Commission for Detecting and Defeating
Conspiracies in the State of New York

1778-1781

Albany County Sessions
Edited by Victor Hugo Paltsits, State Historian
Published by the State of New York, Albany 1909


This three volume set (the third volume is an index of names and places) was scanned for individuals who lived the area now encompassed by Greene County. All entries related to these individuals will be presented under their name, or in cases when groups of individuals are being investigated, as a group. A listing of individuals to be covered is presented below

All transcriptions by Sylvia Hasenkopf

On February 5, 1778 during its 1st session (1777-1778) the Legislature of New York passed its first bill for the creation of a body of "Commissioners for detecting and defeating conspiracies" in the state and declaring their powers. The idea was "to conserve the State, against the machinations of disaffected, disloyal or even decidely inimical persons."

Commissions were established for the following counties:
Albany, Charlotte, Dutchess, Orange, Tryon, Ulster, Westchester

Within these counties District Commissioners were established.

Definition of a mittimus: In law - a precept or command in writing under the hand or hand and seal of a justice of the peace or other proper officer, directed to the keeper of a prison, requiring him to imprison an offender until delivered by due course of law; a warrant of commitment to prison.


 

John Cumming

Arent Van Schaack

Lukas Dewitt Sr. and Jr.

Jacob Halenbeck Jun.

Teunis Van Wagnen

Abraham Person Jun

Wessel Van Dyck

Albartus Van Loon

Johan Jurie Fought

Lawrence Deal

John Coenly

Zachariah Snyder

Peter W. Yates

William Rea

Joachim Collier

Abraham Herdick

Peter Van Slyck

Stephen Van Dyck

Isaac Witbeck

John G. Klauw

Abraham DeWitt

Nathaniel Cotton

Simeon Garret

John Garrett

 

Peter W. Yates

July 27 1778
David van Schaack, Cornelius Van Schaack, Dereck Gardinier, John D. Goes, Matthew Goes Junr. and Lambert Burgart all of the District of Kinderhook; Peter W. Yates of Katskill, Dirk Delamater of Claverack and Richard Minifee of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck were cited to appear before the Board to render satisfaction respecting their conduct during the present war agreeable to the Act lately passed by the Legislature - they were ordered to appear on the 30th Day of July instant.

August 1, 1778
Ordered that an Advertisement be sent down to Samuel Loudon, Printer to be inserted in his next paper requesting David Van Schaack, Cornelius Van Schaack and Lambert Bogart of Kinderhook and Peter W. Yates of Catskill to appear before us at the City Hall in this city on Thursday the thirteenth Day of August instant at 10 of the clock in the forenoon of the same day in consequence and by virtue of an Act passed by the Legislature at their last sessions entitled, "An Act more effectually to prevent the mischiefs arising from the Influence and Example of persons of equivocal and suspected characters in this State. -

August 10, 1778
Received a letter from Peter W. Yates informing us that he had never been summoned and had before he knew of any citation being sent for him taken the Oaths of Allegiance and Office.

August 12, 1778
Received a letter from Peter W. Yates dated 11th August 1778 which Letter is in the Words following, to wit (letter is not cited) Ordered that Mr. Visscher acquaint Mr. Yates that it is their Opinion he ought to come up and Qualify before the Board.

August 14, 1778
Peter W. Yates appeared before the Board according to the Order received from us and being tendered the Oath prescribed in the act he requested Time to consider the same which was given him.

May 15, 1779
Peter W. Yates appearing before the Board for the Purpose of taking the Oath prescribed in an(d) by an Act of the Legislature of this State respecting Persons of neutral and equivocal Characters resolved that the said oath be administered to him accordingly.

I, Peter W. Yates do solemnly and without any mental Reservation or equivocation whatsoever Swear and call God to Witness that I believe & acknowledge the State of New York to be of Right a free and Independent State and that no authority or power can of right be exercised in or over the said State but what is or shall be granted by or derived from the People thereof and further that as a good Subject of the said free and Independent State of New York I will to the best of my knowledge and Ability faithfully do my duty, and as I shall keep or disregard this Oath so help and deal with me Almighty God.

                                                                                                                                                    Peter W. Yates


John Cumming

August 4, 1778
John Cumming was also cited to appear before the Board and appearing he was tendered the Oath which he refused to take –

Ordered that the said Isaac Man and John Cumming appear at the City Hall of the City of Albany on Friday the 14th Day of August Instant it being the Time appointed for their being removed within the Enemies Line with fourteen days Provisions for themselves and such of their family as the chuse should accompany the, (Persons able to bear Arms excepted) they are also permitted to take with them all their cloathing and Household Furniture.

