Indenture of Annetje Patricks, step-daughter of Tobias Feaks, as a servant-girl to Cornelis van Tienhoven

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This day, date underwritten, Tobias Feacx and Cornelis van Tienhoven have agreed in manner as follows:

First, said Tobias Feax binds, as he hereby does bind, Annitje Patricx, his step-daughter, for the term of two consecutive years, commencing on the date hereof, to serve said Cornelis van Tienhoven and his family for two consecutive years as a servant-maid, to do and perform according to her ability all housework and to conduct herself faithfully; also to obey all reasonable commands appertaining to the duties of a maid. But it is stipulated that if Cornelis van Tienhoven and his family should leave New Netherland before the expiration of the above mentioned two years, the said Annitje Patricx shall be again free and be allowed to return to her mother. For this service Cornelis van Tienhoven promises to provide the said girl with proper board, sleeping quarters and necessary bodily clothing during the two years and after the expiration thereof to let her go, taking with her the clothes which shall then belong to her body and be made for her. Thus done and signed by both parties the 31st of March 1649, In New Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Tobias Feeax receives in addition twenty-five guilders in seawan at the commencement of the service. Date as above.

Cornelis van Tienhoven
Tobias Feke


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.