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MAYORS OF THE CITY OF ALBANY.

The following are the names of the mayors of the city of Albany, from 1686 down to 1871, with the terms of service of each:

Peter Schuyler, 1686

Johannis Abeel, 1694

Evert Bancker, 1695

Derick Wessels, 1696

Hendrick Hanson, 1698

Peter Van Brugh, 1699

Jan Jans Bleecker 1700

Johannis Bleecker, 1701

Albert Ryckman, 1702

Johannis Schuyler 1708

David Schuyler, 1706

Evert Bancker 1707

Johannis Abeel 1709

Robert Livingston, Jr.,... 1710

Myndert Schuyler 1719

Peter Van Brugh 1721

Myndert Schuyler 1728

Johannis Cuyler, 1726

Rutger Bleecker, 1726

John De Peyster, 1729

Hans Hansen, 1731

John Do Peyster 1732

Edward Holland 1738

John Schuyler, 1741

Cornelius Cuyler, 1742

Dirck Ten Broeck "1746

Jacob C. Ten Eyck 1748

Robert Sanders 1750

Hans Hansen 1754

Svbrant G. Van Schaick,. 1756

Volkert P. Douw 1761

Abraham C. Cuyler 1770

John Barclay 1778

Abraham Ten Broeck, ... 1779

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John Ja. Bookman, 1788 to 1786

John Lansing, Jr 1786 to 1790

Abraham Yates, Jr., 1790 to 1796

Abraham Ten Broeck, 1796 to 1799

Phil. S. Van Rensselaer,.. 1799 to 1816

Elislia Jenkins 1816 to 1819

Phil. 8. Van Rensselaer,.. 1819 to 1821

Charles E. Dudley 1821 to 1824

Ambrose Spencer 1824 to 1826

James Stevenson, 1826 to 1828

Charles E. Dudley, 1828 to 1829

John Townsend, 1829 to 1881

Francis Bloodgood, 1831 to 1832

John Townsend 1832 to 1838

Francis Bloodgood, 1833 to 1834

Erastus Corning 1834 to 1837

Tounis Van Vechton, 1837 to 1839

Jared L. Rathbono 1839 to 1841

Teunis Van Vechten, 1841 to 1842

Barent P. Stoats 1842 to 1843

Friend Humphrey, 1843 to 1'845

John Koyes Paige 1845 to 1846

William Parmaloe, 1846 to 1848

John Taylor 1848 to 1849

Friend Humphrey, 1849 to 1&50

Franklin Townsend, 1850 to 1851

Eli Perry 1851 to 1854

William Parmalee 1854 to 1856

Eli Perry, 1856 to 1860

George H. Thacher, 1860 to 1862

Eli Perry,' 1862 to 1866

George H. Thacher 1866 to 1868

Charles E. Bleecker 1868 to 1870

George H. Thacher, 1870 to 1871

Of these officers four survive, namely, Messrs. Corning, Perry, Thacher, and Bleecker.

Philip 8. Van Rensselaer held the office of mayor nineteen years, being the longest period that any person continued in the office.

Jared L. Rathbone was the first mayor elected by the people. Previous to his third term these officers were elected by the common council.

JDr. J. V. Quackenbush also claimed to have been mayor this year, the old board declaring for one candidate, and the new board for the other. Dr. Quackenbush was the acting mayor.

DIAGRAMS

$}onw Hots of tije Village of ISebertogcfc.

In the preface to the Early Record) of the City and County of Albany, published in 1869, the translator made the following remark : "The identification of the village lots horo described is rondorod nearly impossible by the brevity and vagueness of the descriptions, the streets and lanes having been without names. A few lots have been located, others may be, perhaps, by a long and patient examination and comparison." When this was written he had no serious purpose of essaying so difficult a task, but soon after, whilo the subject was still fresh, was led as a matter of curiosity to test the truth of the foregoing remark, and after much puzzling and putting this and that together, there grew out of his studies the following diagrams and accompanying explanations. It will be seen that this attempted map of Beverwyck is confined in time to the earliest years of its settlement, and as to space to the limited territory within the palisades. Indeed this was pretty much all there was of Albany for many years after 1652, in which year Fort Orange ceased to be the centre of the embryo city, which thereafter clustered around the new church built at the junction of State street and Broadway.

Many conveyances of gardens and house lots around and within Fort Orange are registered in the county records, but none of them can now be located. The fort and the ancient streets there, have been completely obliterated.

The remark that the streets of Beverwyck had no names should be qualified: several had names, though seldom used in the early conveyances. The names of Broadway wore Cow, de breede, or Broad, the Lower, Handelaers, and Brewers streets; of Hudson, Spanish street; of Green south of Beaver, Esplanade or Plain street, and north of Beaver, the Voddemart or Rag market, and Cheapside; of Chapel, Berg street; of State, Yonkere street; of South Pearl, de Kleyne straat; and of Maiden Lane, Rom street. After the charter was granted in 1686, the place was divided into three wards: the first embraced all that part of the town south of State and Exchange streets; the second lay north of Stato and west of James streets; and the third contained that portion lying north of State and Exchange, and east of James streets.

