Three Rivers
Hudson~Mohawk~Schoharie
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

JOHN RADCLIFFE AND FAMILY
Compiled by Larry House June 2001


Revised Nov. 2001

Background

On March 22, 1664 King Charles II granted the territory between the Connecticut and Delaware Rivers, all of the territory of New Netherlands, to his brother James, Duke of York and Albany. On August 28, 1664, four British men-of-war, with soldiers on board, appeared off New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam surrendered on September 5, 1664 and on September 8, 1664 the Dutch surrendered New Netherlands to Col. Richard Nicolls, the commander of the British Fleet. In 1664 in New Netherlands was the Coldstream Guards. New Amsterdam was renamed New York and a few weeks later Fort Orange was renamed Albany. September 24, 1664 the first meeting occurred between the English and the Iroquois Indian Confederacy Chiefs at Albany. On March 1, 1665 the first English Law of Colonial N.Y., the "Dukes Laws" (for the Duke of York) were promulgated at Hempstead, Long Island. The Dutch ceded New Amsterdam to the British in the Treaty of Breda in 1667. The Dutch retook and briefly held a part of their former colony during the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672-1674). A Dutch fleet under the command of Cornelis Evertsen, Jr., carrying 1600 men, sailed into the New York harbor on August 7, 1673. New York surrendered to a Dutch landing party, of 600 men, under the command of Capt. Anthony Colve. About a week after the surrender of New York, Albany was again occupied by the Dutch as well as other towns on the Hudson and western Long Island. The colony was again renamed New Netherlands with New York renamed New Orange and Albany renamed Willemstadt. Captain Colve became the governor of a provisional government. The Treaty of Westminster (February 19, 1674) restored the colony to England with the formal transfer occurring a few months later (November 10, 1674).

The first General Assembly began its sessions in Fort James in New York City on October 17, 1683. Eighteen representatives were elected as ordered by Governor Dongan on September 13. Of the eighteen, Albany and Rensselaerswyck had two and Schenectady had one. On November 1, 1683 a law was passed that divided the province into 12 counties: New York, Westchester, Ulster, Albany, Duchess's, Orange, Richmond, King's, Queen's, Suffolk, Duke's and Cornwall. As enacted Albany County consisted of the "towne" of Albany, the colony of Rensselaerwyck, "Schonechteda" (Schenectady), all the villages, neighbourdhoods and "Christain plantacons" on the east side of the Hudson from "Roelef Jansen's Creeke" (about 12 miles south of the City of Hudson) and on the west side of the Hudson from "Sawyer's Creeke" (Saugerties) to "Saraaghtoga" (Saratoga). With the death of James II, on February 6, 1684, and the succession of James, the Duke of York and Albany, to the throne, the province of New York devolved upon the throne and was annexed to the other dominions of the crown. On August 16, 1689 Jacob Leisler, a German immigrant, was appointed commander of the New York Province after leading a rebellion against the rule of James II. On May 16, 1691 he (Jacob Leisler of New York City) became the first colonial American to be hanged for treason.

Albany

In March of 1674 a new fort was built to defend Albany. It was named Fort Albany, later Fort Frederick, and overlooked the Hudson by being built at the head of State St. (just in front of the current State Capital). In 1695 Albany had a septangled stockade of about six furlongs (a furlong=660 feet) in circumference, containing about 200 houses. It was dominated by Fort Albany. The fort had 3 blockhouses and 21 cannon. The city had 30 guns within the stockade. In 1695 the city raised $250 to pave the sidewalks. In Albany County, in 1686, there lived 1,986 whites and 157 Negroes. The population of the City and County of Albany in 1689 was 662 men, 340 women and 1,014 children. The number of Indians in 1689 was: Mohawks 270, Oneidas 180, Onondagas 500, Cayougas (sic) 300, Senecas 1,300 and River Indians 250 totaling 2,800. The Militia total, for 1693, for the County and City of Albany, was 359. A List of Inhabitants dated June 16, 1697 and given to the Mayor of Albany on July 31, 1698 showed for the City and County of Albany; 379 men, 279 women and 803 children-total 1,452. The population of the City and County of Albany in 1698 was 382 men, 272 women, 805 children and 23 Negroes. In 1698 there were 110 Mohawks, 70 Oneidas, 250 Onondagas, 200 Cayougas (sic), 600 Senecas and 90 River Indians totaling 1,320. During the hostilities that ended with the publication of the Peace of Ryswick (signed at Ryswick, Holland, September 21, 1697), 142 men, 68 women and 209 children had left the city and county, 16 men had been taken prisoner, 84 had been killed and 38 had died. For the City and County of Albany; in 1700, the militia totaled 371 and in 1703 the population was reported as 2,273. A List of Inhabitants and Slaves in the City and County of Albany in 1714 totaled 3,329. In 1723 the population of the City and County of Albany was reported as the following; 1,512 men, 1,408 women, 1404 male children and 1,369 female children-totaling 5,693; Negroes and other slaves-307 men, 200 women, 146 male children and 155 female children-totaling 808. The grand total therefore was 6,501. The results of the Census' of 1731, 1737 and 1749 for Albany County, are summarized as follows:

Census

Whites -- Negroes/Other Slaves-- Total
Year, Male - Female -- Male - Female
1731 - 4,833 - 2,467 - 914 - 359 - 8,573
1737 - 4,672 - 4,379 - 937 - 693 - 10,681
1749 - 4,930 - 4,224 - 781 - 699 - 10,634

Prologue

I'm indebted to William Laimbeer for his "The Radcliffe Family of New York State", The N.Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LXXX (April, 1949 pp 67-74), (July, 1949 pp 146-155), (October, 1949 pp 209-215) and Vol. LXXXI (January, 1950 pp 24-30). Where applicable I'll be using his numbering system which will appear in parenthesis. My connection to this family is through Sarah Radley Simons (1,8,24,77,172) who is (was) my gggrandmother.

I don't know why there were changes in the last name. Some changed their last name to Radley and some to Radliff. In the various records consulted, there was a tremendous difference in the spelling of the last name. Perhaps this had some influence on the changes in the last name. These various spellings included; Raadly, Raddely, Radelies, Radelif, Raddiff, Radelrif, Radley, Radloff, Radly, Radloff, Raedelif, Readly, Raidley, Raedtly, Ratelife, Ratelrief, Rattelief, Rattelif, Ratteliff, Ratteliffe, Rattelis, Rately, Ratlif, Ratliff, Rattslyf, Reddely, Reddley, Redif, Redlie, Redley, Redlief, Redlif, Redliff, Redlof, Redloff, Redly, Relif, Riddley, Riddly, Ridliff, Rittelief.

Supplemental Information

The Articles of Surrender guaranteed the Dutch the right to continue worshiping according to their own customs. The colonial church was still overseen by the Classis of Amsterdam. Reformed clergymen continued to be educated and ordained in the Netherlands and supplied by the Amsterdam Classis. Church services were still conducted in Dutch. What was established in the Synod of Dort in 1618-19 was still used. The original name of the church was the Hervormde Kerk or Reformed Church (the same as in the Netherlands).

Under Roman-Dutch Law in New Netherland, all persons seeking marriage had to apply to the Court of Justice or ministers of their place of residence for publication of banns on 3 Sundays or Market Days. Usage continued under English rule. One dispensation from the publication of banns was the securing of a marriage license from the Office of the Provincial Secretary-this practice was discontinued by the end of 1784. The license was issued in return for a penal bond in the amount of £500 in insure that there was no lawful "Let or Impediment of Pre-Contract, Affinity or Consanguinity, to hinder the Parties being joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony and afterwards living together as Man and Wife". There were 2 bondsmen.

Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Albany, N.Y.
Pastors of the Church
(Colleagues are not included)
Name Date
Johannes Magapolensis 1642-1649
Gideon Schaets 1652-1691
Godefridus Dellius 1692-1699
Johannes Petrus Nucella 1699-1700
Johannes Lydius 1700-1710
Petrus van Driessen 1712-1738
Cornelis van Schie 1738-1744
Theodorus Frielinghuysen 1746-1759
Eilardus Westerlo 1760-1790
John Bassett 1790-1804
John Melanchton Bradford 1805-1815

The first site of the church, which was built in 1642, was northwest of the fort on what is now [1913] Church St., between about Pruyn St. and Madison Ave. Then in 1656 a blockhouse was erected which served as the church for nearly 60 years. This was at the intersection of Jonkers St. and Handelaars (becoming Brewers St.) which became State St. and Broadway. In 1715 the "Old Dutch Church" was erected. The construction of the new church building was done around the old church. This church was used from 1715 until 1805.

At the 12/5/1716 meeting of the Consistory on the question of the seats occupied by the women in the church, it was decided, among other things, that on the death or removal of the occupant of a seat, such seat should fall to her next of kin, upon the payment of two pieces of eight and the customary contribution to the minister's salary. If these payments were not done during the two years following such event, the seat(s) would revert to the elders to be disposed of by them. At the 3/20/1718/19 Consistory meeting, it was decided that instead of a two year allowance, there would be 6 months for those who lived in the City of Albany and a one year allowance for those who lived outside the city. Also no one was to make any alteration in the seats without permission of the consistory.

"List of the women's and girl's seats in the new Dutch Reformed Church in this city, and to whom they have from time to time have been transferred,…" includes

No. 42
1 Ragel (sic) Redliff (sic) [Jan 1]
3 1751 Annetje, wife of Lambert Redliff [Lambert 1,6]
transferred to someone else 1768
No. 78 "An Old Men's Pew"
2 Anna, daughter of Johannes L. Redlief (sic) [Anna 1,6,16,50]
No. 85
2 Catharina, wife of James Redlif (sic) [Jacobus 1,11]
1770 to Margrita Jn-Redlif (sic) sexton [Jacobus 1,11,43] ?

The Ancient Burial Ground

This cemetery was located in the Dutch Reformed Churchyard on Beaver St. between South Pearl and Green Streets.

In 1719 the Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church established certain regulations for the burial of the dead: It was required that for the interment of children under 10 years of age, there should be paid into the church treasury 20 shillings; from 10 to 15 years of age £2; and for persons over 15 years of age £3. This was exclusive of the charges for digging the grave (graf maeken) and ringing the bell (luiden van die klok). The coffins were required to be placed in flat boxes in tiers close to each other.

The following have been identified as buried in this cemetery:
Ragel Redliff (Jan 1)
Labreyh Redlif's child (Johannes 1,6,13)
Johs Redlif's wife Salia (Johannes 1,8)
Johs Redlif (Johannes 1,8)
Johs Redlif's daughter (Marytje 1,8,23) or (Catalyna 1,8,25)
Billy Sixberry (Anna 1,8,20)
Anna, widow of Billy Sixberry (Anna 1,8,20)
Child of Anna and Billy Sixberry (Anna 1,8,20)
Willem Redlif (Willem 1,10)
Willem Redlif's child (Rachel 1,10,36)
Willem Redlif's little son (Johannes 1,10,38)
Jacobus Redlif's child (Matheus 1,11,41)
Jacobus Redlif's child (Willem 1,11,45)
Jacobus Redlif's child (Willem 1,11,46)
Jacobus Redlif's child (Willem 1,11,47)

St. Peters Episcopal Church of Albany, N. Y.
Rectors
Name Date
Thomas Barclay 1708-171-
----- Miln 1728-1737
Henry Barclay 1738-1746
John Ogilvie 1749-1764

Dutch Names

Adriaantje, Ariaantje, Adrians-Harriet

Aefje-Eve

Agnietje-Agnes

Anntje-Ann

Arie-Adrian, Aaron

Barent-Bernard

Bartel, Maus, Bartholomous-Bartholomew

Catarina, Tryntje-Catherine

Diederik-Theodore

Derri, Dirk, Dirkje-Richard

Dries, Andries-Andrew

Eiche-Edith

Eini-Eunice

Eletje-Alice

Engeltje-Angelica

Gerardus-Gary

Goris, Jurian-George

Gerrit-Gerard

Gerritje-feminine of Gerard

Gillis-Giles

Giel-Michael

Gysbert-Gilbert

Geesje, Geertje, Geertry-Gertrude

Grietje-Margaret

Hans-Jack

Hellitie-Helen

Huygen-Hugh

Jannetje-Janet

Judike-Judith

Jan, Johannes-John

Jacobus-James, (Jacob)?

Jakomyntje, Jocoba-feminine of Jacobus

Karel-Charles

Kasper-Jasper

Kersten-Christian

Klass-Nicholas

Kors, Krelis, Kees-Cornelius

Leendert-Leonard

Lena, Leentje, Helena-Lena, Magdelena

Lieven-Lee

Lotje, Charlotta-Charlotte

Luykas, Luychase-Luke

Matthys-Mathias

Mayke, Moica-Mary

Neeltje-Cornelia, Nelly

Petrus-Peter

Roelif-Ralph

Rugert-Roger

Saal-Solomon

Saartje-Sarah

Staats-Eustace

Stoffel-Christopher

Styntje-Christiana

Tanneken-Anne

Teunis-Anthony

Wouter-Walter

Zanneke-Susannah

Zelotti-Charlotte

Jan (John) Radcliffe

There are a few things we (I) don't know about Jan Radcliffe-when and where he was born and when he arrived in New York, if he wasn't born here. There are a couple of dates that are certain. Both Jan Ratlife (sic)/Rateliff (sic) and Rachel Ratle (sic) were members of the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany ("Church of Jesus Christ at New Albany") during 1683. For the first 8 of their children born, Laimbeer, in his article, refers to the "Hart Family Bible" as his source. This indicated that the first child was born on 1/23/1681. Therefore at a minimum they had to have married sometime in 1680.

The Morman Family web site: (http://32.96.111.13/Eng/Search/search-all1.asp), in the Ancestral File listing of Jan Radcliff, there are five Jan Radcliffs. Further research gets this number down to three. These are only conjectures, all are listed as being born in the colony, all being listed as married to Rachel van Valkenburg. [Micheal Radliff pointed out this site to me for consideration with the question of whether or not John could have been born in New York.] Two of the three can be immediately dropped from any consideration; Jan Radcliff born about 1663 and married 6/9/1706 and Jan Rettelief (sic) born about 1650 and married about 1685. The third is Jan Red Radcliff born about 1660 in Albany. [This is interesting-my ggggrandfather (1,8,24,77) is referred to as "Richard R. Radley" on the copy of his will in the Albany Surrogate Court's records.]

John Radcliffe married Rachel Lambertse van Valkenburg, a daughter of Lambert Jochemse van Valkenburg and Annetie Jacobs, probably in 1680. [In the following narrative, I'll first concentrate on John's jobs, joint appearances, on Rachel's activities and then on the children.]

