the final payment. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff', vs. Annetje Aerts, defendant.. 
Plaintiff says that defendant taxed him with keeping false accounts 
and with selling diluted brandy, and he requests a \dndication of 
his honor. 

Defendant admits having said to plaintiff that he sent in a 
false bill, and also says that plaintiff"s wife called her a whore. 
Plaintiff protests and says, "I shall consider you, defendant, to 
be a whore until you prove to me that I keep false books." 

The Court orders defendant to have proof at its next session, 
and plaintiff to prove his account. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh. plaintiff, vs. ]\Iatthys Roeloofsen, 
defendant. 

Plaintiff demands payment for the six ruined sacks which de- 
fendant kept four weeks. Defendant once before declared he 
knew nothincr about the sacks, and now shows an attestation by 
which Jan Persen and Jan Westhoeven declare that his wife took 
them filled up, from her own mowers at the Ronduyt. 

On this, the Court decides and orders the defendant to pay 
plaintiff for the sacks, and also to pay as a fin-? one pound Flemish 
[six guilders, or $2.40] for the church. 

Aldert Heymanse Roose, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van hAlen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff, under an earlier judgment of the Commigsar- 



56 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

ies directing defendant's arrest, requests his apprehension outside 
his own house, until he has proven plaintiff's weights to be false. 
Defendant, on an examination by the Commissaries, answers that 
he did not say that plaintiff's weights were false, but that he had 
not received full weight. At the former session, November 28, 1662,, 
he roundly declared it be true that he had said so. 

The Commissaries, therefore, decide to refer the parties to 
three good men, Thomas Chambers, Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh and 
Sergeant Christiaen Nissen romp, for the purpose of settling, if 
possible, the difference between them, otherwise to have the de- 
fendant arrested at plaintiff's request; the expenses to be paid 
by the party decided to be in the wrong. 

Evert Pels, 

Teerck Claszen de Witt, 
Albert Gysbertsen, (x) his mark. 
The good men selected not having been able to settle the above 
dispute, the Commissaries are asked to act as arbitrators. These 
state that the parties have come to such an understanding that 
Pieter van Halen declared in their presence that he knew nothing 
of Albert Heymanse and his wife but what was honorable and vir- 
tuous, and promised to pay through the Schout the expenses in- 
curred in the above matter. 

Evert Pels, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 

(x) [Albert Gysbertsen.] 

Extraordinary Session, held Saturday, Jauaary 29, 1663, 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick de Wit. 

Hester Douw^ens, or her attorney in the absence of her hus- 
band, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Classen deWit, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of three hundred 
and thirty-two gldrs., eighteen stivers, zeewant, for goods and 
jewelry furnished to defendant. Defendant re/iews the account, 
says he once verbally settled with her, in the presence of herself 
and husband, and then owed twenty-six schepels of wheat, a schepel 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 57 

of onions and a half a thousand brick. But, owing to plaintiff's 
pressure, defendant asks for a copy of the account and fourteen 
days' time to examine it. 

The Court decides that defendant shall furnish a sufficient 
counter-bill within fourteen days, unless he can prove, as claim- 
ed, that he settled it with plaintiff. Plaintiff is also ordered to fur- 
nish a copy of his account. 

Ordinary Seession, held Tuesday, February 6, 1663. 

Present : The Schout ; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse, sick, 
Albert Gysbertse, Tjirick Classen deWit. 

Whereas, the Court has decided to find the rent for the Court 
room and thus relieve the community, therefore those who shall 
appear before it to plead or seek justice, shall each pay thirty-six 
stivers, to be advanced by the plaintiff, at the cost of the loser of the 
suit, which moneys shall be used to pay the rent of the place where 
the ordinary sessions of the Court are held. 

Evert Pels, 
TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, Pieter Cornells- 
sen, Elsjen Jans, defendants. Plaintiff again demands an oppor- 
tunity to testify as to the truth, and for that purpose summoned 
Thomas Chambers, Pieter Cornelissen, and Elsjen Jans who do 
not refuse to testify to the truth, but ask the Court to first ascer- 
tain w^hether plaintiff's accuser, Christiaen Nissen romp, will af- 
firm what he said to plaintiff, in which ease no witnesses will 
be necessary. 

Regarding this, the Court decides that plaintiff summon the 
respondent and have him either deny or affirm the accusation. 

Pieter Jacobsen, plaintiff', vs. Grietjen Westercamp, defendant. 
Plaintiff asks, by petition, that the Court grant him justice against 
defendant. Defendant answers that plaintiff is the father of her 
child. He denies this, says it is not his child, and offers to affirm 
upon oath. Which he did before the Court, saying, "I am not the 
father of the child : So truly help me God Almighty ! ' ' 

Therefore, the Court decides to allow plaintiff to marry any 
other person he pleases, and it has also thought it proper, in view 
of several certificates previously shown by both parties to the 



58 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Court, that plaintife shall, for the nonce, pay defendant two hun- 
dred gldrs., on a former acknowledgment made by him that he 
did not compensate her for lying with her, and he is therefore 
bound to pay her for that service. 

Anthony Cruepel, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiii' demands payment of the amount of forty schepels of 
wheat and thirteen schepels of buckwheat. Defendant admits the 
debt. 

The Court, Commissaries, order defenda-it to pay plain- 
tiff the amount claimed, Avithin six weeks. 

Evert Pels, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 
Jan Barense Ammershof, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of twelve schepels of wheat. 
Defendant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the amount 
claimed. 

Evert Pels, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 
The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Parent Gerritsen, defendant. The 
first default. 

Plaintiff demands payment from defendant of the amount due 
as per agreement on January 9, made in the presence of the Com- 
missaries. Defendant admits the debt and promises to pay the 
Schout within twenty-four hours. 

The Court orders this to be done, and, if defendant does not 
comply, the Schout is authorized to enforce the claim. 

Roeloof Swartwout, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the amount 
of seven beavers. Defendant admits the debt, bur answers that he 
assigned to plaintiff' his claim against Jonas Rantsou, Avhich plain- 
tiff admits, but says the assignment has not been accepted, and, in 
consequence, he again enters his claim against th^^ principal [the 
defendant]. The Court orders defendant to pay and satisfy plain- 
tiff. 

Evert Pels, 

TiERCK ClaszExV de Witt. 



1663 j THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 69 

Jan Jansen Ammersfoort and Cornells Sleeht, plaintiffs, vs. 
Aert Jacobsen, Jan Willemsen and llendrick Jansen Looman, de- 
fendants. 

Plaintiffs demand from defendants payment for what each has 
bought at public sale ; Jan owes three hundred and fifty gldrs. ; 
Aert Jacobsen is to pay three hundred and forty-five gldrs., and 
Hendrick Jansen Looman two hundred and ten gldrs., all according 
to bill of sale. The defendants admit the debt. 

The Court, having heard the respective parties, orders defend- 
ants, each for himself, to pay plaintiffs for the grain bought of the 
latter, according to the bill of sale, which is past due. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Mattheu Blanchan, defendant. Plain- 
tiff' says that defendant, an inhabitant of this village, does not 
confine himself to distilling, but has dared to violate the ordinances 
established by the Director General and Supreme Council for this 
place, and still unrepealed, providing that those who desire to tap 
must observe said ordinances until further order. Concerning 
which the Schout states that defendant sold a half anker of brandy 
to his brother-in-law, Lowys Dubo, and fthat] when the Court was at 
defendant's house to gauge, [the defendant,] to account for what had 
become of his wine, gave as an answer that he had two or three 
times boiled over into the ashes [i. e., spoiled the product]. And the 
Court, being informed that on the great piece some mishap has occur- 
red, w^ent thither with the whole Board on horseback to investigate 
for the general good how much wine there was and in whose pos. 
session it was, and found a half anker of distilled water at the 
house of Lowys Dubo who admitted and declared, in the presence 
of the Court, that he bought it from his father. And, whereas, the 
defendant did not declare the wine, the Schout demands his fine. 

Evert Pels, 
TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 

Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck appeared before the Commissar- 
ies, and asked that he be granted a convenient lot below the fort, 
on the bank of the Kill to the southward of Barent Gerritsen's to 
bo used as a tannery and garden. The same is hereby granted to 
him provisionally, on condition of not building thereon, either now 
or hereafter, any dwellings or breweries. The lot is eleven rods 



60 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, [1663 

wide and sixteen rods long. Thus measured in the presence of the 
Court. 

Evert Pels, 

Alaerdt Heymansz Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, (x) his mark, 
Tierck Claszen deWitt. 
The matter on the other side [of the page] between the Schout 
and Matheu Blanchan having been presented to the Commissaries 
and having been considered by them and the Court, they find that 
the ordinance must be observed, and in order to prevent the evils 
which otherwise might result, and for cause it thereunto moving, 
the Court condemns the defendant to pay a fine of one hundred and 
twenty-five guilders, to be applied as follows: One third to the 
poor, one-third to the Bench, and one-third to the Schout. 

Evert Pels, 

Alaerdt Heymansz Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, (x) his mark, 
Tierck Claszen deWitt. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, February 20, 1663. 
Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Claesen deWit. 

Annetjen Aerts, plaintifl^, vs. Hendrick Jochemsen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands an accounting from defendant. Defendant 
submits a bill for fourteen guilders, whereupon plaintiff claims 
four hundred bricks more. 

The Court, having heard the parties, through witnesses sum- 
moned, and information received from Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh 
and from Jan Aersen, the smith, finds an omission in the account 
and orders plaintiff' to pay defendant four gldrs., ten stivers, the 
defendant to supply four hundred bricks to plaintiff and pay the 
costs incurred. 

Huybrecht Bruyn, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Ammersfoort, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of 
twelve schepels of wheat, due for wages earned for mason work. 
Defendant admits the debt, but says that the mason has still to 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 61 

plaster the walls. This the mason denies, saying it was not stipu- 
lated as part of the work contracted for. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the amount claimed, but 
if he can prove that plaintiff contracted to plaster the walls, the 
defendant shall then receive satisfaction. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh, plaintiff, vs. Mathys Roeloofsen, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the ex- 
penses incurred in consequence of the judgment given in favor of 
plaintiff on January 13. Defendant answers that plaintiff attached 
his money before the judgment was rendered. 

The Court, having heard the parties, orders defendant to pay 
plaintiff fourteen gldrs., eight stivers, for costs incurred. 

Evert Prys, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen Looman, defendant. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Huybrecht Bruyn, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of thirteen schepels of 
wheat due on the sale of some goods. Defendant admits the debt. 
The Court orders defendant to pay. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff, under a power of attorney shown to the Court, demands 
payment of the amount of fourteen schepels of wheat. Defendant 
admits the debt, but says he is entitled to a deduction for two 
sacks. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff within three 
weeks. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Tjirick Classen de Wit, defend- 
ent. Plaintiff demands, as per adjustment of accounts shown to the 
Court, the amount of twenty-six schepels of wheat, thirteen gldrs., 
five St., in zeewant, and five hundred bricks. Defendant admits the 
debt, and promises to pay within fourteen days, the whole Bench 
being present. 

On February 28, Matheu Blanchan requested permission to 
appeal, which was granted by the Court. 

He offers Christiaen Nissen romp and Lowys Dubo as sureties 
for the judgment rendered or to be rendered, with the costs thereof. 

Christyan Niszen, 
Louts (x) duBois. 



62 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, March 6, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Aldert Heymanse Roose, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick Classen deWit. 

Pieter Vlamingh, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands payment of twenty-one schepels of oats for wages 
earned. Default. 

Gommert Poulussen, plaintiff", vs Evert Prys, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of twenty-one schepels of wheat. De- 
fendant says he does not owe more than nineteen schepels. 

The Court, after hearing both parties, orders defendant to pay 
nineteen schepels of wheat. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh, plaintiff', vs. Altjen Sybrants, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands, under an earlier complaint made 
before this Court, vindication of his honor against defendant. He 
produces a certificate made by three witnesses who declare they 
heard defendant call plaintiff a Jew and that she also called him 
a sucker. They also .declare that she struck his chest so that he 
fell backward, and that her husband, Mathys Roeloofsen, threaten- 
ed plaintiff, saying, "If I had you elsewhere, I would teach you 
something. ' ' 

Defendant in default. 

Roeloof Hendricksen, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of three schepels 
of wheat. Defendant answers that, to the best of his knowledge, 
he paid plaintiff or somebody else on his behalf. Plaintiff offers 
to testify to the truth of the fact that he never received payment 
and that he did not authorize any one to collect the debt for him. 

The Court, having heard both parties, grants, at their request, 
an adjournment. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff, vs. Annetjen Aerts, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands vindication of his honor; says that defendant 
called his wife a whore, and charged him with keeping false books, 
and watering his brandy. Defendant denies the accusation, states 
that she said he showed her a false account, as is entered in the 
minutes of February 20, 1662, and demands proof of the accusation 
and vindication of her honor because plaintiff called her a whore. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 63 

Plaintiff requests that justice he done him, or otherwise he will 
be obliged to seek it elsewhere. 

An order had been given by the Court to plaintiff, on Febru- 
ary 6, that the parties should produce proofs, and as plaintiff has 
no other witnesses than his own wife, both parties are ordered to 
keep the peace. In addition, Hendrick Jochemse is ordered to pay 
a fine of twenty-five gldrs., and Elsjen Jans and Annetjen Aerts 
are each also ordered to pay a fine of six gldrs., to go to the poor, 
for having used vile and nasty language before the Court. 

Jacob Boerhans, Collector for this village, plaintiff, vs. Hen- 
drick Jochemse, Wallera deMout, Jonas Kantsou, in default, Wil- 
lem van Vreedenburgh, in default, Hendrick Jansen Looman, Claes 
Pietersen, in default, defendants. 

Plaintiff' demands payment of the excise license for the wine 
or beer which each defendant has taken in and disposed of. The 
above named defendants admit the claim. 

The Court orders defendants, severally, to pay within eight 
days, in accordance with the Collector's book, under pain of execu- 
tion. 

Mr. Verleet, for Fop Barense, demands payment of the amount 
due on settlement of accounts, viz. : Fifty-seven and one-half sche- 
pels of wheat and one hundred and fifty-four gldrs., eighteen sti- 
vers, in zeewant, which amounts are due Fop Baranse for building 
the parsonage, as per adjustment November 12, 1661. 

The Schout, as plaintiff, against Fop Barense, on complaints 
made by Domine Blom to the Magistrates, demands that the money 
due Fop Barense be held under attachment until he shall ap- 
pear here to defend himself. 

"Whereas, the Schout has a case against Fop Barentse, arising 
from some threatening or abusive language used towards the minis- 
tpv, Domine Harmanus Blom, and others, the Commissaries, there- 
fore, declare said attachment to be valid, and specially charge the 
Schout to officially summon Fop Barense to appear before this 
Court, either in person or by attorney, within six weeks, to answer 
the complaint now before the magistrates. Done at Wildtwyck, 
March 31, 1663. 

Hendrick Jochemse informs the Court that he has a piece of 
farm land situated near the wood opposite the Kill, bounded by a 



64 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1663 

part of the land of Jeronimus Ebbingh whose lessees cause damage 
to the petitioner through the pasturing of their horses. He requests 
that the owners of the meadow lands across the Kill, wjhich are 
private property, be ordered to fence them in, and to pay for the 
damage done to the farming land. 

The Court orders and directs that every one, who has or intends 
to have and maintain private meadows on or near cultivated farm 
lands, shall fence such meeadow lands, without encroaching upon 
his neighbor's property. 

We, the undei-signed, Aldert Heymanse Roose, Commissary and 
Elder of the village of Wildtwyek, and Albert Gysberse, Commis- 
sary and Deacon of said village, make known that before us 
appeared the worthy Evert Pels, inhabitant of the village of Wildt- 
wyek, who acknowledged that he actually and in good faith bor- 
rowed and received from Roeloof Swartwout and Cornelis Barense 
Slecht, the appointed guardians of the minor children of the late 
Mathys Jansen, deceased, the amount of one thousand gldrs., in corn, 
at beaver's value, which he agrees to hold at interest for two con- 
secutive years, and promises to give as interest one hundred and 
twenty gldrs., in corn, beaver's value, per annum, being twelve 
gldrs., per cent, commencing February 15, of the current year, 1663 
and terminating February 15, 1665, when he will return and reim- 
burse the aforesaid principal and the second year's interest. For 
which purpose he, the appearer, specially mortgages his lands, 
situated near the village Wildtwyek, and his house, standing in 
the aforesaid village, which he says are free and unincumbered ; 
and he further generally pledges his person and goods, real and 
personal, present and future, nothing excepted, placing and sub- 
mitting them and himself to and under the jurisdiction of all courti 
and judges, adding the costs incurred thereby. 

In testimony whereof we, the above named, and the appearer, 
have subscribed and authenticated these presents with our own 
signatures. Done at the village of Wildtwyek, this February 15, 
1663. 

Evert Pels. 
To my knowledge, Alaerdt Heymansz Roose. 

This is the mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, made by himself. 
To my knowledge, Tierck Claszen de Witt. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 65 

Ordinary Session, April 3, Anno, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick 
Classen deWit. Aldert Heymanse, absent. 

Mathys Roeloofsen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Ammersfoort, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of fifty-eight 
gldrs., fourteen st., eight pennies, due on a debt for liquor. De- 
fendant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff within six weeks. 

Evert Pels, Commissary, as attorney for Jan Dircksen van 
Breeman, plaintiff", vs. Mathys Roelofsen, defendant. Plaintiff' 
demands payment of the amount of three hundred and eighty-one 
gldrs., two St., heavy money, and also twelve schepels of wheat, 
due for wages and goods sold. Defendant answers that he has a 
counter claim, and that, after balancing accounts, he would owe 
twelve gldrs., zeewant. 

The Court orders the parties to adjust their accounts between 
themselves and to inform it, at its next session, of the result. 

Johanna Ebbingh, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Bruynsen van Boohee- 
men, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of four beavers, two 
and one-half of which had been loaned and one and one-half of 
which were for goods furnished. Defendant admits he received the 
goods and the beavers, but says he does not owe plaintiff anything, 
as the latter did not keep her promise to let him learn a trade. 
Plaintiff answers that about two years ago they mutually agreed 
regarding the debt specified above. 

The Court, after having heard both parties, orders defendant 
to pay plaintiff, and to give satisfaction for the amount claimed. 

Pieter Mathysse, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of twenty-one schepels of 
oats, due for wages earned. The second default. 

Thereupon the Court orders defendant to deposit the twenty- 
one schepels of oats in Court as provisional security, and to appear 
before it a third time. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, April 17, 1663. 
Present. The Schout; Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertsen, Tjirick 
Classen deWit, Aldert Heymanse Roose, in default. 



66 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Geertjen Bouts, plaintiff, vs. Aert Mertense Dorn, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of thirty schepels of 
wheat due on an obligation, and says he journeyed many times to 
this place to obtain payment. Defendant admits the debt, accord- 
ing to obligation. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Roeloof Hendriclcsen, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Chambers, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of three schepels 
of wheat for wages earned. Defendant in default. 

Whereas, plaintiff and defendant were in Court once before, 
and requested an adjournment, the defendant is therefore ordered 
to deposit the three schepels of wheat in Court as provisional se- 
curity, 

Cornells Barense Slecht, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, defend- 
Ciut. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of eight and one- 
half beavers on which thirty-three schepels of oats have been paid, 
due for wages earned. Default. 

Cornells Barense Slecht, plaintiff, vs. Jan Willemse, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands payment of sixty gldrs. heavy money, and twen- 
ty-four gldrs., zeewant. Default. 

Albert Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Annetjen Aerdts, defendant. 
Default. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh, plaintiff, vs. Altjen Sybrants, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff enters a complaint against defendant for as- 
sault and for being called a slanderer. Requests vindication of 
his honor and punishment of defendant, as provided by law. 

Defendant presents a certificate of two witensses who offer to 
testify that Mr. Gysbert van Imbrogh called Altjen Sybrants a 
heap of dung, and, that thereupon Altjen Sybrants called Mr. Gys- 
bert a Jew and a sucker, and threatened one of the witnesses, and 
said to Mr. Gysbert, "If I had you elsewhere, I would show you 
what it means to call me a heap of dung," This complaint of Mr. 
Gysbert van Imbrogh, now made for the third time, and his former 
appearance, have preforce moved the Court to proceed to punish- 
ment, so as to serve as an example to others. The Court allows 
each of the parties fourteen days' additional time, without exten- 
sion, to prove their allegations, and then will give judgment. 



1663 j THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 67 

Christiaeu Nissen romp, plaintiff, vs. Aert JViertense Dorn, at- 
tendant. Settled. 

Aert Mertense, plaintiff, vs. Roeloof Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff' demands payment of the amount of one hundred and two 
gldrs., as per settlement of accounts shown to the Court. The de- 
fendant admits the debt. 

The Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Evert Pels, 
TiERCK Claszen de Witt. 

Christiaen Nissen romp, plaintiff", vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff", demands payment of the amount of ten schepels of wheat 
due for servant's wages assigned to him. Defendant answers he 
does not owe more than three schepels of wheat on the old account, 
and requests a bill for the thirty gldrs. which Christiaen says he 
owes for brandy, and says, "I would certainly have paid you if 
you had not summoned me before the Court. ' ' 

Plaintiff says he settled with defendant, saying, " If 1 had you 
outside I would teach you something." He says his claim is just, 
and offers to swear to it, as he is voluntarily doing by the oath he 
has taken. 

The Court orders plaintiff to furnish a proper account, and de- 
fendant, to pay the same within one month after its receipt. 

On April 20, 1663, Hester Douwens sued for a writ to attach 
two horses belonging to Jan Dircksen van Breeman, now with Jur- 
iaen Westvael. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, May 1, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Albert Gysbertsen and Tjirick Classen 
deWit. Evert Pels in default. 

Roeloof Swartwout, plaintiff, vs. Poulus Tomassen, defendant. 
Plaintiff alleges that defendant hired and bound himself out, to- 
gether with Jan Muessen, each as principal, to thresh all the corn, 
and as the defendant voluntarily allowed his comrade to go, and 
himself now has also run away from the work he contracted to do. 
plaintiff therefore, after due protest, requests permission to sub- 
stitute and keep somebody else at the work, at defendant's cost and 
expense, to do the threshing contracted for. He also requests pay- 



68 THT DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1663 

ment for a small keg of soap and security for its value and costs in- 
curred. 

Defendant answers that plaintiff was willing that his mate 
should depart. Plaintiff admits he was willing, as he relied on his 
contract which provides that each shall be liable as principal. 

The Court orders and directs defendant to bear three parts of 
the expenses, provided plaintiff shall put somebody else at defend- 
ant's work to finish the threshing, plaintiff" to bear the fourth part. 

Whereas, there is not a full Bench, plaintiff requests a revision 
or that defendant give security for arrears. 

TiERCK Claszen de AVitt, 
AijBert Gysbertsen,(x) his mark. 

Tjirick Classen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defend- 
ant. 

The Court resolves not to decide between parties at present, 
because only the Schout and one Commissary occupy the bench, but 
the parties must have their papers ready at the next session, when 
the matter will be taken up. 

Claes Louwrence, plaintiff, vs. Walleraven duMont, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff asks why defendant attached his money. Defend- 
ant answers, because plaintiff hired a man-servant at the Mana- 
thans, and on his arrival here he hired him out to another, and 
thereby made a profit of fifty-two gldrs., in zeewant, and six 
schepels of wheat. Plaintiff answers that he is entitled to it for 
his expenses in relation to the servant, and for his trouble. 

The Court, having heard the parties, finds that said servant 
voluntarily hired himself out to Tjerck Classen de Wit, pursuant to 
a contract made betw^een both, and decrees that, as Tjerck Classen 
wants to keep the servant, and pays him higher wages than those 
at which Claes engaged him at the Manathans, Tjerck Classen shall 
pay Claes Laurence personally the expenses he incurred, or, other- 
wise, make him a voluntary present, at the option of the last hirer, 
but Tjerck Classen shall not deduct said money from the servant's 
wages, and the servant, in accordance with his contract of employ- 
ment, shall then complete his term. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, May 22, 1663. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 69 

Present: The Sehout; Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertsen, Tiriet 
Classen deWit. 

Copy. 

The Director General and Council of New Netherland having 
received and read the nomination made and delivered by the Sehout 
and Commissaries of the village of Wildtw,yck, in the Esopus, have 
selected and confirmed Thomas Chambers and Gysbert van Im- 
burgh at the said place, in place of those retiring. 

Done at Fort Amsterdam, in New Netherland, April 5, 1663. 

In conformity with the written instructions, the Court requir- 
ed the newly appointed Commissaries to take the oath, which was 
administered by the Court, in the usual manner. 

Tirick Classen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. De- 
fault. 

Mathys Roelofsen, plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Nissen, defendant. 
Plaintiff presents a certificate, and states that the Sergeant seized 
some merchandise belonging to him. Under examination, he admits 
he concealed some lead and wool at the Ronduyt, with the permis- 
sion of the soldiers quartered there. Hereupon the Sergeant an- 
swers, "I don't want to have the Ronduyt turned into a home for 
you sutlers and suckers of this place, and don't intend to give up 
the goods until the arrival of the Lrord General." 

The Court, having heard both parties, orders the Sergeant to 
return plaintiff's merchandise, provided that, if any contraband 
goods be found thereunder, defendant shall deposit the same with 
the Court, and further that he shall require his soldiers not to 
tolerate any sutlers there but to give information of them to the 
Court which will deal with them as is proper. Pending the arrival 
of the Noble Lord General, the contraband goods shall remain in 
custody. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff, vs. Geertuyt Andrissen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of the amount of due on an 

obligation made by Jacob Jansen Stol, deceased. Defendant re- 
quests time to examine her husband's books, for which purpose the 



70 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Court allows her fourteen days, and parties are ordered to com- 
pare their accounts and inform the Court. 

Domine Hermanns Blom requests the Court that care be taken 
to have the remaining debt on the parsonage paid, and especially 
that the money for which he has become surety be collected, as 
he experiences much trouble on its account, adding, "Otherwise 
we shall put a stop to it." And he especially recommends the 
Magistrates to take better care than heretofore of his salary. 

The Court resolves to summon the retiring Commissaries to ap- 
pear before it and render an account of receipts and disburse- 
ments for the building of the parsonage, for the benefit of those 
having claims against the same, and to notify each of them, as some 
bills have already been sent in and presented to the Court. They 
are ordered to appear on May 25, 1663, at the house of Thomas 
Chambers. 

Ordinary Session, held at Wildtwyck, June 5, 1663. 

Present: The Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, Tjrick Classen de- 
Wit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imbrogh. 

Tjirick Classen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Barent Gerritsen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands, under a power of attorney from Jan Ever- 
sen, payment of the amount of seventy-four gldrs., in beavers, and 
fourteen schepels good winter wheat, and forty-four gldrs., in zee- 
want. Defendant admits owing the amount claimed, as per obli- 
gation, due January 1, 1662. 

The Court, having heard the parties, finds, from the obligation, 
that defendant must pay plaintiff the amount claimed but, as plain- 
tiff still demands payment of one hundred and sixteen gldrs., in 
beavers, for expenses incurred, the Court, at the request of defend- 
ant, refers the matter of the expenses to two impartial people. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Oosterhout, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Barent Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Cornelissen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands an amount of thirty-five schepels of wheat. De- 
fendant admits owing thirty-four and one-half schepels. The Court 
orders him to pay. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 71 

Gerrit Voken, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barense Slecht, defendant. 
Plaintiff, through a document whereby Volckert Jansen and Jan 
Tomassen constitute themselves plaintiff's, presents to the Court g 
petition against Cornelis Barense Slecht, who is summoned by 
plaintiff before this Court. Plaintiff's demand restitution of a mare, 
because it was impounded by the defendant. Upon testimony given 
by Pieter Jacobsen that, to the best of his knowledge, the horse was 
driven and chased away, and in consequence thereof died, plain- 
tiffs now conclude and demand that defendant shall be ordered to 
indemnify them for the said mare, and to pay all costs of suit. 

In defense, Cornelis Barense Slecht, the defendant, presents a 
certificate by Adriaen Gerritsen van Vliet and Hermen Hendrick- 
sen who attest, at his request, that they saw him about three hours 
before nightfall drive six horses away from his land, on an easy 
trot. 

The Court, having heard the parties and examined the papers, 
orders plaintiffs to adduce clearer and fuller proof. 

The Schout, plaintiff, vs. Pieter van Ilalen, defendant. De- 
fault. 

A majority of the Commissaries resolve that the Court shall 
not sit again until there are four or five cases. If necessary for 
the convenience of the residents, it will sit every w^eek. The rea- 
son of this is because, in the absence of a Village or City Hall, the 
rent for the room can not be met. 

(x) [Albert Gysbertsen], 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 

[The preceding minutes, except one entry, as noted, are all in 
the handwriting of Roeloof Swartwout, Schout. The following are 
in that of Mattheus Capito, Secretary.] 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, July 24, 1663. 

Present: The Noble Lord Johan de Decker; Roelof Swart- 
wout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Classen deWit, Thomas 
Chambers, Gysbert van Imbroch, Commissaries. 

Albert Gysbertsen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, de- 
fendant. 



72 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Albert Gysbertsen says that defendant caused plaintiff's pig to 
be killed, and presents a certificate to this effect. Defendant an- 
swers that he does not know whether it was plaintiff 's pig, and offers 
to pay the owner therefor. 

The Commissaries, having heard defendant's confession, order 
him to deposit with the Court the quantity of six schepels of wheat, 
for the benefit of him who shall be found to be the lawful owner, 
or otherwise the Court will dispose of it is it may see fit. 

Tjerck Classen deWit, plaintiff", vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Default. 

The Sellout, in place of the Noble Lord Johan de Decker, plain- 
tiff, vs. Tryntje, wife of Cornelissen Barentsen Slecht, defendant. 
Plaintiff says that defendant called the Noble Lord de Decker a 
blood sucker. 

Defendant does not deny she spoke evilly of the Noble Lord 
de Decker, but says she spoke while depressed and discouraged be- 
cause of the many misfortunes that had befallen her through the 
savages, and adds that she feels sorry for having slandered him. 

The Commissaries, having heard the confession and regrets of 
defendant, prefer mercy to the severeity of justice, and order her 
to pay a fine of twenty-five gldrs., in zeewant, for the benefit of the 
church. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, September 18, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Sehout; Tjerck Classen de Wit, 
Albert Gysbertsen, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imbroch, Com- 
missaries. 

Roelof Swartwout, plaintiff', vs. Aert Martensen Dorn, defend- 
ant. Default. 

Same, vs. Hendrick Cornelissen Slecht, defendant. Default. 

Same, vs. Pieter Bruynsen, defendant. Default. 

Same, vs. Cornelis Bransten Vos, defendant. Default. 

Same, vs. Hendrick Aertsen, defendant. Default. 

Same, vs. Jacob Joosten, defendant. The plaintiff demands 
from defendant the amount of twenty-five gldrs. fine, for the first 
offense, and fifty gldrs. fine for the second, for violating the ordin- 
ance dated August 4, 1663. 



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Defendant replies by asking whether he is not permitted to 
support his family. 

The Court, having heard the demand of the aforesaid Sehout, 
and the defence of the defendant, orders defendant to settle with 
the Sehout for the fine due, within eight days, or on default then 
to expect the judgment of this court. 

Same, vs. Harmen Hendericks, 

Same, vs. Ariaen Huyberts, 

Same, vs. Henderick Jochemsen, 

Same, vs. Willem Aertsen, 

Same, vs. Jan Broersen, 

Same, vs. Jacob Barents Cool, 

Same vs. Antoni Crupel, 

Same, vs. Henderick Henderieksen, 

Same, vs. Jan Jansen van Oosterhout, 

Same, vs. Jacob Jansen Stoutenborch, 

Same, vs. Jacob Janse de lange, 

Same, vs. Aert Jacobs, 

Same, vs. Gerret Aertsen, 

Same, vs. Evert Prys, 

Same, vs. Jan Willemsen, 

Same, vs. Teunis Jacobsen, 

Same, vs. Warnaer Hoorenbeeck, 

Same vs. Jan Gerritsen, 

Same, vs. Ariaen Gerritsen, 

Same, vs. Mattys Roelofsen, 

The plaintiff, Roelof Swartwout, Sehout, presents to the Court 
a certificate, dated June 5, 1663, stating that the defendant, Mat- 
thys Roelofsen, sold brandy to the savages, according to the testi- 
mony of the savages themselves. 

The Commissaries order defendant, pursuant to his offer, to 
reply to the certificate at the next session of the Court. 

Hester Douwesen appears before this Court and demands 
seven schepels of Avheat which Hey Olfertsen, deceased, owed her. 
The Court, having heard her, proposes to administer the property 
of the deceased here in Wildwyck and then pay her and the other 
creditors. 



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74 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

This Court resolves, in obedience to a previous request of the 
Captain Lieutenant and Council of War, to renew and replace the 
fallen and damaged palisades around the village, next Wednesday, 
September 26, with the assistance of all the inhabitants of this place,, 
none excepted, under a penalty of twelve gldrs. for non compliance. 

The Court further resolves that it will administer the prop- 
erty of persons who were killed during the troubles of June 7 last, 
leaving no relatives. Their names are : Wiliem Jansen Seba, ser- 
vant; Henderiek Jansen Looman, brewer's helper; Dirrick Willem- 
sen, inhabitant. 

The Court appoints as administrators, Albert Gysbertsen and 
Tjerck Classen de Wit, both Commissaries, with orders to immedi- 
ately inventory all the property of said deceased, and to administer 
the same until further order, or claims by nearest relatives or 
creditors. 

Inventory, September 18, 1663, taken at Wildwyck, at the 
house of Juriaen Westphael, in the presence of the Schout, Roelof 
Swartwout, and two Commissaries, Albert Gysbertsen and Tjerck 
Classen de Wit, of the property left by Hendrick Looman, found 
to be as follows : 

1 gelding, 

1 large brewing kettle, tuns, 

1 sword and belt. 

