Power of attorney from Jan Jansen Schepmoes to Cornelis Antonissen to collect Aeltje Claes' portion of her father's estate

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary residing in New Netherland on the part of the General West India Company, appeared Jan Jansen Schepmoes as guardian of Aeltjen Claes, surviving minor daughter of Marritjen Piters, who in the aforesaid capacity appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Cornelis Antonlsz[1], residing in the colony of Renselaers Wyck, to demand, collect and receive in his, the principal's, name from the heirs of the late Brant Pelen[2], residing in the colony aforesaid, all such portion of the estate of the deceased Brant Pelen as is due to the above mentioned Aeltjen Claes, as may more clearly appear from the will, a copy of which is in the possession of the said Cornelis Antonisz; which attorney shall have power to institute legal proceedings in the aforesaid colony, appearing in the matter aforesaid as party to the suit, whether in prosecuting or defending the same, and to carry on the suit there to the end; to hear judgment pronounced and to appeal therefrom, and furthermore to substitute one or more persons with equal or limited power, doing in all things whatever the case may require and what the principal, were he personally present, might or could do, which said principal will hold valid whatever shall be done in the matter aforesaid by the attorney. In witness whereof this is signed in the record by Jan Schepmoes and the witnesses hereto invited. Done the l4th of June 1644, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Yaenisen Sepmoes


Cornells Antonissen van Schlick, from Breuckelen; see Van Rensselaer Bowler MSS., pp. 255-56, 809.
Brant Pellen, from Nykerck, one of the first settlers of Rensselaerswyck. See Van Rensselaer Bowler MSS., p. 806.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.