We don't know when he died. He isn't listed in the 1720 List of Freeholders of the City and County of Albany. His son Johannis (1,8) is listed in the 1st Ward, City of Albany. Joel Munsell in his Collections of the History of Albany, Vol. 4, lists his wife "Rachel Lambertse Jochemse Van Valkenburgh" as a widow in 1727. In the notes of the Common Council meeting of 11/14/1729, his wife is referred to as "widow". These two conjectures were the only listings that gave reference to Rachel as a widow until I looked at the Elder's Accounts of the Albany Dutch Reformed Church for the years 1700-1720 and 1721-1734. A payment made to her on 6/29/1719 doesn't refer to her as a widow, but the payment made on 10/14/1720 does. Therefore it appears that John died after 6/29/1719 and before 10/14/1720.

John Radcliffe was, I assume, a soldier by 1680 and the time of his marriage. He was certainly a soldier in 1689. [He was a soldier in an independent company. For a discussion about the Independent Companies in New York see William A. Foote's doctoral dissertation The American Independent Companies of the British Army 1664-1764]. He was definitely a civilian by the beginning of 1699.

In an Ordinary Session in Albany, on 12/2/1684, in the case of Jaques Vigoir, plainliff versus Jan Cloet, defendant, John offered testimony. He declared against the defendant (It was found against the defendant). In an Ordinary Session in Albany, on 10/6/1685, in the case of Johannes Rooseboom versus Jan Clue, John offered testimony. On 10/26/1689 the soldiers of Fort Albany, under Lt. Sharpe, took the oath of fidelity to William and Mary, King and Queen of England. This was administered by 5 Justices of the Peace to 27 soldiers, including John Radecliffe (sic).

For the period 3/28-6/6/1691 (70 days), Corporal John Ratliff (sic), at 12d a day, was paid £3/10/-.

From a list, dated 6/17/1692, of Major Peter Schuyler's Co. detached out of Albany was the following; Suffolk-John Ratcliffe (sic) for S'l Lynde.

At a Common Council meeting, held in the Albany City Hall, on 11/23/1697, John Ratecliffe (sic) was appointed City Porter instead of Hend. Marselis, deceased. He was at all times open and shut the gates of the city especially mornings and evenings at appointed times and attend the church ringing of the bell at all occasions. He was to receive yearly 28 pieces of eight, at 6 shillings, to be paid quarterly. He was also to attend the Burger Guards to keep them clean and every evening make a fire. For this he was to receive 3 pence daily.

In Col. Richard Ingoldesby's Company, payment at 3 pence daily, for the 6 months November 1697 through May 1698, John Radcliffe (a private probably) was paid £2/05/03 (45 shillings, 3 pence). He signed for it. [Major Richard Ingoldsby had sailed into the New York City harbor at the end of 1/1691 with two companies of regulars. After Gov. Henry Sloughter died 7/23/1691, he became acting Lt. Governor. New Governor Benjamin Fletcher arrived in New York City near the end of 8/1692. Ingoldsby was put in command of Albany after the arrival of Gov. Fletcher in Albany.]

On 11/20/1698 Jan Ratly (sic) was a witness to the baptism of Mary, daughter of William Hilten and Antje Berkhoven, at the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany.

On 1/4/1699 he, and all the other inhabitants of Albany, took "The Oath" (of Allegiance to King William) and signed "The Test" and "The Association".

The Oath

"I, (Jan Radcliffe) do hereby Promise and Swear yt I will be faithfull and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King William, so help my God.

I, (Jan Radcliffe) do swear that I do from my heart, abhor, detest and abjure as Impious and Hereticall, yt damnable Doctrine and Position, yt Princes Excommunicated or Deprived by ye Pope or any authority of ye See of Rome, be deposed or murthered by their subjects or any other whatoever.

And I doe declare yt no foreign Prince, Person, Prelate, State or Potentate, hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, Preemince or Authority, Ecclesiastical or Spirituall within this Realm. So help me God."

The Test

"We underwritten do solemnly and sincerely, in ye presence of God, profess and declare yt wee doe believe yt in ye Sacrament of ye Lord's Supper there is not any transubstantiation of ye Elements of Bread and Wine into ye body and blood of Christ, or after ye Consecration thereof by any person whatsoever, and yt ye Invocation or Adoration of ye Virgin Mary and ye Sacrifice of ye Mass, as they are now used in ye Church of Rome, are Superstitious and Idolatrous, and we do Solemnly in ye presence of God, Profess, Testify and Declare, yt we do make this declaration and every part thereof in ye plain and ordinary Sense of ye words now read unto us as they are commonly understood by English Prodistants without any Evasion, Equivocation or Mentall Reservation whatsoever, and without any Dispensation already granted for yt purpose by ye Pope or any other authority or person whatsoever, or without any hope of any such Dispensation from any person or authority whatsoever, or without thinking yt we are or can be acquitted before God or Man, or absolved of this Declaration or any part thereof, although ye Pope or any other person or persons or power whatsoever should dispense with or annul ye same, or declare that it was null and void from ye beginning."

The Association

"Whereas there has been a horrid and detestable consriracy formed and carried on by Papists and other wicked and trayterous persons for Assassinating his Majesties Royal Person in order to Incourage an Invasion from ffrance to Subvert our Religion, Laws and Liberties, we whose names are underwritten do heartily, sincerely and solemnly profess, testify and declare yt his present Majesty King William is rightful and lawful king of these Realms, and we do mutually promise and engage to stand by and assist each other to ye utmost of our power in ye Support and Defense of his Majesties most sacred person and government against ye late King James ye pretended Prince of Wales and all theire adherents, and in case his Majesty come to any violent or untimely death (which God forbid) we do hereby freely and unanimously oblige ourselves to unite, associate and stand by each other in Revenging ye same upon his enemies and all their adherents, and in ye supporting and defending ye succession of ye Crown according to an act made in ye first year of ye Reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled an act declaring ye Rights and Liberties of ye Subject, and settling ye succession of ye Crown."

A request of the principal members of the Church at New Albany for the return of Domine Dellius, dated 5/22/1699, included John Raddiff (sic).

The Albany Common Council meeting of 11/29/1699 established a Ratelwagh (Rattlewatch). Given the job was John Rateliffe (sic) and Robert Barret for the year 11/29/1699 to 11/29/1700. [Because of this appointment, John Radcliffe is listed in Paddock's book.] They were to patrol the streets every night from 10 pm to daylight with a lantern and a rattle. Beginning at the guard house, they were to proceed along Brewer St. to the bridge at Col. Schuylers, from there through Yonker St. to Johannes de Wandelaer's corner, then along the hill to Alderman Johannes Roseboom and through Pearl St. to Gysbert Marselis's corner, then through the street where Bries lived back to the guard house. If they saw fire, thieves or other mischief, they were to raise an alarm. For this service they were to receive £22/16/- each for the year. At the Common Council meeting of 12/6/1699, it was resolved that a tax of 80 loads of firewood would be assessed on the inhabitants of Albany for the supply of the Ratlewatch.

In October 1700 John was paid [guilders] f6/- for tolling the clock for the weekly services and lighting the candles at the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany.. At the Albany Common Council meeting of 11/26/1700 John Rateliff (sic) and Robert Barret were reappointed watchmen for the upcoming year at the same salary as before-£22/16/- and 80 loads of firewood. Their station was to be the blockhouse in Pearl St. The assessors were to make an assessment of £30 on the inhabitants and return it to the Mayor by Saturday 12/21/1700. At the Common Council meeting of 12/30/1700 held at the Albany City Hall, the assessors returned an assessment for the Ratlewatch of f1200 and 87 loads of wood. A warrant was issued to the collector to collect the same immediately and order that the wood be brought to the Burger Blockhouse before 1/15/1701. This would be received by the Ratelmen.