1 trunk without key, wherein was found 

1 letter case containing letters, and a note book with memo- 
randa of outstanding debts and accounts, 

1 old gray suit, 

1 old gray colored pair of breeches, 

1 new gray suit, 

2 pair of black woolen stockings, 
1 new black hat and hat box, 

1 bar lead, 

4 small pieces of Haarlem cloth, 

1 clothes brush, 

1 trunk, 

2 cravats, 

3 handkerchiefs. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 75 

1 package containing about a pound of lead, 
1 wagon frame, with iron tires. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 9, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, 
Tjerck Classen de Wit, Gysbert van Imborch. 

The Schout, Roelof Swartwout, requests the Court to pro- 
nounce judgment against those whom he had summoned to appear, 
but who did not come before this Court and wiere in default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Mertensen Doom. 
Second default. 

Same, vs. Jan Hendericksen, defendant. Second default. 

Same, vs. Warnaer Hoorenbeeck, defendant. Second default. 

Same, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen van Vliet. Second default. 

Same, vs. Ilenderick Cornelissen Slecht. Second default. 

Plaintiff demands that there be imposed, in accordance 
with the ordinance dated August 4, last, a fine of twenty-five gldrs., 
for the first offense, and fifty gldrs., for the second, for violating 
said ordinance that no one should go out to mow, without the 
consent of the Captain Lieutenant and a sufficient convoy. 

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, representing his son Hendrick Cor- 
nelissen Slecht, answers that he is not obliged to comply therewith, 
saying, "Let me appear before the Court having jurisdiction, the 
Supreme Council. I have nothing to say till then." 

The Commissaries, having heard the reply of Cornelis Barent- 
sen Slecht, order him to pay the above named fine, since he does 
not acknowledge the Inferior Court of Justice here as having juris- 
diction, and appeals to the Supreme Council. 

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, standing before the Court and be- 
ing requested to render an account of the estate of William Jansen 
Seba, deceased, a demand therefor having been made of him by the 
curators and trustees of said estate, September 18, last, answers 
that he is not obliged to render an account of this matter to this 
Court, he having once delivered an obligation to the aforesaid 
William Jansen Seba. 

The Schout thereupon asks the Court that Cornelis Barentsen 
Slecht be compelled to render to it an aex;ount of tlie above named 



76 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

estate of William Jansen Seba, deceased, in the interest of the cura- 
tors appointed for that purpose, because said obligation has not 
been and cannot be found by the curators among the effects of the 
deceased. The Court, pursuant to the Schout's request, orders and 
directs Cornelis Barentse Slecht to render, at its next session, a 
statement of the account between him and the said Wiliam Jansen 
Seba, deceased, so that debits and credits may be adjusted in the 
proper and customary manner. 

After the above was read to him, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht 
said that he is not inclined henceforth to render an account to this 
Court. 

The Court, having seen and heard Cornelis Barentsen Slecht's 
unreasonableness in opposing the Court of Justice of this place, 
orders him to be confined in the house of the Schout, Roelof Swart- 
wout, who, for this purpose, is directed to put him under arrest 
and so keep him until he is ready to render said account. 

Having been informed by Schout Swartwout, in the presence 
of the Court here, that he should repair to the appointed place of 
confinement, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht answered that the Schout 
would have to fetch him with two officers and that he would not 
voluntarily come, and defied him in the matter. For the threat 
aforesaid, the Schout requests the Court to be permitted to lock said 
Slecht up ; whereupon the Court, having heard the request, directs 
him to have said Slecht confined in the guard house. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Bruynsen, Hen- 
derick Aertsen, Ariaen Roose, Jan Roose, Willem Aertsen, Cornelis 
Brantsen Vos, Jacob Joosten, Ariaen Huybertsen, Harmen Hen- 
dericksen, defendants. 

Plaintiff demands of the above mentioned defendant fines for 
violating the ordinance dated August 4, last, that no one should 
venture out to mow without consent and a proper convoy, the 
fines being, 

For Pieter Bruynsen, 25 gldrs. 

" Henderick Aertsen, 75 " 

" Ariaen Roose, 25 '' 

" Jan Rose, 75 " 

" Willem Aertsen, 75 " 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 77 

" Cornells Brantsen, 75 " 

" Jacob Joosten, 75 " 

" Harmen Hendericksen, 75 " 

" Ariaen Huybertsen, 75 " 

Cornells Barentsen, on behalf of his farm hands above named, 

answers that they are not guilty and that they are not disposed to 

pay the fine, but that the matter must be heard and decided by the 

judge having jurisdiction, and requests copy thereof. 

Cornells Barentsen Slecht's reply having been heard, the Court 
here decides it has jurisdiction, and orders the above defendants 
to pay the fines in full to the plaintiff. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Henderick Jochemsen, 
defendant. Second default. 

Plaintiff demands judgment. The Court allows defendant a 
third default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Gerritsen, Antony 
Crupel, Henderick Hendericksen, Jacob Stoutenborch, defendants. 
Plaintiff demands from the aforesaid defendants fines due for 
violation of the ordinance dated August 4, that no one should ven- 
ture out to mow, wnthout consent and a proper convoy, the fines 
amounting. 

For Jan Gerritsen, to 75 gldrs. 

" Antoni Crupel, "75 " 

" Henderick Hendericksen, "75 " 

" Jacob Stoutenborch, "25 " 

Juriaen AVestphael, representing the above named defendants 
who were in his employ, says he is not disposed to pay any fine 
herein, as the promises given him were not fulfilled at mowing time. 
Plaintiff requests judgment herein. 

The Commissaries, having heard plaintiff's demand and the 
answer of defendants' representative, order defendants to pay the 
full fine to plaintiff, because their representative's day had been 
extended through rain and other causes, and the next day, when the 
weather was favorable, no work was done, yet at a time when, un- 
der the general agreement of the community, he ought to have as- 
sisted other farmers with his people, he had, notwithstanding the 
ordinance, had his work continued without giving notice to the 
Council of War and this Court. 



78 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

The curators or overseers of the estate of the late Henderick 
Looman request that Jeuriaen Westphael render an account 
of the property of the said Henderick Looman. He answers he will 
not render such account. 

This Court orders Juriaen Westphael to make a declaration^ 
and extends his time to do so until its next session. 

And whereas, defendant offers to make proof that there was 
no other property of the aforesaid Looman than is shown by the 
above mentioned inventory, the same will be received by the Court, 
otherwise the Court stands by the foregoing decision. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Broersen, defend- 
ant. Second default. 

Plaintiff demands a fine of seventy-five gldrs., and requests 
judgment. The Court allows defendant a third default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barentsen Cool, 
defendant. Second default. Plaintiff demands a fine of twenty- 
five gldrs. and requests judgment. The Court allows defendant a 
third default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff', vs. Jacob Jansen van 
Oosterhout, defendant. Second default. Plaintiff' demands a fine 
of seventy-five guilders., and requests judgment. The Court alloM^s 
defendant a third default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen de 
lange [the long], defendant. Second default. Plaintiff demands 
a fine of seventy-five gldrs., and requests judgment. The Court 
allows defendant a third default. 

Lucas Hendricks, plaintiff, vs. Jan Simonsen, defendant. De- 
fault. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff', vs. Jan AVillemsen and 
Tennis Jacobsen, defendants. Plaintiff demands from the first 
named defendant, Jan Willemsen, twenty-five gldrs., and from Ten- 
nis Jacobsen, twenty-five gldrs., due for violation of the ordinance 
dated August 4, last, that no one should venture out to mow with- 
out consent and a proper convoy. 

Defendants answer that they are not liable for the payment of 
a fine herein and await a decision and order of the Court hereupon. 

The Court orders defendants to pay the full amount of the fine 
to the plaintiff. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 79 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen and 
Gerrit Aertsen, his son, Aert Jacobsen 's daughter, Aert Jacobsen 's 
servant, Andries, defendants. Plaintiff demands from the aforesaid 
defendants, for their violation of the ordinance dated August 4, 
last, that no one should venture out to mow without consent and 
a proper convoy, a fine, 

From Aert Jacobsen, of 75 gldrs. 

Gerrit Aertsen, "75 " 

". Aert Jacobsen 's daughter, "25 " 

" Andries, his man, "25 " 

Defendants answer they are not liable for the payment of the 
above fines, and request copy of the judgment. 

The Court orders defendants to pay plaintiff the full amount 
of the fines. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff complains to this Court that defendant 
said that the Lord God would some time avenge himself upon the 
Lords who are here on the bench. 

Defendant does not deny having said so, and the Commissar- 
ies Albert Gysbertsen and Gysbert van Imborch also confirm that 
they heard him say so, once at the house of Schout Roelof Swart- 
out, and once at the bridge. 

The Court of this place orders defendant to submit, at its next 
session, his reasons for saying that revenge should be called down 
upon it. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff', vs. Aert Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff accuses defendant of being a desecrater of the 
Sabbath, he having on that day taken a load of beer to his house, for 
which plaintiff' seized defendant's wagon and beer, and that, not- 
withstanding the seizure, the defendant fetched the wagon and 
beer to his house. 

Defendant denies having attempted to take a wagon load of 
beer home on a Sabbath or Sunday, but offers to prove that the 
Sabbath had expired. 

The Court allows defendant time until the next session of the 
Court to prove the above. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Evert Prys. 



80 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1663 

Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of twenty-five gldrs. 
for violating the ordinance dated August 4, last. Defendant an- 
swers that he had the Captain's consent. 

The Court orders defendant to submit proof, at the next ses- 
sion, that he had such consent. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Tyssen, defendant. 
Second default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff', vs. Harmen Hendrieksen. 
defendant. Second default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Magdalena, the wife of 
Harmen Hendericks. Plaintiff' complains that he was hindered in his 
official duty, while apprehending Aeltje Claes. Defendant denies 
this, saying she is able to furnish better proof of the matter than 
has been given ; that she only said, ' ' Swartwout, why do you want 
to put this woman in prison? Why do you want to disgrace her? 
She is neither a whore nor a thief, and there is a private place 
here from which she cannot run away." 

The Court orders defendant at the next session to submit evi- 
dence which will clear her. 

Eechtje Ariaens, ' plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Niessen romp, de- 
fendant. Default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Dirrick Hendericksen^ 
defendant. Default. 

Copy 

Henderick Jochemsen and Juriaen Westphael, appearing this 
9th day of October, 1663, at the Court room of the Honorable 
Court at Wildwyck, request, on behalf of Cornelis Barentsen 
Slecht, that the said Slecht be permitted to leave the guard house 
and go to his home in order the better to prepare the account 
between himself and Willem Jansen Seba, deceased. They offer 
themselves as sureties for the body of Cornelis Barentsen Slecht. 
each as principal, that, at the desire of the Honorable Court, he 
will return at once to his duly provided place of confinement. Foj 
which purpose they bind their persons and property, real and per- 
sonal, present and future, and to give this more force, have per- 
sonally subscribed hereto. Done at Wildwyck, the day, year and 
place above. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 81 

(Signed) Henderick Jochemsen. The mark (x) of Juriaen 
Westphael. 

Agrees with the original. To which I certify. 
Witness, 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary, 

The following ordinances were passed by the Schout and Com- 
missaries at Wildwyck. 

Concerning Beer Excise. 

The Honorable Court having seen that licenses for beer have 
been discontinued during the late troubles, and finding that very 
little revenue is produced from wine, and as beer as well as wine 
is sold at retail, and this does not profit the buyer, the Honorable 
Court advises that from now on no one shall, under the penalty 
heretofore announced, sell any more beer without having first duly 
paid the excise to the Collector, Jacob Boerhans. 

Done at Wildwyck, this October 9, 1663, at a meeting of 
Schout and Commissaries. 

Concerning Wolf Catching. 

Whereas, great damage in and about the region of Wildwyck 
is done to pigs, calves, and other cattle, by that destructive ani- 
mal, the wolf, tending greatly to retard the inhabitants of this 
place, who would prefer that their pigs and cattle increase; Now, 
in order to prevent this damage as much as possible, the Hon- 
orable Court, here, has resolved and promises to pay twelve guild- 
ers, zeewant, to any one shooting, catching or taking, in any man- 
ner, a male wolf, and eighteen guilders, in zeewant, for a she wolf. 
For the purpose of raising this money, the Schout and Commissar- 
ies of the village of Wildwyck order every householder engaged in 
farming to contribute at once, for every wolf caught and brought 
in, one guilder in zeewant. The wolf catcher must also bring the 
captured wolf to the Schout 's house for inspection. 

Thus done at a meeting of Schout and Commissaries, at Wild- 
wyck, this October 9, 1663. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Tomassen. de- 
fendant. Plaintiff complains of defendant, that on October 7, be- 
ing Sunday, a gun was discharged by one Arent Jansen, which was 



82 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

heard and seen by Captain Lieutenant Cregier who had him tak- 
en to jail, and that immediately thereafter another shot was fired, 
at the house of Aert Martensen Doom. The plaintff hearing this, 
went to the aforesaid house, saying, ' ' Friends, it looks as if this had 
been done to spite us." 

Whereupon defendant answered, "I fired off a gun that was 
loaded long ago." To which the plaintiff made answer: "Very 
well; if you did it I will know how to get satisfaction 
from you for it." The defendant to this replied, "See 
here, Schout, I'll shoot you some day." Whereupon plain- 
tiff wanted to arrest him. Defendant at first refused to 
go along, but upon arriving at plaintiff 's house he resisted plaintiff 
with acts as well as words, and while following plaintiff to the 
guard house kept threatening and hitting him, and after he had 
been put in the guard house defendant went so far as to hit plain- 
tiff on the head, so that he stumbled over. 

Whereupon the following interrogatories were had : 

Interrogatories to Paulus Tommassen, defendant. 

Present— the Honorable Court. 
Questions : 

1. Did the defendant on Sunday, October 7, at the house of 
Aert Martensen Doom, discharge a gun? Answer. Yes. 

2. Was defendant drunk or sober at the time? Answer. He 
was drunk. 

3. Where did he get the wine? Answer. He had the wine 
in his little chest. 

4. Did he refuse to go to prison? Answer. The Schout 
knows all about this. 

5. Did he strike the Schout on the street or at the Sellout's 
house ? Answer. No. 

6. Did he strike the Schout at the guard house? Answer. He 
denies this. 

The Schout requests that defendant be again put in prison. 
This is granted by the Honorable Court. 
Done at Wildwyck, October 9, 1663. 

On Saturday, October 6, a meeting was held by the Honorable 
Council of War and the Honorable Court at Wildwyck, at which 
were present: 



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Marten Cre^ier, Captain Lieutenant; Christiaen Niessen, En- 
sign; Evert Willem Munniek, Peter Ebel, Jan Peersen, Sergeants; 
Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Claesen de 
Wit, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Captain Lieutenant Marten Cregier and the Council of War 
having, on September 26, given Schout Swartwout an order that 
no strong drink be sold to the militia or to the Indians, as they wish- 
ed to hold them in readiness for the coming expedition, the Schout 
went personally to notify the householders at Wildwyck. On ar- 
riving at the house of the wife of gunner Mattys Koelofsen to in- 
form her thereof, she told the Schout that he^inight cleanse his 
anu s^ (beg your pardon) with the order. On the complaint of 
the Schout, the Captain Lieutenant expressed to the Council of War 
and the Commissaries of Wildwyck, here specially assembled, his re- 
gret for the act which, if not done to insult the Council of War 
and those who commissioned it, is still not to be tolerated in decent 
places. 

Whereas, the Schout has met with insult from the gunner's 
wife above named, on account of this order, he requests that she be 
punished therefor, in order that so impudent and shameless a per- 
son may, in this case, receive what she deserves, and thus be made 
an example to others. 

Aeltje Sybrants, wife of Mattys Roelof sen, was summoned be- 
fore the Honorable Council of War and Commissaries at Wild- 
wyck and asked by the Captain Lieutenant in reference to the afore- 
said complaint, whether she did not say that the Schout might 
cleanse his anus with the order mentioned, whereupon she an- 
swers that she did not say any such words to the Schout, and that 
he must prove this ; that the Schout lied about the matter, and that 
he treated her in this manner out of spite. 

The Schout called in proof Heyltje Jacobs, wife of Jan Broer- 
sen, who testifies before the Council of War that she heard that the 
wife of ]\Iattys the gunner had some words with the Schout, but is 
not prepared to say truthfully that she also addressed the afore- 
mentioned scandalous words to the Schout. 

Grietje Jacobs, wife of Willem Jansen,^ was also called, and 
testified before the Council of War that she heard there was much 



84 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [ibOd 

wordy war between the Schout and the gunner's wife above named 
and that among other things she said to the Schout, kiss my anus. 

Aeltje Sybrants was again called to the stand and, being in- 
formed of the foregoing testimony, did not deny she had had words 
with the Schout, nor that she may possibly have said to him, kiss 
my anus. 

The Schout, Swartwout, is ordered to submit additional proof 
in this matter. 

Thus done at the session aforesaid, the day and year above 
stated. 

On Wednesday, October 10, 1663, a session was held at Wild- 
wyck by the Honorable Council of War and the Honorable Court 
of Wildwyck. 

Present: Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant; Christiaen 
Niessen, Ensign; Evert Willem Munnick, Jan Peersen, Sergeants; 
Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Claesen de 
Wit, Gysbert van Imbroch, Commissaries. 

The Schout, Swartwout, appearing before the Honorable Coun- 
cil of War and the Honorable Court at Wildwyck, submits, in ac- 
cordance with the foregoing order, proof, in writing, by Willem 
Jansen Schut, dated October 8, last, confirmed under oath in the 
presence of two Commissaries, reading thus : 

Deponent above named declares that, at the reading of the 
order given to the Schout by the Captain Lieutenant, and while 
leaving the house of Jan Broersen, he heard Aeltje Sybrants, wife 
of Mattys Roelof sen, say, "Tut, tut, it's only a trifle; cleanse your 
fundament with it. ' ' Deponent does not know the meaning of these 
words. 

Aeltje Sybrants, the defendant, called to the stand and being 
shown by the Schout the deposition, signed as aforesaid, denies 
the same, and says she did not say the said words to the Schout. 

Having seen and heard the obduracy of defendant, Aeltje Sy- 
brants, in denying the truth of the proofs adduced, which are ac- 
cepted by the Honorable Council of War and the Honorable Court 
here, and the Schout also being deemed worthy of belief, officially, 
the Honorable Council of War and the Honorable Court at Wild- 
wyck, therefore, being desirous of preventing all slander and vile 



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language, and of punishing the same as an example to others, here- 
by sentence and condemn Aeltje Sybrants, the wife of Mattys Roe- 
lofsen, for her use of vile and foul language in contemning and vili- 
pending the order given to the Schout, to pay a fine of one hundred 
Carolus guilders, and the costs, to be applied as usual, and to be paid 
within the next fourteen days, Under penalty of issuance of execu- 
tion. 

Done at Wildwyck the day and year above mentioned. Sign- 
ed by the Honorable Council of War and the Honorable Court of 
Wildwyck. 

iVo^e.— The Honorable Council of War and the Honorable 
Court at Wildwyck decree that the Schout, being prosecutor, shall 
receive two-thirds of the fine to be paid by Aeltje Sybrants, and 
that one-third shall be for the Church at Wildwyck. Done at 
Wildwyck, October 10, 1663. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jansen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff lodges a complaint against defendant for having 
fired a shot on Sunday. Defendant does not deny he fired once. 
He is therefore sentenced by the Honorable Council of War and 
the Honorable Court to pay plaintiff' a fine of nine gldrs., being 
three gldrs., as per ordinance, for each shot, and six gldrs., because 
he did it on Sunday during the sermon. 

Given at Wildwyck this October 10, 1663, at the session of the 
Honorable Council of War and the Honorable Court at AVildwyck. 

Willem Jansen Schut called on October 10, 1663, on the Schout. 
Roelof Swartwout and complained that he, Schut, had been assailed 
by Aeltje Sybrants, wife of ^lattys Roelofsen, who said to him 
that in his deposition he testified falsely against her. Wherefore, 
then, for fuller information in the matter, Jan Peersen, Sergeant, 
and Jacob Boerhans, Clerk, both officers of the Honorable Com- 
pany, were dispatched with said Willem Jansen, to ascertain 
if she would confirm these spoken words. Upon their return iney 
reported that she disavowed her spoken words. Notwithstanding 
this, the appearer aforenamed requests the Honorable Court here 
that he may have justice done to him. 

Thus entered the day and year above mentioned, at Wildwyck, 
in the presence of the Captain Lieutenant Marten Cregier. To 
which I certify. Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 



86 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1663 

Extraordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 16, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, 
Tjerck Claesen de Wit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imbroch, 
Commissaries. 

Resolution passed relative to late comers on the Bench. 

To prevent any disorder in convening the Inferior Bench at 
Wildwyck, it is resolved and ordered by the Honorable Court 
here, that any of those constituting the Bench arriving later than 
the hour fixed shall be fined twenty stivers, for the benefit of his 
colleagues. Done at Wildwyck, as above. In my presence. To 
which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

There was presented a note signed by the Captain Lieutenant, 
Marten Cregier, dated October 10, stating that Lieutenant Hen- 
derick Jochemsen has suffered and is yet suffering inconveniences 
from the militia who use his home as a guard house, which makes 
it burdensome to him. The Captain Lieutenant therefore requests 
that the aforesaid Henderick Jochemsen be relieved from this bur- 
den, and that the Honorable Court cause a guard house to be built 
for the militia. 

Lieutenant Henderick Jochemsen having been summoned to 
appear in the Council room of the Court in the matter, and having 
been asked if he would consent to harbor the militiamen four or 
six weeks longer in his house, as at present no materials can be 
had for building a guard house, leaves to the discretion of the Ht^n- 
orable Court here the amount of compensation to be paid him dur- 
ing the period. 

The Honorable Court, considering that one inhabitant alone 
should not bear all the burdens, and that he has consented to suf- 
fer the inconvenience of having the militia at his house four 
or six weeks longer, and as the soldiers have been quartered in his 
house since June 7, and will continue there four or six weeks lon- 
ger, has therefore allowed him, as compensation, fifty guilders, in 
zeewant. 

Thus done at the session above mentioned. 

Reynier Pietersen Schipper, [skipper], presents an account 
against Henderick Jansen Looman, amounting to four schepels of 
wheat, and requests payment. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 87 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Janse de lange 
[the long], defendant. Plaintiff' requests that defendant tes- 
tify in the case of the prisoner Paulus Tomassen, and state if 
he did not hear the prisoner say, "Schout, I'll shoot you." De- 
fendant answers that the said words were spoken by the prisoner 
Paulus Tomassen at the house of Aert Martensen Doom. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Dirreck Hendericksen, 
defendant. Second default. 

Gerret Willerasen, Corporal in the service of the Honorable 
Company, called before the Court here, declares that when the 
Schout placed Paulus Tomassen in custody in the guard house, 
said Tomassen struck the Schout 's head there, so that the Schout 
fell over the sweat bench. Paulus Tomassen having been accused 
at the last session of the Court by the Schout, Roelof Swartwout, 
is once more interrogated : 

1. Whether he said to the Schout, at Aert Martensen Doom's 
house, "Schout, I'll shoot you some day." Answers, that he was 
drunk and does not know whether he said this then, but says he 
said it later. 

2. To be brought to jail, he was at the Schout 's house. 
Whether he did not refuse to go with the Schout to jail. Answers, 
yes, he refused. 

3. Whether he did not strike the Schout in the guard house. 
Answers, he does not know if he struck the Schout in the guard 
house, but that he heard from others that he had done so. 

4. Whether, being put under arrest by the Schout, he beat the 
latter on the street and hit him with his fists. Answers, he neither 
beat the Schout nor knocked against him, but that he warded off 
the beating which the Schout gave him on the street. 

The Schout asks whether this confession by the prisoner Paul, 
us Tomassen is sufficient. If not, he will produce fuller and stron- 
ger testimony. The Honorable Court orders the Schout to submit 
his demand against the prisoner. 

The Schout 's Demand. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, prosecutor, against Paulus Tomas- 
sen. The plaintiff demands that, though the prisoner ought to be 
punished criminally by the Honorable Court, yet, as the Honor- 
able Court has no power to inflict such punishment, the prisoner be 



88 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

sent to the Director General and Council of New Netherland, there 
to be duly punished. 

Decision of the Honorable Court. 

The Honorable Court, having heard the Schout's demand, as 
also the witnesses produced and the confession of the prisoner, 
Paulus Tomassen, himself, orders the prisoner, Paulus Tomassen, 
to settle this matter with the Schout, or to work for one month on 
the dam, at his own expense, and to pay all costs that have been 
incurred; and, in case he cannot arrive at a settlement with the 
Schout, that he shall give bail to the Court against running away, 
or shall be chained while working on the dam. 

Resolutions concerning the erection of the fortifications 
of this village of Wildwyck. 

A note from the Captain Lieutenant, dated October 15, was 
read to the Honorable Court requesting that the palisades for this 
village of Wildwyck be repaired and renewed, so as to serve for de- 
fense. After the reading, the Honorable Court decides that there 
is an urgent necessity that this village be properly provided with 
good and new palisades, and therefore orders and directs every 
farmer to properly fence his lot, renewing the old palisades; 
and that the rest of the people, inhabitants or bur- 
ghers, possessing thirty-nine lots in this village, shall, 
from the Watergate up and along the curtain walls to Aert 
Pietersen Tack's lot, properly repair and replace the old with new 
palisades of at least two feet in circumference, the thicker the bet- 
ter, and of a height of thirteen feet, according to the extent of the 
locality and as the Honorable Cotirt may deem necessary. This 
renovation and enclosing shall commence next Monday, October 22. 
Wherefore, every inhabitant of this place is notified to appear on 
said day at about seven o'clock, at the gate near Hendrick Jochem- 
sen's house, there to be enrolled, for the purpose of commencing 
said work, and to remain at it until completed, on pain, for neglect 
or unwillingness, of three guilders for the first offense, twice as 
much for the second, and increasing so on three guilders. 

Thus done, at the session of the Schout and Commissaries of 
this village of Wildwyck, this 16th day of October, 1663. 



1663 J THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 89 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, October 23, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Svvartwout, Schout; Tjerck Classen de Wit, 
Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. Defendant is asked by plaintiff what he has to say to 
the Honorable Court, in view of the record of the previous session 
of October 9— handing him the papers. Defendant humbly asks 
forgiveness, saying that, if he said anything which unguardedly es- 
caped his lips, may the Honorable Court pardon him therefor. 

Plaintiff demands that defendant be punished for the afore- 
said words, either by a money fine of one thousand guilders, or 
that he be referred in this matter to the Director General and 
Council of New Netherland. 

The Honorable Court, having heard the Schout 's demand and 
also the humble repentance of defendant, besides his confession,, 
sentences defendant, Aert Jacobsen, to pay a fine of twenty-five 
gldrs., with costs, the fine to be applied as usual. 

Plaintiff requests an appeal hereupon, which is granted by the 
Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff appears against the defendant for desecrating 
the Sabbath, having appeared against him on October 9, and having 
handed him a copy of the papers. The defendant appearing, says 
he has nothing to offer, in view of the foregoing papers, to prove 
that the Sabbath had expired. 

The Honorable Court sentences defendant to pay the plain- 
tiff a fine of one pound Flemish [six guilders or $2.40], in this case. 

Roelof Swartwout, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Hendericksen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands payment of ten schepels of wheat for thir- 
teen days' carpenter work, according to contract. Defendant says 
he worked eight and one-half days in reduction of the ten schepel? 
of wheat, and remained idle all summer, during which time he was 
not sought by plaintiff, and later only after he had become bound 
to some one else. 

The Honorable Court, having heard both parties, orders de- 
fendant to satisfy plaintiff for the remainder of the thirteen days, 
being three and one-half days of work. 



do THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Broersen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands a fine of seventy-five gldrs. for violation of 
the ordinance of August 4. Defendant says he is not liable for the 
payment of a fine to plaintiff, but that his farmer, Juriaen West- 
phael, in whose employ he was, must pay the fine. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barents Cool and 
Jan Jansen van Oosthout, defendants. Plaintiff demands from 
Jacob Barents twenty-five gldrs., and from Jan Jansen van Ooster- 
hout seventy-five gldrs., fine for violating the ordinance of August 
4. 

Juriaen Westphael, answering for Jan Broersen, Jacob Barents 
Cool and Jan Jansen van Oosterhoiit, allows himsself to be recorded 
in their place. 

Aeltje Claes, appearing before the Honorable Court, requests 
that the estate left by Claesje Teunissen, deceased, be administ- 
ered by the Honorable Court, which request is granted. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff' demands from defendant a fine of twenty-five 
gldrs. for impounding his horses and carting for Tjerck Classen, 
a fine of fifty gldrs. for violating the ordinance of August 4, and 
twenty-five gldrs. for refusing to cart in the service of the Honor- 
able Company on the strand. 

Defendant answers, regarding the seizure of his horses, that he 
was not allowed to keep them in the Fort, but that they had to find 
their fodder in the field where his children were. The Schout put 
down their names. With regard to the fine of fifty gldi*s. for 
violating the aforesaid ordinance, he refers to Tjerck Claesen deWit 
who employed him at the time. With regard to his refusal to cart 
on the strand, he answers he was there at the time and carted the 
biggest load. 

The Honorable Court, having heard defendant's confession, 
orders him to settle with plaintiff, because his children were in 
the field with the horses, contrary to the ordinance. 

Concerning the fine for driving for Tjerck Claesen, the de- 
fendant must show that Tjerck Claesen made himself responsible 
therefor, which defendant offers to prove. 

Concerning his refusal upon the strand, the Honorable Court 
uoquits defendant, because he afterwards did his duty. 



I 



1663] THE DUTCH BICX)BDS OI* KINOSTON. 91 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff complains that defendant during harvest time caused one 
of plaintiff's pigs to be shot. Defendant demands proof. The 
Honorable Court orders plaintiff to adduce proof. 

Evert Pels informs the Court that Juriaen Westphael received 
a letter from Jochem Ketelheem at Fort Orange, and requests a 
copy thereof, which is allowed him. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit and Albert Gysbertsen, curators of the 
estate left by Hendrick Looman, having summoned Juriaen West- 
phael before the Honorable Court here, the question was put to 
him, Juriaen Westphael, whether he knows any more about the 
estate left by said deceased than is shown by the inventory. Where- 
upon the aforenamed Juriaen Westphael declares, upon his word as 
a man, that he knows no more, unless perhaps that, among the ef- 
fects of Jan Albertsen, there were uppers for two pairs of shoes. 

Hilletje Hendericks, having been summoned before the Honor- 
able Court, declares under oath she does not know of any other 
property of Willem Jansen Seba than what has been inventoried. 
She requests immediate payment of the account she has rendered, 
and in addition three months' stable rent for Willem Jansen Seba's 
horse, amounting to two and one-quarter schepels of wheat. 

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, having been summoned before the 
Honorable Court by the curators of the estate of Willem Jansen 
Seba, is once more called upon to render an account between him- 
self and Willem Jansen Seba. He requests for this purpose four- 
teen days' more time, which the Honorable Court allows him. 

Elsje Gerrets, plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Niessen romp, defend- 
ant. Second default. Plaintiff says that defendant has a pillow 
belonging to her, which he retains. Requests that he fetch said 
pillow to Court to compare it with another pillow belonging to 
plaintiff*. Defendant is allowed a third default. 

Gysbert van Imbroch, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Ariaens, wife of 
Aert Pietersen Tack, defendant. Plaintiff demands that, pursuant 
to mortgage, defendant be not permitted to alienate or estrange 
the gathered grain before he has first been paid. Defendant an- 
swers that if plaintiff' will undertake to pay her debts she will then 
get out and leave, and adds thereto that the debts contracted by her 



92 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, [1663 

for food during harvest time must also be paid, otherwise she 
could not have taken in the crops. 

The Honorable Court, having heard both parties, finds that, 
according to the obligation, defendant must not appropriate or 
decrease, much less alienate, any of the grain, without the knowl- 
edge and consent of the plaintiff. 

Jacob Joosten, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Ariaens, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant five schepels of wheat, which de- 
fendant admit he owes. The Honorable Court orders defendant 
to pay plaintiff the said amount. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen de lange 
[the long], defendant. Third default. Plaintiff demands pay- 
ment of a fine of seventy-five gldrs., legally due after a third de- 
fault. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant, for not appearing be- 
fore it after a third default, to pay the full fine to plaintiff, and also 
to pay the costs. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff', vs. Albert Heymans, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff' enters suit against defendant on a complaint of 
the Commissaries, Tjerck Claesen, Albert Guysbertsen and Gysbert 
van Imbroch, that defendant publicly accused them of being 
deceitful in carrying out their ordinances, and that they did not do 
justice in accordance therewith. 

Defendant says, that the Court did not act in accordance with 
the wording of the ordinance, and demands a copy of the record 
herein. 

The Honorable Court orders Tjerck Claesen, Albert Gysbertsen 
and Gysbert van Imbroch, at its next session, to furnish proof of the 
foregoing complaint, in conformity with their own statement. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Albert Heymans, de- 
fendant. A complaint is made to the Schout that on August 30, last 
Albert Heymans, when lawfully called upon by Gysbert van Im- 
broch, at a meeting held at the Schout 's house, to furnish a horse 
for the expedition against the savages, would not say" yes "or" no" 
to the Court, but said he would first see what the gentlemen were 
going to do, and that, when the Commissary again demanded an 
answer, the defendant called him a little tattle tale. By reason 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 93 

whereof, the said Commissary, nomine officio, pursuant to the said 
complaint, requests the Court to sustain his action. 

The foregoing having been read to defendant, he admits hav- 
ing used the aforesaid words, ' ' little tattle tale, ' ' towards the Com- 
missary, at the said place, and requests a copy of the record here, 
and promises to reply at the next session of the Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Geertruyd Andriesen. 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of fifty gldrs. 
for violating, for the first time, the ordinance enacted August 4, 
and a fine of two hundred gldrs. for a second violation, in having 
harvested with four wagons, and a fine also, for a third offense, in 
having, on October 26, [sic] arbitrarily harvested with two wagons, 
and having a gun in the field. Also a further fine for carrying 
fodder for her horses on a Sunday, on which occasion the horses 
were seized, but nevertheless the matter was settled with the 
Schout for five schepels of wheat, and a can of brandy for the 
guard. 

