Bill of sale from Abraham Pietersen to Jacob Bouwensen of the grain sown on farms Nos. 5 and 6 on Manhattan Island

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This day, date under ]written, before me, ] Cornelis van Tlen ]hoven, secretary in ] New Netherland for the General ] Chartered West India Company ], appeared Abra ]ham Pietersen, of the first part, and Jacob Bouwensen, of the second part, who before and in the presence of the subscribing witnesses acknowledged that they had amicably agreed and contracted together in manner and on the terms hereinafter written, to wit: Abraham Pietersen acknowledges that he has sold to the above named Jacob Bouwensen, who also acknowledges that he has purchased from Abraham Pietersen aforesaid, all the grain that he has at present sown in the ground on farms Nos. 5 and 6, belonging to the honorable directors of the Chartered West India Company, on the express condition that he, the purchaser, shall perform and carry out the vendor’s agreements and promises of the contract which he made with the director, and that in proper form; also that he shall have? ] all the farming implements and palisades which are at present on the said farms and in daily use, without any more. For all of which he, the purchaser, promises to pay to the vendor the sum of three hundred and seventy guilders, on the demand of the honorable director, who [      ] has [      ] him

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For all of which ] they submit their persons and properties ], movable and immovable, present and future, to the Provincial Court of Holland and West Friesland and all other courts, tribunals and judges. Done the first of March anno 1642, in the public tavern.

Abraham Pieters Gesters [1] Jacob Bouuers

Abraham Pieters Gesters
Jacob Bouuers
Dirck Cossen Stam
Gerrit Janse
Cornelis van Tienhoven
The last part of the signature looks like “gesters,” but may be intended for “gorter” (i.e. gortmolenaar. or grist- miller), as Abraham Pietersen was called in the lease of farm no. 6, according to O’Callaghan’s translation of N.Y. Col. MSS., 1:175. He was evidently the same person as Abraham Pietersen, miller, who on Nov. 29, 1640, sued Hendric Harmansen for the surrender of farm no. 5 (N.Y. Col. MSS., 4:81), while the latter is by his signature firmly identified with Abraham Pietersen, the tavern keeper, from Haerlem, who was the ancestor of the Van Deusen family in this country.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.