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MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING (b. 1644, d. Sep 1706)MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING (son of COENRAAD MARTENSE HOOGTEYLING and MARIA PITEARTS) was born 1644 in Poss Zuid, Holland, and died Sep 1706 in Beverwijck, NewAmsterdam, Albany Co., NY.He married (1) MARIA HENDRICKSE.He married (2) MARIA HENDRIKSE MARSELIS on 1666 in Beverwijck, NewAmsterdam, Albany Co., NY, daughter of HENDRICK MARSELIS and CATRINA TRYNTJE VANDENBERG.
Notes for MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING:
From: Collections on the History of Albany Hooghteeling, Mathys, and Maria Hendrikse.
In 1676, M. H. was 32 y. old, he d. 1706. Ch: Coenraad; Jacob (?);
Zytje, who m. 1st, Frans Morris, and 2d, Patrick McGregory;
Rachel, bp. Dec. 28, 1684;
Mathys, bp. April 29, 1694.
Note that a limited number of children are shown
The Houghtaling families in America stem from two immigrants toNY State in the mid-seventeenth century, both of Dutch origin, but probably unrelated: Jan Willemsen Houghtaling of Kingston, Ulster County and Mathys Coenradt Houghtaling of Coxsackie, Greene County (Our family is descended from Mathys.)
Jan's descendants were sometimes recorded with the prefix "van" with indicates that Houghtaling was a place name. Cursory research in Holland shows the name appearing in the seventeenth century records of the province of Zuid-Holland as "van Hoogteijlingen". Mathys Coenradt and his descendants never used the "van". It is believed that he did not have a surname in Holland, but that he adopted the name Houghtaling about 1675, possibly twenty years after his arrival in America. In 1667 at Wiltwyck (Kingston) he was exposed to this surname when he appeared in court before Jan Willemsen Houghtaling, one of its magistrates, who had been using the surname as early as 1661.
Mathys is assumed to have arrived in America about 1655. He doesn't appear in records again until Nov. 8, 1667, when he appears in court at Kingston in a suit for wages due him from Reyn'Van Coelen. Again in 1668, he was brought into court for declaring, "Damn the King and the Devil fetch the King!" while chopping wood on a Sunday morning.
From 1668 on he lived in the Albany area. Testimony given by him at Albany in 1684 reveals his age then as "about 40", putting his birth date about 1644, a date corroborated by testimony of 1675/6, at which time he told the Court he was "about 32".
Most certainly he was a farmer who owned and traded pigs, horses and cattle. He is referred to as "plumber" in the invoice of the ship deWitte Kloodt under date 6 July, 1671.
Between 1670 and 1685 there are fourteen references to Mathys Coenradts or Mathys Houghtaling in the court records of Albany. From these it is possible to get a picture of his character and his way of life. He resided first "behind Kinderhook", sharing a farm with his father-in-law, Hendrick Marselis, in 1673, until Martin Gerritsen van Bergen, prominent real estate owner and Commissary, leased him "a certain farm lying at Kockxhachkingh heretofore occupied by Gysl Boogaert with a house and barn "for a period of six years (1675-1681), for the acknowledgment of "love and friendship". Upon expiration of this lease in 1681 he crossed the Hudson River to reside again in Kinderhook until 1683. That year he was back in Coxsackie where he remained. The 1697 census of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck lists him as head of household of two men, two women and three children, and in 1699 he took an oath of allegiance to the British Crown.
In 1691, Mathys Houtaling purchased from three Mohawk Indians "a parcel of woodland lying behind Koxhaghkye". In 1697, this same land was officially granted him by Governor Benjamin Fletcher, a representative of the Crown he had publicly defamed at Kingston thirty years before. The land conveyed by this grant comprised 3,500 acres of heavy wooded land in the Kalkeberg-Hills, west of Coxsackie, and took in most of present day New Baltimore. At the end of 1683, when the Albany Dutch Church records began, "Mathys and Maria Hoogtelling" were members. About 1666, Mathys married Maria Hendrikse, the daughter of Hendrick Marselis and Catherine Van den Berg. She probably survived Mathys, who died about 1706, but there is no evidence that she remarried.