August 8, 1778
Ordered that a Certificate be sent down to John Morrin Scott Esqr. Secretary of the State of New York certifying that Richard Cartwright on the 16th Day of July last Peter Vosburgh, Lowrance Goes and Harmen Pruyn, William Rea, Barent Van Der Pool and Andries Huyck on the 21st Day July last, Benjamin Baker, Henry Van Dyck, Cornelius Glen, Henry Ten Eyck and James Dole on the 23rd Day of July last, John Witbeeck and Volkert Van Veghten on the 28th Day of July last, Marte Van Buren on the 29th Day of July last, and Richard Minifee in the 30th Day of July last, Gysbert Fonda, John Stevenson and Absolom Woodward on the 1st Day of August Instant, John Cumming, Isaac Man, John Kortz, Jun. and Alexander White on the 4th Day of August Instant and Dirck Gardinier, Matthew Goes Junr and John D. Goes on the 7th Day of August Instant were in Pursuance of the Act of the Legislature lately passed respecting neutral and equivocal characters cited to appear before us on their Appearance on the Days abovementioned we having tendered them the Oath in the abovementioned Act set forth and prescribed they refused to take the same –

November 13, 1778
Ordered that a Letter be wrote to John Cummings in Pursuance of the Letter received from his Excellency the Governor of the 5th Instant informing him that it is the Determination of the Governor not to exchange Henry Van Schaack and the other State Prisoners for such of the Subjects of this State as are now confined in New York which letter is the Words following, to wit (prout)

December 7, 1778
John Cumming who refused to the (the Oath) as prescribed to be taken by Persons of Neutral and equivocal Characters and was in Consequence thereof to be removed within the Enemy Lines but was detained by his Excellency the Governor for Exchange made Application to the Board to be permitted to go and reside at Katskill with his family and their being no Prospect of an Exchange taking Place as yet for the said John Cumming therefore ordered that the said John Cumming enter into a Parole to remain within the Limits and Bounds of the District of Grote Imboght and abide by such Restrictions as are in the said Parole specified which Parole is in the Words following, to wit (prout)

August 29, 1781
The Board having received Information from which they are induced to think that the Persons living in a Place formerly in the Possession of [blank] Cumming at Katskill are endeavoring by every means to injure the American Cause and as their situation is such that they have it in their Power to afford Assistance to Parties coming from the Enemy therefore resolved that a letter be wrote to Col. Du Bois at Kats Kill requesting him to cause them to be removed as soon as possible


Wessel Van Dyck

May 5, 1781
Harmanus Cuyler of Cooksackie laid before the Board a Letter from Teunis Van Wagenon dated Catskill 4th Instant wherein he informs us that he sends to us Wessel Van Dyck as a Prisoner on Account his being concerned in carrying off David Abeel and his son and that he will send up proof against him as soon as possible which Letter being read ordered that the same be filed –

Resolved in Consequence of the above letter that the said Wessel Van Dyck be confined and that a Mittimus be made out for him.

May 26, 1781
Resolved that Wessel Van Dyck be discharged on entering into a Recognizance for his future good Behaviour doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present War with Great Britain

                        Wessel Van Dyck of Caters Kill in the County of Albany  Farmer in         £100
                        David Van Dyck of Niscuthaw in the County aforesaid Farmer his Bail   £100 


William Rea

July16, 1778
Henry Van Schaack, Peter Van Schaack, Peter Vosburgh, Lowrence Goes, Harman Pruyn, John Thurman and William Rea were severally cited to appear before this Board on the Eighteenth Instant to render satisfaction to us touching their Conduct during this war comfortable to an Act of the Legislature lately passed respecting Persons of neutral and equivocal Characters –

July 18, 1778
Pete Vosburgh, Lowrence Goes, William Rea and Harman Pruyn also appeared before the Board and were tendered the Oath which they requested Time to consider of till next Tuesday Morning which was granted them and ordered that their non attendance at that Time be construed into a Refusal to take the Oath –  

July 21, 1778
Peter Vosburgh, Lowrence Goes, William Rea, Harman Pruyn, who were given Time to this Day to appear and take the Oath prescribed by the Act, not appearing. Ordered that they hold themselves in Readiness to be removed into the Enemies Lines by Saturday next

August 1, 1778
Ordered that Notice be given to Daniel Campbell, James Ellice, John Visger, Peter Vosburgh, Lowrence Goes, Harme Pruyn, William Rea, Barent Van Der Pool, Andries Huyck, Marte Van Buren, John Thurman and Peter Van Schaack to appear on Friday the 14th Day of August Instant at the Court House in the City of Albany with 14 Days Provision for themselves and such of their Families as they chuse should accompany them (Persons capable of bearing Arms excepted). They are also if they think proper to take with them all their Clothing and Household Furniture – The Charges of Transportation to the Enemies Lines is to be defrayed by themselves - 

