New Netherland and Beyond
Immigrants to New Netherland
In The Flower of Gelder
Arrived at New Amsterdam July 24, 1652
Persons to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck:
Was engaged as minister of the colony of Rensselaerswyck, May 8, 1652, at an annual salary of f800, for the period of three years from the date of his arrival in the colony (O'Callaghan, History
of New Netherland, 2:567-68*. In the accounts he is charged with f300, which he received before his departure at Amsterdam; and credited with one year's salary at f800, from July 24, 1652, to
July 24, 1653; with two years salary at f1000 a year, from July 24, 1653, when it was found that Domine Schaets could not well support his swaer huyshouden (expensive household) on f800; and
with two years salary at f1300 a year and house rent from July 24, 1655, to July 24, 1657, when he became minister of Fort Orange and the village of Beverwyck. He continued as pastor of the Dutch
church at Albany till his death, Feb 27, 1694.
*2:567-8: This gentleman, the second clergyman in Albany, was born in 1607. He was originally engaged as minister of the Colonie of Rensselaerswyck, but in 1657 he was appointed, "at the request of
the inhabitants of Fort Orange and Beverwyck," minister of the latter place, at a salary of 1200 gl "to be collected for the greatest part from the inhabitants.".....
"And he is accepted and engaged for the period of three years, commencing when his Reverence shall have arrived thither in the colonie Rennselaerswyck, in the ship the Flower of Gelder, his passage
and board being free; and he shall enjoy for his salary, yearly, the sum of eight hundered gilders, which shall be paid to his Reverence there through the Patroon's and Co-directors' Commissioners;
and in case of prolongation, the salary and allowance shall be increased in such manner as the parties there shall mutually agree upon.....
The Rev. Mr. Schaets had three children, two sons and one daughter. Reynier, the oldest, removed to Schenectady, where he was killed, with his son, at the great massacre, Feb. 10, 1690.
Bartolomeus, the second, passed over to Holland in 1670, but returned to this country and settled as a silversmith in New York, where he died in or about the year 1720, leaving a son
Reynier, from whom are descended all of the name now in this country, and who are scattered through New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, c.
Anneke S. the Domine's daughter, married Thomas Davitse Kikebell of New York. She was by no means a favorite with some of the female portion of her father's congregation, who carried
their feelings so far, at one time, as to object to approach the Lord's Supper in her company. Her father resented this. Indeed, already female gossip had been caught busy at a tea party, with even
the Domine's character; a prosecution for slander ensued, and the parties had to pay heavy damages. Out of this probably arose the ill-will towards the daughter, who was sent by the magistrates to
her husband at New York. The Dominie, in consequence, resigned his charge of the church, after having preached a sermon on 2 Pet. i. 12-15. He was, however, reconciled to his flock, and Anneke
returned to her father, by whom she seems to have been much loved. Dominie Schaets continued pastor of the Dutch church at Albany until 1683, a period of over thirty years. During that time he
frequently visited Esopus, Schenectady, and other out settlements. His successor in the mission, was the Rev. Godefredius Delius.