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It would now seem as if mention should be made of the personal belongings of Peter Fauconnier. Unfortunately, with but few exceptions, very little is known about them. Some of his effects which he brought to America, and of which we are cognizant, are still in good condition. They are: his miniature of enamel on copper set with diamonds; a cabinet of inlaid Dutch marqueterie work, about three hundred and fifty years old; and an ancient English clock. Photographs were obtained of the first two only.
With an Estate, available and unavailable, of the character and extent just described, it becomes of much interest to know in what manner Peter Fauconnier disposed of it. A Deed of Gift, on record at the Secretary of State's office, Albany, N. Y., shows that he left his entire estate to his daughter, Magdalene Valleau. This Document reads as follows:
"This Indenture made the tenth day of April Anno
Peter Fauconeir for and in Consideration payment and satisfaction of the said sum of Eight hundred pounds and also in Consideration of the said Peter Valleau and Magdalen Valleau's becoming security for the said Peter Fauconeir as aforesaid and also for the further Consideration of the sum of ten shillings the Receipt whereof he doth hereby Acknowledge Hath Granted Bargained and Sold Aliened Remised Released and Confirmed And by these presents doth Grant Bargain and Sell Alien Remise Release and Confirm unto the said Magdalen Valleau all and Singular his Real Estate lying or being in the provinces of New York & New Jersey together with all and singular the Houses Out Houses Edifices and buildings on any part thereof Erected and built And all yards Gardens Orchards Ways paths passages Waters Watercourses profits Comodities Emoluments Hereditaments & Appurtenances to any part or parcel thereof belonging or in anywise Appertaining and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder & Remainders thereof and of every part and parcell thereof And all the Estate Right Title Interest property profit benefit Claim and demand of him the said Peter Fauconeir either in Law or Equity of in and to all and every part and parcell thereof and all and Singular the Minuments Escripts and Writings touching or Concerning the premises above granted or any part or parcell thereof To have and to hold all and Singular the said Real Estate and all and Singular the premisses above mentioned and intend to be hereby granted and Released unto the said Magdalen Valleau to the only proper use Benefit and behoof of the said Magdalen Valleau her heirs and Assigns for ever In Witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Be it Remembered that on the Sixth day of November One thousand seven hundred & fourty six that David Stout one of the Witnesses to this Deed appeared before James Alexander one of his Majesty's Council for the Province of New Jersey and being duly sworn on the holy Evangelist on his Oath declared that he saw the within Peter Fauconier Seal and deliver the within Deed as his Act and deed for the use therein mentioned And I having inspected the within Deed and finding no
Razures nor Interliniations therein do allow that it be
Be it Remembered that on the twenty seventh day of May One thousand seven hundred and forty seven that Mary Anthony One of the Witnesses to this Deed appeared before Cadwallader Colden one of his Majesty's Council for the Province of New York and being duly sworn on the holy Evangelist on her Oath declared that she saw the within Peter Fauconier Seal and deliver the within Deed as his Act and Deed for the use therein mentioned and I having inspected the within Deed and finding no Razures or Interleniations therein do allow that it be Recorded.
The first recording of this Deed by David Stout, one of the witnesses thereto, on November 6, 1746, indicates that Peter Fauconnier died shortly before that date. He outlived his wife, Madeleine Pasquereau, several years, but the actual time of her death is unknown. She was living January 15, 1734, as a reference to the sketch of the Paramus Church will show, for on this day the Consistory and Congregation adopted a series of articles for the government of the Church, one of which stated, "that Peter Fauconier shall have seats for himself and wife." There being no mention of her in the Deed of Gift, of April 10, 1745, she was then no doubt deceased. They are believed to have been buried at Hackensack, N. J.
The Paramus Church
Settlers from Holland began to locate themselves in the eastern part of New Jersey, in the beginning of the seventeenth century. They were the pioneers of civilization in these parts, and were aided by Danes, Norwegians, Huguenots, and other Europeans, who were, however, soon absorbed in the rapid increase of the Dutch.
Bergen County was the first settled in the State. The Dutch language was the language of the county, and is still cherished by the older inhabitants. Paramus proper appears to have been obtained by deed from the Indians, in the year 1662, by Albert Saboroweski, the ancestor of the Zabriski family. The village of Paramus is situated about eight miles northwest of Hackensack. This section of the county began to be occupied, by the year 1700, and soon there was sufficient people to form a church.
"The earliest record we have discovered, of allusion to a church at Paramus, is in a letter of Rev. Reinhart Erickson, in the year 1725, to his brother-in-law Henricus Coens, then settled at Aquackanock. In it he states that he was then 'minister at Hackensack, Schraalenburgh and Peremus.' Dominie Erickson continued to serve the people for three years, when he removed to Schenectady."
"The next documentary allusion to the Church of Paramus is found in the Archives of the Consistory, bearing date the 26th day of December, I 730, and is this:"
"I here underwritten, and my associates, in a tract of