August 8, 1778
Ordered that a Certificate be sent down to John Morrin Scott Esqr. Secretary of the State of New York certifying that Richard Cartwright on the 16th Day of July last Peter Vosburgh, Lowrance Goes and Harmen Pruyn, William Rea, Barent Van Der Pool and Andries Huyck on the 21st Day July last, Benjamin Baker, Henry Van Dyck, Cornelius Glen, Henry Ten Eyck and James Dole on the 23rd Day of July last, John Witbeeck and Volkert Van Veghten on the 28th Day of July last, Marte Van Buren on the 29th Day of July last, and Richard Minifee in the 30th Day of July last, Gysbert Fonda, John Stevenson and Absolom Woodward on the 1st Day of August Instant, John Cumming, Isaac Man, John Kortz, Jun. and Alexander White on the 4th Day of August Instant and Dirck Gardinier, Matthew Goes Junr and John D. Goes on the 7th Day of August Instant were in Pursuance of the Act of the Legislature lately passed respecting neutral and equivocal characters cited to appear before us on their Appearance on the Days abovementioned we having tendered them the Oath in the abovementioned Act set forth and prescribed they refused to take the same –


Albartus Van Loon 

May 1, 1779
Albartus Van Loon appearing before the Board was Examined as to the Robbery lately committed on himself and Coenradt Flake which Examination is as follows (see Examination on File) 

May 11,1779
A Letter from Richard Esseltyne and Lowrence Fonda Esqrs., Justices of the Peace was laid before the Board wherein they inform us that in consequence of the Information of Mrs. Van Loon (whose Examination they have transmitted us in the said Letter) they have caused Francis Barbo to be apprehended and the said examination being read and it appearing that the said Francis Barbo has been concerned in the Robbery committed on Albartus Van loon therefore resolved that he be committed and that a Mittimusbe made out for him –

May 12, 1779
Lambartus Van Alstyne appearing Informed the Board that Francis Barbo (who was yesterday confined in consequence of a Letter from Richard Esseltyne and Lowrence Fonda Esqrs.) is altogether innocent of the crime laid to his charge and the said Lambartus Van Alstyne declaring on oath the at the Time of Robbery happened at Albartus Van Loon’s the said Francis Barbo was at his house – Resolved that the said Lambartus Van Alstyne he informed that as soon as the Board are well certified of the Francis Barbo’s character they will liberate him from confinement.


Stephen Van Dyck 

July 28, 1779
Information having been exhibited to this Board by Jeremiah Van Renselaer Esqr. One of the Members that Stephen Van Dyck of Lenenburgh has been ascessary (sic) to the Escape of Samuel McFarland who had broke out of the Gaol in this City and the said Stephen Van Dyck being a Disaffected Person –

Therefore Resolved that a Warrant be made out forthwith to apprehend the said Stephen Van Dyck

August 17, 1779
Jeremiah Van Renselaer Esqr. Obe of the members of this Board informed us that Stephen Van Dyck of Lonenburgh had been aiding and assisting Samuel McFarlan to make his Escape after he had broke out of Prison –

And Justice Van Hoesen being charged with advising Continental Soldiers to Desert to the Enemy

Resolved that a Warrant be [made] out to apprehend the said Stephen Van Dyck and Justice Van Hoesen and transmitted to Col. Robert Van Renselaer requesting him to deliver the said Warrant to some Constable of Claverack District and cause it to be served.

August 26, 1779
Justice Van Hoesen and Stephen Van Dyck for whose apprehension a warrant was made out on the 17th Instant were brought before us –

Ordered that the(y) be confined and a mittimus made out for them

September 1, 1779
The Board conceiving that the Commitment of Stephen Van Dyck has been sufficient ling we do therefore order that he be brought before us, On his Offering sufficient surety for his future Good Conduct it is resolved that he be liberated on his entering into a Recognizance for his future Good Behaviour and appearance when called upon by any one of the Commissioners of Conspiracies –

                Stephen Van Dyck on Recognizance in                                          £200
                Hendrick A. Van Dyck his Bail in                                                   £100 


Arent Van Schaack

May 7, 1778
Stephen DuCalon was brought before the Board and was examined with respect to the Robbery commited at Arent Van Schaack’s at Cooksackie, but as he would not give any Satisfactory Answers to such Questions as were put to him he was remanded back to prison.

June 1, 1778
Three Persons were brought to us under Guard who upon Examination we found to be Robert Sloss, John Sloss and Archibald McMullen who were all three concerned according to their own confession in the Robbery of Henry Van Renselaer and Arent Van Schaack and [Isaac] Shelden their confessions were taken down in writing and filed – they were all three closely confined.

June 6, 1778
Delivered to Mr. Peter W. Douw, one Bank Note of 600 Dollars No 208, 1 light Blew Coat, 3 Pair of Stockings about a Yard of White Linnen which the said Peter W. Douw has given his Receipt for and for which he promises to be accountable, the above are supposed to belong to Arent Van Schaack and are supposed to be stolen -

October 2, 1778
Peter Mesick Junr who stands accused by  the Examination of Nathaniel Morgan with having been privy to a Robbery committed on Arent Van Schaack at Cooksackie and with Secreting the Goods there stolen made his appearance before the Board and delivered himself up as Prisoner – ordered that the said Peter Mesick Junr he committed to Prison and that a Mittimus be made out to the Sheriff to receive him into his Custody.