Defendant answers that she was several times refused a con- 
voy, and therefore she was obliged to gather in her grain herself 
without a guard, for fear that the rain would spoil it. 

The Honorable Court, having heard both parties, orders de- 
fendant to pay the full amount of the fines demanded for violating 
the ordinance, and to pay plaintiff the agreed fine of five schepels 
of wheat and a can of brandy. 

The Schout, Roelof Swartwout, enters a complaint that the 
Messenger, Jacob Joosten, is of little or no service to him, and re- 
quests the Honorable Court to please give orders relative thereto. 
Whereupon defendant, Jacob Joosten, answers that he has not been 
able to collect his money, either as Church or Village Messenger, 
not having, to the best of his knowledge, received as Village Mes- 
senger more than one hundred and fourteen gldrs. 

The Honorable Court orders and directs the Village Messenger 
to be more faithful in his duty, and that he be paid as soon as pos- 
sible for his services as such. 

Meeting of the Council of War and Commissaries, held Tues- 
day, October 30, 1663. 



94 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Present: Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant; Christiaen 
Niessen, Ensign; Evert Willem Munnick, Jan Peersen, Sergeants; 
Roelof Swartwout, Schout ; Tjerck Claesen deWit, Gysbert van Im- 
borch, Tomas Chambers, Commissaries. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Henderick Cornelis- 
sen Sleeht, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine 
of seventy-five gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the 
Court under date of October 9, for violating the ordinance enacted 
August 4, in that he worked in the field without permission and a 
proper convoy. 

Defendant admits having worked in the field without permis- 
sion and convoy, and says that the Schout came without a convoy 
to the field and fined him for a second offense. He adds that he 
was fully able to defend himself, and therefore did not need a 
guard. 

Defendant having been given his choice between paying the 
full fine to the plaintiff pursuant to said judgment, or arranging 
with him amicably, answers he would rather pay the full fine than 
settle with the plaintiff. 

The Council of War and Commissaries understand that, ac- 
cording to the aforementioned judgment, defendant is liable for the 
full fine, as he behaves very obstinately in the matter. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Bruynsen, defendant. Plaintiff 
demands from defendant a fine of twenty-five gldrs. for violating 
the ordinance dated August 4, in that he worked in the field without 
permission and a proper convoy, for which he was sentenced by the 
Honorable Court on October 9. 

Defendant admits having worked one day in the field without 
permission and convoy, and the proposition is made to him whether 
he would prefer to settle with the plaintiff. He answers he is 
not willing to settle with the plaintiff, nor does he intend to pay 
one stiver therefor. 

The Council of War and Commissaries order defendant to pay 
the full fine, in accordance with the judgment dated October 9, 
and, as he shows himself obstinate and unwilling so to do, that he 
be confined until he shall have paid the full fine. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Henderick Aertsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy-five 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 95 

gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Honorable Court 
under date of October 9, for violating the ordinance enacted August 
4, in that he worked in the field without permission and a proper 
convoy. 

Defendant admits having worked in the field without consent 
and a proper convoy, and also says that he had sufficient means 
of defence there. 

The proposition having been made to him to settle with plain- 
tiff, he answers he is not willing to settle with him nor does he in- 
tend to pay one stiver. 

The Council of War and Commissaries condemn defendant to 
pay the full fine, in accordance with the judgment of the Court on 
October 9, and, as defendant shows himself obstinate and is un- 
willing so to do, that he be confined until he shall have paid the 
full fine. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Roose and Jan 
Roose, defendants. Plaintiff' demands from defendants a fine of 
one hundred gldrs., for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in 
that they worked in the field without permission and a convoy. De- 
fendants admit having worked in the field without permission and 
a convoy, and also say they had sufficient means of defence there. 

The Council of War and Commissaries decide that, as defend- 
ants are still young and minors, they shall be excused in this case. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Willem Andriese Rees. 
defendant. Absent. Default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Cornells Brantsen Vos.. 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy- 
five gldrs., pursuant to judgment rendered by the Court on October 
9, for violation of the ordinance of August 4, in that he worked in 
the field without permission and a convoy. Defendant admits hav- 
ing worked in the field without permission and a convoy, and also 
says that he had sufficient means of defense there. 

After a proposition had b^en made to defendant to settle the 
fine with plaintiff, he answers he is not willing so to settle nor does 
he intend to pay anything, but purposes to bring the case before a 
higher court. 



96 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1663 

The Council of War and Commissaries condemn defendant tc 
pay the full fine, pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Court 
and, as defendant shows himself obstinate and unwilling, that he 
be placed in confinement until he shall have paid the full fine. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Joosten, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy-five 
gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Honorable Court 
on October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in 
that he worked in the field without permission and a proper convoy. 
Defendant admits his guilt, but says he must earn his living here 
or elsewhere. 

The Council of War and Commissaries decide, for cause, to ex- 
cuse defendant this time. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff*, vs. Ariaen Huybertsen,. 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy- 
five gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Court on 
October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in that he 
worked in the field without permission and a convoy. Defendant 
admits having worked in the field without permission and a convoy, 
and also says that he had sufficient means of defense there. A pro- 
position was made to defendant, to either pay the full fine or to 
settle with the Schout, but he answers he does not intend to pay 
the fine herein. 

The Council of War and Commissaries condemn defendant tc 
pay the full fine, pursuant to the foregoing judgment rendered by 
the Court on October 9. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Harmen Henderick- 
sen, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine 
of seventy-five gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the 
Honorable Court October 9, for violating the ordinance dated Au- 
gust 4, in that he worked in the field without permission and a 
convoy. 

Defendant admits he worked in the field without permission 
and a convoy, but adds that he had sufficient means of defense 
there, and requests the Captain Lieutenant to settle this case for 
him with plaintiff. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Gerretsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy-five 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 97 

gldre., pursuant to the judgment rendered by tlie Honorable Court 
on October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in that 
he worked in the field without permission and a convoy. Defend- 
ant admits he worked in the field without permission and a convoy, 
but says he was working close by the guard house, and does not 
owe anything but intends to go higher up. 

The Council of War and Commissaries order defendant to pay 
the full fine, pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Court on 
October 9. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintifi", vs. Antoni Crupel, defend- 
ant. Absent. Default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiflt', vs. Ilenderick Henderick- 
sen, defendant. Plaintift' demands from defendant a fine of seven- 
ty-five gldrs., pursuant to the judgment dated October 9, for vio- 
lating the ordinance enacted August 4, in that he worked in 
the field without permission and a convoy. Defendant admits he 
worked without permission in the field, and says that Juriaen West- 
phael, who also appeared before the Honorable Court on October 
9, and was sentenced by it to pay the full fine, made himself 
responsible for it, and has filed an appeal therein. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jan Willemsen, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Tennis Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of seventy-five 
gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Honorable Court, 
on October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in thai 
he harvested without permission and a convoy. Defendant denies 
having been notified by plaintiff that he was to be fined, and says 
he knows nothing about it. 

The Council of War and Commissaries order plaintiff to prove 
his demand. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of two hun- 
dred gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Honorable 
Court on October 9, for a violation of the ordinance dated Au- 
gust 4, by himself, his son, his daughter and his farm hand, in that 
he harvested without permission and a convoy. The defendant in- 
sists upon an appeal. 



98 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen de 
lange, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a 
fine of seventy-five gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by 
the Court on October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 
4, in that he harvested without permission and a convoy. Defend- 
ant admits that he harvested without permission and a convoy, 
and says he does not intend to pay for doing so. 

The Council of War and Commissaries condemn defendant to 
pay the above fine to plaintiff, pursuant to the judgment rendered 
October 9, and, as he shows himself obstinate and unwilling, that he 
be placed in confinement until he shall have paid the full fine. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Otterspoor, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of twenty-five 
gldrs., pursuant to the judgment rendered by the Honorable Court 
under date of October 9, for violating the ordinance dated August 
4, in that he worked in the field without permission and a convoy. 
Defendant admits he worked in the field without permission and a 
convoy and says he is willing to settle with plaintiff. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Heuderick Jochem- 
sen, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of twen- 
ty-five gldrs., for violating the ordinance dated August 4, in that 
he was in the field near the bridge, without permission and a convoy. 
Defendant admits he was at the bridge, as a sentry, as he with oth- 
ers present had to repair the bridge, but being unable to work be- 
cause of a lame hand he therefore stood sentry for the laborers. 

Whereas, the repairers of the bridge received permission from 
the Captain Lieutenant, the Schout 's demand is refused. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerritsen, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Warnaer Hoorenbeeck. 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant a fine of twenty-five 
gldrs., for violating the ordinance of August 4, in that he har- 
vested without permission and a convoy. Defendant refers himself 
to his mistress, because she represented him at the said session of 
October 23 [sic] . Plaintiff is ordered to summon her in this mat- 
ter before the Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs Geertruyd Andriessen. 
defendant. Absent. Default. 



1663 J THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 99 

The Schout, Roelof Swartwout, requests the Honorable Couri 
to allow him execution in the matter of the judgment rendered by 
the Commissaries and Council of War on June 27, 1663. 

The foregoing request of the Schout is granted by the Coun 
here. Done at Wildwyek, this October 30, 1663. 

Order to the Schout and Secretary. 

Whereas, on October 23, 1663, Aeltje Claes appeared before 
the Honorable Court here in Wildwyek, and requested that the es- 
tate of Claesje Teunissen, deceased, be administered by the Honor- 
able Court, which the Honorable Court agreed to do, it is therefore 
ordered that the individual, Roelof Swartwout, Schout, together 
with the Secretary, IMattheus Capito, repair to the house of the de- 
ceased Claesje Teunnissen, there to make a proper inventory of the 
estate left by her, and, having done so, that they exhibit the same 
to the Honorable Court here. 

Given at Wildwyek, this October 30, 1663. 
Report on the foregoing. 

On this 30th of October, in the afternoon we, Roelof Swart- 
wout, Schout, and Mattheus Capito, Secretary, pursuant to the order 
of the Honorable Court here, repaired to the house of Aeltje Claes, 
for the purpose of taking an inventory of the estate left by Claesje 
Teunissen, deceased, and questioned Aeltje Claes and also the oldesi 
daughter of the deceased, concerning the estate left. They an- 
swered us whether we were joking with them and whether we did 
not know that the Domine had arranged everything relating to this 
matter, and that if we wanted to know about it we ought to go to 
the Domine, who would undoubtedly give us information about the 
matter. Done at Wildwyek, on the above date in the year 1663. 
(Signed) Roelof Swartwout, Mattheus Capito. 

Whereas, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht has settled with the Schoui 
Swartwout, for and on behalf of his servants, for violating the ordi- 
nance passed on August 4, last, by the Council of War and the 
Honorable Court, and he has made a request of the aforesaid 
Court that his servants be set at liberty, it is ordered that the same 
be granted to said Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, and his servants be 



100 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

released from arrest and be permitted to return home. Done ai 
Wildwyek, November 1, 1663. 

(Signed) Marten Kregier. 
Whereas Mr. Gysbert van Imbroeck nas settled with the Schout 
Swartwout, for the offence committed by Jacob Jansen in violating 
the ordinance of the Council of War and the Honorable Court 
made August 4, last, for which said Jacob Jansen has been placed 
by the Court in confinement, the said Mr. Gysbert van Imborch re- 
quests of said Court that the individual, Jacob Jansen, be dis- 
charged, to which the Court consents and discharges the said Jacob 
Jansen from his arrest for the present. 
Done at Wildwyek, November 1, 1663. 

(Signed) Marten Kregier. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, November 6, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, 
Tjerck Claesen de Wit, Gysbert van Imborch, Thomas Chambers, 
Commissaries. 

Eechtje Gerrets, plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Nissen romp, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands that defendant return to her a cushion of 
which she shows a duplicate to the Court, having taken from the 
clothes line at defendant's home a pillow case which she says is 
hers and which she shows to the Honorable Court. 

Defendant says that plaintiff took said pillow case from the 
clothes line at his house, and requests that she return the same to 
him. Defendant further denies having a pillow and a pillow case 
belonging to plaintiff, and says that plenty of goods resemble each 
other without being owned by the same party. 

Plaintiff, having been asked whether she would declare under 
oath that the pillow is in possession of defendant, answers "Yes.'' 
Defendant refuses plaintiff's oath, as he does not consent to her 
taking one, but requests that she prove that he has a pillow and 
pillow case belonging- to lier. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to prove that defendani 
has a cushion belonging to her. 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, curator of the estate left by Willem 
Jansen Seba, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, defendant. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 101 

Plaintiff requests that defendant make an explanation to the 
Court and render an account, in the matter between him and Wil- 
lem Jansen Seba, for which he received an extension of fourteen 
days on October 23, last. 

Defendant answers that the Consistory has enjoined him 
against rendering an account to the Honorable Court here, in the 
matter of Willem Jansen Seba. 

Jacob Joosten, Village Messenger, being summoned before the 
Honorable Court and being asked whether, under directions from 
the Consistory, he has enjoined Cornelis Barentsen Slecht from 
rendering an account to the Honorable Court here, answers "Yes," 
and says he notified Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, on said directions, 
not to pay any bills for Willem Jansen Seba, and that, if he should 
do so, said payment would not be audited. 

The Village Messenger having been sent by the Honorable 
Court to Domine Hermanns Blom and the Consistory to request 
them to please appear at the session of the Court, the said Domine 
answered that he could not attend to-day. 

The Consistory, Albert Heymans, appeared, and was asked by 
the Honorable Court whether the Domine and the Consistory for- 
bade Cornelis Barentsen Slecht and Juriaen Westphael to pay any- 
thing to any one for Willem Jansen Seba, deceased, and Hendriek 
Looman. He answered "Yes." 

The Honorable Court resolves to refer this record to the Direc- 
tor General and Council of New Netherland. 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff requests an extension until the next session of the Court, 
as he has not yet ready the proofs he is to adduce against defend- 
ant. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to submit his proofs at 
its next session, or the Court will decide bet\veen the parties on 
their papers. 

Paulus Paulusen, plaintiff, vs. Eva Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff' desires that defendant substantiate her charge that plain- 
tiff stole tvrelve chickens. 

Roelof Swartwout, representing his wife, Eva, the defendant, 
demands that plaintiff submit proofs. 



102 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to produce proof at it^ 
next session. 

Koelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Allert Heymans Roose, 
defendant. Plaintiff' asks defendant for the documents demanded 
of him at the last session of the Court. Defendant submits his an- 
swer in writing, which literally reads as follows: Anno 1663, Oc- 
tober 23. I was standing in the street near the guard house looking 
at the people going out, and then asked Tjerck Claesen how many 
horses would go along with the expedition against the savages, to 
which Tjerck answered, ' ' sixteen ; ' ' whereupon I replied, ' ' There 
are not as many farmers, unless double farms like those of Tomas 
Aert, Aert Jacobsen and your own furnish two." Whereupon he 
said, "Well, farmer, you pay rather much attention to me; well 
you did not do so much in the expeditions pursuant to the ordin- 
ance, for you rather stood on one wagon with two in it, and I alone 
on one. Ho, farmer, you lie, I have done as much as you." 
Thereupon, I answered, "Thus you give the lie to your own ordi- 
nance. It is not right. ' ' For these words, Mr. Gysbert comes and 
makes complaint. 

(Subscribed) Alaerdt Heymansz Roose. 

This matter, on the votes of three Commissaries, is, for cause, 
referred, for decision, to the Director General and Council of New 
Nether land. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Allert Heymans 
Roose, defendant. Plaintiff alleges that defendant challenged a 
member of the Court when sitting in the Council of War at the 
house of Thomas Chambers, July 7, concerning two Wappinger sav- 
ages, saying, ' * If there is anyone at this meeting who is a friend of 
these savages, I dare him to come outside." 

Defendant denies this, and requests a copy of the record. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff, at next session, to prove 
his charge. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit requests the Honorable Court at Wild- 
w.yck to allow him to use, as a garden, the place outside of the re- 
tracted curtain wall, up to the place of the old removed curtain wall, 
lying east of petitioner's lot and west of the lot of Aert Otterspoor. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 103 

The Honorable Court grants petitioner's request, subject to the 
approval of the Honorable Director General and Council of New 
Netherland. 

On this November 13, 1663, this note was handed to the 
minister, Hermanus Blom : 
Rev. Mr. Hermanus Blom. 

Whereas, Aeltje Sybrants, wife of Mattys Roelofsen, was or- 
dered by the Council of War and the Court of this village, on Octo- 
ber 10, last, to pay a fine of one hundred gldrs., and one-third of 
said amount was set apart for the Church, the one-third part in 
wheat, being five and one-half schepels of wheat computed at six 
gldrs. per schepel, due you, is herewith sent to your Reverence. 
Done at WMldwyck, this November 13, 1663. 

(Signed) Marten Cregier. 
(Beneath) By authority of the above named Court. 
(Signed) Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, November 20, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, 
Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

The Schout, Roelof Swartwout, presents this complaint against 
Tjerck Claesen de Wit, reading, according to his understanding, as 
follows : 

Whereas, Aeltje Wygerts and Albert Gysbertsen have com- 
plained to me that on November 13, Tjerck Claesen, armed with a 
drawn knife, openly quarreled in his house, acting as if he wished 
to kill every man, woman and child, I therefore, on this complaint, 
inform the Court of the matter, and also decide to exclude him for 
the present from the Bench, until he shall have cleared himself of 
the charge, and shall have been declared cleared by the Honorable 
Court. The advice of the Commissaries is requested herein. 

The Honorable Court orders that, whereas, Tjerck Claesen de- 
Wit has already amicably settled the above matter with his accuser. 
Albert Gysbertsen, and they have come to an agreement regarding 
it, he shall remain away from the Bench until he shall have set- 
tled and adjusted this matter with the Schout. 

Tjerck Claesen de AVit, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff produces a written certificate against defendant, signed 



104 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

by Harinen Jansen and Aert Teuiiissen, dated November 19, 1663. 
Defendant wants the witnesses to appear, and desires them to affirm 
their deposition under oath. He also offers, if the attestors affirm 
the aforesaid declaration under oath, to pay for the killed pig, and 
will also sue for damage caused by the pigs to his corn. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to produce the aforenam- 
ed attestors in Court, at the next session, to affirm their declaration 
there under oath. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff', vs. Albert Gysbertsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands that defendant, on his default of pay- 
ment for land sold him, return the land, the time for payment hav- 
ing expired in the month of April, 1663. 

Defendant replies that plaintiff has not delivered a deed of 
the land to him, and that he will pay plaintiff after the deed has 
been executed to him, as he has made part payment thereon to the 
plaintiff. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the re- 
mainder of the money due for the land, plaintiff to deliver to de- 
fendant a perfect deed and conveyance of the land. 

Paulus Paulussen, plaintiff, vs. Eva Swartwout, defendant. 
Plaintiff requests that defendant furnish proof, pursuant to his 
complaint of November 6, and produces as his witnesses, Gerret 
Fooken and Pieter Cornelissen, who depose that they did not per- 
sonally hear that plaintiff stole twelve chickens from her, but that 
they heard that she said, while plaintiff chased a hen out of the 
barn, "Whoever would do the one would also do the other." 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to bring better proof, 
by a written declaration. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit files with the Court an inventory of the 
estate left by his brother-in-law, Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck, 
made November 14, 1663, and requests that, besides him, a curator 
of the said estate and a guardian of the minor children be ap- 
pointed. 

The Honorable Court decides that, whereas, Domine Harmanus 
Blom, and the Consistory, Allert Heymans Roose, have, through 
the Village Messenger, forbidden the rendering of an account of 
the aforementioned estate, to the Honorable Court, and whereas 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 105 

this matter has not yet been decided, the petitioner must therefore 
wait until a decision shall have been rendered by the Supreme 
Magistrates, when he will then receive aid. 

On November 26, 1663, Tjerck Claesen de Wit appeared before 
the Honorable Court here, and again filed with it the inventory of 
the estate left by Jan Alberse van Steenwyck, made November 14, 
last, with the further request that the Honorable Court please ap- 
point, besides him, a curator of the aforenamed estate and a guar- 
dian of the minor children, because at the last session (as the Court 
had declined to have said estate administered by it), the appearer 
was referred to Domine Blom and the Consistory, Allert Heymans, 
and though he went to them, they again referred him to the Hon- 
orable Court here, saying, after having read the aforesaid inven 
tory, that they did not want to have anything to do with the estate, 
as there were heirs. 

The Honorable Court, by a majority of votes, decides to ap- 
point and hereby appoints, besides the appearer. Evert Pels as 
curator for the estate left by Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck, and 
Hendrick Jochemsen as guardian of the minor children, for the 
purpose of administering the above estate according to law. Thus 
done at the session of Schout and Commissaries at Wildwyck, the 
day and year above mentioned. 

The Commissary, Thomas Chambers, for reasons of his own, 
did not vote in the above case. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, December 4, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Albert Gysberts, Thom- 
as Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Gysbert van Imborch, plaintifif, vs. Albert Cysbertsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff produces an account against defendant for the 
sum of one hundred and ninety-eight gldrs., in zeewant. Defendant 
admits the debt, and says he is willing to pay, and requests time. 

Whereas, plaintiff refuses time for payment, defendant is or- 
dered to satisfy him. 

Eechtje Gerrets, plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Niessen romp, de- 
fendant. Both absent. Both in default. 



106 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Rantsou, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant five schepels of wheat. 
Defendant answers he has an account against the plaintiff'. 

The Honorable Court orders both parties to produce written 
accounts at its next session. 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, plaintiff, vs. Cornells Barentsen Slecht. 
defendant. Absent. Plaintiff refusing to pay thirty-six stivers 
towards the amount agreed to be paid for the Court room, none of 
the parties summoned by him will be admitted within. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Clae- 
sen de Wit, defendant. Plaintiff submits a written complaint 
against defendant relating to a former complaint before the Hon- 
orable Court on November 20, and demands in regard thereto that, 
as defendant did not settle with the Schout, plaintiff, for the of- 
fenses committed by him, he be punished by banishment and con- 
fiscation of his estate. Plaintiff also shows a certificate regarding 
the offenses committed by defendant, signed November 13, 1663 by 
Lambert Huybertsen and Pieter Hillebrants. 

Defendant demands that the certificate be sworn to by the at- 
testants, before the Honorable Court, and further says that Pietei 
Hillebrants, one of the attestants to said certificate, is his witness 
and consequently cannot be permitted by the Court to swear to the 
certificate. 

Lambert Huybertsen and Pieter Hillebrants, having been sum- 
moned before the Honorable Court to swear to their certificate, 
are prepared to swear to the same, but their oath is prevented by 
defendant himself, who is not willing that they should take it 
before the Honorable Court. 

The defendant requests the Court to allow him four days' 
time to adjust this matter with the plaintiff. 

The Honorable Court grants defendant's request. 

Roelof Hendricks, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobs, defendant). 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of forty-five sche- 
pels of wheat and seventeen gldrs., in zeewant, and shows defend- 
ant's obligation for the same, five schepels of wheat and one schepel 
of oats having been credited thereon. He demands payment of the 
balance. 



1663 J THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 107 

Pieter Cornelissen, representing his partner, Pieter Jaeobsen. 
admits the debt. Defendant is ordered to pay plaintiff the balance 
of the obligation. 

Juriaen Westphael asks to be allowed to appear before the 
Court and, having entered, requests the Honorable Court to admin- 
ister the estate of Hendrick Jansen Looman, deceased, as he is stab- 
ling a horse which belonged to the aforesaid Looman, and, winter 
being near at hand, this will cause great expense to the estate of the 
deceased. 

The Honorable Court resolves that, as Domine Blora and the 
Consistory forbade Juriaen Westphael, the appearer, and other 
[representatives of] devoluted estates from rendering an account 
to the Court, as stated to this Plonorable Court on November 6, 
last, by the Consistory Allert Ile^'inans Roose, Domine Hermanns 
Blom and the Consistory, Allert Heymans, must legally remove 
the injunction from the estates, and that, after such removal, the 
appearer will be aided by the Honorable Court 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, appearing before the Honorable Court, 
requests that justice be done him in his case against Albert Gysbert- 
sen, and that therefore his appeal from the said judgment rendered 
November 20, last, be entered. 

The Honorable Court resolves, after plaintiff requested 
permission to appear and had had his opponent, Albert Gysbertsen. 
summoned to appear before the Court, as shown by the Court Mes- 
senger's record, that plaintiff's request be refused, for the reasons 
heretofore mentioned, in that he is not willing to do the proper 
thing about the Court room, for which he himself voted, and that 
he has forbidden several parties summoned by him, to appear with 
him before the Honorable Court, and also because he himself has 
neglected the appeal. 

Regarding the undated letter brought to the Honorable Court 
by the Court Messenger, signed by the Rev. Mr. Hermanns Blom, 
by the authority of the Consistory, containing a request for a copy 
of a previous letter sent to him and which he had returned to the 
Honorable Court refusing the request therein contained, the Hon- 
able Court deems it therefore unnecessary to return again the copy 
asked for by his Reverence for the purpose of renewing the request. 

Evert Pels, having requested to be admitted, demands of the 



108 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Honorable Court, after Tjerck Claesen deWit had summoned him 
four thnes before the Court and did not himself even appear the 
fourth time, that costs may be awarded to him by the Honorable 
Court, to be paid by Tjerck Claesen deWit, and also further makes 
claim for the damage done last summer by Tjerck Claesen de Wit's 
pigs to the corn on appearer's land. 

The Honorable Court decides that the appearer shall, at its 
next session, present to it a written demand herein against his 
party, Tjerck Claesen deWit. 

Arent Teunissen asks the Honorable Court for a lot in the vil- 
lage of Wildwyck, as he intends to take up his abode here. 

The Honorable Court will determine upon a vacant spot for 
him in the village of Wildwyck. 

The Honorable Court agrees to the proposition made by the En- 
sign, Cristiaen Niessen, dated December 3, 1663, and to the resolu- 
tion relative thereto passed by the Council of War, concerning the 
setting up of new and renewing of the old palisades around the 
village of Wildwyck, within three days, and agrees to the same and 
will attend to its duty in the matter and notify the inhabitants 
thereof through the Village Messenger. If any damage occurs to 
any of the inhabitants in the meanwhile because of the erection, or 
if, through the Ensign and Council of War, expenses should be 
incurred, the Honorable Court will come to their assistance, so as 
to reimburse their expenses. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, December 18, 1663. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Tjerck Claesen deWit, 
Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Joosten, Court 
Messenger, defendant. Plaintiff prays the Honorable Court that, 
whereas, he has not as yet received from the defendant, the Court 
Messenger, one-half of the fees for summonses, as is the custom in 
New Netherland, and the defendant has refused and still refuses 
the same to him, the Honorable Court be pleased to act in this 
particular. 

Defendant answers he is not willing to give the Secretary one- 
half of the fees for summonses. 



1663 J THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 109 

The Honorable Court finds in favor of plaintiff, and orders 
defendant to give up to the Secretary, at each session of the Court, 
one-half of the fees for summonses. 

The foregoing having been read to the defendant, he again an- 
swers that he is not willing to pay the Secretary one-half of the 
fees for summonses. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant five and one-half sehepels of 
wheat, due for wages for work done on the barn of the Noble Lord 
Director General, and says defendant set him to work. Defendant 
denies he set plaintiff to work. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to prove, at its next 
session, that defendant set him to work. 

Albert Gerretsen, plaintiff', vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff says that defendant set him to work on the barn of the 
Noble Lord Director General and that he earned at the said 
work nine sehepels of wheat, of which three sehepels have been 
paid. He also demands from defendant a sack which he loaned 
him to receive grain in. 

Defendant denies having set plaintiff" to work, but promises to 
return the sack. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff' to prove, at its next ses- 
sion, that defendant set him to work. 

Albert Gerretsen, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Tacks, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant, under a contract dated Decem- 
ber 16, 1662, payment of the. amount of three himdred and thirty- 
eight guilders, heavy money, payable in grain, according to the con- 
tract aforesaid. Defendant admits the debt, and that she has paid 
on the same the value of eight sehepels of wheat and five sehepels of 
peas. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff, pursu- 
ant to her admission and, obligation. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Ranstou, defendant. 
Plaintiff' demands from defendant payment of the amount of five 
sehepels of wheat. Defendant says he owes plaintiff four and one- 
half sehepels of wheat, and that plaintiff has attached nineteen 
guilders, in seewan, with Christiaen Andriesen the soldier. 



110 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to prove lie did not re- 
ceive the attached nineteen guilders, in seewan, from Christiaen 
Andriesen. 

Henderick Joehemsen, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defend- 
ant. Absent. Default. 

Henderick Jochemsen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of two 
hundred and ninety-nine guilders, sixteen stivers, as per obligation 
signed by Jacob Jansen Stol, deceased, upon which forty-six guild- 
ers have been paid, leaving a balance of two hundred and fifty- 
three guilders, sixteen stivers, to be paid in wheat, at three guild- 
ers per schepel. 

Geertuyd Andriesen, wife of Aert Martensen Doom, admits the 
debt, and promises to pay plaintiff in installments, as she is indebt- 
ed to others besides him. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Echje Gerrets, plaintiff, vs. Christiaen Niessen romp, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff submits proofs against defendant that her pillow is 
in his hands, the proofs, dated November 20, 1663, being signed by 
Magdalena Dirricks and Willem van Vredenborg. 

Defendant says that the certificate signed by Magdalena Dir- 
ricks is false, and wants both certificates confirmed under oath. 
He further says that his wife's words, uttered while sick and delir- 
ious, cannot.be received. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to produce the attestants 
in Court, at its next session. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westphael, defendant. The 
matters between the parties remaining unsettled, the Honorable 
Court notifies them that they will receive a special hearing tomor- 
row, and that their papers will be examined at such place as they 
may agree upon. 

Tomas Chambers, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swart, Cornelis Barens- 
sen Slecht, and Jan Jansen van Amersfort, guardians of the minor 
children of Mattys Jansen, deceased, defendants. Plaintiff prays 
that he may be legally released from the lease of the lands hired by 
him from the guardians, or defendants, as he cannot utilize them in 
these troublous times. 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. Ill 

Roelof Swartwout and Cornells Barentsen Slecht request an 
extract of the application, as Jan Jansen Amersfort, the third 
guardian, is now absent, and ask time to answier. 

The Honorable Court allows defendants until its next session 
to answer the application. 

Thomas Chambers, the Commissary, Captain of the Burghery, 
intends, after Christmas, to organize, muster and officer the Burgh- 
ery, because some of the petty officers have died, and some have 
entered the service of the Honorable Company. He requests the 
determination of the Court thereon. 

The Honorable Court grants the aforesaid request of the 
above named Captain of the Burghery. 

Jacob Boerhans, Collector, will please pay to Jacob Joosten, 
Court Messenger, fifty guilders, in seewan, out of the excise on 
wines, and credit his account. 

Wildwyck, this December 18, 1663. 

The Eeverend Consistory, in answer to the Court's note of No- 
vember 4, Sunday, sent to it through Juriaen Westphael, by order 
of the Honorable Court, replies that it is really astonished that the 
Honorable Court meets on Sunday, as there are enough other days 
in the week, and this is the reason why the Magistrates' pew in the 
Church is vacant Sunday morning and afternoon, and that the Con- 
sistory cannot legally release the estates because they came to it ec- 
clesiastically (not that it was seized by the Consistory, as the Hon- 
orable Court dares falsely to assert in its note), and consequently it 
cannot, under the circumstances, release the same. (Below was 
written) In the name and by the authority of the Reverend Con- 
sistory. (Signed) Hermanns Blom. (In the margin) December 
18, 1663, at Wildwyck. 

Jacob Joosten, Court Messenger, gives notice of appeal in the 
case between him and the Secretary, Mattheus Capito, decided De- 
cember 18, last. Dated December 27, 1663. 

Extraordinary Session, held Thursday, December 27, 1663. 

Present : Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant, President : 
Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout ; Albert Gysberts, Tjerck Clae- 
sen de Wit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 



112 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant, in the name of the Noble 
Lford Director General, P. Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen West- 
phael, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands from defendant the remaining debts due 
to the Noble Lord Director General Petrus Stuyvesant, amounting 
to ten hundred and four guilders, as per account, payable in winter 
grain, beaver's value, upon which there have been delivered one 
hundred and five schepels of oats, and requests a speedy payment 
thereof. 

Defendant admits the debt, and says he is willing to pay. 

The Honorable Court orders him to pay the aforementioned 
amount to plaintiff. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swartwout, defend- 
ant. Absent. Default. 

Albert Gerritsen, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff" demands from defendant the amount of six schepels of 
wheat for work done and earned on the house and barn of the Hon- 
orable Lord Director General, and produces as witness, pursuant 
to the order made by the Honorable Court December 18, last, Jan 
Broersen, who testifies he heard that Ariaen Gerritsen contracted 
with plaintiff for said work by the day, and that he promised plain- 
tiff to pay him therefor. 

Defendant admits he set him to work, and says he is willing 
to pay him if the Honorable Lord Director General will approve of 
it, as the repairs were made on his Honor's house. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
demanded six schepels of wheat, and that defendant recover from 
the lessor because the work was done on his house. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, vs. Juriaen Westphael, 
defendant. The Provisional Schout submits his demand in writing. 
It reads as follows : 

Whereas defendant, Juriaen Westphael, on October 9, last, 
substituted himself for the below mentioned persons, his workmen, 
who violated the ordinance proclaimed and published on August 4, 
last, providing that no one, without permission and a proper con- 
voy, should venture out to mow, cart, or do any other work, and 
were detected by the former Schout, Roelof Swartwout, my prede- 
cessor : 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 113 

Antoni Crupel, for twice, 75 fl. 

Henderick Hendericksen, having twice, 75 fl. 

Jan Gerretsen, violated twice, ^^d 75 fi_ 

Jacob Stoutenborch, the once, ^f^^mg 25 fj 

Jan Broersen, aforesaid twice, ([j^qA 75 fl. 

Jacob Barents Cool, ordin- once, 25 fl. 

Jan Jansen van Oosterhout, ance twice, 75 fl. 

