Deed from Gillis Pietersen van der Gouw to Pieter Ebel of a house and lot situated south of Fort Amsterdam

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Gillis Piterssen van der Gouw, who before and in the presence of the undersigned witnesses declares that he conveys and transfers in true, free and absolute ownership to Piter Ebel a lot and house standing and situated southwards of Fort Amsterdam, which lot was granted to him, Gillis Pitersz, by patent from the honorable director and council of New Netherland on the fourth of July anno 1645 ( Piter Ebel shall have no claim to the lot taken off from this lot by the honorable director and council, situated eastwards of Gillis Pitersz and conveyed to Cors Pitersen), by virtue of which patent he, Gillis Pitersz, conveys and transfers the said lot, as large or as small as it may be, to the aforesaid Piter Ebel, giving him power in his stead to build on, occupy and use the said lot as he could with other his patrimonial lands and property, without the grantor retaining or reserving any interest therein or claim of ownership thereto, but from now on and forever relinquishing the ownership of the said house and lot. The grantor also delivers and conveys the said house free from any lien or claim to be made thereto by any one in the world. In testimony whereof this is signed in the record by Gillis Pitersz and the witnesses, the 6th of July anno 1647, in Fort New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Jelis Pieterz
Jacob H. Kip
Adriaen van Tienhoven


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.