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Subject: [NYSCHOHA-L] Adam Vrooman
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 09:08:47 EST


I had the following notes for Adam Vrooman. He had 3 wives and the two
accounts agree on Grietje Ryckman with no relationship to Jacques. Perhaps
it was through the 1st wife - her maiden name was Bloom. Don't know if this
will be helpful, but I thought it interesting. Vera Bunkoff

>From Genealogies of First Settlers:
ADAM, son of Hendrick Meese, b. in 1649 in Holland, was naturalized in the
province of New York in 1715; in 1670, by consent of his father, he bound
himself for two years to Cornelis van den Burgh to learn the millwright's
trade for 80 guilders and a pair of new shoes the first year, and 120
guilders the second year; 1683 built a mill on the Sand kil where the
Brandywine mills now stand; 1688 bought lands of the Mohawk sachems at Fort
Hunter; in 1690, when Schenectady was attacked and burned by the French and
Indiana, he saved his life by his bravery in defending his house which then
stood on the west corner of Church and Front Streets; on this occasion his
first wife Engeltie, with her infant child, was killed, and his two sons
Barent and Wouter were carried away captives to Canada; 1697 went to Canada
with an embassy to try to obtain the release of his sons (one of whom had
turned Catholic), his brother (Jan?) and cousin (son of Pieter Meese of
Albany), all carried away in 1690; 1703-1708 obtained a patent for the Sand
kil and adjacent lands for mill purposes; 1714 obtained a patent for lands in
Schoharie upon which he settled in 1715; some of the Palatines attempted to
drive him off. He commenced a stone house 23ft. square by help of his sons,
and had proceeded as far as the second story floor beams, when one night his
unruly neighbors, led on by one Conrad Weiser, entirely demolished it. He
then retired to Sehenectady and petitioned to the governor for redress. The
governor commanded the sheriff of Albany to arrest said Weiser, and
succeeded, it is presumed, in stopping the opposition to Vrooman's
cultivating his land. [Doc. History, III, 412.] In 1726 he received an
additional patent for 1,400 acres for his son Pieter; made his will September
12, 1729, proved June 13, 1730, spoke of the following children, save
Christina and Jannetie, d. on his farm in Schoharie Feb. 25, 1730, and was
buried in his private burying ground No, 36 Front Street. He m. first,
Engeltie, secondly, Grietje Ryckman, widow of Jacques Cornelise Van Slyck in
1691; thirdly, Grietje Takelse Heemstraat, Jan. 13, 1697, in Albany. Ch. bp:
Barent, 1679; Wouter, 1680; Pieter, b, May 4, 1684; Christina, bp. Oct. 18,
1685, m. Teunis Swart; Hendrick, 1687; Johannes or Jan bp. May 30, 1697, in
Albany; Maria, Sept. 1, 1699, m. Douw Fonda; Bartholomeus, Dec. 22, 1700;
Timotheus, Nov. 3, 1702; Seth, Jan. 7, 1705; Jacob Meese, July 3, 1707, in
Albany; Eva, m. Joachim Ketelhuyn; Jannetie, m. Harmen Van Slyck.


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