Amounting to a total of 425 fl. 

say four hundred and twenty-five guilders, which the defendant 
was condemned to pay, and the defendant, on October 30, last, ap- 
peared before the Honorable Court, for the second time, for said 
persons, and was again ordered to pay the full amount of the fine, 
whereupon he gave notice of appeal; 

The defendant is therefore asked by the Provisional Schout to 
show the Court forthwith what he has accomplished in his appeal to 
the High Court at the Manhatans, the appeal not having been re- 
ceived there. The Provisional Schout, plaintiff, concludes that the 
defendant, Juriaen Westphael, should be ordered to pay the afore- 
said demands and fines, with costs, and that execution thereon 
issue. 

Defendant hereupon says he can not answer, as the promises 
made to him in regard to harvesting his corn were not fulfilled, 
and says he has done nothing in the appeal. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above 
named fines, unless he agrees with the Schout upon a settlement. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, vs. Aert Jacobsen, de- 
fendant. The Provisional Schout submits a written demand 
which reads as follows : 

Whereas, the defendant, Aert Jacobson, appeared on October 
9, last, before the Honorable Court, with his son Gerret, his daugh- 
ter, and his servant, Andries, he having with them violated the 
ordinance proclaimed and published on August 4, last, providing 
that no one should venture out to mow, cart, or do any other work, 
Avithout permission and a proper convoy, and, through the Schout, 
Roelof Swartwout, my predecesor, fines were imposed on 
The defendant, of 75 fl. 



114 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

His son Gerret, " 75 fl. 

His daughter, " 25 fl. 

His servant Andries, " 25 fl. 

amounting to a total of 200 fl., say two hundred guilders, 
which amount defendant was ordered to pay the aforesaid plaintiff, 
and the defendant having appeared for the second time before the 
Court on October 30, last, for himself and the aforenamed persons, 
regarding the aforesaid fines, gave notice of appeal ; the defendant 
is therefore asked by the Provisional Schout, the plaintiff, to show 
forthwith what he has done in his appeal before the High Court 
at the Manhatans, the appeal not having been received there. The 
Provisional Schout, the plaintiff, concludes that the defendant, 
Aert Jacohson, should be condemned to pay the foregoing demands 
and fines, with costs, and that execution issue thereon. 

Defendant answers that he did not prosecute the appeal. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above men- 
tioned fines, unless he agrees with the Schout upon a settlement. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff vs. Juriaen Westphael, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant the sum of three hundred and seven- 
teen guilders, five stivers, and submits in proof several documents, 
and requests payment thereof with costs. Defendant requests that 
the documents be examined. 

The Honorable Court decides that the papers and documents 
of both parties shall be examined, in the presence of the Provi- 
sional Schout, Mattheus Capito, by two members of the Court, 
Thomas Chambers and Gysbert van Imborch, who are authorized 
to make such examination, and, if possible, to settle the matter, and', 
if they can not do so, to report in writing at the next Court. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant five and one-half schepels of wheat, 
for wages in helping to carry and carrying, and in other work done 
on the house of the Honorable Director General. Defendant says 
he paid plaintiff fourteen schepels of oats as wages. 

The Honorable Court orders the parties to settle and liquidatte 
their accounts between themselves, and one to pay what may be 
due the other. 

Roelof Swartwout, retiring Schout, requests that, as Juriaen 
Westphael and Aert Jacobson, pursuant to the judgment rendered 



1663] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 115 

for violating the ordinance of August 4, last, have not paid their 
lines, he, Swartwout, the appearer, may be permitted to himself 
exact said fines, and, in case no amicable settlement is made there- 
of, that compulsion may follow. 

The Honorable Court decides that whereas, the Provisional 
Schout, Mattheus Capito, has summoned the unwilling persons, 
Juriaen Westphael and Aert Jacobson, to appear before it regard- 
ing said fines, as to which the Court has rendered judgment, the 
retiring Schout, Swartwout, and the incoming Provisional Schout, 
Capito, may divide said fines between themselves, or so much 
thereof as may be received under an amicable adjustment. 

Allert Heymans appears before the Honorable Court, and re- 
quests that the minister, Hermanus Blom, be paid his salary, be- 
cause, he says, the Consistory has made default thereon. He also 
shows the contract made between the minister and some of his con- 
gregation, dated March 4, 1661. 

The Honorable Court decides that the contract, dated IMarch 4, 
1661, between the minister and some of his congregation, was en- 
tered into for the period of a single current year. For the re- 
maining years still to come the congregation shall agree with the 
minister about his salary, to be on a reasonable basis, and they 
shall meet at the minister's convenience. 

Albert Gerritsen shows the Court an extract from the minute> 
of December 18, 1663, against Annetje Tack, in reference to a sum 
of three hundred and eighteen guilders, heavy money. He has 
had three summonses served for the payment of said allowed claim, 
and requests that execution may issue for the same. 

The Honorable Court orders the Provisional Schout, Mattheus 
Capito, to issue such execution. 

Extraordinary Session, Saturday, December 29, 1663. 

Present: Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant, President; 
Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout; Albert Gysbertsen. Thomas 
Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Tjerck Claesen de Wit, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swartwout, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff submits to the Honorable Court a petition in 
which he requests that defendant restore to him a horse which he 



116 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1663 

bought from, and for which he paid, defendant who removed it 
from the stable without plaintiff's knowledge. Plaintiff further 
submits a receipted account. 

Defendant admits he verbally sold a horse to plaintiff, to be 
delivered and paid for within six weeks, the said horse to be at 
defendant's risk, and that, after the lapse of six weeks, plaintiff 
made no payment to defendant. Defendant also demands copy 
of the account submitted. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to furnish defendant 
with a copy of the account, and at the same time to adjust the 
same in the presence of the Provisional Schout, Capito, if possible, 
and, if not, to bring their case before the Honorable Court again 
at its next session, as usual. 

Extraordinary Session, held Monday, December 31, 1663. 

Present: Marten Cregier, Captain Lieutenant, President; 
Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout; Albert Gysbertsen, Thomas 
Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Whereas, the account between Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, 
and Roelof Swartwout, defendant, has been adjusted by the Honor- 
able Court, which has found that Tjerck Claesen remains indebted 
to Roelof Swartwout for the purchased horse in twenty-four sche- 
pels of wheat, the Honorable Court therefore orders Roelof 
Swartwout to deliver the purchased horse to Tjerck Claesen deWit 
within ten days, the receiver to pay the balance of twenty-four 
schepels of wheat on receipt of the horse, which is to be at Roelof 
Swartwout 's risk until its delivery and the receipt of the wheat, 
and if Roelof Swartwout can justly claim anything more as due 
from Tjerck Claesen, he may summon him to appear before the 
Court. Tjerck Claesen deWit is ordered to pay the costs herein. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, January 15, 1664. 

Present: Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout; Albert Gys 
bertsen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van 
Imborch, Commissaries. 

Henderick Jochemsen, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defend- 
ant. Absent. Default. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 117 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Rantsou, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Mattys Roelofsen, plaintiff. Absent. Default, vs. Aert Mar- 
tens Doom, defendant. 

Jan Broersen, plaintiff. Absent. Default, vs. Ariaen Ger- 
retsen, defendant. 

On January 21, the following note was handed to the minister, 
Hermanns Bloni: 

Rev. Mr. Hermanus Blom. 

Whereas, on the evening of January 2, last, Paulus Cornel- 
isen, Jacob Jansen, alias long Jacob, Cornells Brantsen Vos, and 
Ariaen Huybertsen, came to an agreement with the Provisional 
Schout to pay, for the violations committed by them, the sum of 
one hundred and seventy guilders, in seewan, of which eight guild- 
ers are for costs, leaving one hundred and sixty-two guilders, one- 
third whereof is due to the Church, your Reverence will also re- 
ceive thereby two schepels of wheat, besides seven schepels of 
wheat of last week, making in all. nine schepels of wheat, reckoned 
at six guilders per schepel, forwarded on account of the Church at 
Wildwyck, being the legal one-third of one hundred and sixty- 
two guilders. Done at Wildwyck, this 21st day of January, 1664. 

(Signed) Mattheus Capito. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, January 29, 1664. 

Present : Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout ; Albert Gys- 
bert, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Im- 
boreh, Commissaries. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, in the name of Her- 
manns Blom, minister, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westphael, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant fl. 64:6:12, heavy money, the 
balance of the salary of the aforesaid minister, for the past years 
1661 and 1662. Defendant admits the debt. The Honorable Coun 
orders defendant to pay the above debt. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Cornells Barentsen Slecht, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant one hundred and eight guilders, 
heavy money, the balance of the salary of the aforenamed minister 
for the years 1661 and 1662. Defendant admits the debt. 



118 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above 
debt. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Aeltje Claes, defendant. Absent. 
Default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lootman, defendant. Plaintiff 
demands from defendant ten guilders, heavy money, the balance of 
the salary of the aforenamed minister for the year 1662. Defend- 
ant denies the debt, saying that, as he is in the service of the Com- 
pany, he is not obliged to contribute to the minister's salary. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to satisfy the afore- 
said demand, because, though he is in the service of the Honorable 
Company, he is also domiciled here. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Mattys Roelofsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant ten guilders, heavy money, the bal- 
ance of the salary of the aforenamed minister for the year 1662. 
Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above debt. 
The Same, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant fl. 17 :2 -A, the balance of the 
aforesaid minister's salary for the years 1661 and 1662. Defend- 
ant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above debt. 
The Same, plaintiff, vs. Harmen Hendericks, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant fl. 19 :6 :8, the balance of the 
aforesaid minister's salary for the years 1661 and 1662. Defend- 
ant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above 
amount. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobs, defendant. Absent. 
Default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Allert Heymans Roose, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant eleven guilders, heavy money, 
the balance of the aforesaid minister's salary for the year 1662. 
Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court learns that defendant owns a double lot. 
He must pay for the double lot twenty guilders, being in propor- 
tion to other single lots which must pay ten guilders, towards the 
minister's salary, and in addition one guilder, for acreage money. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 119 

The aforementioned balance amounts to twenty-one guilders, which 
he is ordered to pay, in heavy money. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jan Broersen, defendant,. Absent. De- 
fault. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barents Cool, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant the sum of ten guilders, heavy money, 
being the balance for the salary of the aforenamed minister for 
the year 1662. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the above debt. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Ilenderick Martensen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the sum of ten guilders, heavy 
money, balance of the aforenamed minister's salary for the year 
1662. Defendant denies he is indebted for the minister's salary, 
and says that he is in the service of the Company, and therefore 
not obliged to contribute to the minister's salary. He further 
says that he has nothing to pay with, having been taken captive by 
the savages. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforenamed 
demand, for, though in the service of the Honorable Company, he 
nevertheless has a house and lot here. 

The Same, plaintiff", vs. Autoni Crupel, defendant. Plaintiff 
demands from defendant the sum of fl. 12 :10, heavy money, being 
the balance of the minister's salary for the years 1661 and 1662. 
Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the foregoin? 
debt. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Boerhans, defendant. Plaintiff 
demands from defendant the sum of ten guilders, heavy money, 
being the balance of the minister's salary for the year 1662. De- 
fendant says that during the troubles here his house was set on 
fire and he was not able to save anything from the house, and it is 
therefore impossible for him to pay. 

The Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid demand. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Oosterhout, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant ten guilders, heavy money, 
being the balance of the minister's salary for the year 1661. De- 
fendant admits the debt, and says that Albert Gysbertse undertook 
to pay the same for him in the year 1661. 



120 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Henderick Cornelissen lyendrae- 
jer [ropemaker], defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant 
the sum of twenty-five guilders, heavy money, being balance of the 
minister's salary for the year 1662. Defendant admits the debt 
and says that twenty-four guilders, light money, were assigned to 
Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, and nine guilders, light money, to Al- 
bert Gysbertsen, totaling thirty-three guilders, light money. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, in the name of the cura- 
tors of the estate of Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck, plaintiff, vs. 
Jan Claesen deWit, defendant. Plaintiff' demands from defendant, 
in his absence, for his guardians, the sum of two hundred and one 
guilders, light money, for goods bought from the estate. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, one of the guardians present, being one 
of the heirs of the aforesaid estate, offers himself as surety and 
principal for his brother Jan Claesen deWit, for the above men- 
tioned amount, to secure any balance if his share be not sufficient, 
adding the guardian, Henderick Jochemse, as surety. 

The Honorable Court decides that as Jan Claesen deWit is a 
co-heir of the estate of Jan Albertsen, the suretyship of his 
brother Jan [Tjerck] Claesen deWit, and of Henderick Joehem- 
sen, the curators of the estate, be accepted for the said amount. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Claesen deWit, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the sum of eight hundred and 
fifty-two guilders, eleven stivers, light money, for goods bought 
from the estate of Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck. 

Defendant admits the debt, and says that he is co-heir of the 
aforesaid estate, and offers to pay if his share should be less ; he 
also offers as sureties for the aforesaid amount the curator Evert 
Pels, who is present, and the guardian, Henderick Jochemsen. 

The Honorable Court decides tTiat, as defendant is co-heir in 
the aforesaid estate, he shall furnish security for the aforesaid 
amount. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jan Barents Ameshof, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON, 121 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Teunissen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff' demands from defendant the sum of sixty-four guilders light 
money, for goods bought from the estate of Jan Albertsen. De- 
fendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
amount. 

The Same, plaintiff vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. Absent. 
Default. 

The Same, plaintiff', vs. Mattys Roelofsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands from defendant the sum of eight guilders, light 
money, for goods bought from the estate of Jan Albertsen. De- 
fendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforenamed 
demand. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Dirriek Hendericks, defendant. Ab- 
sent. Default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the sum of one hundred and 
thirty-one guilders, ten stivers, light money, for goods bought from 
the estate of Jan Albertsen, two hundred and eight guilders, ten 
stivers, light money, for one-half of the lot purchased from him 
for and on account of Jeronimus Ebbingh, for which he is surety, 
together amounting to three hundred and forty guilders, light 
money. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Jansen, alias long Jacob, defend- 
ant. Absent. Default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Lambert Huybertsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the sum of forty-three guilders, 
ten stivers, light money, for goods bought from the estate of Jan 
Albertsen. Defendant admits the debt, and requests fourteen days' 
time. 

The Honorable Court allows defendant fourteen days' time to 
pay the aforesaid amount. 

Christiaen Niessen, in the name of the Honorable Lord Di- 
rector General, Petrus Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen West- 
phael, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant, for the Hon- 



122 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

orable Director General aforenamed, payment of the sum of ten 

hundred and four guilders, heavy money, beaver's value, being an 
old balance due for rent and otherwise, and requests that, as he has 
attached all his goods, no corn be permitted to leave defendant's 
house until he shall have paid the Lord General. Defendant ad- 
mits the debt, but says he has a counter claim for a portion. 

The Honorable Court orders the attachment to continue, and 
that defendant shall pay plaintiff, before any other of his creditors. 

Christiaen Niessen, in the name of the Honorable Lord Direc- 
tor General, Petrus Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. Plaintiff says he attached defendant's 
property, and gives notice thereof. 

The Honorable Court agrees and declares said attachment is 
valid. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, plaintiff', vs. Albert* Gysbertsen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff presents an account against defendant for for- 
ty-four guilders, two stivers, in light money, for the wages of, and 
expenses incurred by, his son, and for sixty schepels of oats on 
account of Frans Pieterse, which he attached March 28, 1662. De- 
fendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
above amount. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of the sum of two hun- 
dred and fifty-six guilders, heavy money. Defendant denies the 
debt and answers he has a counter claim. 

The Honorable Court orders the parties to adjust their ac- 
counts, and, if they cannot do so, that each party shall submit his 
claim in writing at the next session of the Court. 

Mattys Roelofsen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Hillebrants, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Mattys Roelofsen, plaintiff', vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Mattys Roelofsen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of thirty-one 
schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the debt, and requests plain- 
tiff to allow him three weeks' time. 

The Honorable Court grants defendant the requested time. 



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Mattys Roelofsen, plaintiff, vs. Rut Albertsen, defendant. Ab- 
sent. Default. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Jonas Rantsou, defendant. 
Plaintiff again demands from defendant five schepels of wheat, 
as already demanded in this Court on December 18, 1663. Defend- 
ant says that plaintiff' attached nineteen guilders which were with 
Christiaen Andriesen, and, as the latter is dead, defendant re- 
quires plaintiff' to make oath whether he has not received it, and 
then offers to pay to plaintiff four and one-half schepels of wheat 
which he admits he owes him. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to declare under oath 
that he did not receive the nineteen guilders from Christiaen An- 
driesen, nor in any other manner to be out the said nineteen guild- 
ers. Defendant is ordered, if the oath is taken, to pay plaintiff 
four and one-half schepels of wheat. The plaintiff declines to 
make oath. 

Nicolaes Goselingh, plaintiff', vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Nicolaes Goselingh, plaintiff', vs. Aert Martensen Doom, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant two schepels of wheat. 
Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Jan Pietersen Muller presents to the Honorable Court a power 
of attorney from Wouter Albertsen, residing at Fort Orange, to 
collect from the estate of Willem Jansen Seba, deceased, a quantity 
of nine schepels of wheat. He, at the same time, shows the obliga- 
tion of Willem Jansen Seba, and requests payment out of the sold 
property of Willem Jansen Seba, deceased. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, February 12, 1664. 

Present : Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout ; Albert Gys- 
bertsen, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commissaries. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, plaintiff, vs. Thomas 
Chambers, defendant. Plaintiff' presents a petition regarding a 
quarrel with Paulus Cornelissen, which occurred in the house of 
Mr. Gysbert van Imborch, and states that they came to blows. He 
asks that defendant be condemned therefor to pay a double fine of 
one hundred guilders, he being a judge, in whom this is unseemly. 



124 THE DUTCH EECOEDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Defendant admits having used his fist once, and leaves the 
matter to the Honorable Court. 

The Honorable Court having seen the Schout's complaint, 
and that not more than one blow was struck, condemns defendant 
to pay a fine of twelve guilders, to be duly applied. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Cor- 
nelisen, defendant. Plaintiff presents a petition showing that, at 
the house of Gysbert van Imborch, defendant came to blows over a 
dispute with Thomas Chambers, and requests that the defendant 
be condemned therefor to pay a fine of fifty guilders. Defendant 
says he does not know anything about this. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to bring proof at its 
next session. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, plaintiff, vs. Mattheu 
Blanchan, defendant. Plaintiff demands a fine of fifty guilders 
from defendant because, after the second beating of the drum, he 
churned some milk on the day of fasting and prayer. Defendant 
answers that the drum beat only once, and that he had no milk for 
his calf, and he never in his life did this before. 

The Honorable Court, having examined the Schout's complaint 
and the answer of the defendant, orders defendant to pay six 
guilders, one-half for the Church. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, in the name of the min- 
ister Hermanns Blom, plaintiff, vs. Aeltje Claesen, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands the sum of ten guilders, heavy money, from 
the defendant, being the balance of the minister's salary for the 
year 1662. Defendant answers that the building lots should be ex- 
empt, she having paid for her land. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand, because no money was taken from her for her land in the 
year 1662, but only for the buiMing O's 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. Second 
default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Jan Broersen, defendant. Plaintiff 
demands from defendant the sum of twenty guilders, heavy money, 
being the balance for the minister's salary for the years 1661 and 
1662. Defendant admits the debt, but says that Albert Gysbertsen 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 125 

undertook to pay ten guilders, heavy money, in 1661. He further 
says he is not able to pay this year. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand, and that he may commence suit against Albert Gysbertsen 
on his claim. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, in the name of the cura- 
tors of Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Ger- 
retsen, defendant. Second default. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Dirrick Hendericksen, defendant. 
Second default. 

The Same, plaintiff', vs. Tomas Hermensen, defendant. Ab- 
sent. Default. 

Walran duMont, plaintiff, vs. Lambert Huybertsen, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant sixty guilders, heavy money 
for one year house rent, and twenty-seven guilders, heavy money, 
for smithing. Defendant presents a counter claim amounting to 
one hundred and one guilders, ten stivers, heavy money. 

The Honorable Court orders that defendant, having occupied 
only one-half of the house, shall pay plaintiff forty guilders, heavy 
money, for one year's house rent, and also the twenty-seven guild- 
ers, heavy money, for smithing, making in all sixty-seven guilders, 
heavy money, and then that plaintiff shall pay defendant thirty- 
four guilders, ten stivers, heavy money, being the balance of de- 
fendant's counter claim. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, defendant. 
Plaintiff presents his whole account against defendant for the sum 
of five hundred and forty-one guilders, seventeen stivers. Defend- 
ant shows a counter claim still incomplete. 

The Honorable Court orders parties to go to good men, name- 
ly, AUert Heyraans Roose and Cornells Barentse Slecht, to adjust 
the accounts on both sides, if possible, and, if not, to again refer to 
the Court. 

Aert Martensen Doom, plaintiff, vs. Cornells Barentsen 
Slecht, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant fifty guild- 
ers, heavy money, being his share of the salary of the former 
Reader, Andries Vandersluys, five sieves and five reels and two 
winnowing baskets, received from his predecessor, Jacob Jansen 
Stol, deceased. Defendant answers he does not know whether he 



126 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

paid the above debts, as he settled accounts with his predecessor. 

The Honorable Court orders parties to settle their accounts. 

In regard to the request of the Ensign, Christiaen Niessen, 
made to the Honorable Court, in reference to paying the woodchop- 
pers, builders and carters of the palisades for filling in the open 
spaces between the palisades near Cornells Barentsen Slecht's 
and the main guard house, the Collector, Jacob Boerhans, 
is ordered, out of the excise money, to pay to the Ensign afore- 
named the sum of forty-one schepels of wheat. 

Done at Wildwyck, this February 12, 1664. 

Petition or request of the Reverend Consistory to the 

Honorable Magistrates of this place. 
The Reverend Consistory here, for the sake of their office and 
for conscience ' sake, request, with due submission, of the Honorable 
Magistrates of this place, that the public, sinful and scandalous 
Bacchanalian days of Fastenseen*, coming down from the heathens 
from their idol Bacchus, the God of wine and drunkenness, being 
also a leaven of popery, inherited from the pagans, which the Apos- 
tle, in 1 Cor. 5, admonishes true Christians to expurge, may, while 
near at hand, be proscribed in this place by your Honors, by prop- 
er ordinances, while we admonish against and publicly reprehend 
those abominations, so that through God's grace and blessing we 
shall mutually have done our duty, and we may thereby do some 
good for this place and its inhabitants, their bodies as well as their 
souls,— the more so as we are passing through such woeful times of 
God's judgment over us in this place, inflicted because of our sins 
— and so that we may not, through such scandalous sins of Fasten- 
seen, and sinful doing, continue to irritate the Lord and still fur- 
ther call down his judgments upon us, for we are still under his 
rod, and his sword of war still threatens us yet more to try the land 
and its inhabitants. And shall then the inhabitants be gay in their 
sins, while the land mourns, and we are called on every month to 
fast, to weep and to mourn? Joel 2. Therefore it is, that the Rever- 
end Consistory desire of the Honorable Court, that our prayer 
may be heeded and taken to heart, we being foster fathers of God's 



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Church and congregation, so that thus sin and abomination may 
the more and more be banished from this newly developing com- 
munity, to the glorification of God's name and the edification of this 
community, as well as the happiness and welfare of the place, upon 
which we must depend. In the meantime we commend you to God 's 
keeping, and may He bless your office and persons. 

Below was written, In the name of the Reverend Consistory. 
(Signed) Hermanns Blom. (In the margin) February 12, 1664, 
at Wildwyck. 

To the petition or request of the Rev. Mr. Hermanns Blom 
and the Reverend Consistory to the Honorable Court, the follow- 
ing answer was given : 

The Honorable Court will be glad to comply with said request, 
so far as its instructions permit. 

The Honorable Court at AA'ildwyck hereby again admonishes 
the retiring Commissaries, to please make out their accounts of 
the village of Wildwyck, within two weeks, as they were also 
judicially ordered to do on May 22, 1663, the which has been hin- 
dered or delayed by the war, so that the Honorable Lord Director 
General, upon his arrival, may see the state of this place. 

The Collector, Jacob Boerhans, is ordered, out of the excise on 
wine, to pay Aert Martensen Doom forty-two guilders in seewan, 
light money, for room rent of the Honorable Court here, and to en- 
ter it in the accounts. 

Done, this February 12, 1664. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, February 26, 1664. 

Present: Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout; Albert Gys- 
bertsen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Tomas Chambers, Gysbert van Im- 
borch. Commissaries. 

Tomas Harmense, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant a quantity of fifty schepels of 
wheat for assigned debts. Defendant admits the debt but says 
he is not able just now to pay. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff's afore- 
said demand. 



128 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Tomas Harmensen, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands the sum of thirty-five guilders, in see- 
wan, from defendant, for goods delivered, and for one and one- 
half days' wages. Geertruyd Andriesen, in the absence of her hus- 
band, the defendant, admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court, except Thomas Chambers, orders de- 
fendant to pay plaintiff's aforesaid demand, 

Thomas Harmensen, plaintiff, vs. Henderick Albertsen, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. Plaintiff has attached four schepek 
of wheat of defendant's, in the hands of Cornells Barentsen Slecht, 
and gives notice thereof. 

The Honorable Court allows said attachment as valid. 

Albert Gysbertsen, plaintiff, vs. Coenrad Ham, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff', vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant two fimmen [or vimmen, plural 
of vim, the equivalent of a stack of 104 to 108 sheaves] of oats 
which he loaned defendant last winter. Defendant admits this, 
but says he has a counter claim against plaintiff. 

The Honorable Court orders parties to liquidate their claims, 
or, otherwise, that defendant shall submit his counter claim to the 
Court at its next session. 

Gysbert van Imborch, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Claesen deWit, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands the sum of one hundred and twenty- 
four guilders, nineteen stivers, in seewan, from defendant, as per 
account rendered, and also a quantity of eight schepels of wheat, 
for account of plaintiff's wife, for merchandise delivered. De 
fendant admits the debt, but also says that, during the war with 
the savages, he drove the savages from plaintiff's house. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
claim of plaintiff. 

Gysbert van Imborch, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Tacks, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment of two hun- 
dred and thirty-four guilders, eight stivers, in beavers, as per ac- 
count rendered, allowed by the Schepens under date of Decem- 
ber 21, 1662, among which are included twenty-six guilders, eight 
stivers, in beavers, for interest on two hundred and sixty-four 



1664J THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 129 

guilders, in beavers, and requests that the horse called "Blackie" 
[het Swart je] be sold, at her expense, under execution. 

Defendant admits the debt, but says she is not able at pres- 
ent to pay plaintiif, as she already lacks bread, pork, meat, etc., in 
her household, and, further, that most of her crops were left on the 
field last harvest because of the w^ar. 

The Honorable Court, having requested defendant to furnish 
security, which she knows not where to obtain, and plaintiff not be- 
ing willing to give her an extension, orders defendant to pay plain- 
tiff's aforesaid demand. 

Christiaen Niessen, substituted for the Honorable I^ord Direc- 
tor Greneral, Petrus Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen. 
defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant, according to obli- 
gation issued by him, due March next, payment of sixty schepels of 
wheat, of which thirty-four have been paid, leaving a balance of 
twenty-six schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the debt, and 
promises to pay plaintiff at the specified date. 

Paulus Cornelisen, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Tacks, defendant. 
Plaintiff' presents an account against defendant, amounting to two 
hundred and forty-one guilders, ten stivers, in seewan, and eight 
beavers, for money advanced and provisions sold and furnished to 
her last harvest. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff" the 
aforesaid amount. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Sellout, in the name of the cura- 
tors of the estate of Jan Albertsen van Steenwyck, plaintiff vs. 
Tjerck Claesen deWit, defendant. Plaintiff' demands from de- 
fendant security, as ordered by the Honorable Court, January 29, 
last, for goods bought from the estate of Jan Albertsen van Steen- 
wyck, deceased, to the amount of eight hundred and fifty-two 
guilders, eleven stivers, light money, and requests that defendant 
be compelled to furnish the same. 

Evert Pels, the curator, and Henderick Jochemsen, the guard- 
ian, also hereby request the Court to be discharged from their 
curatorship and guardianship, as they cannot agree with defendant 
who is a joint guardian. They further request, in case they be not 
discharged, that the Honorable Court please sustain them. 



130 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Defendant says he has not been unreasonable about furnishing 
security, and that last week, he, with the plaintiff and the curator, 
Evert Pels, calkd at the house of the guardian, Henderick Jochem- 
sen, and this matter was not then arranged. 

The Honorable Court decides that defendant, on his own ac- 
count as well as of those for whom he became bondsman, shall fur- 
nish security for the full amount, satisfactory to the curator, 
Evert Pels, and the guardian, Henderick Jochemsen, and further 
orders the curator. Evert Pels, and the guardian, Henderick Joc- 
hemsen, to look more closely after the estate of Jan Albertsen van 
Steenwyck, so that no one shall he deprived of his rights. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands the sum of fifty guilders, light money, from defend- 
ant, for goods bought from the estate of Jan Albertsen van Steen- 
wyck, and requests execution on non payment. Defendant admits 
the debt. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to satisfy plaintiff with- 
in twice twenty-four hours, and, in case of default, that execution 
against his property shall issue. 

The Same, plaintiff, in the name of Hermanus Blom, minister, 
vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. Plaintiff demands the sum of ten 
guilders, heavy money, from defendant, being the balance of th^ 
minister's salary during the year 1662. Defendant admits the 
debt, and promises to pay this week. 

The Same, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Cornelisen, defendant. Plain- 
tiff demands a fine from defendant, pursuant to previous summons. 
Defendant denies he fought with Thomas Chambers. Plaintiff 
adduces in evidence the acknowledgement of Thomas Chambers, 
and demands judgment thereon. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to submit proof. 

Request of Hermanus Blom, minister, 

I, the undersigned, once more and for the last time, request of 
the Honorable Court here (as I have even several times before 
this verbally requested at its sessions, yea, even the other day, 
through my Elder) to know, in writing, whether or not it in- 
tends to collect and pay me my salary, earned for religious duties 



1664 j THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 131 

performed by me in this place for the congregaton; if yea, that it 
is already high time, and if not, that the Honorable Court be pleas- 
ed to give me an apostile, so that, in due time, I may acquaint the 
Supreme Magistrates with it, and complain to them that the Hon- 
orable Court here does not, as in duty bound, follow the orders, re- 
ceived from the Supreme Magistrates, to collect my earned salary, 
and that it does not, through its political power, legally attend to 
and press the matter, and has not done so to date. The Lord Coun- 
cillors may thereby then see that the fault lies not alone with the 
congregation, but more so with the Court here. The Lord Council- 
lors will then well be able to judge how it comes that my salary has 
not been collected and paid to me, much less that it is not legally 
enforced and insisted upon. To which request, I, the undersigned, 
shall expect from the Honorable Court a written answer, to use at 
the proper time before the Lord Councillors. Which complaint tc 
the Supreme Magistrates, the Honorable Court can still prevent. I 
leave it to the judgment of the Honorable Court here itself wheth- 
er it is not a sad and grievous thing that a minister of the Word of 
God is, as here, compelled, with such trouble and pains, to seek for, 
and request of and through the Court, his long since earned salary, 
the which has never been seen or heard of anywhere in Christen- 
dom. 

February 26, 1664, at Wildwyck. 

(Signed) Hermanns Blom. 
Apostile on the above request : The Honorable Court will do 
its duty, as far as possible, to compel those reluctant, and those 
who, following their voluntary promise, are behind in their pay- 
ment of the salary. Done at Wildwyck, this February 26, 1664. 

Pursuant to the foregoing order, the Court Messenger is direc- 
ted and ordered to remind the inhabitants of this place of the ar- 
rearage of the ministers salary, and also to admonish them, under 
pain of execution, to carry out their promises to pay the minister's 
salary for the year 1663. Wildwyck, this February 26, 1664. 

Extraordinary Session, held Saturday, March 1, 1664. 

Present : Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout ; Albert Gys- 
bertsen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Im- 
borch, Commissaries. 



132 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

The Honorable Court having seen and read the signed request 
of the Council of War, dated February 29, last, answers, first, that 
the severity of the winter season does not permit any digging oi 
the ground to fill in vacant spaces with palisades, though the palis- 
ades obtained for this purpose lie here ready, and that the Honor- 
able Court will do its duty by admonishing those on whose side the 
open spaces will have to be filled in, and also by taking care to have 
the gates properly closed. To the second request, concerning the 
issuance of orders to keep the inhabitants under arms, and to fur- 
nish a guard for the one post near Henderick Jochemsen's gate, 
the Honorable Court requests and orders the Captain of the Burg- 
hery, Thomas Chambers, to call the citizens to arms, and at the 
same time to properly man the one post aforesaid, with as little 
trouble as possible, and as he and his burgher Council of War shall 
think proper. Thus done in our extraordinary session at Wild- 
wyck, this March 1, 1664. 

The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imborch has caused to be legally attached 
the wheat of Gerret Fooken, so that it may not be alienated until 
he shall have been paid, and gives notice of said attachment, this 
March 1, 1664. 

Henderick Jochemsen has caused to be legally attached five 
schepels of wheat, in the hands of Pieter Cornelissen Molenaer 
[Miller], belonging to Abraham Stevensen, alias Crawaet, and gives 
notice of said attachment, this March 1, 1664. 

The Honorable Court allows the validity of said attach- 
ment, this March 11, 1664. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, March 11, 1664. 

Present: Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout; Albert Gys- 
bertsen, Tjerck Claesen, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, 
Commissaries. 

Jan Willemsen Hoochteyling, deacon, presented to the Honor- 
able Court here an account showing that of the Church money 
one hundred and fifty-five guilders, three stivers, seewan, and from 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 133 

the poor money, three hundred and fifty-nine guilders, in soewan, 
amounting together to five hundred and fourteen guilders, three 
stivers, seewan, have been expended for building the parsonage 
here, and thereupon asks where he can obtain payment thereof. 

The Honorable Court decides that, as there is no money in the 
treasury, and the Commissaries have no authority to provide the 
means, the deacon be requested to give an extension until the arri- 
val of the Honorable Lord Director General, for the purpose of 
then seeing by what means the above amount may be paid. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, 
defendant. Plaintiff demands the sum of twenty guilders, four 
stivers, in sevv-ant, due for seriverner's wage from defendant for 
account of Juriaen AVestphael, and says that defendant engaged 
him. 

