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Gerret Hendricks Dewees

  • Birth 1640 Leiden, Leiden Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
  • Death 1701 Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 76573214

Emigrated to America (United States) about 1662/63. Lived in what is now New York City between 1663 and 1690.

Purchased property in 1691, as per copy of deed annexed.

Deed from Herman op de Graff to Gerrett Hendricks de Wees.

By these Presents be it known to all whom it may concern. THAT WHEREAS. Dirck Sipman at present residing in the city of Crefelt in the county of Cologne, did purchase of William Penn. Proprietor and Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania. Certain 5.000 acres of land in the said Province whereof he is at present in lawful possession and of which I Herman op de Graff by virtue of the full powers unto me for that purpose given. Do grant unto Gerrett Hendricks deWees under the yearly rent of two Rix Dollars or 2 pieces of Eight yearly forever. Certain 50 acres of land situate in the German Township part whereof consists in a Town lot of the breadth of 14 Perches and 4 feet. Bounded on the one side towards the South East by William Reittinghousen, and on the other side towards the North West by Dirck Keysers Land extending Westward to the Main Street and Northward to the German Township line and containing XXX acres and the remaining XX are situate amongst the said Germantown outside lotts extending and bounded also on the southeast by William Reittinghousen on the northwest by Dirck Keyser, Northward by the Township line, and Westward by the division street, and of the same breadth of XXX Perches Which 50 acres of Land situated as above I the said Herman op de Graff as attorney of (and in the name of) the said Dirck Sipman do hereby grant unto the said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees, Together with all the rights, titles and interests of the said Dirck Sipman of, in and to the same to the intent and purpose that the said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees his Heirs and Assigns hereafter forever possessing the same shall and may peaceably and unmolested, have hold and possess the same herein granted Land with any claim and demand of the aforesaid Dirck Sipman his Heirs and Assigns. On the other hand the said Gerrett Hendricks deWees hereby binds

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himself his Heirs and Assigns yearly on the first day of the first month commonly called March to pay unto the said Dirck Sipman his Heirs and As signs forever, The said yearly rent of 2 Rix Dollars or 2 pieces of Eight the payment of which yearly rent to be made in the year 1691 on the first day of March .

And lastly the said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees shall be obliged in order for the more better assurance of his right to the said (50) acres of Land to cause this present grant or a sufficient Extract thereof to be duly entered into the appointed Public Town Record.

In Testimony whereof the Parties have set their hands and Seals hereunto. Done at Germantown 1690 the 1st day of the first month commonly called March.

Witnesses. Herman op de Graff (Seal) Isaac Shumaker. Gerret Hendricks de Wees (Seal) Paul Wulff. Passed in the Court of Records ye 22nd. 9th. M. 1698. (Deed Book, I; 9, 218._Philadelphia, Pa.)

According to the following, found in the Recorder's office in Philadelphia, the above lot of ground was sold by Zytian de Wees, widow of Gerret Hendricks de Wees, through her Attorney, Claus Rittenhouse, in 1701, to Conrad Cod Weis:

THIS ENDENTURE made the 23d. day of December one thousand seven hundred and one between Claus Ruttinghuysen, lawful Attorney of Zytian de Wees widow of Gerric Hendricks deWees. on the one part, and John Conrad Cod Weis of Germantown on the other part, for and in consideration of 23 pounds current silver money of Pennsylvania a certain half lot containing 25 acres. and a further consideration of a yearly rent of six shillings to be paid to Dirck Sipman his Heirs and Assigns forever. Witnessed by Hans Senrussmirls. Peter Keyser. (Exemplification Records. I, 390.)

Claus Ruttinghuysen, Attorney, etc., for Zytian de

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Wees, widow of Garrett Hendricks de Wees, sold the other half lot to John Henry Mehls, the same then being in possession of Zytian deWees, widow of Garrett Hendricks de Wees, for the sum of 17 pounds. Witnessed by Arret Klinkin and Peter Keyser. (Exemplification Records, 8, 392, L.)

Deed from John Conrad Codweis to William Dewees. This Indenture made October 2nd. 1703. between John Conrad Codweis of Germantown county of Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania, on the one part. and William Dewees of the same Township, County and Province on the other part. WITNESSETH THAT THE SAID John Conrad Codweis for and in consideration of the sum of twenty seven pounds, current silver money of Pennsylvania which sum is secured to be paid by a bill of mortgage under the said William Dewees's hand and seal bearing date with these presents, the receipt whereof lie the said John Conrad Codweis doth hereby acknowledge, and for both acquit and discharge the said William Dewees his heirs and assigns forever. doth Grant, Bargain &c a certain half lot in Germantown March unto Gerard Hendricks de Wees by a deed of Enfoeffin dated the first of March 1690. acknowledged in open court March Conrad Codweis, by virtue of a deed of sale from the above mentioned Gerard Hendricks de Wees' widow Zytian dated the 18th day of April 1701. acknowledged in a court of records, held at Germantown 1703.

John Conrad Weis. Exemplification records. No.8, p.386. Recorder of Deeds' Office, Philadelphia, Pa.

This same land was sold by William Dewees to Conrad Rutters, on the 22d of 11th month, commonly

"From the DeWees/Deweese/Duese newsletter"

"Garrett Hendricks de Wees" (1641 - ca.1700)
part III The Dutch period (1641 - 1663)
by Curtis Dewees & Jack C. Vaughn

"Gerrijt Hendrix of Amsterdam and Sijtske Liuwes in this town((Lieuwarden),have been announced the 14th,21st and 28th of September. Confirmed (married) same 1662.


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  • Created by: John Dawson
  • Added: 15 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76573214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerret Hendricks Dewees (1640–1701), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76573214, citing Upper Burial Grounds, Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by John Dawson (contributor 46487722) .