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Rensselaerwyck Manor Leases

From Stephentown Genealogy

Written by Tina Ordone

Most of the leases between the patroon of Rensselaerwyck and the tenants were generated between the late 1780s and the early 1800s. The terms of the lease usually stated that the tenant and his heirs agreed to hold title to the land in perpetuity and rent payments were to be made to the patroon annually in kind or cash. The leases also state the total acreage of land conveyed to the tenant along with the delineation of the plat. Releases of property to other individuals or parties is often documented. Lands described in these leases were situated in the East Manor and the West Manor.

Here is a listing of the leases granted to people who lived in Stephentown. It was taken from the listings on the New York Library website.

Copies of these leases can be found in the New York Library. For a complete listing of the holdings of the New York Library, click here.

BAILEY, KENDRICK - Lease of farm, 148 acres, 9/25/1861

BAKER, WILLIAM - Lease of land, 72 acres, 7/7/1795

BENTLEY, BENJAMIN & LYDIA - Deed to Rhodes Denison of land, 89 1/2/acres, 3/19/1828

BLOSS, MANASSA - Lease of farm, part of Lot 32, 51 acres 33 rods. 1/23/1787

BOARDMAN, JOHN - Lease of farm, 69 acres 52 rods, 1/29/1789

BOSWORTH, HEZEKIAH - Lease of farm, Lot 50, 20 acres, 16 rods, 1/19/1787

BOUGHTON, JEREMIAH - Deed to land in Stephentown from Andrew White, Charles B. Lansing and James Bell, 180 acres, 11/26/1849

BRAINARD, DAVID - Lease of farm, 121 acres, 10/12/1803

BRAYTON, GIDEON - Lease to Stephen Van Rensselaer of farm in Stephentown, 58 acres, 88 rods, 1/19/1787

BROCKWAY, NATHAN - Lease of farm, Lot 14, 19 acres, 91 rods, 1/20/1787

BROTHERTON, ABLE - Lease of farm, part of Lot 29, 60 acres, 1/29/1786

BROTHERTON, MICAJAH - Lease of farm, Lot 45, 78 acres 18 rods, 1/19/1787

BROWN, JONATHAN - Lease of farm, 139 acres, 4/16/1793

BROWN, JONATHAN & MOON, BENONI - Quit claim deed to land in Stephentown, 2 acres, 9/17/1793

BROWN, ROBERT - Lease of farm, Lot 40, 25 acres 41 rods, 1/23/1787

BUSH, MOSES - Lease of farm, 141 3/5 acres, 4/16/1799

BUTTER, ZACHARIAH - Lease of land, Lot 30, 59 acres, 12/5/1786. RRR to John A. Rollo, 7/20/1858

CARPENTER, THOMAS G. - Lease of farm, Lot 21 63 acres, 12/5/1786

CARR, CALEB - Lease of farm, Lots 36 & 37, 78 acres 116 rods, 1/18/1787. RRR Oct. 8, 1892

CARR, CALEB - Lease of farm, Lot 37, 78 acres 116 rods, 1/19/1787

CARR, EDWARD - Lease of farm, Lot 33, 61 acres 34 rods, 1/22/1787