November 4, 1778
Peter Mesick Junr of Claverack who was apprehended on Suspicion of being Accessory to the Robbery committed on Arent Van Schaack was brought before the Board and the Grand Jury having found no Bill or Indictment against the said Peter Mesick Junr  therefore ordered that he be discharged from Confinement with a sufficient surety for his future good Behaviour and Appearance at the next Court of General Sessions of the Peace to be held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on [the] third Tuesday in January next or before the Commissioners of Conspiracies when thereunto required

                                Peter Mesick Junr on Recognizance                                             £500   
                                Henry J. Mesick his Bail                                                                 £500  

November 5, 1778
Hendrick Skinkle who was confined on the Information of Nathaniel Morgan as an Accessory to the Robbery of Arent Van Schaack was brought before the Board and it having appeared to us that the said Hendrick Skinkle has not been indicted by the Grand Jury therefore ordered that he be discharged from his present Confinement on entering into a Recognizance with a sufficient surety for his Appearance at the next Supream Court to be held in the third Tuesday in January next at the City Hall in this City or wheresoever the said Court shall then be held or before any One of the Commissioners when called upon 

                Hendrick Skinkle on Recognizance in                                         £200
                Peter Van Valkenburgh his Bail                                                   £200 


Abraham Dewitt 

April 19, 1781
Samuel Stringer Esq. laid before the Board an Examination of George Boarck taken by Hezekiah Van Orden Esqr. from which it appears that Abraham Person Junr. and Abraham Dewitt intend to go off and join the Enemy whenever a fit Opportunity shall present –

Resolved in Consequence of the same that a letter be wrote to Lieut. Teunis Van Wagenon at Cats Kill to request him to have the said Abraham Person Junr. and Abraham DeWitt apprehended and forthwith sent to us –

May 7, 1781
A Letter was also laid before the Board from Teunis Van Wagenen dated at Cats Kill the 6th Instant wherein he informs us that he sends to us under Guard Abraham Dewitt and Abraham Person Junr. who have been apprehended agreeable to a warrant issued by this Board and that he also sends John Person who is a dangerous and disaffected Person –

Resolved that they be severally examined and that a Mittimus be made out for them –

May 28, 1781
Resolved that Abraham DeWitt be discharged from Confinement on Zachariah Snyder of the Great Imboght entering into Recognizance for the Good Behaviour of the said Abraham DeWitt doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain

                            Zachariah Snyder of the Great Imboght District in the County of Albany as Bail for Abraham De Witt in          £100


Nathaniel Cotton 

March 16, 1781
William Hartley being again brought before the Board and examined says that Nathaniel Cotton of Cooksackie is concerned in enlisting Men for the service of the enemy and that the said Cotton furnished him with a Pass to travel through the Country in order that he, the said William Hartley might be able the better to carry on his Practices against the State

Resolved in Consequence of the above Information that a Warrant be made out directed to John Tillman Junr. forthwith to apprehend and bring before us the said Nathaniel Cotton.

March 18, 1781
Nathaniel Cotton having been apprehended by James Green by order of this Board upon the Information of William Hartley resolved that the said James Green attend with the said Nathaniel Cotton before this Board tomorrow morning.

June 6, 1781
Nathaniel Cotton of Cooksakie hiring a material witness against William Hartley who was some Time since confined as a spy from the Enemy and as the said William Hartley is to receive his Tryal by a court Martial therefore Resolved that the said Nathaniel Cotton be cited to appear forthwith before this Board.


Simon Garret 

November 20, 1780
It being suggested to the Board that Simeon Garret who lives upon the Farm formerly occupied by John Waltymier has frequent Intercourse with the said Waltymier and harbours him when on his way through the Country resolved in Consequence of the said Information that the said Simeon Garret be cited to appear before this Board forthwith.

November 25, 1780
Simeon Garret appeared before the Board this day agreeable to our order and being Examined as to his Connection with John Waltymier he says as follows (see his examination on file)

Resolved that the said Simeon Garret be discharged on his entering into Recognizance for his good Behaviour doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when called upon during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain and for his procuring a sufficient Bail by the 2nd day of December next.

                                     Simeon Garret of Cooksakie District Farmer in                                          £100 

November 28, 1780

John Ab: Pearson appeared before the Board for the Purpose of entering into a Recognizance as Bail for Simeon Garret resolved that he enter into the same for the good Behaviour of the said Simeon Garret and for his doing his duty & appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain 

                                    John Ab: Pearson of Niscuthaw in the County of Albany Farmer as Bail for Simeon Garret  £100

It appearing to this Board from the Examination of Simeon Garret that Walltimyer has slept several nights in the Barn of John Ver Plank of Coeyman’s Patent and there being reason to suppose that the Information respecting the said John Ver Planck is true from his Character of Disaffection and the said John Ver Planck being at presenting this place.

Therefore Resolved that Jacob Kidney be ordered to bring him forthwith before the Board.

Jacob Kidney appearing with John Ver Planck and he being Examined with Respect to Walltimyer’s sleeping in his Barn and he being ready to swear that he never knew of said Walltimyer being there which Assertion being deemed satisfactory to the Board therefore resolved that be discharged.


