Dutch colonial council minutes, 16-20 June 1645

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June 16

Rouloff Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Smeets, defendant, about the purchase of a house for fl. 400. Plaintiff demands that delivery be made according to the purchase. Defendant answers that he was drunk and that he does not know anything about the purchase. Plaintiff proves by two witnesses that the purchase was made. Parties request that Andries Hudden and Jacob Wolphersen be appointed referees to arbitrate the matter, whereupon the said persons are authorized by us to make the parties agree if possible.

Dirck Volckersz, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Stevensz, defendant, about the purchase of a gun. Ordered that parties bring proof at the next session.

Dirck Volckertsen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Stevensen, defendant, about the purchase of a gun. Plaintiff demands delivery of the gun. Parties agree, on condition that defendant pay fl. 10 as an indemnity for non-delivery.

On June 23, 1645

Willem Bredenbent, plaintiff, vs. Gerrit the Moff,[1] defendant, for payment of fl. 35. Ordered that the case be postponed until the arrival of Lourens Duyts.

Dirck Volckersen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Stevensen, defendant, about the purchase of a gun. 1 Default.

At a meeting of the court martial, the following persons were examined:

Andries Tummelyn, of Schweinfurt, 23 years of age, declares that yesterday evening between nine and ten, it being very dark and the weather rainy, he stood sentry on the main highway in front of Jan Damen's house, when some people came along. He called out, "Who goes there?" Received for answer: "Jonker Rascal;" "Boor!" and "Bumpkin!" One of them pointed his gun at him, whereupon he made a thrust at him with his half-pike; the others then ran away and he recognized them as being Paulus Heyman with his wife and Piere Malenfant. This day, June 20, 1645.

Liven Donck, of Caninghgom, in Flanders, 28 years of age, declares that yesterday evening, it being very dark and rainy, lying in his bed at the house of Jan Damen, he heard the sentry call out, "Who goes there?" to which some one answered, “Joncker” and some other words which he could not understand very well on account of the strong wind. Jumping out of bed ], he took his cutlas and ran to the sentry and on coming outside saw Piere Malenfant with a drawn rapier in his hand, who had been wounded by the sentry, and Paulus Heyman, who had a gun in his hand; the woman was crying loudly on the road to the fort, outside the fence. All of which was sworn to by him this day, June 20, 1645.


Moff is a Dutch nickname for a German


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 4, Council Minutes, 1638-1649 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.