On 6/18/1701 the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany received from Jan Redlief (sic), f52/10 for ½ year's rent. This was recorded in the Deacon's Fund Account. At the Common Council meeting of 11/29/1701, it was decided that John Rateliffe (sic) and Robert Barrett were to continue as Ratelmen for the upcoming year from 11/29/1701-11/29/1702 according to the agreement on 11/26/1700 of £24 and 80 loads of firewood. The money was to be paid quarterly. The watch was to be held in the Burger Blockhouse on Pearl St. A warrant was ordered to the assessors to make an assessment of £30 and 80 loads of wood to be put on the inhabitants of the city. Such assessment was to be delivered to the Mayor at the next Mayor's Court.

On 8/13/1703 the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany received f84/0 from Jan Ratelife (sic), for one year's house rent to 5/1704. This was recorded in the Deacon's Fund Account. At the Common Council meeting of 12/13/1703, Anthony Bratt was appointed Sexton of the City in place of Hendrick Roseboom, deceased. At this meeting , it is referenced that John Ratcliffe (sic) has that same title and will receive "…such perquistes thereof for digging of graves as he did in ye time and being of ye sd Mr. Roseboom deceased.".

At the Common Council meeting of 11/21/1704, John Rateliff's (sic) term of making a fire for the Burger Guard and locking the city gates for the last half year expired 11/2/1704. He was going to give an account of what's owed him to the Common Council. The Council was to give further consideration to this matter.

On 6/6/1706 Jan Redlif (sic) was paid f9/- for cleaning the church [Reformed Dutch Church of Albany].

On the City of Albany (1st Ward) assessment roll of 1709, John Radlaf (sic) is listed with a total of £7 of property to be taxed. At the Common Council meeting of 11/1/1709, John Radleff (sic) appeared and told the council that the gates of the city were so in disrepair that he wasn't able to lock the gates. [This would indicate that John had, probably, been locking the gates of the city since the last mention of it at the Common Council meeting of 11/21/1704.]

On 7/5/1712 Jan was paid f18/06 for cleaning the church [Reformed Dutch Church of Abany].

On 5/24/1704, Annelie van Valkenburgh, widow of Lambert van Valkenburgh, and Jochim Lamberts, eldest son of the deceased, of Kinderhook, sold to John Ratcliff and his wife Rachel, of Albany, ["…in consideration of a lawfull summa of English money…"], land on the Vodde Mark. This lot was bounded to the west by the burying ground, to the east and north the highway and to the south by Johannis Schuyler. This had been a grant from the City of Albany on 10/4/1703. Recorded ? [This lot was located in a '"back street"' neighborhood of Albany called Southside. Southside was centered approximately around the intersection of Beaver and Green Streets. (See Stefan Bielinski's "Colonial Albany Social History" website)]

Jan and Rachel Ratteliffe (sic) witnessed the baptism of Maria, daughter of Isaac van Aalstein and Jannetje van Valkenburg, on 10/31/1708 at the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany.

Rachel Ratclif (sic) was for many years the bell ringer of St. Peters Church and received a salary of 7 shillings, 6 pence a quarter.

At an Ordinary Session in Albany, on 8/4/1685, Arnout Cornelise was the plaintiff and Pieter Davidtse Schuyler was the defendant. The plaintiff offered to have testimony of the wife of Jan Radecliffe (sic). The defendant rejects this testimony because she had made a complaint against him.

[The following baptisms and listings of Rachel being paid for various services rendered to the church will refer to the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany, whether or not the church is mentioned. These church expenses were recorded in the Deacon's Fund Accounts Books for the years 1701-1720, 1721-1740 and 1741-1760 and the Elder's Account Books for 1700-1720 and 1721-1734. The Deacon's Fund Accounts recorded payments in guilders (f) until 1730 then pounds (£), shillings (s) and pence (p). The Elder's Account Books show a mixture of currencies for payments until 1720.]

On 3/1/1693, Rachel Rattelis (sic) witnessed the baptism of Maria, daughter of Wilhelm Peeren and Lysbeth Sikkell.

On a "Lists of Heads of Families" of 6/16/1697 (for the City of Albany), for the entry for Rachel Ratcliffe (sic) is listed-1 woman and 7 children.

On 5/24/1708 Rachel Redlief and the widow of Patrick MacGregor were paid f18/- for sweeping out and scrubbing the church (one day).

Rachel Ratteliffe (sic) was one of two witnesses of the baptism of Joachim Lambert, son of Isaac Valkemburg and Lydia van Slyk, on 1/15/1710. On 10/5 Raegil (sic) Ridliff (sic) was paid f18/- for dusting the church.

On 5/12/1714, Rachel was paid f20/- for cleaning the church.

On 10/14/1716 she was paid 12s for cleaning the church and chandelier.

On 7/26/1717 Rachel was paid £3 as billed. In 9/1717 Ragel (sic) Reddely (sic) was paid f50/- for whitewashing the church.

On 8/1/1718 Rachel was paid f120/- for her annual services to the church. On 11/1 she was paid f60/- for cleaning the church and pulpit for 2 years. In 12/1718 Ragell (sic) Redlief (sic) was paid f4/19 for work associated with the church.

On 3/21/1719 Ragell (sic) Radelies (sic) was paid f4/10 for washing (the table drape and cloths for communion). On 5/11 she was paid f48/- for nursing Scottish Will and his wife. On 6/29 she was paid £1/02/06 for services. On 8/1 or 10 Rachel was paid her salary, of f120/-, for (work at) the church. On 10/22 she was paid f42/- for cleaning the church and chandelier. On 10/26 she was paid f14/- for sand, soap, lime and a whitewash brush. On 6/28, 10/10 and in 12/1719 she was paid f4/10 each time to wash the table cover.

On 4/16/1720 Ragel (sic) Ratlif (sic) was paid f4/10 for washing the table drape and cloths. On 9/3 she was paid f9/- for washing the table drape and cloths for 2 times. On this same date she was paid; f9/- for arranging the funeral of Martha one of the Mohawk Indian Believers of our faith, f10/- for having the funeral and wake in her house, f11/- for one gallon of wine and f12/- for an anker [~10 gallons] of beer from A. Ryckman. On 10/14 Rachel, widow of John Redlif (sic), was paid £3 as her salary since last August. On 12/15/ she was again paid f4/10 for washing the table drapes and cloths.

On 4/29 and 7/7/1721 Ragel (sic) was paid f4/10 each time for washing the table drapes and cloths. On 9/2 Rachel, widow of Jan Redlif (sic) was paid £3 as her salary for the year since last August. On 10/14 she was paid f9/- for washing the table drapes and cloths (for communion) twice. On 12/29 Rachel Redlif (sic), widow of Jan Redlif (sic), was paid 15s for cleaning the church for a year.

On 3/2/1722 Ragel (sic) was paid f4/10 twice for washing the table drapes and cloths. In 10/1722 she was paid f9/- for twice washing the table drapes and linens. On 10/14 Rachel was paid £4 for her services. On 12/11 she was paid 15s for cleaning the church.

On 4/13, 6/29, 10/10 and 12/28/1723 Ragel (sic) Redlif (sic) was paid f4/10 each time for washing the table drapes and cloths. On 9/27 Rachel was paid 15s for cleaning the church. On 12/16 she was paid £4 for her services.