George Fought

September 15, 1778
It having appeared to us by the Information of Nathaniel Morgan that Johan George Fought and Coenradt Johnson were knowing to the Robberies committed by the said Nathaniel Morgan and others ordered that they be severally cited to appear before the Board on the Eighteenth Day of September Instant.

October 19, 1778
Johan Jurie Fought who was sine time ago confined on the Information exhibited against him by Nathaniel Morgan was brought before the Board and we having constituted the Charge against him and judging from circumstances that the said John Jurie Fought is not so guilty as was at first apprehended do therefore order that he be discharged from Confinement on his entering into a Recognizance for his future good Behaviour and monthly Appearance before one of the Commissioners of Conspiracies.

                                Johan Jurie Fought on Recognizance in                                      £200
                                George Shufelt his Bail in                                                             £100
                                Silvester Salsbury also his Bail in                                                £100

September 16, 1780
Johan Jurie Fought appearing according to our order to enter into a new recognizance.

Resolved that he enter into the same for his good behaviour doing is duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when hereunto required during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain

                                John Jurie Fought of Lonenburgh in the District of Coxsackie Farmer in  £100
                                Sylvester Salsbury of the County of Albany Farmer his Bail                       £100

April 5, 1781
Captain DuBois appeared before the Board and informed the Board that Samuel Van Buskirk, Luke DeWitt and the wife of Johan Jurie Fought are dangerous and disaffected Persons whose going at Large may be dangerous to the State.

Resolved in Consequence of the above Information that a warrant be made out for them and that Capt. Du Bois be requested to have the same served.                        

April 5, 1781
Captain Benjamin Du Bois appeared before the Board and informed the Board that Samuel Van Buskerk, Luke Dewitt and the wife of John Jurie Fought are dangerous and disaffected Persons whose going at large may be dangerous to the state.

Resolved in Consequence of the above Information that a warrior be made out for them and that Capt. Du Bois be requested to have the same served.


Teunis Van Wagenen

April 13, 1781
Brigadier General James Clinton laid before the Board a letter received by him from Teunis Van Wagenen at Catskill dated 12th instant in which he informs him that agreeable to his Directions he had proceeded to the Westward with a Party of Men and has apprehended Jurry Hoofman, Frederick Lobus, Frederick Schraader and Johannis Vrobert who say they were taken prisoners at the Surrender of Burgoyne, John Carrgill and James Davidson, Deserters from the Continental Army and Peter Laraway and Luke Dewitt Inhabitants of this County and they being severally brought before us and examined resolved that they be committed except John Carrgill who producing  a Furlough from Capt. Jansen of Col. Van Schaicks Regiment was discharged. Ordered that minutes be made out for them.

April 19, 1781
Samuel Stringer Esqr. laid before the Board an Examination of George Boarck taken by Hezekiah Van Orden Esqr. from which it appears that Abraham Person Junr. and Abraham Dewit intend to go off and join the Enemy whenever a fit Opportunity shall present.

Resolved in Consequence of the same that a Letter be wrote to Lieut. Teunis Van Wagenon at Catskill to request him to have the said Abraham Person Junr. and Abraham DeWit apprehended and forthwith sent to us.

May 3, 1781
A Letter from Teunis Van Wagenen dated Catskill the 2nd Inst. was laid before the Board informing that he sends to us under Guard a certain Samuel Davidson who he had caused to be apprehended as a dangerous Person and the said Davidson being produced and Examined and it appearing from his Examination that he is a Deserter from the Line of the Pennsylvania Army therefore resolved that he be sent to General Clinton to be disposed as he may think proper.

May 5, 1781
Harmanus Cuyler of Cooksackie laid before the Board a Letter from Teunis Van Wagenon dated Catskill 4th Inst.  wherein he informs us that he sends to us Wessel Van Dyck as a Prisoner on Account of his being concerned in carrying off David Abeel and his son and that he will send up the Proof against him as soon as possible which letter being read ordered that the same be filed –

Resolved in Consequence of the above letter that the said Wessel Van Dyck be confined and that a Mittimus be made out for him –

Adjourned

May 7, 1781
A letter was also laid before the Board from Teunis Van Wagenen dated at Cattskill the 6th Instant wherein he informs us that he sends to us under Guard Abraham Dewitt and Abraham Person Junr. who have been apprehended agreeable to a warrant issued  by this Board and that he also sends John Person who is a dangerous and disaffected person resolved that they be severally examined and that a Mittimus be made out for them.

June 13, 1781
A Letter from Teunis Van Wagenen dated at Katskill dated the 26th ultimo was laid before the Board which Letter is in the following words (to wit) (see letter on file)


Wessel Van Dyck

May 5, 1781
Harmanus Cuyler of Cooksackie laid before the Board a Letter from Teunis Van Wagenon dated Catskill 4th Inst.  wherein he informs us that he sends to us Wessel Van Dyck as a Prisoner on Account of his being concerned in carrying off David Abeel and his son and that he will send up the Proof against him as soon as possible which letter being read ordered that the same be filed –

Resolved in Consequence of the above letter that the said Wessel Van Dyck be confined and that a Mittimus be made out for him –

Adjourned

May 26, 1781
Resolved that Wessel Van Dyck be discharged on entering into a Recognizance for his future good Behaviour doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present War with Great Britain.