Defendant says that Juriaen Westphael must pay the expen- 
ses. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay the aforesaid 
demand to plaintiff, and that he may bring suit against Juriaen 
Westphael. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen Westphael, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant, as per signed obligation dated 
December 28, 1663, the amount of two hundred and sixty-two 
guilders, five stivers, heavy money, and also twenty guilders, four 
stivers, in seewan, for scrivener's wage, and two guilders, eight 
stivers, in seewan, for the Court Messenger. Defendant says he 
has nothing to say against the demand. 

The Plonorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
aforementioned demand, after the attachment in behalf of the Ix»rd 
Director General by Christiaen Niessen shall have been satisfied, 
said attachment having taken place on his Honor's own land. 

Evert Pels, plaintiff*, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, defendant. 
Absent. Default. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant two fimmen [or vimmen, plural 
of vim, the equivalent of a stack of 104 to 108 sheaves] of oats 
which he loaned him last winter. Defendant answers that 
he ploughed three days for plaintiff, who replies that de- 
fendant ploughed two and one-half days for him, and produces Ju- 



134 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

riaen Westphael who says that defendant on the first day worked 
about eight or nine hours in the field, and as to the other two days 
he can not say anything. Plaintiff further says that he again 
ploughed one and one-half days for defendant, but defendant says 
he ploughed one day. 

The Honorable Court orders parties to adjust their dispute 
before two good men, or, otherwise, to again appear before the 
Court with their proofs and accounts. 

Andries Pietersen van Leeuven, plaintiff", vs. Cornells Barent- 
sen Sleeht, defendant. Absent. Default. 

Andries Pietersen, soldier, plaintiff, vs. Aert Martensen Doom, 
defendant. Absent. Default. 

Gysbert van Imborch, plaintiff, vs. Thomas Harmensen, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant four schepels of wheat, 
and to secure payment has laid an attachment therefor with Aert 
Martensen Doom. Defendant admits owing him as aforesaid, and 
asks that the same be deducted from his wages for harvesting, and 
also presents divers accounts of eleven schepels of wheat and two 
schepels of peas, being wages for harvesting, six schepels of wheat 
and five schepels of wheat for guarding the shop of Annetje Tacks, 
and two schepels of peas for threshing. He also says that plain- 
tiff, through the Schout, forbade him to thresh, whereupon he 
ceased, and thereupon on the following day plaintiff said, "Why 
don 't you keep on threshing ? " ; that then he continued threshing 
and delivered the grain to plaintiff's loft. Further, that plaintiff 
promised him board, with others, in case Annetje Tacks 
refused him board. Plaintiff denies he forbade defendant to thresh, 
but had him forbidden to furnish grain to any one else than 
himself; whereupon the defendant answered that Annetje Tacks 
would not board him ; thereupon plaintiff said that if she would 
not do so, he would. 

The Honorable Court, having heard parties, finds, conform- 
ably to the judgment for plaintiff rendered October 23, 1663, that 
Annetje Tacks should neither use, decrease nor alienate any of the 
grain, without the knowledge and consent of plaintiff aforesaid, 
and that plaintiff must deliver to defendant six schepels of wheat 
for wages earned during harvest, and two schepels of peas for 
wages for threshing, and that he may deduct from defendant the 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 135 

four schepels of wheat, and that defendant may claim the remain- 
ing five schepels of wheat from Annetje Tacks, 

Gysbert van Imborch, plaintiff, vs. Gerret Fooken, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant a quantity of thirty three and 
one-half schepels of wheat due him from defendant and his partner 
Jan Gerretseu, in which sum are included six schepels of wheat for 
shaving and doctor's bill for Jan Gerrets, for a whole year. He 
also demands from defendant himself two schepels of wheat for 
doctor's fee during his sickness after said time. 

Defendant submits a receipt showing that he paid plaintiff six- 
teen and one-half schepels of wheat, and further says that he can 
not pay for his partner who was killed by the savages during the 
late troubles. He also claims damages from plaintiff for his outlays 
for wages and board, caused by plaintiff attaching his grain on 
March 1, so that he could not properly thresh it. 

The Court, having heard the respective parties, decides that 
defendant shall, in accordance with the foregoing demand, pay 
plaintiff' the just half of the goods received, and in addition the two 
schepels of wheat for doctor's fee for himself during his sickness, 
and that defendant has no claim against plaintiff' for preventing 
him threshing, as he only attached the grain so that it could not be 
alienated. 

Paulus Cornelisen demands from the Honorable Court the sum 
of one hundred and eight guilders in seewan, for bricks furnished 
for the parsonage. The Honorable Court answers that, as the books 
of the retired Commissaries have not yet been written up, it there- 
fore does not know how much money there is in the treasury. 

Paulus Cornelissen requests execution against Annetje Tacks 
under the judgment entered February 24, 1664, served by the Court 
]\Iessenger after citation, summons and renewal. The Doorkeeper 
is directed to proceed with the execution. 

The mark (x)of Albert Gysbertsen, 
Thomas Chambers, 
TiERCK Claszen deWitt, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Cor- 
nelissen, defendant. The Provisional Schout, Mattheus Capito, 
plaintiff, pursuant to the order of the Court that he submit proof, 



136 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

submits, in addition to the previous admission of Thomas Chambers, 
a certificate signed by Sergeant Jan Peersen, reciting how the mat- 
ter occurred and that the defendant came to blows with Thomas 
Chambers. Defendant answers that he does not know anything 
about it, and that he was drunk. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to settle with plaintitf. 
otherwise judgment will be rendered by the Court. 

Mattheus Capito, Provisional Schout, again requests of the 
Honorable Court that, to enable him to be released by the curator 
Evert Pels and the guardian Henderick Jochemsen with respect 
to the auction sale, Tjerck Claesen deWit, as ordered February 26, 
last, be compelled, on his owin account as well as for those for 
whom he became surety and guardian, to give security for the 
goods purchased and received by him from the estate of Jan Al- 
bertsen van Steenwyck. 

The curator Evert Pels and the guardian Henderick Jochem- 
sen also request, in addition, that Tjerck Claesen deWit, joint 
guardian, give security for the entire amount, on his own account 
as well as for those for whom he has become surety. 

The joint guardian, Tjerck Claesen deWit, says that he is ready 
to give security for the goods received and purchased by him, and 
that the account presented by him should be accepted in reduction, 
but that he will not give bond for his brother Jan Claesen and his 
sister Amarens Claesen, as he is already bound. He adds that he 
was twice at Henderick Jochemsen 's house to give security. 

The plaintii¥, and the curator. Evert Pels, say that it is true 
that they were at the aforesaid house with the joint guardian 
Tjerck Claesen deWit, but that Tjerck Claesen still did not produce 
any sureties. 

The Honorable Court having learned that the curator Evert 
Pels and the guardian Henderick Jochemsen, without its knowledge, 
extended to May 1, of the current year, the time of Amarens Clae- 
sen to pay for the goods purchased from the aforesaid estate, and 
that they were also herein contented with the security given by her 
brother, Tjerck Claesen, who signed as principal bondsman, where- 
by the Honorable Court has been slighted with regard to its prev- 
ious judgment rendered February 26, last, it is therefore hereby 
ordered that Tjerck Claesen deWit, within twice twenty-four hours, 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 137 

give security on his own account for the goods purchased and re- 
ceived by him from the aforesaid estate, to be satisfactory to the 
curator, Evert Pels, and the guardian, Henderick Jochemsen. 

To the account presented by the Rev. Mr. Hermannus Blom, 
signed by Commissaries Evert Pels, Tjerck Claesen deWit, and Al- 
bert Gysbertsen, for moneys expended by his Reverence for mate- 
rials and wages for the parsonage here, the Honorable Court an- 
swers : As there is no money in the treasury, his Reverence is 
therefore asked to wait until the arrival of the Honorable Lord Di- 
rector General, for the purpose of then devising with his Honor the 
means whereby the said account may be paid. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imborch requests execution against Annetje 
Tacks, under the judgment rendered February 26, last, after service 
by the Court Messenger of citation, summons and renewal. 

The Doorkeeper is directed to proceed with the execution. 
The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen deWitt, 
Thomas Chambers. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imborch, Commissary, asks the Court whether 
Gerret Fooken may dispose of the estate of his deceased partner, Jan 
Gerretsen, being the crops of the year 1663. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imborch gives notice that he will appeal from 
the judgment rendered against Gerret Fooken March 11. Done at 
Wildwyck, this March 12, 1664. 

Deed by Jan Broersen and Jan Jansen van Oosterhout to 
Thomas Chambers. 

On March 21, of the year 1663, appeared before me, Mattheuf; 
Capito, Secretary of the village of Wildwyck, Jan Broersen and Jan 
Jansen van Oosterhout, who declare that they have deeded, ceded 
and conveyed, as they hereby deed, cede and convey, to Thomas 
Chambers, a parcel of land situate on the Esopus, below the village 
of Wildwyck, five morgens [about two acres each], two hundred and 
thirty rods, in extent, bounded on the north by the land of the chil- 
dren of Mattys Jansen, deceased, and on the south by the land of 
Mattheus Capito ; all as given and granted to the aforesaid grantors 
by letters patent thereof dated April 25, 1663, and signed by the 
Director General and Council of New Netherland, to which aforesaid 
parcel of land, the said Jan Broersen and Jan Jansen van Ooster- 



138 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

hout have not reserved to themselves any other right of action or 
claim, but have absolutely renounced and ceded the same for the use 
of the above named Thomas Chambers, agreeing that the aforesaid 
parcel of land shall be received by him, and that he may make the 
same use thereof as of all his other patrimonial possessions, save the 
Lord's right, in conformity with what is mentioned in the afore- 
said letters patent ; the aforesaid grantors, Jan Broersen and Jan 
Jansen van Oosterhout, promising never to revoke this deed and 
conveyance, nor in any manner, by themselves or anyone else, to do 
or cause to be done any act in derogation of the same, submitting 
their persons and estates, real and personal, present and future, 
nothing excepted, to the jurisdiction of all courts and judges. And 
these grantors, have personally signed hereunder in the presence 
of Albert Gysbertsen and Tjerck Claesen deWit, Commissaries of 
this village, witnesses hereto invited and requested. 
Done at Wildwyck the day and year aforesaid. 

The mark (x) of Jan Broersen, made by himself, 

Jan Jansen, 
The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, made by himself, 
TiERCK Claszen deWitt. 
In my presence. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

Letter to the Lord Director General and Lord Councillors 
of New Netherland. 

Honorable Very Worthy Sirs : 

As it is customary among well regulated governments to change 
magistrates every year, and the annual change of magistrates of 
this village occurs in the month of May, the Provisional Schout and 
the Commissaries of the village of Wildwyck have therefore noted 
the most honorable, suitable and able persons among the inhabi- 
tants of this village, and have made up a nomination, so that your 
Honorable Worships may select two out of the four mentioned be- 
low. 

The nominated persons are the following: Jan Willemsen 
Hoochteylingh, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, Aert Jacobsen, Hender- 
ick Jochemsen. 



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139 



Concluding herewith, we commend your Very Honorable Wor- 
ships, with our greetings, to God's protection, and remain 

Your Very Honorable Worships' 
Humble Servants, 
(Signed) Mattheus Capito, the mark (x) of Albert Gysbert- 
sen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert Van Im- 
borch. 

Done at Wildwyck, this March 27, 1664. 

On March 28 Jan Evertsen gives notice of an attachment by 
the Court Messenger at Aert Jacobsen's, having attached two 
brandy kettles belonging to Hester Douwesen, widow of Barent 
Gerretsen. 

On March 29, Jan Pietersen Muller, under power from Wou- 
ter Albertsen Backer, at Fort Orange, gives notice of an attaeliment 
by the Court Messenger at Aert Jacobsen's, having attached five 
schepels of wheat of the wheat from the sale of the cows of Evert 
Prys. 

We, the undersigned, Albert Gysbertsen and Gysbert van Im- 
borch, Commissaries of the village of Wildwyck, make known that 
there appeared before us Pieter Jacobsen van Holsteyn and Pieter 
Cornelisen, both partners, and inhabitants in the village of Wild- 
wyck. who acknowledge that they really and truly owe to the wor- 
thy Nicolaes Meyer, merchant at the Manhatans, the amount of six- 
ty-one schepels of good winter wheat, with four years' interest 
thereon, being ten per cent, annually, due in the month of Novem- 
ber of this current year, on their promise to pay said sixty-one 
schepels of wheat, Avith four years' interest, in the month of Novem- 
ber next, and to deliver the same to the aforesaid Nicolaes >\Teyer, at 
the Manhatans, free of expense and damage, and to have the same 
measured by the sworn City INIeasurer. And to carry out these 
presents, the appearers obligate themselves, and specially mort- 
gage their mill, situated at Wildwyck, and they also, in general, 
submit their persons and goods, real and personal, present and 
future, nothing excepted, to the jurisdiction of all courts and 
judges. And the appearers, with us, have personally subscribed 
these presents. 



140 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

Done at Wildwyek, this March 31, 1664. 
The mark of (x) Pieter Jacobsen, made by himself, 
The mark of (x) Pieter Cornelissen, made by himself. 
The mark of (x) Albert Gysbertsen, made by himself, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 
In my presence. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito. 
I, Nicolaes d Meyer, acknowledge having received in all, from 
what is to be received on the foregoing, seventeen schepels of wheat, 
in part payment of the interest, say seventeen schepels of wheat. 

Nicolaes d Meyer, 1664, 
20 Nov. 

We, the undersigned, Albert Gysbertsen and Tjerck Claesen 
deWit, Commissaries of the village of Wildwyek, make known that 
on this date appeared before us the worthy Juriaen Westphael, 
resident of Wildwyek, who acknowledges and declares that he is 
really and truly indebted to Mr. Nicolaes de Meyer, burgher and in- 
habitant of the city of Amsterdam in New Netherland, for the quan- 
tity of eighty schepels of good and pure winter wheat, twenty- 
eight schepels of oats, and sis good whole merchantable beavers, to- 
gether with thirty-three guilders, three stivers, in seewan, due for 
merchandise and goods delivered, wuth ten per cent, per annum 
interest thereon from July 9, 1663, to final payment. And he prom- 
ises to pay the aforesaid sums in two installments, one-half on Oc- 
tober 1, of the current year, and the other half on March 1, of 
the next year, 1665, with interest thereon, said amounts in grain 
and otherwise, as above mentioned, to be delivered at the Man» 
hatans, without expense or damage. For the purpose of carrying 
out these presents, the appearer specially mortgages his land, sit- 
uated below the village of Wildwyek, between the land of Thomas 
Chambers, across the Great Kill, and the land of Aert Martensen 
Doom and the lot lying in Wildwyek near the lot of Albert Hey- 
mans Roose, on the one side, and next to the lot of Tjerck Claesen 
deWit, on the other side, being the appearer 's whole lot, all of 
which he, the appearer, says is unencumbered and unrestricted, 
and also in general [he mortgages] his person and estate, real and 
personal, present and future, nothing excepted, submitting the 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 141 

same to the jurisdiction of all courts and judges. And the appear- 
er, with us, has thereupon personally signed these presents. Done 
at Wildwyck, this April 1, Anno 1664. 

The mark of (x) Juriaen Westphael, made by himself, 
The mark of (x) Albert Gysbertsen, made by himself, 
TiERCK Claszen deWitt, 
In my presence. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Cvpito, Secretary. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, April 1, Anno 1664. 

Present : Roelof Swartwout, Sellout ; Albert Gerretsen, Tjerck 
Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, Commis- 
saries. 

Frederick Philipsen, plaintiff, vs. AVyntje, wife of Allert Iley- 
mans, defendant. Plaintiff' demands from defendant fifty-nine 
schepels of wheat, and the expenses therewith, for Avhich an obliga- 
tion was delivered on May 4, 1662. Defendant admits the debt, but 
does not know how much it is, and says he has a counter claim for 
carting goods. 

The Honorable Court having heard the parties, and taking into 
eonisderation that defendant 's husband is absent, he having gone to 
the Manhatans, orders the parties to liquidate their accounts be- 
tween themselves, and that defendant on his admission of indebted- 
ness pay plaintiff the balance of the account. 

Jan Pietersen Muller, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. 
Plaintiff', under power of attorney from Wouter Albertsen, at Fort 
Orange, demands from defendant five schepels of wheat, he having 
attached the aforesaid five schepels of wheat in the hands of Aert 
Jacobsen. Defendant admits the debt. 

The Honorable Court declares the attachment valid, and orders 
defendant to pay plaintiff the aforesaid demand. 

Jan Evertsen. plaintiff, vs. Hester Douwesen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the amount of seventy-five guild- 
ers, in beavers, fourteen schepels of good winter wheat, forty-four 
guilders in sewan, under a previous judgment, dated June 5, 1663, 
for which he has lawfully caused to be attached two brandy kettles 
in the hands of Aert Jacobsen. He gives notice of the attachment, 
and requests execution thereunder. Defendant admits the debt, but 
requests four months' time. 



142 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

The Honorable Court declares the attachment valid, and, as 
plaintiff does not extend her time, the foregoing request of plain- 
tiff is granted. 

Johanna de Laet, wife of Jeronimus Ebbingh, plaintiff, vs. 
Cornells Barentsen Slecht, defendant. Plaintiff demands from de- 
fendant payment of the sum of twelve hundred twenty-one guilders, 
sixteen stivers, in beavers, due for rent May 1, of the year 1663, and 
requests payment thereof. 

Defendant admits the foregoing demand, and says he paid on 
account thereof thirty-five schepels of wheat, and the stiver money. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to satisfy plaintiff for 
the balance of the foregoing demand. 

Plaintiff" further requests that the estate and possessions of de- 
fendant be inventoried, so that she may be paid in full. She also 
requests that the purchase made yesterday by Frederick Philipsen, 
of the lot at Wildwyck, be annulled, and that she be preferred with 
respect thereto, as also with respect to the assignment made T3y 
defendant to Frederick Philipsen of about three hundred guilders 
to be received from the Honorable Company, regarding which she 
also attached all of defendant's property. 

The Honorable Court decides that plaintiff shall be preferred 
as to defendant's goods which are on plaintiff's own soil and land, 
and shall also be permitted to have the same inventoried. Regard- 
ing the purchase yesterday by Fl-ederick Philipsen from defendant 
of the lot at Wildwyck, the same is to remain valid, but plaintiff 
may bring suit against Frederick Philipsen for the purchase money 
and on the assignment to Frederick Philipsen of about three hun- 
dred guilders, due from the Honorable Company. The attachment 
made by plaintiff of the goods on her own soil is also declared valid 
by the Honorable Court. 

Jacobus Backer, under power of attorney from the Honorable 
Lord Director General, Petrus Stuyvesant,, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen 
Westphael, defendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant payment 
of the sum of ten hundred and four guilders, by virtue of a pre- 
vious judgment, dated December 27, 1663, and says that one hun- 
dred and six schepels of winter wheat have been paid on the same. 
Requests execution for the balance. 

The Honorable Court grants plaintiff' 's said demand for execu- 
tion. 



1664 j THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 143 

Hester Douvvesen, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barentse Slecht, cle- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant, on balance of account, 
twenty-one and one-half schepels of wheat. Defendant admits the 
debt, but says he paid on the same five schepels of wheat and one 
guilder in seewan. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
balance of said demand. 

Hester Douvvesen, plaintiff, vs. Pieter Jacobsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant thirty-four and one-half schepels 
of wheat, pursuant to a previous judgment and sentence, dated 
June 5, 1663, and requests payment. Defendant admits the debt, 
but says he delivered seven schepels of wheat on account. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
balance, pursuant to the said judgment. 

Hester Douwesen, plaintiff', vs. Evert Pels, defendant. Ab- 
sent. Default. 

Hester Douwesen, plaintiff', vs. Aert Jacobsen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant, as balance of account, seventeen 
schepels of wheat. Defendant answers, he paid to the cooper, for 
a tub belonging to both of them, four schepels of wheat as her half 
share, and also that he delivered to her one-quarter of a keg of beer. 

The Honorable Court orders the parties to have their accounts 
adjusted by impartial men, if possible, or otherwise to again apply 
to the Court. 

Hester Douwesen, plaintiff, vs. Willem van Vredenborch, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. 

Nicolaes Meyer, plaintiff', vs. Jan Jansen van Amersfort, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. As the defendant is absent, plaintiff 
requests that an extraordinary session may be ordered for his bene- 
fit against defendant. The Honorable Court grants plaintiff's fore- 
going request. 

Nicolaes Meyer, plaintiff', vs. Harmen Hendericksen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant twenty-seven guilders, ten sti- 
vers, in beavers, to be paid in wheat at market value at AVildwyck, 
and to be delivered at the Manhatans, according to obligation, and 
also demands fourteen guilders, ten stivers, in seewan, according to 
the same obligation. Requests payment and expenses thereunder. 
Defendant admits owing plaintiff the aforesaid amounts. 



144 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
aforesaid amounts, according to obligation, and to pay the Court 
expenses here. 

Dirrickje Jans, plaintiff, vs. Jan Jansen van Amersfort, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. 

Ensign Christiaen Niessen complains to the Honorable Court, 
that Jacobus Backer purposes to-day to send out one Mattys Roelof- 
sen, without previous notice to the Council of War and Honorable 
Court here, and that he told him that he had authority from the 
Honorable Lord Director General to send him to the mountains and 
therefore forbids the aforenamed Ensign to detain him. "Where- 
upon the Honorable Court forbids Mattys Roelofsen or his people, 
under penalty of arrest, to travel from this place in a canoe to any 
savage nation, unless Jacobus Backer can show the Magistrates or 
Council of War here orders from the Supreme Magistrates. 

Jacobus Backer, appearing before the Honorable Court with 
Mattys Roelofsen, in consequence of the foregoing order against 
Mattys Roelofsen, whereby he and his are directed not to travel in 
a canoe to any nation of savages, answers that he has a special 
order from the Honorable Lord Director General to dispatch said 
Mattys Roelofsen to the mountains, and that he is not obliged to 
show said order to the Magistrates or Council of War here, unless 
they are authorized thereto, as his order must remain secret, and 
he assumes responsibility for all the consequences. 

The Honorable Court, having heard the foregoing statement of 
Jacobus Backer, permits him to execute the secret order received 
by him. 

Jacob Joosten, Court Messenger, asks the Honorable Court for 
thirty or forty guilders, in seewan, for his services. 

As there is no money in the treasury, the petition is denied 
for the present. 

The Schout, Roelof Swai'twout, shows the Court three ordi- 
nances which he brought from the'Manhatans, one concerning the 
desecration of the Sabbath, the second concerning lessees and lessors 
of land, the third concerning the fencing in and impounding of 
cattle, and requests that the same be published and also that the 
previous ordinances of August 4, 1663, be renewed and published. 

The Commissaries consent that the ordinances taken along by 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 145 

the Schout be read and posted, also that the ordinance dated Au- 
gust 4, 1663 be renewed and published. 

Jan Hendericks van Bael, plaintiff, vs. Hermannus Blom, de- 
fendant. Absent. Default. 

Albert Gerretsen asks of the Honorable Court that execution 
may continue against Annetje Tacks, as the barn has been adver- 
tised for sale under execution on April 3, next. 

The Honorable Court orders the Doorkeeper, after the expira- 
tion of the time, to continue the execution, as usual. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, defendant. Ab- 
sent. Default. 

Henderick Jochemsen states to the Honorable Court that the 
Burgher Guard meets at his home, which is therefore used as a 
guard house, in consequence of which he is deprived of his liberty 
because of the quarrels of the guardsmen, and he is also not able 
to use his house as he wishes. He asks the Honorable Court to 
please direct the guard to remove from his house. 

The Honorable Court, having heard foregoing request, agrees 
with the aforesaid Henderick Jochemsen that, as there are no mate- 
rials for a guard house at hand, and no money at present in the 
treasury to purchase materials and build a guard house, the 
Burghery may one month longer use his house for the Burgher 
Guard, and promises to pay him therefor twenty guilders, in 
zee wan. 

Cornelis Barentse Slecht petitions the Court to be permitted to 
build on the lot of Aert Jacobsen Otterspoor, beyond the Mill Gate, 
as his term expires May next, and he must have a dwelling house. 

The Honorable Court refers to its previous decision. 

Mr. Gysbert van Imborch petitions the Honorable Court that 
the execution against Annetje Tacks may be continued, as Albert 
Gerretsen has delayed the execution against his sold horse. 

The Honorable Court adheres to its judgment rendered March 
11, last. 

On this April 3, Jan Evertsen declares he has attached in the 
hands of Pieter Jacobsen the balance of the money the latter owes 
Hester Douwesen, so as to obtain thereby full payment from Hester 
Douwesen, against whom he has been granted execution upon two 
kettles in the hands of Aert Jacobsen and also on his entire demand 
of April 1, 1664. 



146 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, [1664 

We, the undersigned, Albert Gysbertsen and Tjerck Claesen de 
Wit, Commissaries of the village of Wildwyck, make known that 
before us appeared the worthy Jan Jansen van Amersfort, inhabi- 
tant of Wildwyck, who acknowledges that he really and truly owes 
Mr. Nicolaes deMeyer, burgher and inhabitant of the city of Am- 
sterdam in New Netherland, the sum of one hundred and twelve 
guilders, in beavers, at eight guilders a piece, with ten per cent, per 
annum interest thereon from March 27, of the year 1662, to final 
payment, and also the sum of ninety-seven guilders, in seewan, with 
ten per cent, per annum interest thereon from April 3, of the year 
1664, to final payment, which aforesaid two amounts, the aforesaid 
sum of one hundred and twelve guilders, in beavers, with interest 
thereon, and the ninety-seven guilders, in seewan, or wheat, the 
schepel reckoned at six guilders, at the option of the above named 
Nicolaes de Meyer, the appearer promises to pay to the aforesaid 
Nicolaes de Meyer in the month of October of the current year, 
free of expense or damage, at the Manhatans. For the carrying 
out of these presents, he, the appearer, specially mortgages his 
house and lot situated in Wildwyck, and his farm land lying below 
the village of Wildwyck, which he, the appearer, says is unencum- 
bered, and also, in general, his person and other estates, real and 
personal, present and future, placing the same under the jurisdic- 
tion of all courts and judges. And thereupon the appearer, with 
us, personally signed these presents. Done at Wildwyck this April 
3, 1664. 

Jan Jansen, 
The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK C/LASZENT DE WiTT. 

In my presence. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

On November 24, 1666, the foregoing mortgage was satisfied by 
substitution of Capt. Tomes Chamberssen, and by an accepted obli- 
gation binding himself to pay at the earliest shipping opportunity. 

Nicolaes d Meyer. 
To me known. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 



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Hester Douwesen requests execution against Pieter Jacobsen, 
pursuant to judgment rendered April 1, after the Court Messenger 
served three citations. 

The Honorable Court orders the Doorkeeper to proceed with the 
execution. 

The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
Thomas Chambers, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 

Johanna de Laet, wife of Jeronimus Ebbing, has legally placed 
with Frederick Philipsen an attachment upon the purchase money 
for a lot bought by him, at Wildwyck, from Cornells Barentsen 
Slecht, and gives notice of the aforesaid attachment. 

Jacob Burhans, Collector of the Excise, has legally placed Avith 
Aert Jacobsen an attachment against Hester Douwesen who has a 
claim against Aert Jacobsen, and gives notice of the aforesaid at- 
tachment. 

On April 3, Anna Bloems attached, through the Court Messen- 
ger, two brandy kettles in the hands of Aert Jacobsen, belonging to 
Hester Douwesen, and gave notice this daJ^ 

On April 4, Paulus Cornelissen attached, through the Court 
Messenger, everything that Hester Douwesen might have at Pieter 
Jacobsen 's. 

On April 4, while engaged with the Secretary at Cornelis 
Barentsen Slecht 's house, a dispute arose between the Schout, Roe- 
lof Swartwout, and the Commissary, Tjerck Claesen de Wit, and, 
following it, blows were struck. The aforesaid Schout drew his 
sword against the Commissary, and challenged him to come outside. 
Wherefore, the Commissary, Gysbert van Imborch, demands, on thfe 
Lord 's account, a fine from both. There were present. Ensign Chris- 
tiaen Niessen, Nicolaes de Meyer, and Commissary Thomas Cham- 
bers. 

We, the undersigned, Albert Gysbertsen and Tjerck Claesen de 
Wit, Commissaries of the village of AVildwyck, make known that 
before us appeared the worthy Roelof Swartwout, resident of Wild- 
wyck, who acknowledges that he really and truly owes Mr. Nico- 
laes de Meyer, burgher and inhabitant of the city of Amsterdam in 
New Netherland, the amount of thirty-five schepels of winter wheat, 



148 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

due for merchandise and goods received, with ten per cent, inter- 
est thereon per annum, from December 3, of the year 1663, to final 
payment. And he promises to pay said thirty-five schepels of win- 
ter wheat to the aforesaid Nicolaes de Meyer at the Manhatans, on 
October 1, of the year written below, free of expense or damage. 
And for the carrying out of these presents, he, the appearer, binds 
and especially mortgages his house and lot, situated at Wildwyck, 
and his lands lying below the new village, and also, in general, his 
person and goods, real and personal, present and future, noth- 
ing excepted, submitting them to the jurisdiction of all courts and 
judges. And the appearer, with us, thereupon personally signed 
these presents, at Wildwyck, this April 4, of the year 1664. 

ROELOOF Sv^ARTW^OUT, 

The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
In my presence. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 
The foregoing, signed by Roelof Swartwout, annuls all obliga- 
tions entered into up to this date, from which I discharge him 
through this, my signature, when the foregoing is paid. Done at 
Wildwyck, this April 4, 1664. 

Nicolaes d Meyer. 
To my knowledge. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

Election held March 31, 1664, by a plurality of votes, for the 
purpose of sending two delegates from the village of Wildwyck to 
the Manhatans, to a formal Assembly. 

W^hereas, according to a written invitation of the Director 
General and Council of New Netherland to the Schout and Com- 
missaries here, dated March 18, last, it was requested that two 
delegates from our village of Wildwyck be sent to a formal gath- 
ering of an Assembly, the Schout and Commissaries have there- 
fore called upon us, the undersigned inhabitants of Wildwyck, to 
meet together on the day named below, to select two able persons 
of the community, and to depute them as delegates to the saidj 
meeting which is to take place on April 10. We have therefore 
selected, by a plurality of votes, the worthy persons, Thomas Cham- 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 149 

bers and Gysbert van Imborch, to whom we hereby give full power 
and authority to do what may be necessary for the common in- 
terest and that of this place, and also to act in any matter as shall 
seem to them advisable, confirminj? what they, the deleg:ates may, 
according to their obligation, have lawfully done for the common 
welfare. For which purpose we have personally subscribed to 
these presents, at Wildwyck, this March 31, 1664. 

(Signed) The mark (x) of Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Claesen 
deWitt, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, Evert Pels, Albert Gysbertsen, 
the mark (x) of Juriaen Westphael, the mark (x) of Jan Wil- 
lemse Hoochteylingh, Aert Jacobs, the mark (x) of Ariaen Gerrte- 
sen van Vliet, the mark (AMD) of Aert Martensen Doom, the 
mark (x) of Pieter Jacobsen, the mark (x) of iMattys Roelofsen, 
the mark (x) of Jan Broersen, the mark (x) of Jacob Barents Cool, 
Henderick Jochemsen. 

Accords with the original. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

On April 11, Emmetje Volckerts, to obtain her dues, legally 
attached, in the hands of Aert Jacobsen, everything that Evert Prys 
can claim of Aert Jacobsen, and gives notice of the attachment. 

We, the undersigned, Tjerck Claesen deAVit, and Gysbert van 
Imborch, Commissaries of the village of Wildwyck, make known 
that before us appeared the worthy Albert Gysbertsen, inhabitant 
of Wildwyck, who acknowledged that on the date below named, he 
bought and received from the worthy Cornelis Wyncoop two 
horses for the sum of four hundred guilders in wheat, the schepel 
to be reckoned at forty-five stivers. AATiich aforesaid four hun- 
dred guilders the appearer receives at ten per cent interest per 
annum, for four successive years, commencing on the day below 
written and ending May 1, 1668, and on his promise to pay annual- 
ly to said Cornelis Wyncoop the interest due, and to return the 
principal, with annual interest, at the close and expiration of the 
four years. For the carrying out of these presents, he, the ap- 
pearer, binds and specially mortgages twenty morgens [about two 
acres each] of arable land, lying below the village of Wildwyck and 
between the lands of Aert Jacobsen and Tjerck Claesen deWit, 
which he, appearer, says is unencumbered and unrestricted; and 



150 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

also, in general, he, the appearer, binds his person and other es- 
tate, real and personal, present and future, nothing excepted, sub- 
mitting the same to the jurisdiction of all courts and judges, and 
thereupon the appearer with us personally signed these presents. 
Done at Wildwyck, this May 1, 1664. 

This is the mark (x) of Albeet Gysbertsen, 

TiERCK Claszen de Witt, 
Gysbert van Imbroch. 

On this May 5, 1664, before the honorable Court at Wildwyck, 
there being then present the Schout, Roelof Swartwout, and the 
Commissaries, Albert Gysbertsen, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas 
Chambers and Gysbert van Imborch, appeared the worthy persons, 
Jan Cornelisen vander Heyde and Paulus Cornelisen, attorneys for 
Maritje, widow of Jan Barentsen Wemp, and informed the afore- 
said Honorable Court of the following Lord's acknowledgement, 
with the request to enter the same in the minutes. It reads word 
for word as follows: 

Before me, Cornelis van Ruyven, Secretary in the service of 
the Honorable Chartered West India Company in New Netherland, 
appeared the worthy Aert Piertesen Tack who, in the presence of 
the Honorable Lord Councillors deSille and Johan de Decker, ac- 
knowledged that he is really and truly indebted to the worthy 
Jan Barentsen Poest as follows: 

For two horses, in beaver's value fl. 600 

Another horse, 106 schepels of wheat, or in beavers fl. 318 

For a cow fl. 115 

Also in beavers fl. 200 

Total, in beavers or beaver's value fl. 1233 

Also, for sewant received fl. 300 

Which sum of twelve hundred and thirty-three guilders, in 
beavers, or its value, and three hundred guilders in seewant, the 
said Aert Pietersen receives and promises to pay to the aforesaid 
Jan Barentsen or his attorney, within three years, paying each 
year a just third, with ten per cent, interest thereon from this day. 
To secure the aforesaid Jan Barentsen Poest in the full payment 
hereof, he, the appearer, mortgages and binds his farm lying in 



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the Esopus, between Tjerck Claesen's and Jan Willerasen Sehoon's, 
together with the dwelling house, barn and loft, four horses and one 
cow, and all other appurtenances thereunto belonging, nothing 
excepted, and also all his estate, real and personal, present and 
future, submitting the same to the jurisdiction of all judges and 
courts. In witness whereof, these presents were subscribed by the 
appearer in the presence of the above mentioned Lord Councillors 
at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, April 1, 1662. (Below 
stood) To my knowledge, Cornelis van Ruyven. 

