Declaration of Willen Fredricksen and others as to what happened at the Armepperahin kill in the course of the expedition against the Weckquaskeek Indians

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Appeared before me ], Cornelis van Tienhoven, appointed secretary in New Netherland for ] the General Chartered West India Company, the undersigned who at the ] request of Tobias Teunessen[1] declare and attest in place and with promise of an oath if need be that what follows is true and truthful. Willem Fredricksen, aged 22 years, Jan Backer aged  ] years, Gerrit Jansen, aged 23 years, and Hendric Jansen Carffanger, aged [blank] years, declared that when they came with the company of men to the kil named Armepperahin,[2] they marched across with the advance guard, but that the ensign[Hendrick van Dyck, who came to New Netherland in 1640; see Van Rensselaer Bowier MSS., pp. 472-73.] halted with his men fully an hour and a half, notwithstanding they called out often enough, March on! ‘Tis time! They marched on (after the ensign and his men had crossed the kil) and coming to a certain thicket, Tobias Teunesen said to the ensign and all the other soldiers: “Men, remain here; I shall go up to the huts and personally return to you; if not, go toward the strand. I shall give you a signal; then you can come up.” All of which the deponents declare to be true in fact, persisting in their declaration, offering to confirm the same on oath and declaring that this is done not to favor or injure any one but to bear testimony to the truth, as every one is bound to do, especially when called upon to do so. Thus done the 7th of April anno 1642.

William Fredricx
Jan Backer
Gerrit Jansen
Hendric Carffanger
Cor. van Tienhoven ]
The original has: tobias p teunesz. That tobias teunesz is intended appears a few lines further down where the name Pietersz is crossed out and Teunesz substituted.
The Sprain River, which rises back of Dobb’s Ferry and empties into the Bronx. For an account of this unsuccessful expedition against the Weckquaskeek Indians, see J. R. Brodhead, History of the State of New York, 1:329-30, where the name of the kil is given as the “Armenperal.”
Hendrick van Dyck, who came to New Netherland in 1640; see Van Rensselaer Bowier MSS., pp. 472-73.


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.