On 4/5 and 6/29/1724 Ragel (sic) was paid f4/10 each time for washing the table drapes and cloths. On 10/12 she was paid f9/- for washing the table drapes and cloths twice. On the same date she was also paid f30/- for cleaning the cobwebs from the church. On 10/28 Rachel was paid £4 (for services to the church).

In 3/1725 Ragel (sic) was paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen. On 6/25 Rachel was paid £4/15/- for her year's services. In 12/1725 she was paid f9/- for washing the drapes for the communion table twice.

On the following dates Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen-4/19, 7/11, 10/3, 10/29/1726. On 8/26 Rachel was paid £1/04/- for cleaning the church. On 10/4 she was paid £4 for her year's services and also paid 15s for sweeping out the church etc.

On the following dates Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen-3/22 and 6/17/1727. On 7/26 Rachel was paid; for cleaning the church-13 days £1/19/-, for Martha and Slivia-7 days £1/07/- and for sand, whitewash and scrub brushes £-/08/06. On 9/7 she was paid £4/15/- as her wages. On the following dates Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen-9/13 and 11/4.

On 9/25/1728 Rachel was paid £4/15/- for her year's services. On 12/30 Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen.

On 3/13/1729 Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen. On 7/14 Rachel was paid £4/16/09 for cleaning the church and other charges. On 8/29 she was paid £-/03/09 for cleaning the church after the fire. On the following dates Ragel (sic) got paid f4/10 for washing the communion linen-9/27 and 10/7. On 11/3 Rachel was paid £4/15/- for her year's service to the church.

At the meeting of the Common Council on 11/14/1729, it was determined that Ragel (sic), widow of Johs Radlef (sic) was to be paid £5.

In 1/1730 Ragel (sic) got paid £-/2/03 for washing the communion linen. On 5/16 Rachel was paid £1/17/06 for cleaning the church and other related expenses. In 6/1730 Ragel (sic) got paid £-/2/03 for washing the communion linen. On 7/22 Rachel was paid £4/15/- for one year's service to the church. On the following dates Ragel (sic) got paid £-/02/03 for washing the communion linen-10/4, and 11/15.

On 3/9/1731 Ragel (sic) was paid 6s for washing the communion linen and shining the tankard. On 5/15 and 9/24 she was paid 3s for washing the communion linen. On 10/9 Ragel (sic) Radliff (sic), widow of Johannis Radliff, deceased, was paid by the City of Albany £5. At their 10/16/1731 meeting, the Albany Common Council ordered that Ragel Radliff "shall" ring the bell at 8 pm at night.

On 4/5, 7/2 and 10/7/1732 Ragel was paid 3s each time for washing the communion linen. On 10/31 Rachel, "Cobus, and her mother" were paid £9. On 12/18 Rachel was paid 15s for cleaning the church.

During 1733 she was paid 12s (4 times) for washing the communion linen. On 5/15/1733 Rachel was paid £4/01/04 (f162/15) for cleaning the church including the lime and sand.

On 4/5/1734 she was paid 12s (4 times) for washing the communion linen. [In the Elder's Accounts for 1721-1734, is the following-in 11/1734 "paid his sister Rachel Redlif (sic)" 15s, which follows a payment also in 11/1734 to Jacobus [1,11]. There is no indication that John and Rachel had a daughter Rachel. I believe this therefore should be referring to his mother Rachel.]

On each of the following dates Ragel/Rachel was paid 3s to wash the communion linen (table drape and cloths); 3/28, 6/13, 9/3, 10/21/1735, 4/30, 7/8, 10/21, 11/8/1736, 4/1, 8/1, 11/18, 12/8/1737, 3/17, 6/4, 10/5, 12/1/1738, 3/31, 6/9, 9/11, 12/24/1739, 3/26, 6/16, 9/20, 12/26/1740, 3/29, 7/5, 10/5, 10/20/1741, 3/17, 7/19, 9/7, 11/1/1742, 3/21, 6/20, 9/12/1743, 3/8, 6/27,/1744, 3/13, 6/24, 9/9, and 11/2/1745.

Racheltje (sic) Redly (sic) witnessed the baptism of Cornelia, daughter of Johannes Huick (sic) and Catharine Bovi, on 2/16/1746.

On each of the following dates she was paid 3s for the washing of the communion linen; 3/6, 7/25 and 11/8/1746.

On each of the following dates she was paid 3s for the washing of the communion linen; 3/5 and 7/19/1747. On 11/8 Raagel (sic) Redloef was paid 15s for sweeping and dusting the church. On 11/24 she was again paid 3s for (services at communion?).

On 3/20/1748 she was paid 3s for washing the table cloths.

On 4/7/1749 Ragel (sic) Redliff (sic) was buried in the Ancient Burial Ground.

Their Children

Richard [1,2]-according to Laimbeer, per the Hart Family Bible, he was born 1/23/1681. He died young.

Elizabeth [1,3]-according to Laimbeer, per the Hart Family Bible, she was born 4/8/1683. She married, ~1700, Dirck Benson (~1677-1725 or 27, depending on the source), son of Samson Benson and Tryntje (Mattheusse) van Deusen. He was a potter. His will was dated 5/24/1725 and it was proved 3/9/1727/8.

[All of the following baptisms occurred in the Reformed Dutch Church in New York City.]

Elisabeth Radly (sic) was a witness to the baptism of Simson and Gerrit, sons of Hendricas Bensen and Catharina V. Laar on 7/9/1729.

Elisabet (sic) Redlif (sic), widow of Dirk Bensen, was a witness at the baptism of Dirk, son of Simson Bensen and Catharina Peek, on 8/29/1736. She witnessed the baptism of Elisabet (sic), daughter of Abraham Egt (sic) and Catharina Bensen, on 9/19/1736. She died young.

Elisabeth [widow of Dirk Bensen] witnessed the baptism of Elisabeth, daughter of Abraham Eght (sic) and Catharine Bensen, on 7/30/1738.

She witnessed the baptisms of Elisabeth, daughter of Frederick Fyn and Rachel Bensen, on 7/22/1741 and Dirk, son of Simon Bensen and Tryntje Peek, on 10/21/1741.

On 4/9/1754 Elizabeth and her two daughters Catherine (with her husband Capt. Eights) and Rachel (also a widow) sold their residence on Crown St. (in 1883 was Liberty St.) to Rem Rapelje.

Elizabeth and Dirck had 7 children-Simson, Tryntje, Rachel, Johannes, Dirck, Mattheus and Elizabeth.

Anna [1,4] was either born (Hudson-Mohawk) or baptized (Reformed Dutch Church of Albany) on 1/10/1686. She was presented for baptism by Marretje Zachariatz with Jochim Lambertszby as a witness. She married Lambert Huyk on 8/28/1707, a Bann was published on 8/3/1707, at Col. Pieter Schuyler's House in Albany. Lambert Huyck, son of Andries Hanse Huygh (sic) and Cathalene/Cateryn Lammerse van Valkenburgh, was born ~1670 in Kinderhook, N.Y. In the "List of the Freeholders of the City and County of Albany, 1720", Lamert (sic) is listed in the area "Kinderhook and Part Manor of Livingston". He (they ?) resided in Kinderhook in 1748.

Anna witnessed the following baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany, N.Y.: Eva, daughter of Isaac van Aalstein and Jannetje van Valkenburg, on 6/9/1706; Andries, son of Lambert van Valkenburg and Anna Huik, on 4/30/1710; and Margarita, daughter of Dan (sic) and John Flansburgh, on 10/4/1724.

They had 8 children-Andries, Rachel, Catryna, Anna, Elizabeth, Johannes, Sara and Rykert.