After comparison, this has been found to agree with the origi- 
nal. To which I certify. 

Mattheus Capito, Secretary. 

Ordinary Session, held Tuesday, May 6, 1664. 

Present : Roelof Swartwout, Schout ; Albert Gysbertsen, 
Tjerck Claesen deWit, Thomas Chambers, Gysbert van Imborch, 
Commissaries. 

Johanna de Laet, wife of Jeronimus Ebbingh, plaintiff, vs. 
Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, defendant. Plaintiff states that, as 
the lease of the defendant has expired, she would like to arrange 
with him concerning what has been sown on the land, about which 
they can not agree. 

Defendant requests that what shall be now found by impar- 
tial men to have been sown may be appraised. The Honorable 
Court grants defendant's request. 

Plaintiff further demands from defendant, in addition to the 
bills recently presented, eight hundred guilders, according to con- 
tract, for rent from the year 1663, just passed. 

Defendant presents an account against plaintiff for damage 
■ done and sustained during the said period, through the troubles 
caused by the savages, amounting to the sum of twenty-eight hun- 
dred and fifty guilders, and maintains that he is not liable for the 
payment of the full rent. 

Mrs. de Laet, above mentioned, and Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, 
request the Honorable Court, as arbiters and good men, to give 
a decision to their mutual satisfaction, in the foregoing matter of 
the rent for the last year of the lease. Whereupon the aforesaid 
Honorable Court, as chosen arbiters, have decided, and it is mutual- 



152 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

ly agreed by the parties, that Cornells Barentse Sleeht shall pay 
Mrs. deLaet, as rent for the last year, the sum of five hundred 
guilders, in beavers or corn, beaver's value, according to the con- 
tract. 

Mrs. deLaet shows an extract from the record of the minutes 
of the session of the Director General and Councillors in New Neth- 
erland, held April 17, 1664, wherein she asked for an attachment 
of the moneys due from the Honorable Company to Cornelis Bar- 
entsen Sleeht, which attachment was declared valid by their Right 
Honorable Worships, and thereupon requests that Cornelis Barent- 
sen be directed to give her an assignment [order] on the Company 
for the remaining money attached by her, still held by the Com- 
pany. 

To this the defendant, Cornelis Barentsen Sleeht, answers, that 
he is not able to give an assignment, as he has already made an 
assignment to some one else, viz., Frederick Philipsen, of about 
three hundred guilders, in sewant, but, if any more should be 
debited to him on the books of the Honorable Company, she shall 
receive it from the Honorable Company. 

Mrs. deLaet further requests that the judgment rendered 
April 1, last, against the aforesaid defendant, be enforced by exe- 
cution. 

Defendant answers that the sown grain must first be appraised, 
and maintains that until then the execution must be delayed, so as 
to determine what he then must pay in satisfaction. 

The Honorable Court refers the parties to good men, to be 
selected by themselves, as mutually requested, to appraise what 
has been sown, and after the appraisal to make up accounts on both 
sides. And plamtiflP is also authorized to proceed with the exe- 
cution against defendant for what may then appear to be due for 
the rent. Whereto also the Doorkeeper is directed by the Honorable 
Court to act accordingly. 

The Honorable Court having seen the request of Cornelis Bar- 
entsen Sleeht to the Director General and Council of New Nether- 
land, dated November 17, 1663, and the letter written concerning 
the same by their Right Honorable Worships, the petitioner is, 
in consequence thereof, ordered to show that Aert Otterspoor, from 
the lot— 

[End of Volume I, as extant— page 336.] 



1664] THE DUTCH BECOKDfci OF KINGSTON. 153 

[Part of] BOOK II 

[Court Records, June 24, 1664— November 18, 1664.] 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, June 24, 1664. 

Present: Roelof Swartwout, Schout; Thomas Chambers, Gys- 
bert van Imbroch, Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Henderick Jo- 
chemsen, Commissaries. 

The Schout shows the Honorable Court the note of the Coun- 
cil of War at Wildwyck, dated June 23, 1664, as more at large ap- 
pears in the original. The Schout also shows to the Honorable 
Court a note of Captain Lieutenant Marten Cregier, dated June 
13, 1664, from which it appears that the Honorable Court has been 
pleased to delay the farming out of the tapster excise until the fur- 
ther order of the Director General and Council of New Netherland. 

Juriaen Westphael, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. 
Both absent. Both in default. 

Juriaen Westphael, plaintiff, absent, default, vs. Tjerck Clae- 
sen deWit, defendant. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swartwout, de- 
fendant. 

Plaintiff demands sixty guilders, in beavers, from defendant, 
for pasturing three cows, also a bridle loaned him last year, valued 
at sixteen guilders in beavers, also a quantity of wood valued at 
three schepels of wheat and three guilders in seewan. Defendant 
denies pasturing three cows, but admits that plaintiff pastured two 
cows for him, and promises to return the bridle and pay the value 
of the quantity of wood. He admits he owes the three guilders, 
in seewan. 

Plaintiff replies that, as a fine due to defendant, he had to 
pasture one cow, but was compelled therefor to pasture four cows 
for him. To this the defendant answers that he has a counter 
claim. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to submit his counter 
claim at its next session. 



154 TfiE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, 
defendant. Plaintiff requests that defendant, as in duty bound, shall 
and demands payment therefor, or another canoe instead. 

Defendant admits he borrowed the canoe, and that he did not 
return it; adds that it was taken by Jan Willemsen's man and 
was used for the benefit of those who had to be on the arable land. 

The Honorable Court orders that all of those who have land 
across the Kill shall indemnify the plaintiff, or else substitute 
another canoe, otherwise to apply to the Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Claesen de 
"Wit, defendant. 

Plaintiff, by a petition to the Honorable Court, requests that 
he be sustained, he having been scornfully treated by defendant, 
as appears by the petition, dated May 6, 1664. 

Defendant admits he was fined in the field, but says that the 
Ensign promised a permanent convoy, and when, early one morn- 
ing, his people went out to look for their horses, the convoy did 
not follow. The Ensign and the Schout were at that time with the 
convoy on Thomas Chambers' land to examine the burnt palisades 
set on fire by a soldier. On their return, the Ensign and the 
Schout both became intoxicated and then agreed that the Schout 
should go with the convoy to fine the defendant for ploughing 
in the field. Defendant denies he called plaintiff names or threat- 
ened him. 

The Honorable Court orders plaintiff to submit his proofs in 
writing, 

Roelof Swartv/out, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Foppe Barents, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant fifteen schepels of 
wheat, according to obligation, dated May 8, 1664. Defendant 
admits the debt, but says that as soon as he receives his money 
from Tjerck Claesen he will pay plaintiff. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff. 

Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, 
defendant. Plaintiff requests that defendant, as in duty bound, shall 
testify to the truth before the Honorable Court, with reference 
to the differences between plaintiff and Tjerck Claesen deAVit, re- 
garding the pasturing of plaintiff's cov/s, concerning which de- 
fendant testifies and declares that he knows that Tjerck Claesen 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



155 



deWit promised to pasture two cows for plaintiff, for which plain- 
tiff was not to advance Tjerck Claesen any money. 

Albert Gysbertsen requests that he be permitted to dig a saw- 
pit in front of his lot. 

The Honorable Court grants petitioner's request, upon condi- 
tion that he cover the saw-pit every evening, so that no accident 
may occur therefrom to man or beast, and that he fill it up before 
harvest time. 

Foppe Barents, plaintiff, vs. Evert Pels, Allert Heyraans Roose, 
absent, and Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, defendants. 

Plaintiff demands from defendants the sum of fifteen guilders, 
eleven stivers, in seewan, being the balance for carpenter work 
on the parsonage at Wildwyck. 

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, appearing alone, says that judg- 
ment may be rendered and recorded against them, as Evert Pels, 
in Foppe Barents' presence, so verbally instructed him. 

The Honorable Court finds that, as the retired Commis- 
saries have never been willing to render an accounting to the newly 
installed Commissaries, and the new Commissaries know nothing 
about the receipts and expenditures, the credits or the debits, the 
newly installed Commissaries are therefore not willing to accept 
any bills until the retired Commissaries have rendered their ac- 
counts. 

And for cause, the appearers, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht 
and Evert Pels, are ordered by the Honorable Court to pay the 
aforesaid demand of the plaintiff who is a country man and a 
stranger, and therefore must not be delayed. 

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht requests the Honorable Court to 
please show him, after adjournment, where he may erect his dwell- 
ing house. 

The Schout requests that, as many complaints have reached 
him regarding Henderick Jansen Looman's estate, the Honorable 
Court please order the curators of the said estate to render to it an 
accounting of the receipts and expenditures. 

The Honorable Court orders the curators of the estate of Hen- 
derick Jansen Looraan and Willeni Jansen Seba to render at its 
next session an accounting of their curatorships. 



156 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Jan Cornelisen van der Heyde asks the Honorable Court to 
permit him to take along with him the horses for account of Aert 
Pietersen Tack, pursuant to directions from his mother-in-law, 
Marietje Meynderts. 

The Honorable Court decides that petitioner must proceed ac- 
cording to law against the estate of Aert Pietersen Tack. 

Paulus Cornelissen requests payment for the goods furnished 
for the parsonage at Wildwyck, and the freight. 

Jacob JoGsten, Court Messenger, requests payment for his ser- 
vices, or else to be released from such service. 

The Honorable Court orders the petitioner to send in his 
bill to it. 

Extraordinary Session, Thursday, July 10, 1664. 

Present : Roelof Swartwout, Schout ; Gysbert van Iniborch, 
Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Henderick Jochemsen, Commissar- 
ies. 

Sweerus Teunissen, successor of Jan Barentsen Wemp, de- 
ceased, requests the Honorable Court to permit him to obtain his 
money from Aert Pietersen Tack who has absented himself from 
this place, as he is his principal creditor. And he further requests 
that the real and personal estate of Aert Pietersen Tack be sold 
under execution to satisfy his mortgage, especially as the risk 
of the horses, cattle and grain in the field operates to the prejudice 
of the creditors. Among these horses, also, is a mare, two years 
old, delivered by his predecessor, Jan Barentsen Wemp, to Aert 
Pietersen Tack, on the condition, previously stipulated in a con- 
tract dated September 7, 1661, that the purchaser should keep said 
mare, at the seller's risk, for six years and then return it to the 
seller. "Wherefore, he, Sweerus Teunissen, requests possession of 
the horse and that Aert Pietersen Tack's claim be rated by im- 
partial men. Requests speedy justice with reference to the fore- 
going, as he is a stranger. 

The Honorable Court decides, that, as Aert Pietersen Tack has 
absented himself, and his M'ife, not wishing to have anything fur- 
ther to do with the estate, has had an inventory made thereof, 
he shall be summoned according to law, either by ringing of bell or 
on holidays. But having learned that the grain in the field, the 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 157 

horses and the cattle are held at great risk to the creditors, the Hon- 
orable Court therefore decides to sell these at auction to the highest 
bidder next Monday, July 14, and to hold the proceeds on deposit 
as provisional security. The real estate, the Honorable Court de- 
cides, shall, after due citation and non appearance of Aert Pieter- 
sen Tack, be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Regarding the 
request for the possession of the mare, the Honorable Court de- 
cides that said claim shall be appraised by impartial appraisers, 
and for that purpose Evert Pels and Aert Jacobsen are chosen to 
appraise the same as near as possible according to its value ; all this 
being in accordance with the contract relating thereto. 

Extraordinary Session, ^londay, July 14, 1664. 

Present: AVillem Beeckman, Schout; Thomas Chambers, Gys- 
bert van Imbroch, Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Henderick Joc- 
hemsen. Commissaries. 

The Commissioner and Schout, Willem Beeckman, exhibits the 
commission and instructions given to him by the Honorable Lord 
Director General and Council of New Netherland. 

In clauses seven and eight of these instructions provisions re- 
garding the farming out of the tapster and burgher excise are 
included, which farming out is postponed to a more propitious 
time because of the troublous and deplorable condition of the coun- 
try. 

The Honorable Schout suggested that the fortifications be 
properly completed and repaired, as the savages are again gath- 
ering up the river. Also that six or seven of the free men 
should watch, as the garrison at present is weak. It was resolved 
to commence work tomorrow. 

It was further suggested by Captain Thomas Chambers, that 
the free men are entirely unprovided with powder and shot, and 
he therefore requested of Commissioner Beeckman that powder 
and shot be furnished. This was agreed to, upon condition that, if 
the Director General and Council require payment therefor, the 
same shall be made; which was accepted, and that the seven or 
eight men are to watch. 

Swerus Teunissen, appearing, requests that the sale of the 
grain lying in the field, and the horses and cattle of his debtor, Aert 



168 THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. [1664 

Pietersen Tack, may proceed, according to the decision of the 
Court, dated July 10. 

Thomas Chambers says he was not present on July 10, and 
is of opinion that Aert Pietersen Tack must first be condemned 
according to law, ere his property can be sold under execution. 

Mr. Gysbert, Jan Willemsen and Henderick Jochemsen are 
of the same opinion, but for reasons set forth in the decision of 
July 10, adhere to their resolution. 

The matter having been reviewed, it is decided, for cause, that 
the sale shall proceed, if reasonable prices are obtainable thereat. 

On July 14, the eleven schepels of sown wheat and the ad- 
ditions in the field, together with the horses and cattle, were 
offered for sale at auction, but were withdrawn by the Honorable 
Court, as their value could not be reached or realized and this would 
be very prejudicial to the general creditors. And Swerus Teunis- 
sen asks that the horses and cattle be held back until the time ap- 
pointed for the sale of the farm, the which is consented to. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, July 22, 1664. 

Present: Willem Beeckman, Schout; Thomas Chambers, Gys=' 
bert van Imbroch, Jan Willem Hoochteylingh, Henderick Jochem- 
sen, Commissaries. 

Juriaen Westphael, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Claesen deWit, and 
Albert Gysbertsen, defendants. Plaintiff demands a balance of one 
hundred and twenty-seven and one-half schepels of wheat from de- 
fendants as curators of the estate of Henderick Jansen Looman, ap- 
pointed by the Honorable Court. 

Defendants refer to their account book, exhibited to the Hon- 
orable Court, wherefrom it appears that there are more creditors, 
and the estate apparently will be in debt. 

The Honorable Court decides that plaintiff shall receive the 
whole of his claim relating to the horse, and that for the balance 
of his account he must share with the other creditors. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swartwout, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff still insists upon his former demand of June 24, 
1664. Defendant, pursuant to the order of the Honorable Court, 
exhibits a counter account. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 159 

The parties are referred to Evert Pels and Allert Heymans, 
to bring about, under the supervision of Commissary Henderick 
Jochemsen, an agreement, if possible, or, otherwise, to report to 
the Honorable Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, plaintiff, vs. Albert Gysbertsen, defendant. 

Plaintiff still demands a fine from defendant for violating the 
ordinance with reference to not going out to plough or work without 
a convoy. 

Defendant says he is ready to prove that he asked p]nKign 
Niessen for a convoy, which the latter promised but did not send. 

The case is adjourned to the next session. 

Farming op the Burgher Excise. 

Terms and conditions upon which the Messieurs Schout and 
Schepens of the village of Wildwyck, in New Netherland, with 
the approval of the Right Worshipful Lords, the Director General 
and Council of New Netherland, intend, according to the laudable 
custom and order of our Fatherland, to farm out to the highest bid- 
der the burgher excise on wine and beer to be consumed within the 
jurisdiction of the aforesaid' village, by all officers as well as by 
ordinary burghers, except the Supreme Government and Ministers 
of the Divine Word. 

The one who becomes Parmer of the said excise shall receive 
from all officers as well as ordinary burghers and inn-keepers, none 
but those hereinbefore mentioned excepted, as excise for the winea 
and the beer to be consumed by them : 

For an anker of brandy, Spanish wine, distilled waters or 
others of the same quality, thirty stivers. 

For an anker of French wine, Rhine wine, wormwood wine or 
others of the same quality, fifteen stivers, a hogshead to be reckon- 
ed as five ankers. 

For a tun of good beer, one guilder. 

For a tun of small beer, six stivers. 

Larger or smaller casks in proportion. 

The impost shall be laid and the excise be paid to the Farmer, 
between August 17, 1664, and August 10, 1665. No excise shall be 
received after the date last above mentioned. 



160 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, [1664 

The excise shall be paid to the Farmer in good braided sewan, 
at twelve white or six black beads for one stiver. 

The Farmer must promptly every three months pay the lawful 
quarter of the amount promised for the farming, in good current 
payment, at twelve white or six black beads for one stiver. 

The Farmer must furnish for the promised farming price two 
sufficient money sureties. 

Tjerck Claesen bids fl. 60 

Tomas Harmens bids fl. 75 

Tjerck Claesen bids fl. 100 

Tomas Harmens bids fl. 125 

Evert Pels bids fl. 150 

■Received fl. 3 seewan Roelof Swartwout bids fl. 175 

Received fl. 3 seewan Evert Pels bids fl. 200 

Received fl. 3 seewan Tomas Harmensen bids fl. 225 

Received fl. 3 seewan « " bids fl. 250 

Received fl. 6 seewan Roelof Swartwout bids fl. 275 

Received fl. 6 seewan Tomas Harmensen bids fl. 300 

Received fl. 6 seewan " " bids fl. 325 

Received fl. 9 seewan " " bids fl. 350 

Being put up at [Dutch] auction,* with a limit of three hun- 
dred guilders,** (received another nine guilders seewan), Tomas 
Harmensen becomes the Farmer for the sum of three hundred and 
fifty-seven guilders, and furnishes as sureties Tjerck Claesen 
deWit and Walran du Mont, jointly and severally, as principals, 
all of whom together have subscribed, this August 16, 1664, at 
Wildwyck. 

(Subscribed) Tomas Harmens, Tjerck Claesen deWit, Wal- 
ran du Mont. 
(Below) 
In my presence. 

WiLLEM BeECKMAN. 

On this August 18, Evert Pels and Albert Heymans reported, 
in regard to the arbitration between Roelef Swartwout and Tjerck 
Claesen deWit, that there was no prospect of bringing about an 
agreement between them. 

*The auctioneer beginning with a high price, and gradually reducing 
it till he receives a bid. 

**As the lowest price. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 161 

The Schout and Schepens here give notice and coniinand, that 
henceforth no inn-keeper or vender of wine and beer shall be al- 
lovred to sell until, following the custom in our Fatherland, he 
shall have obtained from the Honorable Court a license for said 
business, which every inn-keeper shall renew quarter yearly and 
for which he shall pay every time for the use of the respective 
judges one pound Flemish, under penalty of suspension of his busi- 
ness for open and wilful neglect. Done at Wildwyck this August 
19, 1664. 

The Schout and Schepens further order that those who make a 
business of brewing and of distilling brandy, shall henceforth no 
longer tap or sell wine by measure, on pain of confiscation of the 
broached liquor and fine of fifty guilders for each violation dis- 
covered. Done at Wildw}''ck, August 19, 1664. (Signed) AVillem 
Beeckman. 

It was resolved by the Honorable Court at "Wildwyck that the 
burghery and inhabitants shall again keep watch, as, owing to tne 
approach of the English, the militia have been relieved therefrom 
by the Director General and Council. Done at Wildwyck, this 
September 1, 1664. (Signed) Willeni Beeckman. 

Extraordinary Session, Wednesday, September 4, 1664. 

Present : Willem Beeckman, Schout : Gysbert van Imbroch, 
Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Henderick Jochemsen, Commissaries. 

On the proposition made by the Honorable Schout what to do 
in case the English should approach our village of Wildwyck, it is 
resolved that, at the discharge of a cannon, all the burghery shall 
repair to the head watch, there to receive further orders, and that 
in the meantime the Honorable Schout, together with the Honor- 
able Court, shall seek to parley with said English beyond the gates. 
Meanwhile, the burgher officers are recommended to ascertain 
what powder and shot there are among the burghery, as we can not 
tell how the savages will act in these circumstances. Thus done by 
the Schout and Commissaries at Wildwyck, the day and year above 
mentioned. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, October 7, 1664. 
Present; Willem Beeckman, Schout; Thomas Chambers. Jan 
Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Commissaries. 



162 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Emmetje Volckerts, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Barentsen Cool, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff demands from defendant an amount of thirty- 
five schepels of wheat, two guilders, ten stivers, in sewan, whereof, 
according to her account, one schepel of wheat and four guilders, 
ten stivers, have been paid. 

Defendant and his wife deny a portion of the debt, and there- 
upon submit items of a counter reckoning. 

The Honorable Court directs the parties to Roelof Swartwout 
and Walran du Mont, good men, to bring the parties to an agree- 
ment, if possible, and, if not, to report to the Honorable Court. 

Walran du Mont, plaintiff, absent, default, vs. Jacob Barent- 
sen Cool, defendant. 

Walran du Mont, plaintiff, absent, default, vs. Dirrick Hen- 
dericksen, defendant. Absent. Default. 

Jan Tyssen, plaintiff, vs. Annetje Ariaens Tack, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant, for wages for two and one-half 
months, seventy guilders, heavy money, and thereupon has attached, 
at Thomas Chambers', as many schepels of wheat as long Jacob, the 
defendant's servant, has earned with the aforesaid Thomas Cham- 
bers. 

Defendant refers the matter to the estate, because the wages 
earned by the plaintiff were earned under her husband, and ^e 
maintains that the wages earned by her servant with Thomas 
Chambers are due to her. 

The Honorable Court decides that, as the wages of defendant's 
servant, earned with Thomas Chambers, were concealed, the 
same shall be transferred to the estate, and plaintiff shall stand on 
a par with the other creditors after the sale of Aert Pietersen 
Tack's property. 

Thomas Harmensen, plaintiff, vs. Sara Gillissen, defendant. 
Plaintiff demands from defendant the full fine due for smuggling, 
and also the wine he found with her at her place. 

Defendant answers she did not know that there was so much 
wine in the anker, that there should have been, according to her 
mother, about twenty cans of wine, and now there have been found 
about twenty-four cans. 

The Honorable Court decides the wine to be a prize, and there- 
upon, on the Farmer's demand for two hundred guilders, impose 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 163 

upon the defendant a fine of one hundred y:nilders in sewau, to 
be duly applied. 

Mattheus Capito, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lootman and Michael Ver- 
brugge, defendants. 

Plaintiff says that some time ago, at the house of Walran du 
JVIont, he was insulted by the defendants, who said he had caused 
them loss by overcharging their account with the Company. 

Michael Verbrugge answers that in liis account there have been 
deducted by the Honorable Secretary van Ruyven a blanket and 
two pair of fine stockings, which he should have received from 
]\Iattheus Capito in the Esopus, as appears by his books. 

Jan Lootman answers tliat about one hundred guildei's were 
deducted on his account, and that, complaining about this, the 
Honorable Secretary van Ruyven referred to the books at Esopus 
or the keeper thereof. 

The parties are referred to the bookkeeper of the Honorable 
Company and to the Honorable Secretary van Ruyven. in order to 
settle their differences. 

Tjerck Claesen deWit, plaintiff, vs. Roelof Swartwout, defend- 
ant. Plaintiff sues for the pasturing of three cows, according to 
the demand of June 29, last. 

Defendant admits that plaintiff* pastured two cows for him, 
for which he ought to pay like any one else, and that plaintiff was 
to pasture two more cows for him, in payment of the fine due from 
him, under an agreement with him made in the presence of Albert 
Gysbertsen who, on June 29, last, testified and stated before the 
Honorable Court, and now confirms under oath, that Tjerck Clae- 
sen was to pasture for defendant two cows in payment of the fine 
due. 

The Honorable Court again refers the parties to the decision 
of Everts Pels and Allert Heymans, good men, to bring the parties 
to an agreement, if possible, or else to report to the Honorable 
Court. 

Roelof Swartwout, plaintiff, vs. Tjerck Claesen de Wit, de- 
fendant. Plaintiff declares he has attached fifteen schepels of 
wheat of Foppe Barents in the hands of defendant, whereupon de- 
fendant told the Village Messenger that he had assigned to his 
brother-in-law, Jan Tomassen, at Fort Orange, his claim on ac- 



164 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

count of the aforesaid fifteen seliepels of wheat of Foppe Barentsen. 

Defendant admits that he verbally assigned the above men- 
tioned fifteen schepels of wheat to his brother-in-law, Jan Tomassen. 

Roelof Swartwout further says that for this he also lawfully 
arrested Foppe Barentsen, and that said Foppe Barentsen, after 
said arrest, went away. 

Extraordinary Session, Saturday, October 18, 1664. 

Present: Willem Beeekman, Schout; Thomas Chambers, Gys- 
bert van Imbroch, Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Commissaries. 

The Honorable Schout asks how the minister's salary is to be 
paid. 

It is resolved that the old and first book of the retired Com- 
missaries be first made up, so as to show the situation to the newly 
appointed Commissaries. It is further resolved, that, in accord- 
ance with the previous order of the Honorable Director General, 
every resident householder shall, for each year of the past four 
years, contribute towards the minister's salary one guilder for 
every morgen, and other inhabitants ten guilders, heavy money, in 
wheat, for every single lot at Wildwyck, the schepel to be reckoned 
at fifty stivers, and that the inhabitants shall be commanded here- 
in to make payment within three weeks, on pain of [issuance of] 
execution. 

The Honorable Schout submits: 

1. That it is necessary to send some of the Honorable Judges 
to the Manhatans, to ask of the Governor there a warrant of au- 
thority for the continuance of the Court here. 

2. Also, that the farming of the beer and wine excise be con- 
tinued until the village debt, caused by the heavy wars, shall have 
been paid. 

3. Further, that the delegates arrange with the Governor 
there with reference to the quartering of soldiers at Wildwyck. 

4. ^nd further, that the delegates also ask for linen and 
blankets for the soldiers quartered here, who have made request 
therefor, as the inhabitants here are unable to provide them, there- 
with, because a great deal has been destroyed by the heavy w^ar. 

5. Also, that, pursuant to the articles of peace concluded 
with them, the savages be not permitted to come or trade on this 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 165 

side of the Kill near the Redoubt, nor on the lands about the village. 

Upon the foregoing propositions, there are chosen from the 
Magistrates the Honorable Officer, Willem Beeckmen, and Schepen, 
Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, who are herewith commissioned and 
authorized to promote the said propositions with the Governor at 
New York, as they are considered necessary for this place. 

The Commissary, Gysbert van Imbroch, requests that as, at the 
late Assembly, he and Thomas Chambers, delegates for the village of 
Wildwyck, incurred expenses and lost their own time, the money 
be promptly paid them by the inhabitants, according to contract 
with the latter, as also their expenses for clerical work at the Man- 
hatans. 

The Honorable Court decides that the inhabitants be ordered 
to pay the foregoing demand and debt, within fourteen days. 

Ordinance forbidding trade with the savages on this side 
of the Kill near the Redoubt. 

Whereas, the Honorable Court at Wildwyck has been informed 
that some of the residents here have attempted to sell to, or buy 
from, the savages, meats or other merchandise on this side of the 
Kill near the Redoubt, by which acts the savages have been encour- 
aged to show themselves in and near the village and dwelling houses 
here, in violation of the wholesome articles of peace, the Honorable 
Court, therefore, in order to guard against any calamity, hereby 
prohibits any one here to attempt to trade with the savages on this 
side of the above named Kill, under a penalty of one hundred 
guilders for the first offense, double for the second, and arbitrary 
punishment for the third, one-third of the above stated fine to go 
to the informer. Thus enacted at a meeting of Schout and Schep- 
ens of the village of Wildwyck, this October 18, 1664. 

October 20, 1G64. 

The ]Magistrales of the village of Wildwyck again announce 
that all those importing any strong drink into this place shall, be- 
fore delivering the same to any house, obtain a permit from the 
Farmer, and then, before being allowed to sell the same at retail, 
obtain from the Secretary a license and pay therefor six guilders, 
and to the Farmer the excise. Said license must also be renewed 
every three months by those who hold them, who shall, each time, 
pay one pound Flemish therefor. 



166 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, October 21, 1664. 

Present: Willem Beeckman, Schout; Thomas Chambers, Gys- 
bert van Imbroch, Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Commissaries. 

Ileuderick Cornelissen, rope maker, plaintiff, vs. Sara Gillis- 
sen, defendant. 

Plaintiff' says that defendant's mother is indebted to him in 
the sum of forty guilders, in sewan, and six schepels of wheat, un- 
der an assignment by Jan Barentsen Ameshof. 

Defendant ansvv'ers that she is not indebted to defendant, and 
that plaintiff must therefore look to her mother for the aforesaid 
claim. 

The Honorable Court denies plaintiff' 's claim on the defendant. 
And if defendant's mother should have any goods or outstanding 
debts here, plaintiff may then attach said debts and goods, and 
pursue his claim thereon. 

Magdalena Dirricks, plaintiff", vs. Dirrick Storm, defendant. 
Plaintiff says that defendant has appropriated the effects of the 
barber. Marten van der Hage, and that plaintiff claims thereof 
three schepels of wheat as pay for washing, as her husband was 
referred by the said barber at the Manhatans to these very goods. 

Defendant in reply exhibits a letter of attorney from Marten 
van der Hage regarding the seizure of the chest, and says that he 
paid said van der Hage, at the Manhatans, about thirty guilders 
above his claim of the twenty-eight guilders. 

Defendant, having been asked whether he is willing to accept 
the trunk and to pay plaintiff' 's claim, answers. No, and says that 
he wishes to speak with plaintiff about it, and thereupon stepped 
out. 

Dirrick Storm, plaintiff, vs. Albert Jansen van Steenwyck, 
defendant. Plaintiff, under a power of attorney from Roelof Har- 
mensen, demands from defendant payment of three schepels of 
wheat. 

Defendant admits his indebtedness to Roelof Harmensen and 
adds that Roelof Harmensen also gave a power of attorney to An- 
dries Pietersen, who accepted it. 

The Honorable Court decides that defendant pay to plaintiff 
the aforesaid demand, for the reason that Andries Pietersen did 
not prosecute his case before the Honorable Court. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 167 

Whereas, the old retired Commissaries have several times been 
admonished to liquidate the village accounts, they are therefore 
hereby again ordered and directed either to do so, or to have the 
same done, within eight days, under penalty of fifty guilders. 

Whereas, the Honorable Schout and Schepens of the village of 
Wildwyck feel concerned over the delay in making up the village 
accounts, and understand that Roelof Swartwout, retired Schout, 
is negligent in giving up papers, and information relative thereto, 
said Roelof Swartwout, is therefore ordered immediately to deliver 
up all such account papere and documents relating to the village of 
Wildwyck, and, with the old Commissaries, to report to the Secre- 
tary, to make up the old accounts of the village. 

Jacob Jansen van Etten, farm hand of Aert Pietersen Tack, 
requests that he also be paid out of the estate of Aert Pietersen 
Tack, according to account rendered. 

Honorable Mr. Beeckman. 

Whereas, the Commissaries understand that your Honor has 
been ordered to send to the Mauhatans the powder and shot belong- 
ing to the Honorable Company still here, we, the Commissaries, 
therefore, deeming its necessary to the welfare of the village, re- 
quest that your Honor be pleased to leave the packages of powder 
and shot here, until the English Governor at the Manhatans shall 
have sent us other packages of powder and shot, because, among 
the congregation or inhabitants here, no powder or shot can be 
found or procured, so that, in case of unexpected danger from the 
savages, the inhabitants may be provided therewith. Awaiting 
your Honor's written and immediate reply. 

Done at Wildwyck at a meeting of the Commissaries, this Oc- 
tober 27, 1664. 

On October 27, Evert Prys lawfully attached [property of] 
Jonas Rantsou, and hereby gives notice of said attachment. , 

Under date of November 6, Cornells Cornelissen Vernoy law- 
fully attached twenty guilders, in sewan, in the hands of Jan Jan- 
sen Oosterhout for Jonas Rantsou, and hereby gives notice thereof. 

Extraordinary Session, Friday, November 14, 1664. 
The Officer, Willem Beeckman, reported to the Honorable 
Court what had been accomplished by him and the Commissary, 



168 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

Jan Willenisen Hoochteylingh, at the Manhatans, with the Governor 
General, and thereover showed the Court a Warrant given him by 
the aforesaid Governor. The Honorable Court thereupon resolved 
to publish said Warrant to the community, which, translated from 
English into Dutch^ reads as follows: — 

Regarding the welfare and the tranquility of matters in the 
Esopus, the following instructions are hereby ordered to be pub- 
lished and observed: 

1. That the present officers and Schepens shall on all occa- 
sions, as heretofore, be obeyed as authorities, until the contrary 
appears over my signature. 

2. That the minister's arrears be promptly paid, and he shall 
continue his service as heretofore. 

3. That no one shall sell brandy or liquor to the savages, un- 
der penalty of five hundred guilders. 

4. That the Indians or savages shall be permitted to peace- 
fully enter the Esopus or the village of Wildwyck during the day 
time, to sell venison and other merchandise, and that no evil or 
injury be done them, because I have agreed with the Sachems, for 
themselves as well as for their subjects, that no injury or violence 
shall be done to the subjects of his Majesty of England. 

5. That the soldiers shall be quartered by the Magistrates in 
the houses of the inhabitants, to M^hom I shall give good pay, to be 
fixed by agreement. 

6. That the inhabitants and the soldiers shall dwell together 
in amity and friendship, so that, in occasions or time of need, 
they may act together as one man. 

7. In case any difference should occur between a soldier and 
an inhabitant, the same shall, after complaint to the officers or 
Magistrates, be settled and decided by the officers and Magistrates 
alone. 

