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KINGSTON (WILTWYCK/ESOPUS) TAX LIST, 1661

Source: Laws and Ordinances of New Netherland, 1638- 1674, compiled by E. B. O'Callaghan, 1868

"The Schout and Commissaries of the Village of Wiltwyck, in the Esopus, having exhibited to me, the undersigned, in my quality of Director General of the Province of New Netherland, the account, both of the materials and wages for labor already due and earned on the new house for the Minister, and requesting at the same time, advice and consent how, and in what wise, the same is to be procured from the Commonality, to the end that the Creditors of the delivered materials for wages and labor may obtain what is due them, it is hereby consented and Ordained, that the said Schout and Commissaries shall have power to levy and collect from every Morgen [1 morgen = about 2 acres] of land, whether of pasture or tillage land, which any one about the aforesaid Village occupies or claims as his own, one Rix dollar per Morgen, Beaver value, in good Wheat, payable one-half down, and the other half, without fail, next summer; and, further, from the other Inhabitants, who possess only Lots and no Lands, according to their means. And the one and the other being heard in our presense thereupon are assessed in manner as follows:

Jurriaen Westvael, tenant of Balthasaer Lasar Stuyvesants bouwery, containing 25 morgens.......... 62 florins

The Honorable Director General [Pieter Stuyvesant?] for a point, 12 morgens.......... 30 florins

Jurriaen Westvael, for his own lands, 28 morgens..........70 florins

Thomas Chambers, 2 bouweries, each 40 morgens.......... 200 florins

Evert Pels, his bouwery, 36 morgens.......... 90 florins

Albert Heymans [Roosa], on the bouwery of Jacob Janse Stol's widow, 30 morgens.......... 90 florins

Roellof Swartwout, tenant on the bouwery of Jacob Janse Stol's widow, containing 43 morgens.......... 90 florins

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht, tenant on the bouery of Mme. d'Hulter, 64 morgens.......... 160 florins

Cornelis Barentsen Slecht's own claimed land for which he has neither survey nor patent, estimated at 25 morgens.......... 62 florins

Mme. de Hulter's unsurveyed pasture land, estimated at 25 morgens.......... 62 florins

Albert Gysbert's land, 20 morgens.......... 50 florins

Aert Jacob's land, 47 morgens.......... 117 florins

Tjerck Claesen's [De Witt] land, 50 morgens........... 125 florins

Aert Pietersen Tack, 20 morgens.......... 40 florins

Michiel Foure, 4 morgens.......... 10 florins

The following house lots of those who have no farmlands

Andries van der Sluys, lot.......... 10 florins

Jan Aerts, smith, voluntarily offers.......... 20 florins

Michiel Foure.......... 12 florins

Jan Broerse [Decker?].......... 10 florins

Jan the Brabander.......... 10 florins

Andries Baerents.......... 12 florins

Hendrick Cornelisse, assessed.......... 20 florins

Hendrick Jochemse [Schoonmaker], offers.......... 20 florins

Harmen Hendricx.......... 12 florins

Jan Jansen, carpenter, assessed.......... 10 florins

Jacob Barents, offers............ 12 florins

Jacob Joosten, offers.......... 12 florins

Pieter van aelen, assessed.......... 10 florins

Mattys Roelofse, offers........... 15 florins

Jacob Burhamse, offers.......... 20 florins

Gerrit van Campen.......... 10 florins

Anthony Creupel [Crispell].......... 10 florins

Albert Gerrits.......... 10 florins

Baerent Gerrits..........10 florins

Jacob Blancon [might this actually be Matthew Blanchon? He was known to be in Kingston at the time and I have never seen a record of a Jacob Blancon before].......... 10 florins

Jan de Backer offers 1 thousand bricks

William Janse.......... 12 florins

It is stipulated, in regard to the Lands, that if hereafter by survey, there be found a greater or fewer number of acres [sic, probably for morgens], the owners shall pay the surplus on the returned contents and receive back what it falls short, according to the showing of their returns of survey and Patents. The tax on the Lots shall be discharged and paid immediately in light money.

Thus done in the Village of Wiltwyck, present the inhabitants aforesaid, this 12 November, 1661."

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