Wessel Van Dyck of Caters Kill in the County of Albany Farmer in       £100


Abraham Person Junr.

May 17, 1781
On Application of John T. Fisher resolved that Abraham Person Junr. be liberated from confinement on his entering into Recognizance with the said John T. Vischer his surety for his Remaining within the Limits of the City of Albany and not departing the same unless he previously obtains Permission from this Board and that he be of the good Behaviour until discharged by this Board –

Abraham Person Junr. of the Groote Imboght District in the County of Albany Farmer in                £100

May 26, 1781
Resolved that Abraham Person Junr. be discharged from confinement on entering into a Recognizance for his future good behaviour doing his duty and appearing before any three Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain.

 Abraham Person Junr. of the Great Imboughts Farmer in                             £100


Lowrance Deal, John Garrett, John Coenly

November 12, 1780
Lieut. Van Den Bergh appeared before the Board and informed us that he had agreeable to our warrant apprehended John Coenly, Lowrance Deal and Beriah Kelly and they being severally produced and Examined resolved that they be committed and that a Mittimus be made out directed to the Goaler to take them into his custody and detain them until discharged by an order of this Board –

November 13, 1780
Lowrance Deal and John Coenly who were Yesterday confined were ordered to be brought before the Board and examined their Examinations are as follows (to wit) (see Examination on file) ordered that they be recommitted –

November 20, 1780
Resolved that Lowrance Deal, John Garret and John Coenly severally enter into a recognizance for their future good behaviour doing their duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain and also for their appearance at the next Supreme Court of Judicature to be held for the State of New York at the City Hall in this City on the third Tuesday in January next (or wheresoever the said Court shall then be held in the State aforesaid) and not depart  the Court without Leave.

Lowrance Deal of Cooksackie Farmer in                                                 £100
Cornelius Conine of the same place Farmer his Bail in                         £100

John Garret of Cooksakie District Farmer in                                            £100
Richard Bronck of the same place Esqr. his Bail in                                 £100

John Coenly of Cooksakie District Farmer in                                           £100
Cornelius Conine of the same place Farmer his Bail in                          £100

January 16, 1781
Lourance Deal, John Garret and John Coenly appeared before the Board and requested to be discharged from that Part of their Recognizance requiring their Appearance at the next Supream Court and they engaging to make known to the Board whenever John Waltmier shall again come in that Part of the Country in which they reside and their request being taken into Consideration resolved that they be discharged accordingly -   


Lukas Dewitt Sr. and Jr.

April 5, 1781
Captain DuBois appeared before the Board and informed the Board that Samuel Van Buskirk, Luke DeWitt and the wife of Johan Jurie Fought are dangerous and disaffected Persons whose going at Large may be dangerous to the State.

Resolved in Consequence of the above Information that a warrant be made out for them and that Capt. Du Bois be requested to have the same served.

April 13, 1781
Brigadier General James Clinton laid before the Board a letter received by him from Teunis Van Wagenen at Catskill dated 12th Instant in which he informs him that agreeable to his Directions he had proceeded to the Westward with a Party of Men and has apprehended Jurry Hoofman, Frederick Lobus, Frederick Schraader and Johannes Vrobert, who say they were taken prisoners at the surrender of Burgoyne, John Carrgill and James Davidson, Deserters from the Continental Army and Peter Laraway and Luke DeWitt, Inhabitants of this County and they being severally brought before us and examined resolved that they be committed except John Carrgill who producing a Furlough from Capt Jansen of Col. Van Schaick’s Regiment was discharged ordered that a Mittimus be made out for them.               

April 23, 1781
Capt. Benjamin DuBois appeared the Board and informed us that he had agreeable to our warrant apprehended Luke DeWit and the said Luke DeWit being produced and examined acknowledges that he drank King George’s health.

Resolved that he be confined and that a Mittimus he made out for him.

May 2, 1781
Luke DeWit was brought before the Board and examined. Ordered that he be recommitted.

May 30, 1781
Resolved that Lukas DeWitt be discharged from Confinement on entering into a Recognizance for his good behaviour doing his Duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners of Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the Present War with Great Britain and America

                                    Lukas DeWitt of the Great Imbought Farmer in                                 £100
                                    Jacobus Perse of the same place Farmer his Bail in                            £100

May 30, 1781
Resolved that Lukas DeWitt Junr. be discharged from Confinement on entering his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain. And also for his appearance at the next Court of General Sessions of the Peace to be held for the City and County of Albany at the City Hall in said City on the first Tuesday in June next to answer into all such Matters and things as (s)hall be then and there alledged against him and not to depart the said Court without Leave –

                                     Lukas DeWitt Junr. of Coocksakie District Farmer in                        £100
                                     Zachariah Snyder of Great Imbought District Farmer his Bail in     £100


Joachim Collier, Abraham Herdick, Isaac Witbeck, John G. Klauw

June 27, 1778
Isaac Witbeck, John G. Klauw, Joachim Collier and Abraham Herdick were sent to us under Guard by Col. Peter Vrooman on being examined they pretend that there going hunting they were taken near Freehold.

