John Freeman LEASED Farm # 3, Great Lott 16 of the Saratoga Patent from General Philip Schuyler.
John Freeman and Philip Schuyler executed the lease for Farm # 3, Great Lott 16 on August 2, 1769.(Schuyler Papers, New York City Library, NYC, NY.)The term of the LEASE was for the total length of lives of the three people named in the lease, i.e., forJohn's, Effelhannah's and Edward's lives.All three perished in the small pox epidemic in February of 1778 thereby extinguishing John Freeman's freehold lease.Philip Schuyler leased the farm to William Mead of the village of Stillwater shortly there after.
Philip Schuyler still owned Farm # 3, Great Lott 16 of the Saratoga Patent at the time of his death in 1804.His daughter Catherine Van Rensselear Schuyler Malcom inherited Farm # 3, Great Lott 16 under the terms of her father's will.(Please see the Chancery Decree that settled the estate of Philip Schuyler, Dec., which is recorded in the Department of State Docket 35, Page 312 to 315, New York State Archives, Albany, NY)