Rykert [1,5] was baptized on 7/15/1688 in the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany. He was presented, for baptism, by Jndik (sic) Verway with Abraham Isaaksz (sic) as a witness. Laimbeer indicates that he was born 7/13/1688 and that he probably died young.

[The following could refer to one of a couple of their sons.] On 6/23/1713 the son of Jan Redlief (sic) was paid f16/- for soldering the chandelier [of the church.]

Lambert [1,6] was baptized on 9/6/1691, along with his twin Margerite in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were Jean Gilbert, Abraham Isaaksz (sic), Anna Abramsz (sic) and Judik (sic) Verwey. Laimbeer indicates that he was born 9/4/1691.

Lambert Radlif (sic) was listed on the Roll of Capt. Johannis Mingaels' Company, dated 10/10/1715, in Albany.

Lambert and Rachel Rately (sic) [his mother] witnessed the baptism of Johanna, daughter of Joannes and Margarita Valkenburgh, on 9/23/1716 at the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. [All of the following baptisms were at the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany.]

Lamberd (sic) Redly (sic) witnessed the baptism of Jannetie, daughter of Jochum and Elsie van Valkenburg, on 7/3/1720.

Lambert and Rachel Redly (sic) [his mother] witnessed the baptism of Dirck, son of Burger and Mayke Huyck, on 5/13/1722.

She witnessed the baptism of Jacobus, son of Johannes and Eve Valkenburgh, on 10/7/1739.

Annetje Radelief (sic) and Jacobus Radelief (sic) [1,11 I believe] witnessed the baptism of Johannes and Margrieta, children of Jacobus and Margrieta v Valkenburg, on 12/5/1742. In the 1742 List of Freeholders in the City of Albany and the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, Lambert is listed in the 1st Ward of Albany.

On 4/18/1743 Lambert Redliff and 3 others agreed to set 500 stockadoes for 10½ pence each. This was to begin on the plain as directed by the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of the City of Albany. On 10/26/1743 a warrant was drawn on the Treasurer of the City of Albany to pay Lambert Redliff (sic).

Annetje Redley (sic) witnessed the baptism of Joseph, son of David van Zanten and Rachel Hooghteeling, on 1/12/1746.

They witnessed the baptism of Anna, daughter of Hendrick Burgert, Jr. and Catatina Huyck, on 1/14/1748.

She witnessed the baptism of Joseph, son of David van Santen and Ariaantie (sic) Fort, on 3/5/1749.

In 11/1756 the Earl of Loudoun made a list of the householders in the City of Albany. Lamb. Ratliff (sic) is on that list. His home had two fireplaces, one room without a fireplace and his family occupied one room.

On the Tax List for the City of Albany 1767 (1st copy), Lambert Readly (sic) is listed as owing a tax of £1.

They had six children; Johannes ("Labreyh (sic) Redlifs (sic) child" was buried 5/27/1726 in the Ancient Burial Ground.), Maria, Rachel, Johannes Lambert, Anna and Margarita.

Margerite [1,7] See the information of her twin Lambert [1,6]. Laimbeer indicates that she died young.

Johannes [1,8] The Hart Family Bible indicates that he was born 8/12/1694. He was baptized on 8/19/1694 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were Johannes Rosenboom and Gerritje Rosenboom. He was buried on 1/19/1757 in the Ancient Burial Ground.

Joannes (sic) Redly (sic) and Selia Jets (sic) were married 3/24/1717 by Rev. Petrus van Driessen (with Banns) in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. Selia Yates, daughter of Hybertje Marselis and Joseph Yates, was baptized 5/7/1693. She was buried on 1/10/1741 in the Ancient Burial Ground.

On 9/12/1719, the City of Albany sold to Johannis Redlif (sic), for £20, a lot (35'x120') at the foot of the Gallows Hill south of the land in possession of Peter D. Garmoy. At the Common Council meeting of 7/14/1719, was mentioned this sale along with the repayment schedule-£6 due 10/1/1719, £7 due in Oct 1720 and £7 due in October 1721.

On the List of the Freeholders of the City and County of Albany of 1720, Johannis Ratclif (sic) is shown in the 1st Ward of the City of Albany.

Joh (sic) and Zelia (sic) Redly (sic) witnessed the baptism of Lidia, daughter of Isak and Elyz Fryer, on 11/10/1723 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany.

Zelia (sic) Rettelyf (sic) witnessed the baptism of Albertus, son of Joseph and Hendr. (sic) Jets (sic), on 10/4/1724 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany.

On 7/26/1727 the Reformed Dutch Church paid Johannes £2/02/10 for delivering stone and paving stone.

At the 11/14/1729 Common Councils meeting, City of Albany, Johannis Reddcliff (sic) was appointed as a fire master of the 1st Ward.

At the 10/16/1731 Common Council meeting 4 people appeared, including Johannis and his brother Jacobus [1, 11], who wanted to be Bellemans (sic) for the upcoming year starting 10/16/1731 and ending 4/16/1732. The job entailed going around every night in two groups of two and call every hour of the night from 10 pm until 4 am. They were to visit all the useall (sic) places in Albany "…what a clock and what weather it is…". They were to be paid £5/10/- in currency money and 5 lbs of candles. They were to post a bond for the performance of said service.

On 7/24/1733 the Reformed Dutch Church paid Henrich Reddles 13s for 3 days work at Domine van Schie's house. [Is this him?.] On 12/18/1733 Bart Bratt, Treasurer of Albany, was directed to pay Johannis and his brother Jacobus Radliff [1, 11] each £6/10/- for removing a Block house to the Gallows Hill.

In the 1742 List of Freeholders in the City of Albany and the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, Johannes Ratliff (sic) is shown in the 1st Ward of the City of Albany.

In 11/1756 the Earl of Loudoun made a list of the householders in the City of Albany. Joannes Ratliff (sic) is on that list. His home had two fireplaces, one room without a fireplace and his family occupied one room.

They had 7 children; Johannes, Anna (who was buried in the Ancient Burial Ground on 4/24/1741), Joseph, Rachel, Marytje, Rykert and Catalyna (either she or Marytje was buried in the Ancient Burial Ground on 12/3/1743).

Jochem [1,9] The Hart Family Bible indicates that he was born 11/22/1697. He was baptized on 11/24/1697 at the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were William Hilton and Maria Rosenboom. Laimbeer indicates that his name was "Benick" Jochem. Since he was the originator of the bible that Laimbeer, and I, refer to as the Hart Family Bible, the "Benick" is used in the bible in the following usage "Ben ck Jochem Radclift gebooren in Albany". This is probably referring to himself-"was I, Jochem Radclift, born in Albany".

He is listed on the roll of Capt. Johannis Mingaels' Company, dated 10/10/1715, in Albany.

On 12/31/1716 the Reformed Dutch Church paid Joachim Roelofs

£-/5/04. [is this him?]

[The following transactions for 1717, 1718, 1719 refer to the Reformed Dutch Church.]

On 5/6/1717 Jochem was paid £-/04/06 for services. On 5/8 he was paid 15s as billed.

On 3/19/1718 Jochem was paid f30 for helping Bastiaen Visscher in church. On 11/1 he was paid f33 for services during the Domine's visits to the Colonie and other expenses.

On 9/2/1719 he was paid f11 for his services to the church. On 11/28 he was paid f10 for a rope for a cow.