Ordered that they be carried to the Fort and that the Goaler by Mittimus be requested to receive him.

June 29, 1778
Capt. Kasper Huyck appeared before the Board and being interrogated with Respect to Abraham Herdick who is confined and he having certified that the said Abraham Herdick has always conducted himself as a Fried to the United States and to their Cause.

Ordered therefore that the said Abraham Herdick be discharged from his confinement.

June 29, 1778
Isaac Witbeck, Joachim Collier and John G. Clauw who were lately confined were again brought before the Board and it appearing from several Certificates from the Major  the Captain and Lieutenants of the Regiment and Company to which they respectively belong that they always have been well affected to the American Cause and conducted themselves as such we have thought proper on the above mentioned certificates and Recommendations to eliberate them on their entering into Recognizance for good Behaviour and Appearance when called upon

                                    Isaac L. Witbeck on Recognizance in                                £100
                                    Jochim Collier on Recognizance in                                   £100
                                    John G. Clauw on Recognizance in                                   £100
                                    Lowrance Boskerk their Bail                                              £100

November 11, 1780
Capt. Cornelius Hogeboom appeared before the Board and informed that he had agreeable to the Directions received from us, proceeded to Coyemans where he had received of Lieut. Van Den Bergh the following persons as Prisoners (to wit) John Witbeck, Nicholas Huyck, Johannis Huyck Junr., Peter Huyck, David Van Dyck, William Hoogteling, Johannis Witbeeck, Henry Huyck, Joachim Collyer, John Schram, John Ver Plank, Peter Finehout and William Plato – resolved that they be severally committed and that a Mittimus be made out for them.

November 20, 1780
The Board having from Sundry Circumstances the greatest reason to think that the Information of Abraham Hoogteling was entirely false and as several persons have been confined on account of the same therefore resolved that the said persons be discharged from Confinement, but as all of them have from the Commencement of the present contest been disaffected to the American Cause it is ordered that previous to their discharge they severally enter into a Recognizance for their good Behaviour doing their Duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain.

                                      Joachim Collier of Cooksackie Farmer in                           £100
                                      Isaac Witbeeck of the same place Farmer his Bail in        £100


Jacob Halenbeck, Jun.

September 1, 1778
Capt. John Smith appeared before the Board with William Leonard, Frederick Felt, Bartholemewis Van Valkenburgh, Hendrick Skinkle Junr., Jacob Livingston, Peter Plass, Daniel Price, Peter Wheeler, Jacob Halenbeeck Junr., Jurie Wheeler, David Price, Nathaniel Morgan, Bartolemewis Hess, Mary Wheeler and Ariantie Schuck who were sent up Prisoners by the Board of Commissioners lately sitting at Claverack – Ordered that they be committed -     

September 18, 1778
On suggestion of the Gaoler, Stephen Bell that Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. is sick it is ordered that the said Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. he brought before the Board and that Doctor Samuel Stringer be sent for to examine him.

Upon the Report of the said Samuel Stringer that the said Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. is very sick and that by his remaining in Confinement his Life will be endangered. It is ordered that the said Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. be released from his confinement on his entering into Recognizance with a sufficient Surety to remain within the House of Samuel Pruyn in this City.

                                    Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. on Recognizance in                                     £300

August 18, 1780
Resolved that Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. of Klinkenbergh be ordered forthwith to appear before the Board with a Sufficient Surety to enter into a Recognizance of anew –

September 2, 1780
Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. appeared before the Board according to order to enter into Recognizance of anew –

Resolved that he enter into the same with a sufficient surety for his good behaviour doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when required during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain.

                                    Jacob Halenbeeck, Junr. of Cooksackie District Farmer in                     £100
                                    Adam Hilton of the same place Farmer his Bail in                                  £100

November 9, 1780
Abraham Hooghteling was brought before us and examined. on his Examination he says that a Number of persons have been lately enlisted by Jacob Halenbeeck at Niscthaw and places adjacent and that their Intention is early in the spring to join the Enemy which Examination is in the words following (to wit) (see examination on file)      

November 10, 1780
Lieut. Rykert Van Den Bergh having in Consequence of our Warrant apprehended Jacob Hallenbeeck Junr. and he being brought before the Board and examined resolved that he be committed and that a Mittimus he made out for him.