In the absence of any map of the lots of those early times, this attempt to construct one is based mainly upon the descriptions found in the Albany County Records, the Patents in the Secretary of State's office, and Mr. Munsell s Annals of Albany. In most cases theso descriptions are brief and obscure; some are not only defective but false and contradictory, and capable of a correct interpretation by subsequent repeated conveyances of the same lots. It is not to bo supposed that this performance gives a complete picture of all the house lots in ancient Beverwyck ; several gaps in Broadway will bo found which no ingenuity of the compiler could fill, and several lots will be found so imperfectly described in the records, that ho has to confess his inability to locate them.

Much remains to be learned in this matter, by the patient student, in the later registers of deeds and mortgages, and it is to be hoped that some one who has leisure may pursue these researches and render more complete this imperfect attempt to illustrate the History of Ancient Albany. J. P.

Union College, 80 May, 1870.

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State Street, south side, west of Pearl.

(1). 1734. Barent Sanders bought this lot of the city for £47
reserving the right for a round passage and "to sett ye
city stockadoes."- Alb. An., vm, 300.

In 174*, Luykas Johannes Wyugaard petitions for a
lot west of this which was denied because "too near
the Fort,"—Alb. An., x, 99. In 1792, Robert Yates
owned It.—Alb. An., I, 284.

(2). 1708. Gerrit Lnykasse Wyngaard bought eight feet of
land next to Pieter Van Brugh's, thirty feet deep if not
hindered by the stockades.—Alb. An., iv, 175.

In 1706, Evert Wendel owned this lot, to which was
added 16 ieet on the west side of the same and as deep
as Mr. Van Brugh's, provided it does not include the
round passage; price 46 pounds: in 1724, he purchased
five feet more, making his lot 29 feet wide on Jonker
street.—Alb. An., v, 139; vni, 299. 1792, John Easton
was the owner of this lot.—Alb. An., I, 284.

(3). This lot from 1668 to 1674 was owned by Jochem
Wesselse the baker; in the latter year he sold it to
Ucndrick Cuyler; then the town stockades formed the
rear boundary; in 1703, Pieter Van Brugh, his son-in-
law, owned it.—Alb. Co. Bee, 100; Alb. An., iv, 173.

(4). 1668-74. Jochem Wesselse the baker owned this lot,
when he sold it to Ilcndrick Cuylor; in 1701, it is said
to be "near ye Fort." In 1792, lots 3 and 4 were
owned by Jacob Van Ingen.—Alb. An., i, 284; Alb, Co.
Bee., 100.

(5). 1669, this lot was patented to Myndert Harmense
Van de Bogart.—Patents. 175; Alb. Co. Bee, 100.
1792. It was owned by Bloomendall.—An. Alb., i, 984.

(6). 1668. This lot was patented to David Pieteree Schuy-
ler.— Patents, 756.
1676. Johannes Wendel.—Alb. Co. Bee., 96,134.
1792. Harmanus Wendel.— Alb. An., I, 284.

(7). 1668. Patent for Stoffel Janse Abeel.—Alb. Co. Bee.,
134; Patents. 636.
1676-80. Johannes Wendel.— Alb. Co. Bee., 134.
1670. The weigh house was on this lot.— Patents, 756.
1792. Roseboom owned it.—Alb. An., I, 284.

(8). The original owner of this lot was Pieter Hangers,
whoso trustees sold it to Hendrick Cuyler in 1667; in
1668, "the cellar where the powder was kept," was on
this lot; 1673, Audries Teller owned or occupied ii. and
in 1676, Jacob Sandcrse Glen; in 1792, Abraham Wen-
del.— Patents, 168, 636, 1098; Alb. Co. Bee, 94, 97,134,
421, 470; Alb. An., 1,284.

(9). The original owner of the western portion of this lot
was Jurriaen Theunisse Tappen, who sold it in 1668
to Cornells Cornclise Viele; 1673, Richard Pretty, also
Capt. Silvester Salisbury, his wife, and Andries Teller,
owned portions of it. In 1680, the whole lot was pa-
tented to Richard Pretty. In 1792, it was owned by
John Stevenson.—Patents, 1098; Alb. Co. Bee., 94, 97,
98, 470; Deeds, in, 79.

(10). 1671. Patented to Capt. Abram Staets; 1680, sold to
Theunis Cornclise, the mason, and Harmc Lievese; in

1792, it was owned by Shephard—Patents, 1098;

Deeds, in, 79; Alb. An., I, 284.

* An Alley, now South Pearl Street, 11 feet 0 in. wide in
1792.—Albany Annals, I, 284.

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State Street, south side, between South Pearl and Green Streets.

All the lots on the south side of State, and on the north side of Beaver street, east of Pearl street, until 1680, and perhaps later bounded upon the Ratten kil.

The first reference to Norton street found in the records 1b In Book of Deeds, vol. in, p. 78; in 1680, it was to be laid out as wide as the commissariseen shall see fit, and waa to be extended to Broadway.—See also Deed*, in, US. (1). In 1667 this lot was patented to Cornelia Steenwyck; 1680, Capt. Johannes Schuyler; 1792, Lewis: a portion was taken to widen South Pearl street.—Patents, 431; Deeds, m, 79; Alb. An. I, 384.

(3). 1667. Patented to Gooscn Gerritse Van Schaick; 1703, Anthony Sybrantse V. Schaick, his grandson.— Patents, 431; Alb. An., iv, 138.

The Voddcmarte, or GREEN STREET.

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