Settlement of Jannetje Mertens, widow of Jan Thomassen Mingael, on the children of her deceased husband of twenty guilders each in lieu of their share of their father's estate

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In ] the year of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, anno one thousand six hundred and forty-two, the third of November, before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland appointed by the General Chartered West India Company, appeared Jannetjen Mertens, widow of the late 4iJan Tomassen Mingal, at present bride of Jan Claessen van Meppelen,[1] master of the ship De Sevenster, and whereas she is bound to apportion to her legitimate children procreated by her above named deceased husband, namely, Thomas Jansen and her daughter named Jannitjen Jans, their share of their father’s estate, and whereas she is a widow without means, yes, has more debts than effects, she, Jannitjen Jans,[2] settles on her aforesaid son and little daughter for their paternal property the sum of twenty Carolus guilders each, amounting for both the children to forty Carolus guilders. Wherefore Jan Claessen van Meppelen, at present bridegroom, promises whenever the aforesaid children shall become of legal age to pay to each the sum of twenty Carolus guilders, once, for their paternal portion, for which he, Jan van Meppelen, binds his person and property, movable and immovable, present and future, submitting the same to the control of all courts according to law. In witness whereof this is signed by van Meppelen and the witnesses the third of November anno 1642, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Jan Claessen van Meppel
Claes van Elslant
Adriaen van Tienhoven
Cornel ]is van Tienhoven
Meppel, a city in the province of Drente, Netherlands.
Meaning Jannitje, the widow of Jan Thomassen Mingael.


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.