Deed from Adam Roelantsen to Govert Aertsen of a house and lot on Manhattan Island

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This day, date underwritten, before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland, appeared Adam Roelantsen, who in the presence of and before the undersigned witnesses declared that he had transferred and conveyed to Govert Aertsen in true and absolute ownership a lot and house standing and situated next to Philip Geraerdi’s lot, in virtue of the patent granted by the honorable director and council of New Netherland to Adam Roelantsen, dated the seventh of August anno 1643, with all the right, title and interest which he, Adam Roelantsen, has in and to the aforesaid house and lot. It is stipulated that Govert Aertsen shall be bound to pay whatever the lord[1] may herafter demand in the way of taxes and charges. Wherefore the grantor places the aforesaid Govert Aertsen in his estate, real and actual possession of the aforesaid house and lot, with power to dispose thereof as he, Govert Aertsen, shall think proper and expedient; he, the grantor, promising furthermore to free the said house and lot from all claims to be made thereto by any one, delivering the same free from all encumbrances. In witness whereof this is signed by the grantor and the witnesses hereto invited, the 2nd of December anno 1646, in New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Adam Roelants
Laurens van Heusden
Jacob H. Kip
Cornelis van Tienhoven
De heer; meaning the overlord, in this case the director and council of New Netherland or the directors of the West India Company.


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.