Settlers & Tenants, Early residents of Rhinebeck
Henry Beekman's patent, sought in 1697 and obtained in 1703 covered most of the land in Rhinebeck. In large part, it was kept intact by a leasehold system. Henry's heirs continued to lease the land to tenant farmers well into the nineteenth century. These leasehold agreements were not recorded in Dutchess County deeds and therefore private records such as rent books and account ledgers are important sources of information about early Rhinebeck settlers and their land. This database includes index information from these sources.
ARCHIVAL SOURCES GREAT LOTS SUMMARY SETTLERS & TENANTS DATABASE
on the map represents the
present Town of Rhinebeck, the town
also includes the Gerrit Artsen & Co.
parcels which were separately owned.
Parcels to the north of the green
are in the present Town of Red Hook.
SUMMARY OF GREAT LOTS & DATABASE INFO
Great Lot- (parcel with Jacomentje's Fly) was sold by the father,
Henry Beekman to his son, Henry. Data from the
1802 Map of the Wittemburgh Tract. (Rhinebeck Historical Society)
Morgan Lewis Papers (Staatsburgh State Historic Site)
Henry Beekman rent & account books (Princeton)
Lot #1 was bequeathed by Henry to his granddaughter, Janet
L- Edward Livingston Collection, Princeton C0205
Lots #2 & 5 became the property of Henry's daughter, Catherine
Rutsen who married (2) Pawling
Small rent ledger at New York Public Library in the Schuyler Papers. No map has been found for these lots
Lots #3& 4 became the property of Henry's daughter Cornelia, wife
of Gilbert Livingston. Her son, Robert G. Livingston became the owner
of a large part of these parcels.
1802 Map (Princeton); Rent Book (New York Historical Society); Survey Field Book for John Crooke (NY Public Library)
Lot #6 Part of land in Red Hook, shown on the map with Peek's Fly,
became the property of General John Armstrong.
A-Records are in the Aldrich family collection.
In addition, records of various millers & merchants include information about residents throughout the town.
The lists included in this database were compiled by Town Historian, Nancy Kelly from public and private archives.
Edward Livingston Collection at Princeton
New York Historical Society
New York Public Library
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Albany State Library, Manuscripts Collection
Aldrich Family Papers