Given over my signature, October 26, Old Style, 1664, at 
Fort James, in New York. 

(Signed) Richard Nicola [Nicolls]. 

It was also proposed, and thereupon resolved, that, by public 
notice to the inhabitants here of the mischief and damage that may 
result from fire, the householders living near the Mill gate shall 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 169 

be forbidden to carry their straw and rubbish, for the purpose of 
being burnt, close to the village palisades, but shall rather take 
the same across the Mill dam. Whereupon the following placard 
was posted : 

Whereas, experience teaches us the impropriety of throwing 
out straw and rubbish and of burning the same close by the pali- 
sades, wherefrom great danger from fire may be expected, the 
Schout and Schepens therefore order that straw and rubbish shall 
be carted across the Mill dam by those living near the Mill gate, 
under the penalty heretofore fixed for that purpose. Further, all 
inhabitants here are directed to clear the streets, within four days, 
of straw and rubbish, so that, through the carrying of a light or the 
blowing out of a pipe of tobacco, a conflagration, such as the one 
at Amersfort on Long Island (God shield us), may not occur. And 
every one must attend every week to the said clearing and cleaning 
of the streets of the straw in front of his lot, und-er penalty of ten 
guilders' fine. Let every one guard against damage. 

Ordinary Session, Tuesday, November 18, 1664. 

Present: W^illem Beeckman, Schout; Thomas Chambers, 
Gysbert van Imbroch, Jan Willemsen Hoochteylingh, Henderick 
Jochemsen, Commissaries. 

Gysbert van Imbroch, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen Gerretsen, defend- 
ant. 

Plaintiff demands from defendant the sum of one hundred and 
forty-eight guilders, nine stivers, in scwan, according to bill ren- 
dered. 

Defendant admits the debt, and says he is not able now to 
pay it. 

The Honorable Court orders defendant to pay plaintiff the 
aforesaid sum. 

The Honorable Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Juriaen 
Westphael, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands from defendant, pursuant to settlement of 
August 14, last, fifteen hundred and sixty-five guilders, six stivers, 
in grain, beaver's value, and requests pasnnent of the amount of 
eleven hundred and sixty-five guilders, six stivers, now due to the 



170 THE DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. [1664 

knowledge of the Commissaries, and sufficient security for the re- 
maining four hundred guilders, with the costs thereof. 

Defendant being absent, he is represented by his wife, 
who exhibited the contract of lease, and says that the said contract 
was not carried out by the lessor. 

Plaintiff replies that a waiver of re-examination of the accounts 
was made, to the knowledge of the Commissaries, on April 26, 1662, 
and that according to extracts from the minutes, dated December 
27, 1663 and April 1, 1664, defendant did not deny the debt. 

The Honorable Court, having heard parties, orders defendant 
to pay plaintiff's above mentioned demand, as he did not deny the 
debt on December 27, 1663, nor take any exception to the contract, 
and also because, on April 1, 1664, execution on the claim was 
granted to plaintiff. Wherefore execution is again allowed to 
plaintiff for the sum of eleven hundred and sixty-five guilders, six 
stivers, besides the costs herein. 

The Honorable Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant, plaintiff, vs. Ariaen 
Gerretsen, defendant. 

Plaintiff demands from defendant, first, seven hundred and 
fourteen guilders, in sewan, by virtue of the Commissaries' exam- 
ination, and, further, two years ' rent due, amounting to eight hun- 
dred guilders, in grain, beaver's value, according to contract of 
lease, also butter from three cows for two years, sixteen pounds 
for each cow each year, also two sows, also one cow slaughtered by 
defendant, and requests payment or execution, wnth the costs 
thereof. 

Defendant exhibits against the plaintiff an account charged to 
the Honorable Company for sixty-four guilders, in beavers, and 
three hundred and sixty-nine guilders, in sewan, also a claim of 
two hundred and thirty-four guilders, with still other claims 
against plaintiff, personally, being, first, that plaintiff did not fur- 
nish a suitable house and barn to defendant, and, second, the in- 
terest for the damage done to his grain, spoiled by water, and 
floated away at the time he was impressed at the old fort of the 
savages; also, third, the interest for the damage done to his corn, 
destroyed in the fields by pigs, as, because of the strict orders, he 
could not, without a convoy, properly harvest his crops; and. 



1664] THE DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 171 

fourth, that he has been put to loss by senddng, under orders, 
horses instead of oxen, up north. 

Plaintiff replyino: hereto says, that, personally, he is not 
bound to pay for the Honorable Company, and that defendant per- 
sonally must look for his claim to the Honorable Company; also 
that, so far as he personally is concerned, he is not obliged to sup- 
ply defendant with a barn or loft, as appears by the contract of 
lease, and that the damage to the corn in the field does not concern 
him, the lessor, and also that he was not bound, according to con- 
tract, to deliver horses to defendant as claimed, also that the claim 
for carting some wood work for the barn has, to the knowledge of 
the Sehepens, been disposed of by a waiver of re-examination of 
the account. 

He further says he is willing to pay the twenty-four guilders, 
in sewan, for carting two loads of planks, but that defendant must 
then pay interest on the arrears. 

The Honorable Court decides that defendant must look to the 
Honorable Company for his claim of sixty-four guilders, in beav- 
ers, and three hundred and sixty-nine guilders, in sewan, and also 
that, as to the further claim of damage in the field, the incon- 
venience of the barn and the lease of a barn and loft, which are not 
mentioned in the contract, the lessor is not bound to provide the 
lessee with a barn and loft. The Honorable Court orders de- 
fendant to pay plaintiff's aforesaid demand, with the costs herein, 
but, in case defendant can prove that the oxen were sent to Fort 
Orange by order of the lessor, the damage sustained by him on this 
account shall be made good to him by the lessor, after being taxed 
by two impartial men. 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON 



ACCOUNTING OF ESTATES, 75, 
76, 78, 91, 99, 101, 104, 105, 155 

Accounts, village, 70, 127, 155; 
Schout ordered to deliver up 
papers, 16 7; Commissaries or- 
dered to liquidate, 167 

Administration of estates, 73-75, 
99, 105, 107, 111, 130 

Adriensen, Dirck, 34, 35, 49 

Aerdt, Annetjen, 66. See Aerts 

Aersen, Jan, 7, 16, 28, 60 

Aert, Tomas, 102 

Aerts (Aertse), Annetje or An- 
netjen, 53, 55, 60, 62, sued for 
slander, 62, 63; fined, 63. See 
Aerdt. 

Aertsen, Aert, 14, 19 

Aertsen, Gerret, sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 73, fined, 79. 
See Jacobsen 

Aertsen, Hendrick, 72; sued for or- 
dinace violation, 76; fined, 94 

Aertsen, Willem, 73; sued for or- 
dinance violation, 76. 

Albert the carpenter, granted build- 
ing lot, 3 

Albert, Femmetje, 9 

Alberts, Femmetjen, 3, 8, 20 

Albertse, Storm, 41. See Albert- 
sen 

Albertsen, Henderick, 128 

Albertsen, Jan, estate of, 91, 120, 
121. See van Steenwyck 

Albertsen, Rut, 123 

Albertsen, Storm, 17, 22, 24, 29. 
See Albertse 

Albertsen, Wouter, resides at Fort 
Orange, 123, 141. See Backer 

Aldert de Rademaker, 7 

Amersfoort (Ammersfoort), Jan 
Jansen, 60, 111. See van Amers- 
foort. 

Amersfort (Ammersfoort), Jan 
Barense, sued for smuggling, 
39; for debt, 59. See Amershof. 

Amersfort. on I^ong Island, con- 
flagration at, 169 



j Amershof (Ammershof), Jan Ba- 
! rensen, 20, 47; fined for smug- 
I gling, 50; sues, 58; sued, 120; 
' assigns claim, 166. See Amers- 
fort 
I Amerstede, Jan Jansen, 12. See 
j Amersfoort 
Amsterdam, city of, in New Neth- 

erland, 2, 140, 146, 147 
Andries, servant of Aert Jacobsen, 

79, 113, 114 
Andries the weaver, 25 
Andriesen, Christiaen, the soldier, 

109; dead, 123. See Andrissen. 
Andriesen (Andriessen), Geer 

truyt, 24; 27, sued for ordinance 

violation, 93; 110. See Andrisse 

and Andrissen 
Andrisse, Geertruyt, sued for build- 
ing of bridge, 25 
Andrissen, Christiaen, 24, 30 
Andrissen, Geertruyt, 10, 15, 24, 

28, 29, 31, 69. See Andriesen 
Anker, defined, 17 
Appeals, by Ebbing, 26; Blanchan, 

61; deWitt, 107; Westphael, 

113; Aert Jacobsen, 114; van 

Imb'orch, 137 
Appointments, Jacob Joosten, 

Court Messenger and for Church 

service, 2 
Appraisers appointed, 157 
Arbitrations, 7, 18, 20, 25, 56, 70, 

114, 134, 151, 152, 159, 160, 162, 

163 
Ariaens. Annetje, injunction suit, 

91, 92. See Tack 
Ariaens, Eechtje, 50 
Ariaensen, Dirck, 16, 23 
Arrests, 8, 43, 45, 49. 53, 56, 76, 80, 

82, 95, 99, 100, 104, 164 
Assaults, suits for, 3, 11, 15, 17, 21, 

41, 56, 124, 136, 147 
Assembly, election of delegates to 

an, at the Manhatans, 148 
Assip-nments of claims, 36, 46, 58, 

142. 152, 163, 166 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



II 



Attachments, 3, 7, 9, 27-29, 31, 50, 
52, 55, 63, 67, 68, 109, 122, 132- 
134, 139, 141, 142. 145, 147, 149, 
1G3. 167 

Auction, sale at, 157-160; Dutch 
auction, 160 



BACKER, JACOBUS, 142, secret 
order from director general to, 
144 

Backer, Wouter Albertsen, of Fort 
Orange. See Wouter Albertsen 

Backster, Ymmetjen de, 9 

Bail, 31, 53, 80. 88 

Bailiff, a, 38 

Baker, the, 9 

Barber, the, 44, 166 

Barense, Cornelis, 9, 33. See 
Slecht 

Barens (Barents, Barentse, Bar- 
entsen), Fop or Foppe, charged 
with creating disturbance, 4, 7; 
5, 8, 14, 21; built parsonage, 
abuses Domine Blom, 63; 154, 
155, 163, 164 

Barense, Jacob, 19, 30, 38, 55 

Barent the shoemaker, 27 

Barn. 170, 171 

Barrense, Audries, 27 

Barsen, Cornelis, 52. See Cornelis 
Barensen Slecht 

Beads, white or black, as pay- 
ment, 160 

Beeckman. Willem, commission as 
Schout, 157; 158, 160, 161; his 
proposals regarding English ad- 
ministration, and commissioned 
to go to Manhattan and report. 
164-167; 169 

Beer. 31, excise license on, 63; 
seizure of, 79; excise payable 
on, 81; farming out of excise on, 
159 

Bell, ringing of, summons by, 156 

Bestevaer, 47 

Blanchan (Blansan), Matheu. Ma- 
theus,Mathyue, Mathys, Mattheu, 
3, suit against Pieter van Alen, 
7, 9, 10, 13; against Mathys 
Roc-'loofsen, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 54; 
charged with distilling without 
license, 59; fined, 60; appeals, 
61; fined for churning milk on 
fast day. 124 

Blankets, 163. 164 



Bloems (Bloms), Anna, attaches 
goods, 25, 147 

Blom, Harmanus, Domine, com- 
plains of Fop Barense for abuse, 
6:5; asks payment of parsonage 
debt and his salary, 70; dispute 
regarding estate of Willem Jan- 
sen Seba, 99, 101, 103; re- 
garding Looman estate, 107; re- 
quest for returned copy letter to, 
refused, 107; rebukes Court for 
writing business letter on Sunday, 
111; salary payment considered, 
115; letter to, enclosing fines due 
Church, 103, 117; suits for salary, 
117-120, 124, 130; petition re- 
garding Fastenseen celebration, 
127; letter as to non-payment of 
salary, 130-131; 137, 145; provis- 
ion for, by English, 164, 168. 

Roard, suits for, 28, 33, 38, 134 

Boards (planks), 26, 33 

Boerhans (Burhans), Jacob, 7, 
hurt. 18, 20; Collector of ex- 
cise, 50, 63, 81; Clerk, 85; Col- 
lector, to pay Court Messenger, 
111; sued for minister's salary, 
119; to pay for palisade work, 
126; to pay Court room rent, 
127; obtains attachment, 147. 
See Burhans 

Bonds, 8, 80; bondsmen, 52. See 
Sureties 

Bottomry bond, 44 

Bouts. Gertjen or Geertjen, 7, 66 

Brabander, Jan Janse, 20. See de 
BrabauLJer 

Brandy, 3, 11, 15, 17, 22, 24, 30, 46, 
47. 50, 55, 59, 67, 73, 93; brandy 
stills, 13; brandy kettles, 141, 
147: excise on, 158, 161; sale of, 
16S 

Brantsen, Cornell?, 77. See Slecht 

Breeches, leather, 45; 74 

Breweries, restriction against 
building, 59 

Brewing, 29, 59, 161; brewing ket- 
tle, 26, 74; brewer's helper, 74 

Bresjes, Hendrick, 41. See Bries- 
jei! 

Bricks, 26, 44, 57, 60, 61, 62 

Bridge, building of, 25; 79, repair 
of, 98 

Briel, Fousien, Toeryn, Toesyn, 7, 
10, 13 



Ill 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON, 



Briesjes, Hendrick, 42. See Bries- 
jcn, Bresjes 

Briesjon, Henarick, 41. See 
Bresjes 

rroersen, Jan, 2, 14, 33; sues for 
rent, 49; 51, 57, 73, 78, 83, 84; 
sued for ordinance violation, 90, 
109; fined, 113; suits, 1J4, 117, 
119; sued for minister's salary, 
124: deeds his farm, 137, 138; 
votes for delegates to Assembly, 
149. Soe Bi'ouwerseii 

Broersen, Heyltje Jacobs, a wit- 
ness, 83 

Brcuv/ersen, Jan, 21, 22. See 
Broersen 

Brijyn. Huybrecht, 12; does mason 
work, 13; the mason, 14; 38, 54; 
sues for mason work, 60, 61 

Bruynsen, Pieter, 54, 72; sued for 
ordinance violation, 76; fined, 94. 
See van Boheemen 

Burgher guard, 145 

Burghcn-y, organization of. 111; 
called to arms, 132; use of pri- 
vate ho'ise as guard house, 145; 
to await orders against English, 
161 

Burgomasters, 38 

Bui'hanp, Jacob, excise Collector, 
attaches claim, 147. See Boer- 
haas 

Buur, Jan, 3 

C\NOE. 144, 154 

Capifo, Mattheus, secretary, 46, 47, 
71, 81, 85, 86, 99, 103, 138, 
141, 146, 148, 149, 151; sues for 
half of summons' fees, 108; case 
appealed. 111; as Provisional 
Schout sues for fines, 112-115; 
IIT), 117; sues for curator of van 
Steenwycks estate, 120; com- 
plains of quarrel between Cham- 
bers and Cornelissen, 123-124, 
135, 127; re van Steenwyck es- 
tate, 129, 131, 132; sues for sacri- 
vener's wage, 133; lands of, 137; 
138; recommends new magis- 
trates, 139; sues for Insult, 163; 
presides or sits as Provisional 
Schout, 111, 115, 116, 117, 123, 
127, 131, 137 

Carpenter, Albert the, 3; Hey 
Olfersen the; 23; as experts, 
28; work of, 89 



Carstense, Carsten, 25 

Carting, wood, 11, 27, 28; scone, 

32; materials, 10; palisades, 126 
Casperse (Caspersen), Casper, 12 
Catelyn the Walloon, complains of 

cowherder, 3 
Certificates by witnesses, 37, 39-41, 

62, 103, 104. 106, 110 
Chambers, Thomas or Tomas, 
signer of agreement to palisade, 
2; Sergeant, complained of for 
beating Pieter van Alen, 3; 
charges against him by Poulus- 
sen, 5, 6; sues, 40, 50; sued, 51, 
62; witness, 53; charged with 
stealing turnips, 54; arbitrator, 
56; session of Council of War 
held at house of, 102; asks re- 
lease from lease, 110; Captain 
of Burghery, 111, 132, 157; fined 
for unseemly conduct, as judge, 
in fighting, 123; complains of Cor- 
nelissen, 130, 136; deed to, 137, 
138; lands of, 140, 154; elected 
delegate to Assembly at Man- 
hatans, 148; asks reimbursement 
of expenses as delegate, 165; 
nominated Commissary, 32; con- 
tinued, 69; nominates new Com- 
missaries, 138; sits as Commis- 
sary, 70-72, 89, 94, 100, 103, 105, 
108, 114-117, 123, 127, 128, 131, 
132, 135, 137, 141, 147, 151, 153, 
157, 158. 161, 162, 164, 166, 169. 
See Chamberssen 
Chamberssen, Tomas, substituted 
as mortgagor, 146. See Cham- 
bers 
Chickens, suit for stealing, 102, 

104 
^ Child, paternity of, suit to estab- 
lish, 36, 37, 39, 40, 57 
Christmas, 111 
City Measurer, 139 
Clabbort. Margrita. sues for rent, 7 
Claes, Aeltje or Altje, asks for ad- 
ministration, 90; inventory or- 
dered, refers to Dom.ine, 99; 118 
Claesjen, Altje, sued for minister's 

salary, 124 
Claesjen, Amarens. See de Wit 
r'laesien, Jan. See de Wit 
Claesen, Tjerck, land of, 150. See 

6e Wit 
Clasen, Tjirick, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 29. 
See Classtn and de Wit 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 



IV 



Clasaen, Tjirick, 3-5, 11, 35, 41, 54, 
90, 32, 102. See de Wit 

Classen, 1 jyrick, 4 

Coenradt the soldier, 3 

Collector of excise the, 50, 63, 81, 
111, 126, 127, 147 

Congregation, 41, 115 

Consistory, the, 6, 101, 104, 107, 
111, 126, 147 

Constapel, Altjen, sued for petty- 
coat, 11. See Roeloofsen 

Constapol, Mcitheu or Mathys, taps 
during sermon, 4; accused of 
assault, 11. See Roeloofsen 

Contempt cases, 49, 83-85, 89, 92 

Convoy, violations of ordinance 
providing for, 72, 75-81, 90, 93, 
100, 112-115, 159 

Coo). Jacob Jiarents or Barensen, 
73, 78; sued for ordinance viola- 
tion, 90; fined, 113; sued for 
minister's salary, 119; votes for 
delegates to Assembly, 149; 162 

Cooper, the, 143 

Cornelissen, Hendrick, 16, 17, 38, 
42, sues for bricks, 44; 48, rope 
maker, 16fi 

Cornelissen, Paulus. quarrel with 
Thomas Chambers. 123, 124, 130; 
129; purchases bricks for parson- 
age, 135, 1.'.6; 147, 150 

Cornelissen, Pieter, 51, 53, 54, 57, 
70; witness, 104; 107; mortgage 
by, 139-140. See Molenaer 

Council of War, 79, 82, 85, 93-98. 
99, 102, 103, lOS, 132, 144, 153 

Country man, Foppe Barents, a, 
155 

Court Messenger. See Messenger 

Court, poking fun at, accused of, 
48, 49 

Court room, rent of, 52, 71, 106, 127 

Couwenhoven, Fitter, 43 

Cow, lease of, 10; sale of, 29; at- 
tachment of, 139; pasturing of, 
153, 154, 163 

Cowherder, the, complained of, 3 

Craweat, alias Abraham Stevenson, 
132 

Cregier, Marten, Captain Lieuten- 
ant, 82-86, 94, 100, 102, 103, 111, 
112, 115, 116, 153. See Kregier 

Cruepel (Crupel), Anthony, Antonl 
or Antony, 30, 31, 58, sued for or- 
dinance violation, 73; fined, 113; 
sued for minister's salary, 119 



Curators of estate, 75, 76, 78, 91, 130, 

136, 137, 155, 158, 
Cushion and pillow, suit for, 100, 

110 



DAELDER, DEFINED, 20 

Dale, van, Groot Woordenboek, 38 

de Backster, Ymmetjen, 9 

Deacon of village, Albert Gysbert- 
sen, 64 

de Brabander, Jan. 22. See Bra- 
bander 

de Barbander, Jan Jansen, 51. See 
de Brabander 

Decker, C. W., 38 

Decker, Gerrit, Councillor, 33 

de Decker, Johan, Lord, 71, 72; 
Councillor, 150 

Deed to Thomas Chambers, 137 

de Lange, Jacob Jansen, sued for 
fine, 78; asked to testify 87; fined 
for ordinance violation, 98. See 
Jacob (long), Jacob Janse or Jan- 
sen 

d.^ Laet, Johanna, 142. See Eb- 
bing 

de Meyer, Nicolaes, mortgages to, 
140, 145, 147, 148. See Meyer and 
d Meyer 

de Mont, Wallera or Walraven, 54, 
63 . See duMont 

Deposit in Court as security, 65, 66, 
157 

de Rademaker, Aldert, appointed 
arbitrator, 7 

do Reymer, Pieter, 26 

de Sille, Councillor, 150 

Deurvvaarder, defined, 38 

de Walter, Anthony, 51 

de Wit, Amarens Claesen, 136 

de Wit (de Witt), Tjerck Claesen, 
Tjirick Classen or Tierck Claszen, 
appointed Commissary, 32; takes 
oath, 33; witnesses mortgages, 
47, 54, 140, 141, 146-150; named in 
suit regarding hiring of servant, 
68; witnesses deed, 138; appoint- 
ed administrator of estate of de- 
cedents killed, 74; makes inven- 
tory, 74-75; named as a prin- 
cipal, 90; executor, 9i: cura- 
tor, 100; conversation with Al- 
lert Heymanse Roose, 102; sues 
for restoration of unpaid for land, 
104; sues as curator, 104; 
charged with publicly quarreling, 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



and Schout asks temporary re- 
moval from Bench, but case set- 
tled, 103; sues for killed pig, 103- 
104; files inventory of estate of 
brother-in-law, Jan Albertsen van 
Steenwyck, 104, 105; refused 
hearing against Albert Gysbert- 
sen because of non payment of 
Court room rent, 107; appeals 
against Gysbertsen, 107; attaches 
money, 109; sues for return of 
horse, 115, 116; sues for debt and 
declines to make oath of non 
payment, 123; security demand- 
of, 129; offers security, 136; signs 
parsonage accounts, 137; land of, 
140, 161; votes for delegates to 
Assembly, 149; bids to become 
Farmer of Excise, 160; becomes 
surety for Farmer, 160; suits by, 
39, 52, 68, 108, 109, 112, 133, 145, 
153, 154, 158, 163; suits against, 
42, 45, 61, 108, 120, 128, 158; 
nominates new Commissaries, 
138; sits as Commissary, 33, 35- 
37, 41, 43, 45, 48, 49, 53, 56, 57, 60, 
62, 65, 69-72, 75, 83, 84, 86, 89, 
94, 100, 108, 111, 116, 117, 127, 131, 
132, 141, 151. See Tjerck Clae- 
sen, Tjirick Clasen or Classen 
151, 156. See deWit (deWitt) 

de Wit, Jan Claesen, brother of 
Tierck, 120, 136 

de Witt, Tierck Claszen, signature 
of, 45, 47, 49, 53, 56-60, 64, 67, 68, 
71, 132, 135, 137, 138, 141, 146-148, 
151, 156. See deWit (deWitt.) 

d'Forest, Isaack, 41 

Dircksen, Jan 15. See van Bree- 
man 

Dircksen, Pieter, 2 

Dirricks, Magdalena, witness, 110; 
sues for washing, 166 

Distillling, license for, 59, 161 

d Meyer, Nicolaes, receipts for in- 
terest on mortgage, 140. See de 
Meyer 

Director General, 1, 2, 6, 11, 32, 33, 
48, 52, 59, 69, 85, 86, 102, 103, 
112, 122, 137, 152, 153, 157, 159, 
164. See Stuyvesant 

Doctor, 44, fee, 135. See Medical 
treatment and Physician 

Doorkeeper, the (dcurwaarder), de- 
fined, 38; to proceed with ezecu- 
tion, 42, 135, 137, 145, 147 



Doom (Dorn), Aert Martensen or 
i Mertense, 46, 54, 66, 67, 71, 72, 75, 
> 82, 87, 110, 117; sued for minis- 
i ter's salary, 118, 122, 123, 125; 
I Court room rent to be paid him, 
127, 128, 133; land of, 140; votes 
for delegates to Assembly, 149 
Doors, making, 28 
Dowens (Dowesen), Hester, 30; 
charges theft, 31; attaches goods. 
50; sues for jewelry sold, 56; 
I attaches horse, 67; 73; widow of 
I Barent Gerretsen, her goods, at- 
I tached, 139, 141; 143; execution 
! against, 145; execution for, 147 
I Drum, beat of, fine for working af- 
i ter, 124 

; Dubo, Lowys, sued for freight, 9; 
1 sues, 24, 30, 31; brother-in-law 
I of iMattheu Blanchan, 59; surety, 
! 61. See duBois 

duBois, Lowys, surety, 61. See 
i Dubo 
duMont, Walleraven or Wairan, 
sued for excise license fee, 63; 
attaches, 68; sues for rent, 125; 
becomes surety for Excise Far- 
mer, 160; sues, 162; house of, 
i 163. See deMont 
j Dutch auction, farming of excise 
j sold at, 160 
D.itch money, payment in, 43, 48 



EBBING (EBBINGH, EBING), JE- 
RONIMUS, sues for rent and land 
restitution, 26; agrees to thresh- 
ing on seized land, 28; land of, 64, 
121; husband of Johanna de Laet, 
142, 147, 151 

Ebbing (Ebbingh), Johanna de 
Laet, sues Slecht, 142; attaches 
his money, 147; seeks agreement 
regarding sowing, 151; asks as- 
signment of claim from Slecht, 
and execution, 152 

Ebel, Pieter, member of Council of 
War, 83 

Elbingh, Johanna. See Ebbing 

Elections, 32, 138, 148. See Nom- 
inations 

Emmetjen, 9. See Ymmetjen and 
Volckertss 

England, his Majesty of, 168 

English, approach of the, 161; war- 
rant of, for contiunuing the gov- 
ernment at Wildwyck, 168 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS Or KINGSTON. 



VI 



Esopus, resolution of inhabitants of, 
to palisade place, 1; 10, 38, 69, 
137, 163, 168 

Estates, accounting of, 75, 76, 78, 91, 

99, 101, i04, 105, 155; administra- 
tion of 73-75, 99, 105, 107, 111, i30 

Eversen, Jan, 70. See Evertsen 

Evert de Wachtsman, 8 

Evert de Waelsman, 5 

Evertsen, Jan, attaches brandy 
kettles, 39, 141, 145. See Ever- 
sen 

Executions, issuance of. 42, 99, 115, 
130, 135, 141, 142, 145, 147, 158- 
164, 170 

Excise, farming of, 153, 157, 159, 
160; license, 63, 165; beer, 81, 
159, 164; Collector of, 147, 165.; 
Farmer of, 160, 165; permit from. 
165 

I'"ARMER OF EXCISE, 160, 165 

Fasting, day of, work forbidden on, 
124 

Feere, Machiel, sues for wages, 17. 
See Magiel Veree or Feree 

Femmetjen, 3, 4. See Alberts 

Fere, Machiel, 18. See Feere and 
Veree 

Feree, Magiel, suit arbitrated, 14. 
See Fere, Veree 

Fimmen (Vimmen), defined, 128 

Fines, 20, 35, 55, 60, 63, 72, 73, 77, 
78, 79. 85, 89, 90, 92-98, 113-115, 
124, 162, 163 

Fire, palisades set on, by soldier, 
154; prevention of, 169 

Flemish, pound, defined, 56 

Fooken, Gerret, witness, 104; at- 
taches wheat, 132, 135; partner of 
Jan Gerretsen, 137. See Vooken 

Fort Amsterdam, 69, 151 

Fort James, 168 

Fort Orange, 8, 36, 91, 123, 139, 
141, 163, 171 

Fortifications, repairs of, 157; fort- 
ress, 47; the old fort, 170 

Freight, 38, 143, 156 

GARRISON, THE, 46, 157 
Gauge, Court goes to, wine, 69 
Gerrets, Echje, Eechtje or Elsje, 
sues for a cushion and pillow, 91, 

100, 105, 110 

Gerretse (Gerritse), Albert, 17, 109. 
See Baerent Genitt* 



Gerretsen, Albert, requests execu- 
tion, 145 

Gt-rretsen, Ariaen, orders work on 
Stuyvesant's barn, 109, 114, 117; 
121; his goods attached, 122; 
123, 125, 129; execution against, 
130; 169. See Gerritsen and van 
Vliet 

Gerretsen, Barent, puts up brandy 
still, 13; 14; fined, 20; offers to 
mortgage house for debt, 41 ; 51 ; 
dead, husband of Hester Dowe- 
sen, 139. See Gerritsen 

Gerretsen (Gerretse), Jan, partner 
of Gerret Fooken, 136 

Gerretsen, Maerten, 37 

Gerrisen, Barent, 23, 27. See Gerrit 
sen 

Gerritse, Baerent or Barent, sued 
for assault, 17; sued for work, 33; 
sued for slander, 34; 35. See 
Albert Gerretse 

Gerritsen Alberent, 17 

Gerritsen, Albert, sued for palis- 
ades for lot of, 12; sues for wagen, 
14; witness, 16; arbitrator, 18; 
66; works on Stuyvesant's house 
112; his property attached for 
Stuyvesant, 122. See Gerretse 

Gerritsen, Barent, suit against, over 
mason work, 12, 13, 14; sued for 
assault, 15; called scoundrel, 16; 
admits assault, 17; sued for brandy 
sold, 20; sues for wine sold and 
to substitute carpenter to com- 
plete house, 23; sued on con- 
tract to build his house, 28; 33; 
sued by Schout for vindication of 
honor, 34, 35; sued on his obliga- 
tion, 36; sued and sues under 
judgment, 41, 44; sued for poking 
fun at Court, 48, 49; sued, 50, 58; 
lot of, 59; suits, 61-68, 70. See 
Gerretsen 

Gerritsen, Gommert, a witness, 16, 
49 

Gerritsen, Jan, sued for ordinance 
violation, 73, 77; fined, 96 97; 
case appealed, 113; partner of 
Gerret Fooken, 135. See Jan Ger- 
retsen 

Gerritsen, Weynant, sues for debt, 
10. 11 

Gillesen, Sara, sued for fine for 
smuggling, 162; suit against her 
on claim against mother, dismiss- 
ed, 166 



vu 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



Glass, panes of, 26 

Goselingh, Nicolaes, suit by, 123 

Governor at Manhatans, 164, 167, 
16S 

Graef, Dirck Hendricksen, 2 

Guard house, 3, 4, 80, 82, 86, 87, 126, 
145 

Guardians, 129, 130, 136, 137 

Guilder, defined, 2 

Gun, firing of, 81, 82 

Gysbert, Gysbertse or Gysbertsen, 
Albert, suit against, 16, by, 19, 
against, 30; elected Commissary, 
32; sits as Commissary, 32, 37, 41, 
43, 45, 47-50, 53, 56, 57, 60, 
62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 
57, 60, 62, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71, 
72, 74, 75, 83, 84, 86, 100, 103, 
104, 111, 115, 117, 123, 127, 131, 
132, 135, 137, 161, 146, 148,-151, 
153; sued for wages, 42, 122; 
sued, 44, 46, 110; deacon of vil- 
lage, 64; a witness, 79; ap- 
pointed administrator of es- 
tates of decedents killed, 
74; makes inventory, 74; cura- 
tor, 91; accused of not doing 
justice to Roose, 92; case 
against Roose referred to Stuy- 
vesant, 102; sued for purchase 
price of land 105; appeal against 
him in land case, 107; agrees 
to pay minister's salary for van 
Oosterhout and Broersen, 119, 
124; sues, 128; suit regarding 
pasturing of cows, 154; requests 
permit to dig saw pit, 155; sued 
as curator, 158; sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 159 



HAF. WILLEM, 13 

Ham, Coenrad or Coenraet, 24, 30, 
32, 33 

Hap, Willem Jansen, 4 

Harmense, Marten, 160 

Harmense, (Harmens), Thomas or 
Tomas, 127, 160 

Harmensen, Marten, 166 

Harmensen, Roelof, 166 

Harmensen, Thomas or Tomas, 128; 
134; becomes excise farmer, 160; 
sues for fine, 162 

Hendericks, Dirrick, 121. See Hen- 
dricks 

Hendericks, Harmen, sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 73; husband of 



Magdalena, 80: sued for minis- 
ter's salary, 118 
Hendericks, Magdalena, wife of 
Harmen, complained of, for ob- 
structing Schout in his duty, 80 
Hendericksen, Dirrick, 80, 125. See 

Hendericksen 
Hendericksen, Jan, 75 
Henderick the sewant braider, 3 
Hendericks, Hilletje, witness and 

demands rent money, 91 
Hendericks, Lucas, 78 
liendericks, Roelof, 106. See Hen- 
dricksen 
Hendricksen, Claes, 44 
Hendricksen, Dirrick, 162. See 

Hendericksen 
Hendricksen, Harmen or HermeU; 
17; witness, 71, 80; sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 96. See Hen- 
dericksen 
Hendricksen, Hendrick, sued for 
ordinance violation, 73, 77, 97; 
fined, 113 
Hendricksen, Philip, sues for value 

of bricks, 25 
Hendricksen, Roeloof, 62; sued for 
wages, 66; 89. See Hendericksen 
Hermensen, Barent, demands re- 
ceipt, 48 
Hermensen, Marten or Merten, 38, 
44; his goods attached, 50. See 
Harmensen 
Harmensen, Tomas, 125. See Har- 
mensen 
Herregrens (Herregrins), Gerrit, 

sues for wages, 37; 45 
Hesobes (Esopus), 38 
Hesopues (Esopus), 10 
Heymans, Albert, reports as arbi- 
trator, 160. See Roose and Albert 
and Aldert Heymanse 
Heymans, AUert, as Consistory, 
107; requests payment of min- 
ister's salary, 115; arbitrator, 
159; 163. See Roose and Albert 
c\nd. Aldert Heymanse 
Heymans, Wintje, wife of Allert, 

141. See Roose 
Heymanse, Albert, charged with 
using false weights, 43; apology 
to him by Pieter van Alen, 56; 
charges Commissaries with not 
doing justice to him, 92; inter- 
rogated regarding Consistory and 
Seba estate, 101. See Roose 
Heymanse, Aldert, Commissary. 4. 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



vra 



25, 41, 57, 6o; promises to pay a 
debt, 13; demands proof of 
charges of using false weights, 
53. See Roose and Albert Hey- 
maus 

Heymansen, Aldert, 3, 6. See Roose 
and Heymans and Heymanse 

Heymansz, Alaerdt, signature, 56. 
See Koose or lloosa 

Hillebrants, Gritedgen or Gritjen, 
sues for wages, 4, 9 

Hillebrantse (Hillebrantsen), Pie- 
ter, 5, 12, 17, 19; sues for brandy 
sold, 24; 30; sued for brandy sold, 
31; 35, 37; sues for wages, 44; 
106, 122 

Holland, 44 

Koochteylingh, Jan Willemsen, dea- 
con, presents ciiurch accounts for 
building of parsonage, 132; nomi- 
nated Commissary, 138; sits as 
Commissary, 153, 156-158, 161, 
164, 166, 169; votes for delegates 
to Assembly, 149; appointed to 
obtain from Governor at Manhat- 
tan warrant to continue govern- 
ment at Wildwyck, 165; report 
on obtaining warrant, 168 

Hoorenbeeck (Hoornbeeck), War- 
naer or Warrenaer, sued for cost 
of shoes, 28; sues for wages in 
shirts, stockings and shoes, 42; 
sued, 54;' sued for ordinance vio- 
lation, 73, 75, 98 

Hops, sale of, 33 

Horses, 7i. 90, 92, 115, 116, 129, 
14.5, 149, 151, 154, 156-158, 171 

House, building of, 23, 28, 33, 34, 
112 

Kcutsager, Cornells Jansen, 25. See 
Cornells Jansen 

Huyberts (Huybertsen), Ariaen, 
sued for ordinance violation, 73, 
76, 77; fined, 96; fine paid to 
Church, 117 

Huybertsen, Lambert, witness, 106; 
sued for goods bought, 121; sued 
for house rent, 125 



INDIANS. 168 See Savages 
Injunctions, 91, 92 
Inn-keeper, 161 
luterest, 32. 54, 170 
Inventory, 74. 104, 105, 106 
Isacsen, Arent, 8 



. JACOB, LONG, 87, 92, 117, 121. See 
Jacob Jansen and deLange 
Jacobs, Aert, 73, votes for delegates 

to Assembly, 149 
Jacobs, Grietje (Jansen), 83 
Jacobs, HeyUje (broersen), 83 
Jacobs (Jacobse), Pieter, 39, 40, 

160. See Jacobsen 
Jacobsen, Aert, 5; sued for wages, 

' 19; 32, 44, 62, 65, 66; sued on 
debt, 20, 22; sued for goods sold 
at auciion, 59; sued for ordinace 
violation, 79; fine asked and ap- 
peals, 97; his farm, 102; ordered 
to pay fine as appeal was not 
prosecuted, 113. 114; disposition 
of fine, 115; nominated Commis- 
sary, 138; house of, 139; brandy 
kettles of, 141; sued, 143; gar- 
nishee, 147; land of, 149; ap- 
pointed appraiser, 157. See Ot- 
terspoor 

Jacobsen, Gerret, fined for ordi- 
nance violation, 113, 114 

Jacobsen, Gerret Aertsen, fined for 
ordinance violation, 79 

Jacobsen, Pieter, corn grinding 
charges fixed, 4; witness. 10; suit 
against tor breach of promise of 
marriage, 35, 36, 52. 55, 57; sued 
for wages, 45; a witness, 71; 
partner of Pieter Cornelissen, 107; 
sued, 124; mortgages, with part- 
ner, mill, being described as van 
Holsteyn, 139-140; garnishee, 145; 
execution ordered against, 147. 
See Pieter Jacobs and van 
Holsteyn 

Jacobsen, Tennis, sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 73; fined. 78 

Jan, Doctor, barbering and medical 
treatment, 44 

Jan M., 44 

Jan the weaver, 9 

Jans, Coenraet, sued, 24,. See Ham 

Jans, Dirrickje, sues. 144 

Jans, Elsje or Elsjen, wife of Hen- 
drick Jochemse, attaches wheat. 
27; sues, 30; sued, 51; witness, 
53, 54, 57; fined for using offen- 
sive language, 63 

Janse, Jacob, deLange, sued for or- 
dinance violation, 73; witness, 
87. See Jacob, deLange and 
Jansen 

Janse, Jan, 3; witness, 21. See Jan 
Jansen 



m 



INDEX TO DUTCH BECOBDS OF KINGSTON. 