Although no probate record has been found for Mathys, there is evidence that an unexecuted will exists to which earlier historians had access. In this will, Maria is named as his wife and is appointed executor, inheriting his estate "as long as she remains a widow." If she remarried, his instructions were specific: "She shall convey ... the rest of the estate to the testator's children, to wit, Conrad, Johannes, and Jacob Hoogtelling, Hendrick, Trentje, the wife of Richard Van den Berg, Rachel and Mathys Hooghtelinck, also Marga Morris taking the place of her mother, Styje, eldest daughter of the testator." One half of his land, identified in his will by patent date and described as "lying back and west of Koshagky," was bequeathed to his son Mathews "about 12 years old, because he is a cripple". For the remaining half, Mathews was to pay his brothers and sisters the appraised value. Conrad, named as "eldest son", was given a horse when his mother remarries or dies." Captain Jonas Dow was one of the appointed guardians of Mathews. All of the original paten appears to have been inherited by the descendants of Mathys's eldest son, Conrad, and Mathys's second daughter, Catryntje Van den Berg.
From: J. Van Vecten Vedders' 'Official History of Greene Co., NY' (1927) 'Houghtaling Patent'
"The Houghtaling Patent was beyond the Kale Berg, from the Stony Kill on the south to the Diep Kill in the town of New Baltimore. This patent was granted to Mathias Hooughtaling July 8, 1697, by Governor Benjamin Fletcher, who represented the English crown. The Diep Kill crosses the county line and the Catskill Path at almost the same spot. Conrad Houghtaling, eldest son of Mathias, conveyed to his brother Hendrick a small tract along the Catskill Path, which was afterward the home of Conrad's son Thomas. His house stood a few feet east of the house which was afterward Truman Mackey's. Hendrick in 1770 conveyed the rest of the patent (excepting that of his brother, and the land conveyed to Casper Collier) to Hendrick and Robert Vandenberg, reserving 'one-half of all mines which may be hereafter found on the above lands'." " There is an old tradition that when Coxsackie was young, Indians had gone out to the hills early one morning and had returned before breakfast with a quantity of lead. Tradition further states that an Indian chief offered to sell one of the pioneer Houghtalings the secret of the place where lead could be found, and upon his refusing to give the desired price the Indian 'declared in a rage' that the mine should never be found while it remained in the hands of any who bore the name of Houghtaling. 'This tract is commonly known as the Vandenberg Patent, but that is not the original grant. It was afterward divided into seventeen lots of fifty acres each, one of which for some reason contained sixty acres and was the cause of a suit in /chancery. Thereafter it was known as the Chancery Lot'."
Mathy's Coenradtsen name first appeared on a list of boys and girls from the alshouse in Amsterdam, Holland, so were being sent to the New World to work for the Dutch West India Company and to "increase the population of New Netherland". The list is dated May 27, 1655 and includes "Mathys Coenratsen, 16 years of age." One account of the unusual combination of names, Mathys Coenraets (the almshouse child) is probably identical with Mathys Coenraets of Albany, according to the late William J. Hoffman, an authority on early Dutch immigrants. He notes the apparent discrepancy in their ages, (the almshouse child having been born about 1639 and the Albany settler about 1644, but adds, "Ages as given in records were notoriously incorrect and these are not far apart."
More About MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING and MARIA HENDRIKSE MARSELIS:
Marriage: 1666, Beverwijck, NewAmsterdam, Albany Co., NY.
Children of MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING and MARIA HENDRICKSE are:
- +CATRYNTJE HOUGHTALING, b. Abt. 1678, Of Kinderhook, , Greene Co., NY597, d. 1754.
Children of MATHYS COENRADT HOUGHTALING and MARIA HENDRIKSE MARSELIS are:
- +COENRAAD MATTHYS HOUGHTALING, b. 1667, Little Nine Partners, Greene Co., NY, d. 1745.
- +CATRYNTJE HOUGHTALING, b. Abt. 1678, Of Kinderhook, , Greene Co., NY597, d. 1754.