Declarations of Jacob Jansen and others respecting stolen money

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Jacob Jansen of A ]msterdam, gunner’s mate, sailing on board De Sevenster, aged 24 years, and Jan Jansen, aged 18 years, at the request of ] Jacob ] Roy, attest in place of an oath if necessary that it is true that Floor, the chief boatswain’s mate of De Sevenster, said: “I know well who has stolen the gunner’s money, but when nobody’s named, nobody’s blamed;” he, Floor, saying that the person who had stolen the money had boasted of it in the tavern; which the deponents offer to confirm on oath. Done the 16th of August, in Fort Amsterdam.

Jacob Jansen
Jan Jansen

Jan Kant, aged 33 years, and Marritjen Cornelis, aged 20 years, at the request of Jacob Roy, attest that Styntjen Pieters has said at the house of Jacob Roy that Hans Nicola, a soldier, being drunk, said to her, Styntjen Pieters: “Do you suppose that I have no money?” and had in his hand a leather purse full of money, with which he tapped on the bench. They, the deponents, offer to confirm this on oath. Done the 16th of August 1642.

Jan Candt
Marritjen Cornelis

Styntjen Pieters declares that she saw and heard what is above written. Done the 22nd of August anno 1642.

Floris Cornelise[n, chief boatswain’s mate on board De_Seven]ster, at the request of ] Jacob ] Roy, attests that Hans Nicola ], soldier, said ] to him, the deponent: “Do you think that I ] have no money?” and exhibited a leather purse ] full of silver money, consisting of Spanish and ] other coins. He further rattled with the rest which he, Hans Nicola, had in his pocket, the deponent ] not knowing how much he had ]. All of which the deponent declares to be true, offering to confirm this on oath. Done the 16th of August anno 1642.

Floris Cornelisen
Cornelis van Tienhoven

Femmetjen Alberts, wife of Hendric Westercamp, at present in a state of pregnancy, at the request of Jacob Roy, gunner, attests, declares and testifies, in place and with promise of an oath if necessary, that it is true that she, Femmetjen Alberts, saw that Hans Nicola, while sitting in his house, before the arrival of the ship De Houttuyn, had in his hand a little lock and exhibiting a certain piece of bent iron said: “I can easily open this little lock with it,” whereupon he opened the lock, with these words, that he could open other locks with it also. All of which she declares to be true. Done the l6th of August anno 1642, New Netherland.

Femmitje Alberts
Cor. v. Tienh.

Anthony Fernando ], aged 26 ] [1] years, Jan Kant, aged 33 years, Floris Cornelissen, aged ] 24 years, Jacob Jansen, [gunner’s mate of the ship D]e Sevenster, aged 24 years, and Uldrich Klein, aged years ], who at the request of Jacob Roy, gunner, jointly attest, testify and declare that it is true and truthful that on the date underwritten Hans Nicola’s wife came to the house of the aforesaid gunner to pay for some beer which she owed, having in her hand one shilling, consisting of three double stivers. The woman said: “See, I shall pay you with your own money that I have stolen from you.” Whereupon Jacob said: “Only a couple are coming to me,” so that she still retained one double stiver. All of which the deponents declare to be true, offering to confirm the same on oath. Done this 16th of August 1642.

Antony Farnando
Jan Cant
Floris Cornelisen
Jacob Jansen
Vlderick Klein
Cornelis van Tienhoven
Thus in O’Callaghan’s translation.


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.