Jansen, Aert, fined for firing shot 
on Sunday, 85 

Jansen, Albert, 47 

Jansen, Arent, arreeted for firing 
gun, 81 

Jansen, Cornelis, sues, 16, 26. See 
Houtsager 

Jansen, Grietje Jacobs, a witness, 
83 

Jansen, Harmen, sues for passage 
money, 10; witness, 104 

Jansen, Jacob, sued, 15, 19; fined 
for ordinance violation, 100; sued, 
121. See Jacob (long), Stouten- 
burg, Jacob Janse, and deLange 

Jansen, Jan, 2; attached, 3; sued, 8, 
14; sues, 14; garnishee, 50; mort- 
gages his house and lot; de- 
scribed as van Amersfort, signs 
Jansen, 146. See Amersfoort, 
van Amersfoort and van Ooster- 
hout 

Jansen, Mathys, dead, 110, 137, 138 

Jansen, Pieter, a witness, 35 

Jansen, Symen, sues, 43. See 
Romeyn 

Jansen, Volckert, 71 

Ji*nsen, Willen, 2 

Jew, Gysbert van Imbrogh called 
a, 62. 66 

Jjllesse (Jillessen), Pieter, sues, 12, 
19. 43; sued, 35 

Jochemse, Elsje Jans, 27 

Jochemsen, Andries, 36 

Jochemsen (Jochemse), Henderick 
or Hendrick, attaches and sues, 
27; sued, 48; sues, 49, 50; sued 
for slander, 55; sued for account- 
ing, 60-63; sues, 69; sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 73; sued, 77; be- 
comes bondsman and mortgages 
his property, 80-81; house used 
as guard house, 86; house of, 88; 
excused for ordinance violation, 
98; appointed guardian, 105; 
sues, 110, 116; guardian, 120; 
sues for wages, 122; guardian, 
129; 130, 132, 136. 137; nominated 
as Commissary, 138; votes for 
delegates to Assembly, 149; Com- 
missary, 153, 157-159, 161, 169 

JooBten, Jacob, appointed Court 
Messenger, 2; sues. 5. 19. 20; at- 
taches corn. 55; p-'ed for ordi- 
nance violation, 71, i6; fined, 77; 
sues, 92; ordered to be more 



faithful in dutle,:. 93; excused 
from paying fine, 96; on order of 
Consistory enjoins rendition of 
estates' accounts,, 101; dispute 
with Secretary regarding fees, 
108; fees as Messenger ordered 
paid. 111; payment of fees re- 
fused for lack of funds, 144 

Judge, unseemly conduct of, in 
fighting, fined for, 123 

Juriaens, Volckje, 32 

KERMIS. 37 

Ketelheem, Jochem, eop7 of letter 

from, requested, 91 
Kettles, savages with, 21; brewing, 

26; brandy, 139 
Kill, the, 59; the Great, 140; 154, 

165 
Kiln, malt, putting up of, 18 
Kiss, 84 

Kotz6, J. G., cited, 38 
Kregier, Marten, 100. See Cregler 

LAMMERSE (LAMMERSEN), Jan, 
granted building lot, 4; sued, 
10, 15; witness, 16; sues, 20, 32; 
sued, 39 

Laurence, Claes, 68. See Louw- 
rence 

Lease, of farm, suit on, 2^, 27, 110, 
151 

LJme, sale of, 26; 28 

Liquor, 39, 65. See Brandy, Wine 

Loockermans, Goovert. 2 

Loockermans, Pieter. 7 

Looman, Henderick or Hendrick 
Jans or Jansen. sues for land, 
19; suit on bill of sale. 59; sued, 
61; killed, property to be ad- 
ministered by Court. Inventory, 
74; account against estate, 78, 
86, 91 ; Court requested to ad- 
minister, Consistory claiming 
right, 107; curators ordered to 
account, 155; curators sued for 
preference claim, 158 

Lootman. Jan, 2; sued for wife's 
debt, 17; for freight and board, 
38; for minister's salary, 118; 
for insulting Schout, 163 

Lots, grants of, 3, 4, 11, 12, 59, 108 

Louwrence, riaes, 68. See L|Wi- 
rence 

Louwrene the soldier, 01 

Lumber, 28, S8 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



MAERTENS CLAESJEN. Bues, 35 

Magistrates' pew, vacant on Sun- 
day, complaint of, for being, 111 

Malt kiln, erection of, 13 

Manathans. Manethans, Manhat- 
ans, Mathans, 10, 36, 38, 68, 113; 
139-141, 143, 146. 164-168. See 
Manhattan 

Manhattan, 10, 45, 114. See Man- 
athans 

Marriage, promise of, suit on, 37, 
40 

Martense, Paulus. sues for wages, 
44 

Martensen, Henderick, sued for 
minister's salary, 119 

Mason, the, 14, 60, 61; work, 13, 
60 

Mathysse, Pieter, for wages, 65 

Measurer, City, 139 

Medical treatment, 44. See Doctor 
and Ptyalcian 

Mertotnse, Aert, sues for balance of 
account, 67 

Mertense, Hendrick, sued for 
wages, 30; for house rent, 49 

Mertense, Willem, sued for value 
of bricks and planks, 25, 26; 
Commissaries to pay for lime 
of, delivered to them, 27; sues, 
30; sues for freight on his ves- 
sel, 38; suit on obligation to him, 
54 

Messenger, Court, appointed, 2; 
6; seizes grain, 26; duties differ 
from Doorkeeper, 38; questions 
by, 50; 107; dispute as to his 
fees, 108; payments to, ordered, 
111; to remind inhabitants about 
minister's salary, 131; 133; ser- 
vice of citations, etc., 135, 137, 
147; service of attachment by, 
139; asks payment for services, 
144, 156 

Messenger, Village [2], Jacob Joos- 
ten mentioned as, 93; summons 
Domine and Consistory to ap- 
pear in Court, 101; acts for them 
to enjoin rendering account, 108; 
informed of assignment, 163 

Meyer, Nicolaes, 139-143. See de 
Meyer 

Meynderts, Marietje, mother-in- 
law of Aert Pietersen Tack, 156 

Mill dam, 169 

Mill gate, 146, 168 



Milk, 30; fine for churning of, on 
fast day, 124 

Minister, salary of, request for, 70, 
130; suits for, 117-120, 124, 130; 
contributions to, 115, 131, 164; 
letter regarding, 130-131; letter 
about Fastenseen celebration, 
127; to pay no excise, 159; Eng- 
lish provision for, 164, 168 

Molenaer, Pieter Cornelissen, gar- 
nishee, 132. See Cornelissen 

Morgen, a, defined, 137 

Mortgages, Zo, 41. 46, 64, 139. 146, 
147. 149. 150. 156 

Mountains, the, secret mission to, 
144 

Muddc, a, defined, 25 

Muessen, Jan, agrees to thrash 
grain. 67 

Muller, Jan Pietersen, sues, 123; 
attaches, 139, 141 

Munnick, Evert Willem, Sergeant, 
in Council of War, 83, 84, 94 

Musjen, a, defined, 30 

NAILS, 33 

New Amsterdam, 2, 5, 38, 69 

New Netherland, 2, 69. 89, 102, 103, 
108. 137, 138, 140, 146-148. 150, 
151, 157, 159 

New York, 168 

Nicola (Nicolls), Richard, his war- 
rant to continue government, 168 

Nicolls, Richard. 168 

Niessen (Nissen), Christiaen, sues 
for Stuyvesant. 69. 121, 122, 129, 
133; member of Council of War 
and Ensign, 83, 84, 94; suggests 
repair of palisades, 108; pay- 
ment to him for services or- 
dered. 126; complains of pro- 
posed trip to mountains. 144; a 
witness, 147; asked for convoy, 
159. See Niszen and Romp 

Niszen, Christyan, his signature, 61 

Nominations, for Commissary, 32, 
69. 138; for delegates to Assem- 
bly. 148. See Elections 

Norman, Poulus Poulussen the, a 
witness, 18. See Poulussen 

OATHS, 12, 13, 14, 33, 46, 57, 69, 

163; declined, 123; refused. 106 
Officer, obstructing, in duty. 80 
Olfersen (Olfertsen, Olersen), Hey, 
Bued, 14; sues for assault, 15, 17, 



XI 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 



20; suit on contract for carpen- 
ter work, 23, 28, 33, 34; accused 
of theft, 30, 31; deceased. Court 
to administer property of, 73. 
See Roseblom 

Oosterhout. Jan Jansen, garnishee, 
167. See van Oosterhout 

Ordinances against, unlawful tap- 
ping, 59; ploughing without con- 
voy, 72, 73, 75-81, 93, 100, 159; 
Sabbath desecration, lessor and 
lessees, and impounding cattle, 
144; concerning beer excise and 
wolf catching, 81 

Ordinance violations, suits for, 
72, 73, 75-81, 90, 93-100, 159 

Otterspoor, Aert Jacobsen, lot of, 
145. See Aert Jacobsen 

Otterspoor, Aert Aertsen, suit for 
drinks, 12 

Oxen, lease of, 27. 28, 31, 32; 171 

PALISADES, 1, 12, 47, 52, 74, 88, 
108, 126, 132, 154, 169 

Parsonage, 40; building of, 63, 70; 
133, 137, 155, 156 

Parys, Evert, sues for slander, 22; 
garnishee, 27; sues for debt, 42; 
money attached, 48, 49. See 
Prys 

Paulussen, Paulus sues for slander, 
charged with stealing chickens, 
101, 104. See Poulussen 

Peerssen (Perssen), Jan, a witness, 
61; Sergeant, of Council of War, 
83-85, 94; a witness, 136. See 
Persen 

Pels, Evert, as Commissary, 3-6, 
9-11, 14-16, 18, 21, 24, 25,28, 31, 
37, 41, 43, 45, 50, 53, 54, 56-61, 
64, 65, 67-69, 137; claim against 
his assignee, 8; sued, 7, 23, (for 
price of house, 40), 51, 101, 114, 
128-130, 136, 141, 143, 45, 155; 
sues, 24, 52, 112, 125; asks for 
copy letter, 91; curator, 120; 
goods attached, 141; votes for 
delegates to Assembly, 149; 
chosen appraiser, 157; arbitrator, 
159, 163; bids to become Farmer 
of Excise, 160. See Evert de 
Waelsman 

Persen, Jan, 55. See Peerssen 

Pettycoat, suit for loan of, 11 

Pew, Magistrates', vacant on Sun- 
day, 111 



Philipsen, Frederick, sues, 141; 
annulment asked of purchase of 
lot, 142; garnishee as to purchase 
money, 147; assignee of claim, 
1.52 

Pietersen, Basje or Basjen, sues, 
5, 8 

Pieterse, Frans, 122 

Pietersen, Andres, the soldier, 
sues, 134; 166. See van Leeuven 

Pietersen, Parent, sues, 27 

Pietersen, Claes, sued for excise 
license fee, 63 

Pietersen, Reynier, presents ac- 
count, 86 

Physicians fees, suit for expense 
of, 17; for doctor's bill, 135. Sea 
Doctor 

Pigs, 20, 34, 42, 81, 89, 104, 170 

Planks, sale of, 150, 000, 26 

Plaster, contract to, 61 

Plough, making a, 1£'; Torbidden 
to, without convoy. — See Ordi- 
nances 

Poest, Jan Barensten, mortgage to, 
150 

Poor, the, fines to go to, 5, 8, 33, 
34, 35, 60, 63 

Pork, good with turnips, 54; lack 
of, 129 

Poulus, Mr., 10 

Poulussen, Gommert, sues for 
wages, 54; 62 

Poulussen, Poulus, sued for as- 
sault, 4; sued, 5; sued for 
drinks, 8, 51; a witness, 18, 22. 
45, 53; sued for barbering and 
medical treatment, 44; sues for 
wages, 49. See Norman, the, and 
Paulussen 

Pound, Flemish, defined, 56 

Powder and shot, 157, 161, 167 

Prayer, day of, 124 

Prys, Evert, sues, 10, 42, 48, 61; 
sued, 14, 15, 19, 50, 62; sued for 
ordinance violation, 73; at- 
tached, 139; attaches, 167. See 
J'arya 

RADEMAKER, ALDERT DE, ar- 
bitrator, 7 

Ransou (Rantsou), Jonas, Corpo- 
ral, challenged, 4; sues for as- 
sault, 11; sued for debt, 12, 14; 
for brandy delivered, 15, 19, 22, 
10; wine delivered, 23; sued, 24, 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



xn 



42. 47, 107; money attached, 27. 
109, 117, 123, 167; assignment 
of claim against him not ac 
cepted, 58; sued for excise li- 
cense fee on wine, 63 

Reader, Andries Vandcrsluys, the, 
salary of, 125 

Real estate, sale of, at auction, 
ordered, 157 

Rees, Willem Andriesse, sued, 96 

Rent, suit for, of house, 7; of 
farm, 2fi; of Court room, 125; of 
land, 151; suit for, 170; defence 
in suit for, 49 

Restitution, suit for, of farm, 26; 
of mare, 71; of cushion and pil- 
low, 100 

Roeloofsen, Aeltje Sybrants, suit 
against, for contemptuous con- 
duct, 83, 84, 85, 103. See Altje 
Sybrants and Altje Constapel 

Roeloofsen, Mathys, sued for as- 
sault. 11: trial, 21; sues, 12, 15. 19, 
30, ^-j, »J, 117, 122, 123; sues for 
brandy bought, 20; for debt, 23; 
32, 34, 41; sued for slander, 24, 
35; sued for lease of oxen, 27, 
28; his debt guaranteed, 46; 
fined for admitting savages to 
house at night through pali- 
sades, 52; sued for expenses, 54, 
61; sued for ruined sacks loaned, 
55; sued on unaccepted assign- 
ment of claim, 58; charged 
with threatening, 62; sued for 
wages, 65; sues for merchan- 
dise, 69; sued for ordinance vio- 
lation, 73; his wife summoned 
for contemptuous conduct, 83, 
84; sued for minister's salary, 
118; sued for goods sold, 121; 
dispatched on secret mission 
to mountains, 144; votes for 
delegates to Assembly, 149. See 
Constapel 

Roman Dutch Law, cited, 38 

Romeyn, Symen Jansen, asks for 
attachment, 48. See Symen Jan- 
sen 

Romp, Christiaen Nissen, Ser- 
geant, authorized to pay for 
grain for military, 2; sued. 3; 
sues, 11, 14, 21, 29. 46, 67, 80; 
sues for slander. 24, 35; sues for 
proof of account. 34; sued for 
return of pillow and cushion, 91, 



100, 1C5, 110; a witness. 18, 22; 
arbitrator. 56; accuser, 57; sure- 
ty. 61. See Niessfen, Nissen, Ni»- 
zen 

Ronduyt (the Redoubt), 29, 39, 55, 
69, 166 

Roosa, Albert or Aldert Hey manse, 
Commissary, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 18, 
21, ii4, 28, iii. See Roose, Hey- 
mans, Heymanse Heymansen. 

Roose, Alaerdt Heymausz, signa- 
ture, 49, 50. GO, 64, 102. See 
Roosa 

Rocso. Aldert or Allert Heymanse, 
Commissary, 27; re-elected Com- 
mjssaiy, 32; Commissary, 34-37. 
43, 48, 50. 53. 56, 60, 62, 64, 65; 
1\!(1(T of Village, 64; ans\v':^r to 
Schout's suit, 102; his challenge 
concerning two Wappinger sav- 
ages, 103; called the Consistory, 
104, 107; sued for minister's sal- 
ary, 118; arbitrator, 125; sued for 
carpenter work, 155. See Roosa 

Roose, Ariaen, sued for ordinance 
violation, 76; excused as minor, 
95 

Roose (Rose) Jan, sued for ordi- 
nance violation, 76; excused as 
minor. 95 

Ropemaker, 120, 166 

Roseblom, Hey Olfersen, sued for 
freight charge, 38. See Olfersen 

SABBATH, THE, 11, 79, 89, 144. 
See Sunday 

Salary, minister's, letter and re- 
quest about, 70, 130; payment 
of, requested, 115: suits for. 117- 
120, 124, 130; provision for, 164, 
168 

Savages, use kettles, 21; brandy 
sold to, 22, 73; admitted to 
house at night. 52; driven from 
house, 128; travel to (heir na- 
tion forbidden, 144; preparation 
against attack by, 167. See In- 
dians 

Sawyer, the, 11, 25 

Saw pit, digging of, allowed, 165 

Schepe), defined, 14 

Schepmoes, Sarah Pieterse. sues 
on judgment. 38 

Schipper, Rcyner Pietersen, pre- 
sents account, 86 

School money, suit for, 19 



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INDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OP KINGSTON. 



Schocn, Jan Willemson, land of, 
151. See Jan Willemsen 

Schout, the. See Swartwout and 
Capito and Beeckman 

Schut, Willem Jansen, deposition 
of, 84; complaint of being as- 
sailed for testifying, 85 

Seba, Willem Jansen, killed during 
Indian troubles, 74; inventory 
of his estate made, 74; Slecht 
declines to render account, 75; 
Slecht ordered to render ac- 
count, 76; he asks to leave guard 
house to make up account, 80; 
further time asked, 91; Consis- 
tory enjoins rendering account, 
100, 101; a payment from estate 
requested, 123; curators ordered 
to render account, 155 

Secretary, the, Capito, 47, 151; van 
Ruyven, 163 

Sermon, tapping during, complain- 
ed of, 4 

Servants, 49, 68, 79, 99 

Sewant braider, 2 

Shirts, 42, 45 

Shoemaker, the, 2, 27 

Shoes, 28, 42. 4t) 

Shop, claim for guarding a, 1.34 

Sieves, 125 

Simonsen, Jan, sued, 78 

Slander suits, 16. 21, 22, 24, 31, 34, 
35, 37, 48, 53-55, 62, 63, 66, 72 

Slecht, Cornells, Cornells Baren, 
Barense or Barnentsen, or Cor- 
nelissen Barentsen, 2; as Com- 
missary, 3-6, 9-11, 14-16, 21, 25- 
29, 31; sues, 28; claim against, 
assigned, 36; sued for wages, 43; 
sued by Stuyvesant, 52; sues, 
59; wife mentioned, 72; sued for 
ordinance violation and fined, 
75; asked to render account of 
Seba estate, 75; declines and is 
arrested, 77; objects to court's 
jurisdiction or fine, 77; asks 
permission to leave guard house 
to prepare account, 80; obtains 
extension of time, 91; re- 
ports settlement of fine, 99; 
again ordered to account, 100, 
101; suit against him suspended, 
106; sued as guardian, 110, 111; 
sued for minister's salary, 117; 
mentioned, 120; sued for goods 
bought, 121; arbitrator, 125; 



house mentioned, 126, 147; gar- 
nishee, 128; sued, 134, 142; nom- 
inated for Commissary, 138; peti- 
tions for leave to build, 145. See 
Sleght and Slegt 

Slecht, Hendrick Cornelissen, sued, 
72; sued for ordinance violation, 
fined, and appeals, 74; sued 
again on judgment for fine, 94 

Slecht, Tryntje, sued for slander, 
and fined, 72 

Sleght, Cornells Barense, Commis- 
sary, 24; sued for restitution of 
land leased, 26. See Slecht 

Slegt, Cornells Barentse, house 
of, 3. See Slecht 

Sniit, Jan Aersen, garnishee, 48 

Smith, the, Jan Aersen, 60 

Smithing, Jan Aersen sues for, 29; 
Walran duMont sues for, 125 

Smuggling, suit for, 39, 47; wine 
confiscated for, 50; rlp'"''^red a 
prize for, 162 

Soap, payment for a keg of. 6c; 
inventoried, 74 

Soldiers, 39, 51, 69, 86, 109, 134, 
154, 164, 168 

Spanish wine, suit for sale of, 23; 
exci"r on, 159 

Stackpoles, suit for carting. 24 ■ 

Stevensen, Abraham, alias Craw- 
aet, garnishee, 132 

Stiver, defined, 4 

Stockings, suit for, 42 

Stoffels, Machtelt, sues. 3, 11 

Stol, Jacob Jansen, 2: 69; former 
Reader, deceased, 125 

Stol, Willem Jansen, sued, 5, 14, 
16, 26, 43; harness made for him, 
15; his Dutch money attached, 
48 

Storm, Dirrick, 116 

Stoutenborch, Jacob or Jacob Jan- 
sen, sued for ordinance viola- 
tion, 63; case appealed, 77; ap- 
peal not prosecuted, 113 

Stoutenburg, Jacob Jansen, sued 
for wages, 42 

Stoutenburgh, Jacob, sued, 43 

Straw and rubbish, burning of, for- 
bidden near palisades, 169 

Stranger, a, preference given in 
payment on suit by, 155, 156 

Stuyvesant, Petrus or Pieter, des- 
ignates new location of inhabi- 
tants of Esopus and witnesses 



IKDEX TO DUTCH RECORDS OF KINGSTON. 



XIV 



agreement by them, 1, 2; sits as 
head of Court at Wildwyck. 9, 
10; selects two new Commissa- 
ries, 332; garnishee, 48; gives 
power of attorney to sue, 52; 
suits in his name, 112, 121, 122, 
142; Christian Niessen substi- 
tuted in suit for him, 129; sues, 
169, 170. See Director General 
Sunday, non observance of, 79, 81, 
85, 93; Court rebuked for meet- 
ing on, 111. See Sabbath 
Supreme Council, 32, 35, 59, 75 
Sureties, 8. 52, 61, 120, 136, 160 
Sutlers, 69 
Summons, dispute as to fees for, 

108, 109 
Swart [wout], Roeloof, as guardian, 

asked for release, 110 
Swartwout. Eva, wife of Roeloof, 
charges theft of chickens, 101; 
submits proofs, 104 
Swartwout, Roeloof, attests agree- 
ment, 2; presides in Court as 
Schout, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 
21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 33, 34-37, 
43, 53, 56. 57. 64, 65, 67, 71, 72, 
75, 86, 89, 100, 103. 105, 108. 153, 
156; sued. 11, 12, 16, 20, 29. 30, 
61, 158; sues, 30, 58, 67; witness 
to mortgage, 46, 47; garnishee, 
52; guardian mortgagee, 64; 
sues for fine for ordinance vio- 
lation, 73, 76-79, 81. 92, 95-98, 
106, 159; inventory of Seba es- 
tate made before him, 74; com- 
plains of being hindered in du- 
ties, 80; contemptuous treatment 
of, 83; prosecutes case of, 84, 
85; interrogates assailant, 87; 
makes defendant apologize, 89; 
demands fine for Sabbath dese- 
cration, 89; complains of Village 
Messenger, 92; ordered to make 
inventory and report, 99; chal- 
lenged concerning two Wappin- 
ger savages, 103; sues for settle- 
ment of fine, 106; sued as guar- 
dian, 110; his successor sues for 
fine, 112, 113; as retiring Schout 
asks permission to exact fines, 
114; fees to be divided, 115; 
mentioned, 116; again Schout, 
141; ordinances brought by him 
from Manhattan, 144; complain- 
ed of, for fighting, 147; executes 
mortgage, 147, 148; witnessea 



mortgage, 150; sued for pastur- 
ing of cows, 153, 163; bids to be 
farmer of excise, 150; appointed 
arbitrator, 162; attaches goods, 
163; arrests Fop Barense, 164; 
ordered to give up Village ac- 
counts and documents and re- 
port to Commissaries, 167 

Sword, 18. 147 

Sybrants (Roeloofsen), Altjen, 
sued for cost of hat, 21 ; sued for 
slander, 62, 06; sued for con- 
temptuous conduct, 84; fined, 85; 
part of fine paid to church, 103 

Sybrantse (Sybrantsen), Bart, sues 
for freight charge, 9; for pas- 
sage money, 10; for goods sold, 
42. See van den Hout 

Symense, Martha, sues for wages. 
45 

Symensen, Ariaen, demands re- 
ceipt for debt paid, 9 

TACK, AERT PIETERSEN, wit- 
ness, 16; sues, 22; sued for 
wages, 42, 49, 53; sued for wages 
of apprentice, 45; mortgages his 
grain, 46, 4/; sued on his obli- 
gation, 50; his lot mentioned, 88; 
mortgages his farm and house. 
150; son-in-law of Marietje 
Meynderts, 156; his property or- 
dered sold at auction to satisfy 
creditors, 156, 157; sale ordered, 
after objection, to proceed, 158. 
162; an account presented for 
payment, 167 

Tack, Annetje Arians, wife of 
Aert Pietersen Tack, enjoined 
against alienating grain, 91, 92; 
sued for wages, 162. See An- 
netje Tack 

Tacks, Annetje, sued on contract, 
109; execution ordered, 115; 
sued on accounts, and payment 
ordered, 128, 129; enjoined from 
using grain, 134, 135; execution 
against, continued, 145. See A, 
A. Tack 

Tannery, permit to erect, re- 
quested, 59 

Teunissen, Aert, a witness, 104 

Teunissen, Sweerus or Swerus, 
sues Tack and attaches, 156, 157 

Teunnissen, Ariaen, sued, 121 

Teunnissen, Claesje, estate to be 



XV 



INDEX TO DUTCH RECOBDS OP KINGSTON. 



administered by Court, 90, 99 
Threshing, 16, 67, 68, 134 
Thomassen (Tomassen), Poulus, a 

witness, 21; sued for drinks and 

goods, 51, 52; sued for failure 

to thresh as agreed, 67 
Thunes, Classjen, 24 
Tobacco, lighted pipe of, as a 

cause of conflagration, 169 
Tomassen, Jan, 71, 163, 164 
Tomsen, Paulus. See Thomassen 
Turkey, a, due for debt, 30 
Turnips, good with pork, 54 
Tysen, Jan, sued, 80; sues for 

wages, i62 

VAN ALEN, PIETER, shoemaker, 
ordered to sell wheat to military, 
2; complains of beating by Ser- 
geant, 3; sued, 7, 9, 14, 15; or- 
dered to pay on default, 10; 
fined for desecrating Sabbath, 
11; property to be sold under 
execution, 13; sued for wages, 
and described also as van Halen, 
17; bond and mortgage to, 24; 
ordered arrested for charging 
use of false weights, 43; sues, 
47; allowed to get bail, 53; de- 
nies charge and apologizes, be- 
ing described as van Halen, 55, 
56. See van Halen 
van Amersfoort (Amersfoordt, Am- 
mersfoort), Jan Janse or Jansen, 
sues, 13, 16; sued for harness, 
15; sued, 35, 144; sued for wages, 
60; sued for liquor, 65; release 
asked of him as guardian, 110, 
111; mortgages his house and 
farm, 146. See Ammersfoort and 
van Hammersfoort 
van Amerstede, Jan Jansen, sued 
for wages, 12. See van Amers- 
foort 
van Ameshof, Jan Barense, sues, 

20. See Amershoff 
van Bael, Jan Hendricks, 146 
van Boheemen, Pieter Bruynsen, 

sues, 65. See Bruynsen 
van Breemen, Jan, sued for boards, 
and arrested, 8; a witness, 18; 
mentioned as with Westercamp, 
40 
van Breemen, Jan Diricksen, sues, 
15, 65; a witness, 18, 21; at- 
tached, 67 
van Campen, Gerreit, sued, 3, 8, 9, 
10; assigns wheat, 13 



Van Dale's Qroot Woordenboek 

cited, 38 
van den Bergh, Gysbert, refuses 

consent to shipment till paid, 8 
van der Hage, Marten, a barber, 

effects appropriated, 166 
van der Heyde, Jan Cornelisen, 150, 

156 
van der Hout, Barent Sybrantsen, 
sues for freight, 38. See Sy- 
brantsen 
van Dost, Gornelis Jansen, sues for 

wages, 32 
van Etten, Jasob Jansen, requests 
payment of account from estate. 
167 
van Eyckelen, Jan Janse or Jan- 
sen, sues, 7, 9 
van Eyckelen, Jan Joosten, appli- 
cation to attach money, re- 
ferred, 7 
van Halen, Pieter, sued for wages, 
and described also as van Alen 
17; sued, and arbitrator appoint- 
ed, 18; gives bond and mortgage 
to Pieter van Alen, 24, 25; de- 
mands payment for shoes, 28; 
sued, 43, 71; sues for shoes made 
and brandy sold, 46; after ar- 
rest, withdraws charge against 
Heymanse and apologizes, 55, 56, 
Cf. van Alen 
van Hammersfoort, Jan Jansen, a 
witness, 18. See van Amers- 
foort and Jan Janse 
van Holsteyn, Pieter Jacobsen, 
mortgages his mill, and signs 
name as Jacobsen. 139. See 
Pieter Jacobsen 
van Imborch, Gysbert, Commis- 
sary, 72, 79, 83, 84, 86, 89, 94, 
100, 103, 105, 108, 111, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 123. 127, 131, 132, 141, 
150. 151, 156; a witness, 79; 
sues for and obtains injunction, 
91; sues, 128; attaches, 134; 
sues for shaving and doctor's 
bill, 135; appeals case, 137; wit- 
nesses mortgage, 139; asks for 
continuance of execution, 145; 
demands fine on Lord's account, 
147; elected delegate to Assem- 
bly, 149. See van Imbroch, Im- 
brock, Imbrogh, Imburgh 
van Imbroch, Gysbert, signature 
of, 70, 71, 92, 132, 135, 140, 147, 
150; as Commissary, 153, 167, 



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