November 15, 1780
Resolved that Jacob Halenbeeck Junr. be liberated from confinement on his entering into a Recognizance for his remaining within the Limits of the Dwelling House and Yard of Samuel Pruyn situate within the third ward of this City until discharged from the said Restrictions by this Board or any other three of the Commissioners and for his good Behaviour during that Time –

                        Jacob Halenbeeck Junr of Klinkenburgh in the County of Albany Farmer in       £500
                        Jacob Halenbeeck of the same place Farmer his Bail                                                £500

November 21, 1780
Resolved that William Bartow, Jacob Halenbeeck Junr., Peter Finehout, Ebenezer Stanton, Nathan Stanton, Arnold Shoelfield, Peter Huyck and William Hoogteling be severally discharged from confinement on entering into Recognizance for their good Behaviour doing their duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when called upon during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain –

                                    William Bartow of Cooksakie District Labourer in                                           £100
                                    Samuel Pruyn of the City of Albany Yeoman his Bail                                      £100

                     Peter Finehout of Aquatough Laborer in                                                            £100
                     Daniel G. Van Antwerp of the same place Farmer his Bail in                         £100

                     Ebenezer Stanton of Cooksakee District Farmer in                                           £100
                     Daniel G. Van Antwerp of the same place Farmer his Bail in                         £100

                     Nathan Stanton of Cooksackie District Farmer in                                             £100
                     Daniel G. Van Antwerp of the same place Farmer his Bail in                        £100

                    Arnold Sholfield of the west District of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck in    £100
                    Wilhelmus Row of the same place Farmer his Bail in                                     £100

                    Peter Huyck of Auckquetuck Farmer in                                                             £100                 
                    Michael Klink of Auckquetough Farmer his Bail in                                         £100


Peter Van Slyck

July 6, 1781
Peter Van Slyck residing near Cooksackie appearing before the Board informs us that a Party of Robbers headed by a certain Joseph Smith (formerly a servant of Walltimyer) did on the first Instant enter his house and steel a number of Articles of him and that in attempting to make his Escape they fired at him and wounded him in the Arm and that they took Prisoner at his House Peter Clauw who has since made his escape from them and this day come to Town and the said Peter Clauw appearing before the Board and being examined says as follows (to wit) (see his examination on file)

July 8, 1781
A Letter from Col. Van Bergen dated a t Cooksakie the 4th Instant was laid before the Board inclosing the Examinations of Teunis Hoogteling, Peter Finehout, William Davis, and Israel Kelsey concerning the Robbery committed at Peter Van Slyck’s which Letter and Examinations are as follows (to wit) (see examination & letter on file)

It appearing to this Board from the Examination of Peter Clauw that the Party who robbed Van Sluck stopped at the House of Adrian Bradt at Niscuthaw and that Joe Smith one of the said Party conversed for some time in private with the said Adrian Bradt and as the said Adrian Bradt has not given any Information concerning the said Party therefore resolved that he be ordered to appear before this Board to Morrow Morning –

Adjourned

July 10, 1781
Present: John M. Beeckman, Samuel Stringer, Isaac D. Fonda

It appearing from the Examination of Peter Clauw that Adrian Bradt Junr. (son of Adrian Bradt) was at Home when the party who robbed Peter Van Slyck was at his Father’s House and that he conversed with them and the said Adrian Bradt Junr. having been apprehended by Jacob Kidney and brought before the Board and being examined as to the same resolved that he enter into a Recognizance for his good Behaviour  doing his duty and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required during the Continuance of the present war with Great Britain.

                                Andrian Bradt Junr. of Niscthaw in the County of Albany Farmer in                              £100
                                Peter S. Seeger of the same place Farmer his Bail in                                                           £100

Adrian Bradt having been cited to appear before the Board appeared and was Examined and the said Adrian Bradt appearing to be much indisposed and as his being confined at this Time may endanger his Life therefore resolved that he enter into Recognizance with sufficient sureties for his remaining within the Limits of this City until discharged by this Board and for his good Behaviour in the mean Time –

                 Adrian Bradt of Niscuthaw in the County of Albany Farmer in                                        £100
                 James Van Zandt of the City of Albany Carpenter his Bail in                                            £100
                 John Van Nist of the Normans Kill in the County of Albany Farmer also his Bail in     £100

Frederick Miller (son in Law of Adrian Bradt) having been cited to appear before the Board and being examined with Respect to the Party who robbed Van Slyck and who were at the said Adrian Bradt’s and it appearing that he had no Conversation with the said Party, yet on Account of his Connection with the said Adrian Bradt, It is resolved that he enter into a Recognizance for his good Behaviour and appearing before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when thereunto required until discharged by this Board.

                                Frederick Miller of Niscuthaw in the County of Albany Cordwainer in          £100
                                John N. Smith of the same place Wheelwright his Bail in                                   £100   


Miscellaneous

June 13, 1781
The Board having received Information that a certain Scott who is present at New York has a Quantity of wheat stored at Moore’s at Kats Kill and as the same ought to be seized for the use of the Publick therefore resolved that a letter be wrote to Hezekiah VanOrden Esqr. requesting him to make Enquiry concerning the said wheat and have the same seized for the Public Use agreeable to Law which Letter is in the words following (to whit) (see copy on File)


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