Jochem married Hilletje Hoogeboom, daughter of Pieter Meesse Hogeboom and Jannetje Mulder. The Hart Family Bible states that they were married by Dominie Petrus van Driessen [Pastor of the Linlithgo Reformed Dutch Church] on 2/25/1723 at about 5 pm in her father's house in Claverack N.Y. The bible also indicates that Hilletie (sic) was born 9/20/1703. She was baptized on 1/8/1704. She is listed in her father's will (Pieter Hoogeboom of Claverack), made out 6/20/1746. Hillitje sat on women's bench 17 in the Reformed Dutch Church of Rhinebeck Flatts. She is listed in a record probably dating from 1753-1760.

Jochem was a member of the Reformed Church of Linlithgo [Livingston Manor, Columbia Co.] by 7/4/1722.

Hilletje was one of two sponsors at the baptism of Robert, son of Marten van deusen and Elbertie van der Poel, at Livingston on 8/19/1724.

Jochim (sic) and Hilletje sponsored the baptism of Heyltje, daughter of Jan and Tyssje Decker, on 5/22/1725 at the Linlithgo Reformed Dutch Church in Livingston, N.Y.

Jochim (sic) Radliff (sic) appears on the 3/10/1726 List of Debtors in the Manor of Livingston.

They sponsored the baptism, on 5/21/1727, of Hilletje, daughter of Johannes (Jr.) and Engeltje Dyckman at the same church.

Joch (sic) was a witness at the marriage of Johann de Deytscher and Christina Schifsin (Jan de Duytscher and Chrystyne Schifsin), on 9/2/1732, at the camp in Jacob Schumacher's home on Livingston Manor.

Helche (sic) was one of two sponsors of the baptism, in 7/1733, of Helche, daughter of Reger Sermehorn and Gertch (sic) at the Reformed Dutch Church of Germantown, N.Y.

Joch (sic) and Hill (sic) sponsored the baptism of Petrus, son of W (sic) and Geertr (sic) v Nes, on 2/9/1734 at the Linlithgo Reformed Dutch Church.

Geurt van Deusen, jm (unmarried male), born Claverack, raised in Oyesaeg in New England and Elizabeth Ploeg, jd (unmarried female), born and raised in Dutchess Co., had their Banns published without objection in the church at Mannor (sic) van Livingston. The witness was the Recorder Jochem Redelift (sic). They were married 4/7/1735.

Pastor Wilhelm Christoph Berkenmeyer visited Livingston Manor 4/28/1736. At that time he met Jochem Redly (sic) and others in an episode recounted in The Albany Protocol, pages 185-187.

Christophel Brasy married Agnesa Rosmann (Christoph Brasy and Agnetje Rosman) on 11/8/1737 in Theerbosch (Tarbush) in Hannes Rosmann's house. J. Radley (Radeliff (sic)) was a witness.

Both sponsored the baptism, on 10/17/1742, of Jannetje, daughter of Joachem and Maria van Valkenburgh at the Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack, N.Y. [Columbia Co.].

In 1745 Philip Livingston was organizing the [Livingston] manor militia. He had obtained blank commissions. Joachim turned down the proffered commission of lieutenant. Both sponsored the baptism of Jarche, son of Bartholomaus Hogenboom and Heneriche Moller, on 8/31/1745 at the Reformed Dutch Church of Germantown.

Both sponsored the baptism of Cathrina, born 10/2/1750, daughter of Jeremias Hoogeboom and Jannetje van Alen (sic), on 10/8/1750, at the Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack.

Both sponsored the baptism, on 3/7/1752, of Abraham, son of Johannes Ten Eyck and Johanna Spoor at the Linlithgo Reformed Dutch Church.

A pew list of the Reformed Dutch Church of Rhinebeck Flatts, from around 1753-1760, lists for women's bench # 17: Rachel Radcliff, wife of Petrus de Witt; Jannetje Radcliff, wife of Dormine Hoovenberg [the then Pastor of the church]; Hilletje Hoogeboom, wife of Jochum (sic) Radcliff; Hilletje and Elizabeth Radcliff, daughters of Jochum (sic) Radcliff. Jochum (sic) was an Elder in this church for the years 1754 and 1756.

In the Census of Slaves in Dutchess County 1755, in the Precinct of Rhinebeck-on Capt. Hendricus Heermance's List is Jogham (sic) Reddely (sic) with 2.

Jochan (sic) Radley is listed on the Tax Lists: Poughkeepsie-Northeast from 2/1753-estate 2/1759. His wife is listed as widow from 6/1762-1770.

They had 11 children-Rachel, Petrus (died young), Johannes, Cornelius, Jannetje, William, Peter, Petrus, Hilletje, Elizabeth and Joachim.

Willem (William) [1,10] was baptized on 11/3/1700 at the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were Henrik and Catharina Rensselaar (sic). He was buried in the Ancient Burial Ground on 2/12/1734. Zenger's New York Weekly Journal, dated 3/18/1734, said that William Ratcliff (sic), late of Albany, died from a fracture of his skull.

On 12/16/1723 the Reformed Dutch Church paid Willem 6s for services provided the minister on his visits to the colony.

On 2/13/1725 he married Martha Bennewe with Bann(s). She, the daughter of Pierre Benoit and Hendrikje van Schoonhoven, was baptized 8/3/1707 at the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were Ariaan Oothout and Malyke Ouderkerk.

[All of the following baptisms occurred at the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany. Payments made to Willem were from the Elder's Accounts of the same church.]

On 7/26/1727 Willem and Jacobus Redlief (sic) [1,11] were paid £6/08/01 for stone and paving stone according to their bill.

Willem and Martha witnessed the baptism, on 2/10/1728, of Petrus, son of Will and Mary Grennel.

They witnessed the baptism of Petrus, son of P. and Anna Bennewe, on 9/7/1729. They, on 11/19, witnessed the baptism of Hendrickie, son of William and Mary Kennell.

Martha witnessed the baptism of Hendrickie, son of R. and Mary Hilton, on 5/17/1730.

They witnessed the baptism of Petrus, son of Will and Marg Grannic, on 1/9/1732. On 9/11 Willem was paid 6s. On 9/21 he was paid 4s for the woodwork.

They had four children-Rachel (who was buried 11/2/1731 in the Ancient Burial Ground), Peter, Johannes (who was buried in the Ancient Burial Ground on 11/14/1731) and Rachel.

Jacobus [1,11] was baptized on 9/12/1703 in the Reformed Dutch Church, Albany. The witnesses were Lambert Huyk and Geertray Scherluyn. He died in 11/1766. The Reformed Dutch Church Deacon's Fund Accounts (1761-1784) shows that on 11/25/1766 Philip Ryley was paid 12s "for burying 'cobus Redley" (sic).

On 5/10/1727 the Reformed Dutch Church paid Jacobus and Willem Redlief (sic) £5/04/05 for stone and paving stone according to their bill and receipt.

Jacobus married Catrina Boevy (Bovie) about 1727. She was baptized 1/7/1705 in the Reformed Dutch Church of Schenectady, Albany County, N.Y. The sponsor were Barent Vrooman and Margreta Rinkhoute.

On 4/22/1729 the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany paid Jacob Redlif (sic)

£-/07/06 for 2 ½ cartloads of stone, for the street, including delivery in two carts. The Reformed Dutch Church's Deacon's Fund Accounts recorded that on 6/5 it received from Jacobus Redlie (sic) 47 guilders for house rent.

On 5/1/1730 the City of Albany sold to Jacobus Radocliff (sic), of Albany, for £22 "…current money of the Colony of New York.", a lot at the foot of the gallows hill, on the north side of the house and lot of Roliff Kidney. The lot size was 30'x120'. The Albany Common Council meeting of 11/23/1729 mentioned this sale and included the payment schedule of the £22-£11 on or before 5/1/1730 at which time he would have a release and £11 on or before 5/1/1731 which for this payment he had to give a bond. The measurement was length 120' wood measurement and width 30' Ryland measure.

