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Claes Frederickse "Niclaes" Van Petten
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Birth: May 30, 1641
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Oct. 3, 1728
Schenectady County
New York, USA

Niclaes Van Petten(of various spellings) is the immigrant ancestor of most Van Pettens and Van Pattens in this country. He is listed in the Vale cemetery register as Claes Van Pette because the final "N" in his name has broken off the stone. Buried first at Green St. Cemetery in the stockade, his stone was moved to Vale Cem., Schenectady, NY in 1879.
In 1683-94 he owned a farm at Papsknee below Albany; 1690 was appointed Justice of the Peace by Leisler. He evidently moved back to Schenectady as he was deacon there in 1703 and is buried.
BILL OF SALE: 21 Jan 1678-9, Bill of Sale from Meus Hoogeboom to Claes van Petten of a half-interest in the sloop "The Royal Oak". This sloop was used to transport wheat and other goods along the Hudson River. Claes sold his interest in the boat a year or so later ......
BILL OF SALE: 27 May 1682; Bill of Sale for a negro from Amadoor Vopie to Claes van Petten for 50 good, whole, deliverable beaver skins or marketable winter wheat - - -
According to the "Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800 by Jonathan Pearson(Albany,NY: J. Munsell, 1873) the following: Claas Frederickse first came to Schenectady (probably from Petten, Holland) in 1664 with Isaac Cornelise Swits and contracted with William Teller. In 1668 he bought, in company with Cornelis Viele, the bouwery of Martin Van Isselsteyn, lying next west of Reyer Schermerhorn's farm; and remaining in the family for several generations. Schermerhorn was his brother-in-law. In 1683-94 he owned a farm at Papsknee below Albany. There is a story that he was removed from the Schenectady Stockade, perhaps in 1683, for doing illegal business with the Indians. This may be one reason he survived the massacre of 1690 by the French and Indians coming down from Canada. He had at least 5 children. Descendants of Claas Frederickse Van Petten and Aeffie Arentse Bradt
Claas Frederickse, from the fishing village of Petten, North Holland, the Netherlands, was the first of his
family to come to America (1664). His great-grandfather was Albert (abt 1550) his grandfather, Albert
Albertse (abt 1580) and his father was Frederick Albertse van Petten (abt 1610)..
. 1 Claas Frederickse Van Petten (30 May 1641, bp 2 Jun 1641 Petten, N HoL, NL- 3 Ocl 1728
Albany NY; bd Vale Cem.) Claas arrived in New Netherlands in 1664 and. with Isaac
Swits, leased the bowery of Willem Teller. Claas bought his first farm in company wilh
Cornelis Viele in 1668 paying a total of 330 beaver skins. The property, owned by
Marten Van Yssclsteyn, was situated on the west of Claass brother-in-law Reyer Schermerhom
at Schenectady. Claas moved to Papsne (Papsknee) near Albany in 1683 and so
missed the 1690 massacre bv the French and Indians. Claas owned a boat at one time that
moved grain along the Hudson River and also owned a slave as did many of the following
generations. He was Roadmaster, juror and in 1690 he was Justice ofthe Peace under
Governor Leisler.
md ca 1672 Aeffie Arentse Bradt (1649 Albany JMY - 23 Jan 1728 Albany NY)
d/o .Arent .Anderies Bradt of Norway and Holland
and Catalyntje De Vos [d/o Andrew, Deputy -Dir. of Rensselaerwyck]
Aeflie's father, Arent Bradt, sailed from Texal on the coast of Holland in the vessel
"Rensselaerwyck", built at Manhattan. He arrived at New .Amsterdam 4 Mar 1637; was
one of the original proprietors of Schenectady .Arent died in 1662.
Ch: Cathlyntje. Maretje. Annatie, Arent. Diewer, Andries. Geertruy (1687). Nicholas.
Geertruy and Frederick Van Petten (1694) Note: Anna & Arent birth order in family uncertain
Sources- CHR-;NJiol#5I6a..B^-M-D. M. Polacek 4.406..B-M-D: JPS 27..JPA . IGI-NY
Lease of farm #5 at Schenectady from Willem Teller to Claas F. Van Petten and Isaack Swits
This day, the 16th of June 1664. Mr. Willem Tailler acknowledged that he had lei land to the above men
joint I v...consisting of a dwelling house, barn, rick and arable land in two parcels...for a term of six years...on the following conditions: The lessor delivers now to the lessees for use on the farm six draft horses, namely, three geldings and three mares with a one-year old stallion colt and another of this year, five milch cows, two heifers and two bull calves of this year, one heifer in her 3rd year, two sows with 5 pigs four months old .and a hog one year old: which said horses
and cattle, the lessees during this lease shall have for the use of the farm for half the increase, the risk according to the usage in the colony of Renselaerwyck. aud the increase to be divided every three years, but with respect to said hogs, the lessees are to be holden to deliver for the first time in the autumn of the year 1665 a hog fit for slaughter, and so on every
year during the lease, and at the end of the lease to deliver over again to the owner the same number of hogs and of the same age as at present.
The lessor has also delivered to the lessees two plows with their appurtenences and a wagon, while another wagon
shall be delivered next harvest lime: also a pot kettles, chum, milk tubs* two sleds, three Flemish scythes with two scythe blades, and a grain winnow.
Moreover the land is now sown with 22 skipples of winter wheat. 4 skipples of summer wheat 3 skipples of white
peas, 3 skipples of buckwheat and also 49 skipples of oats, which said quantity of sowed grain the lessees promise to leave sowed upon said land at the end of the lease, for the behoof of the lessor, and also said delivered agricultural implements with housc.barn. rick and garden with fence to deliver over again at the end of this lease in good condition. 
Family links: 
  Aeffie Arentse Bradt Van Petten (1649 - 1728)*
  Cathlyntje Van Petton Van Vechten (1676 - 1715)*
  Arent Nicholas Van Petten (1678 - 1742)*
  Andries Claase Van Petten (1684 - 1748)*
  Nicholas Claese Van Petten (1690 - 1777)*
*Calculated relationship
Vale Cemetery
Schenectady County
New York, USA
Plot: DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH formerly in the Schenectady Stockade. This area is fenced in with a black metal fence.
Maintained by: Dave Peck
Originally Created by: Thomas Dunne
Record added: Jul 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20654471
Claes Frederickse Niclaes Van Petten
Added by: Dave Peck
Claes Frederickse Niclaes Van Petten
Added by: Thomas Dunne
Claes Frederickse Niclaes Van Petten
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