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A large collection of manuscript documents, mostly accounts and ledgers relative to the Van Gaasbeek family of Kingston, New York, c. 1721-1821, 87pp. mostly folio. Of interest is an early account book, 12pp. in Dutch dating mostly between 1724 and 1747, in which appears the signature of JACOBUS VAN GAASBEEK who adds "1769 13 is geboren mjn 2 Doghter omtrent 9 Ures in de Morgen". According to Dominie Laurentius' Van Gaasbeek and His Descendents, the daughter in question was Margaret, born Dec. 13, 1769. The account is a who's who of the Dutch aristocracy in the Hudson valley including such names as Tobyes Van Buren, Tobyes Van Steenborgh, John Beekman, Lawrence Keiffer, Abraham Van Gaasbeek, Jr., Evert Bogardus, Patrick Macdannel, Counradt Krook, Tobyes Swart, Henry Hasbrouck, William Ellsworth, Jaohn Harmans, Marten Krook, Peter Bogarduss, Counradt Krook, Domeny Doll, Hanricus Krook, Jacob Marus Gruen Jr., Peter Vanderlyn and many others. The accounts notes land transactions, work records by laborers , "schelpels" or "schopols" of wheat (Dutch unit, about 3 pecks) sold, and other related matters. Another account book, 42pp., folio, (in English) dates between 1789 and 1799 and includes many of the same types of transactions: "schelpels" of wheat are now "skipples" of wheat , a testament of the persistence of Dutch language and culture in the Hudson Valley long after the end of Dutch rule in the seventeenth century. The names found in this account attest to the further Anglicization of the Hudson Valley: together with the Dutch Beekmans, Borgarduss, Van Gaasbeeks, Lossings, and Hasbroucks there now appear the surnames Ellsworth, MacDonnel, Post, and Curtis. Other documents include a fragmentary D.S. by JURRYAN TAPPEN (c. 1721) one of the signers of the Articles of Association for Kingston in 1775 at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Another piece, a manuscript document, 1p. folio, being a tax list for "the Mannor of Foxhal 1768" listing 19 freeholders with the wealthiest, Jacobus Van Gasbeck with "Estates Real and personal" assessed at £420. The majority of the freeholders were still Dutch (Van Gasbeck, Ten Brook, Tansen, Bogardus) with a smattering of Germans, (Snyder, Elmendorph). One Englishman, Laurence Salisbury had managed to settle in the town and was its second wealthiest resident assed at £105. As a whole, the archive chronicles the development of one of the principal Dutch settlements in the Hudson valley during the eighteenth century. Overall condition good to very good with expected marginal wear some losses, soiling and dampstains.
Estimate $ 800-1,200

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