Declaration of Marten Ael and other soldiers that they had been sent away by Jochem Pietersen from his plantation to Manhattan

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Marten Ael, corporal, Gregoris Pietersz, Boy Jansen, Dirck Teunesen, Tomas Vaster and Willem Gerritsz, all soldiers, hereby attest and declare that last Tuesday four soldiers went from Jochim Pietersz’s[1] to the Manhates. He, Jochim Pietersz, seeing that no other soldiers came, ordered the aforesaid corporal and soldiers to make ready to go to the Manhates, without the said deponents having given him, Jochim Pietersz, any cause. All of which they offer to confirm on oath. Done the 12th of February 1644, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Gregors Pitterszen
Marten Ael
Boye Jansen
Dirck Teunesz
Tomas Vaster
Willem Gerritsz
Cornelis van Tienhoven
Meaning Captain Jochem Pietersen Kuyter’s plantation, called “Zegendael,” along the Harlem River, which was shortly afterwards destroyed by the Indians.


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.