Deed of Michael Jansen to Herman Smeeman for land and a house on Manhattan Island

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Appeared...before us, ... Michiel Jansen, inhabitant of the island of Manhattan; and declared to have conveyed to Herman Smeeman all his right and title to a piece of land containing 25 morgens, with the buildings and all the appurtenances belonging thereto; also, 25 morgens of land of Oolooff Stevens charged with a quitrent of 38 guilders annually, redeemable against the sixteenth penney, which is at the option of the buyer and may be done away with according to the lease whenever he pleases etc.

Done at Fort New Amsterdam in New Netherland, 4 May 1653. Machhyel Jansz, La Montagne, Brian Newton.


Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. GG, HH & II, Land Papers, 1630-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1980).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.