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From: "John & Dawn" <>
Subject: [PENNOYER-L] Pennoyer
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 14:21:44 -0400



ROBERT left Mass. and moved to New Amsterdam. The first record of
his presence there was his appearance before the Court of New Amsterdam
on 6 September 1642.<1,2>
He had left his tools and clothing in the shop of Thomas Sanderson,
a blacksmith, and perhaps because of some quarrel or disagreement, when
he went to retrieve his property, apparently Sanderson refused to open
the door. ROBERT broke the lock and entered the shop-Sanderson beat him
up. ROBERT brought assault charges against Sanderson-Sanderson replied
that ROBERT had forced his way into the shop by breaking the lock on the
door. ROBERT had to admit that it was true. The court then decided to
put ROBERT in jail for "breaking and entering" and turned the case over
to Herr Huygens for prosecution. ROBERT then went to jail in New
ROBERT then served as a soldier in the two year Indian War with
the Algonquins (who sued for peace on 6 April 1644) and the Mohawks
(who settled a peace on 30 August 1645).<1>
On 29 November 1645, ROBERT obtained a patent on a grant of
land.<1,3> The amount of the land was 89 morgens (about 178 acres).
It was located in Gravesend on the western end of Long Island. He then
bought a plantation, which included a house and lot, within the
The 25 morgens in the plantation added to the 89 morgens in his
patent, brought his holdings to 114 morgens, making him the largest
landholder in Gravesend.<1>
Sometime during the spring or summer of 1647, ROBERT sold his
plantation to Rodger Scott.
In September, the following statement appears in town records;
"John Ruckman and Richard Uzell joyntely together boughte of Rodger
Scott the plantation that was ROBERT PENNEERS with all the tobacco
thereon and are to give to said Rodger 152 gil. for same."<1>
It may have been that ROBERT had to sell his plantation, because
he was again in trouble.
A dispute arose between ROBERT and Thomas Greedye over the payment
of a debt. The main point of disagreement seems to have been the
amount. At first, ROBERT fixed the amount at 50 guilders and later
increased it to 56 guilders, 19 stivers.<1>
According to testimony by Richard Stoute, the debt had been created
while the litigants were serving as soldiers at the Fort in New
during the Indian War of 1643-45. Apparently, ROBERT had then served
as an agent for purchasing provisions.
Greedye sued to recover the amount of the overcharge. On 7 May,
the final amount to be paid, by ROBERT to Greedye, was fixed at 10
guilders and 10 stivers. The court charges to be paid by ROBERT were
2 guilders and 6 stivers.<1,4>
1) Pennoyer Brothers, Colonization, Commerce, Charity in the Seventeenth
Century" by Raymond H. Lounsbury pgs. 23,24,25,31,32,37,38,39,40,41
2) Dutch Colony Manuscripts, Vol. 4, pg. 135
3) U. S., New York, Albany, Office of the Sec. of State of New York,
Translations of Dutch Patents 1630-1649, Book GG, pgs. 345-6
4) Gravesend Town Records, Vol. 1, pg. 14

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