Early Beekman Records

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Early Beekman Records, Page 138 - 139

Transcribed by Debbie Axtman

The following are from the old records in the Town Clerk's office:

At a Town Meeting held April 7, 1772, for Beekmans Precinct, chosen for officers as follows, viz:-Maurice Pease, Town Clerk; Joshua Carman, Supervisor; Samuel Dorland, James Vanderburgh, Assessors; Simeon Noxon, Constable and Collector; Thomas Clements, Maurice Please, Inspectors of Intestate Estates.

Memorandum at this Meeting - The parties living on the Clove Road agreed to work it as follows, viz:- that half of inhabitants that live below to work to Andres Buck's Lane, and the other hald to work from thence to Lieut. John Uhls.

At a meeting held April 2nd, 1776, James Vanderburgh, Esq., Samuel Dorland, John Hall, Ebenezer Cary, and Eliab Youmans were chosen a Committee to retire and draw up some Prudential Laws relative to height and sufficiency of fences within this Precinct, upon which they drew up the following and read them publickly to the meeting for their approbation, to which the said meeting unanimously agreed, and ordered that the same be recorded. [Then follows the laws.]

April 3, 1787 - Voted the sum of seventy pounds to be raised for the use of the poor of this Precinct.

April 1, 1788. It is hereby enacted that the majority of the Justices and a majority of the Overseers of the Poor for the time being, shall be and are hereby impowered to bind out the children of all such poor persons [as are not able to get a livelihood] as apprentices; adn they are also impowered to bind out the parents for such time and timesa s they may think fit and convenient. Passed in the open Twon Meeting, J. OAKLEY, Clerk.

April 7, 1789 - Voted that the next Annual Meeting shall be held at the Dwelling House of Henry Smith.

The whole amount of money received by us or our predecessors in office for the use of the common schools during the year ending on the date of this report, and since the date of teh last report for our town is $311.20 of which sum the part received from the county treasurer is $155.60, the part from the collector $155.60; that the said sum of money has been expended in paying the instructors of the schools of said town. The school books most used in the common schools in our town are as follows, viz: The Juvenile Spelling Book, American Preceptor, English Reader, Walker's Dictionary, Daboll's Arithmetic, Murray's English Grammar, Morse's Geography, and Historical Dictionary by Ezra Thompson. June 1, 1835. ALLEN BUTLER, LEWIS E. BAKER - Commissioners of Common Schools.

We the Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Pawling, do hereby certify, own and acknowledge that Isaiah Burch, labourer, his wife and children, is inhabitants legally settled in our said town of Pawling. - In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ninth day of June, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight-hundred and fifteen. Signed in presence of Jacob Parks, Silas Dutcher. ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL & SAMUEL STEBBINS, Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Pawling. April 13, 1816, special town meeting was held at the house of Adam Crouse.

This day received the name of Peter, a black child, son of Sude, a slave of Alida Bogert, who was born the 18th day of February 1817. May 1, 1817, Gilbert B. Noxon, Clerk

I, George Cornwell, of the Town of Beekman, in the County of Dutchess, and the State of New York do manumit and set free, and by these presents have manumitted and forever discharged from my service a certain colored man by the name of Harry, how has heretofore been my slave. Sept. 11, 1823 GEORGE CORNWELL

Whereas application has been made to us, Nathan Miller and Reed Crandall, Overseers of the Poor of said Town of Beekman, by George Cornwell, who by the above instrument of writing has this day manumitted and set free a certain colored man named Harry, who has heretofore been a slave to said George Cornwell, and therefore we, the said Nathan Miller and Reed Crandall, Overseers as aforesaid, do certify that we are personally acquainted with the said Harry, a colored nan, and that we know him to be under the age of forty-five years and that he is of sufficient ability to provide for himself. We do therefore record th manumission of the above named Harry. Sept. 11, 1823. NATHAN MILLER, REED CRANDALL, Overseers of the Poor.

We the Overseers of Rombouts Precinct do give Margeret Deen a permit to go and work where she may best get a living and if she should like to be a Precinct charge we the said Overseers of Rombouts Precinct are tilling to take her and provide for her. Aug. 5, 1772. DERICK BRINKERHOFF, ISAAC ADRIANCE, PETRES BOGARDES.

Aug. 10, 1800, was born Dinah, a black girl, daughter of Susan now in possession of ZACHARIAH FLAGLER.

I John Brill, of the Town of Beekman, do by these presents manumit and set free my black man named Harry, of the age of twenty-nine years, hereby acquitting and exonerating him of and from all further demands for service to me for or on account of his having been born a slave to me, on condition of him, the said Harry, becoming legally manumitted. Mar. 28, 1817. JOHN BRILL


From: General History of Duchess County, From 1609 to 1876, Inclusive,
Philip H. Smith, Pawling, NY, Published by the Author, 1877.