[All of the baptisms that they witnessed were at the Reformed Dutch Church in Albany. Unless noted, payments made to Jacobus were from the same church from either the Deacon's Fund Accounts (1721-1740, 1741-1760 and 1761-1784) or the Elder's Accounts (1721-1734).]

Jac. (sic) and Cath. (sic) Rettelief (sic) witnessed the baptism of Gerrit, son of Ant Boy (sic) and Cath Bovy, on 2/3/1731. On 10/14 Jacobus Ratclif (sic) was paid £6/02/07 for stone and paving blocks, making a new door for the church, including materials and delivery charges for sand, stone and paving blocks. On 11/1 he was paid £4 for his mother's services for one year. On 11/15 he was paid 15s for his mother's service to the church in caring for the children. On 11/27 he was paid 6p for nails.

On 9/26/1732 a petition was presented to the Albany Common Council, by 4 people, including Jacobus Redliff, on behalf of themselves and their neighbors, wanting to dig a well near where they live and have the city contribute money for the same. It was decided that they would receive £10 if they finished the well that fall. The Deacon's Fund Account has a memo dated 11/1/1732 that Jacobus Redlif (sic) is to pay £3/2/- for another half year house rent. Listed in the 1733 Deacon's Fund Account is a memo dated 11/1/1732 that Jacobus Redkelief (sic) remained obligated for rent of poor house for £3/12/-. On 3/9/1736 the before mentioned £3/12½ /- (due) from Jacobus Reddeflie (sic) was made a gift and discharged with a release from the entire consistory. On 11/15/1732 he was paid £-/16/03 for "(working on?)" the house. Jac. and Cath. Rettelief witnessed the baptism of Philip, son of Math. and Maria Bovy, on 12/13. On 12/26 he was paid £1/06/- for services to the church.

On 3/10/1733 the Albany City Board ordered Barent Bratt, Chamberlain, to pay Jacobus Redliff, and two others, late bellmen of the city, appointed by the Common Council for 1 year commencing 10/16/1731-10/16/1732, to each of them the sum of £11/7/6 for the service including candles furnished by them. Their receipts would be sufficient and were to be given to Barent Bratt. On 6/2 Jacobus was paid 11s for bring up Dom van Schies's goods, equivalent to 3 ½ days work at the church. On the same day Jacob (sic) Redlif (sic) was paid; 3s for "croen of te neve + werop" and £-/08/03 for casks of water for the church. On 9/29 Jacobus and Johannes [probably 1,8 not 1,8,19] were paid 12s for services to Domine van Driessen and Hendrick Douw during house visits. On 10/6 Jacob (sic) was paid; 6s for delivering 16 loads of wood for Domine van Schies and 9p for ½ days work at the church. On the same day Jacobus Redlif (sic) was paid 4p for carving a tablet. On 10/9 he was paid £5/02/- for service to the church. On 12/27 he was paid; (blank) for water at the church and 2s to relay the floor of the church.

In 11/1734 Jacobus Redlief (sic) was paid £5 for his fee as toller of the clock. On 12/12 Jacob (sic) Redlif (sic), Claes van Woert and Johannes Redlif (sic) [see 9/29/1733 above] were paid £1/07/02 for delivering things.

On 3/10/1736 Jacobus Reddelie (sic) was paid 3s for tolling the bell for the poor.

J. and Cath. Rettelief witnessed the baptism of Andries, son of R. and Eng. Kidny (sic), on 4/3/1737. On 12/30 5s was given to Jacobus as a New Year's gift.

On the List of Freeholders in the City of Albany and the Manor of Rensselaerwyck 1742, Jacobus was listed in the 1st Ward of the City of Albany.

On 11/19/1743 he was paid 6s for services to Pieter van Alstyn.

On 11/6/1744 he was loaned £3 as a note with interest from the Deacon's Fund.

On 1/11/1745 £-/5/06 was given to him as a New Year's gift.

On 12/29/1746 he received the following amounts; 6s for digging the grave and tolling the bell for Dirck White's wife, 6s of the same for Sagarias Sickels' wife and 1s for delivering 3 loads of wood to Sagarias Sickels. On this same date he paid £-/8/04 to the Deacon's Fund as interest on his note.

On 11/24/1747 he was paid £-/7/06 for delivering wood for the church people.

On 12/26/1748 he repaid £-/8/04 to the Deacon's Fund as interest on his note.

On 1/1/1749 he received 6s as a New Year's gift.

On 4/15 and 7/15/1750 he was paid £-/3/06 for his services at communion. On 10/23/1750 Jacobus Reatliff (sic) applied to the Albany City Board to allow his son John [1,11,48] to ring the bell daily at 12 noon and 8 pm. This was granted. On 12/14 he was paid £-/2/06 for his services. On 12/30 he was paid £-/3/06 for his services at communion.

On 1/2/1751 he received 6s as a New Year's gift. On 4/16 he was paid 4s for his services (at the communion). He was paid £1/02/-, on 12/16, for his services and on the same date paid to the Deacon's Fund £-/12/06, 3 years' interest, on his note. On 12/27 he was again paid 4s (for his services at the communion).

On 1/1/1752 he received 6s as a New Year's gift. On 3/11 he was paid

£-/01/06 for his services (at the communion). On 4/17, 8/10 and 11/10 he was paid 4s for his services.

On 1/2/1753 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On 11/8 he was paid

£-/10/08 for slaughtering and hauling (the beef) and the ferry fare.

On 1/1/1754 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On 4/15 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion. At the 4/24/1754 Albany Common Council meeting it was ordered that Jacobus Reatliff and 3 others be paid 12s for riding (sic) a great Gun [?]. On 9/7 he was paid 6s for tolling the bell. On 11/17 he was paid 2s for delivering the meat (beef). On 12/17 he was paid 12s for his services (3 times) at the communion and on this same date paid £-/12/08 to the Deacon's Fund for 3 year's interest, on his note.

On 5/6/1755 he was paid 12s for wood chips. On 7/16 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion. On 11/12 he was paid £-/10/06 for the slaughtering (of the beef). On 12/30 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion and on the same date paid to the Deacon's Fund £-/04/02, 1 year's interest, on his note.

On 1/1/1756 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On 4/14, 10/4 and 12/25 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion. On 4/15 he was also paid 3s for tolling the bell for John Reylie [his brother (Johannes 1,8)]?. On 12/27 he paid to the Deacon's Fund £-/04/02, 1 year's interest, on his note.

On 1/1/1757 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On 5/5 and 10/25 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion. At the end of the 1757 Deacon's Fund Account was listed the conveyance of the following to the Poor House; a chest, a cask with sweet wine, an earthenware tankard with a silver cover, a drape for the serving table and 7 tablecloths, a tin decanter, a tin platter, 2 tin bowls and meat in the cellar of Jacobus Redlif (sic). [all in his cellar?]

On 1/1/1758 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On 3/27 he was paid 4s for his services at the communion and on the same day was paid for hauling 4 (loads of) freight. On 12/3 he was paid £12/02/09 for a fat beef including the purchase, slaughtering and other related costs. On 12/24 he paid to the Deacon's Fund £-/08/07, interest, on his note. On 12/30 he was paid 5s for his services at the communion.

On 1/1/1759 he received £-/08/06 as a New Year's gift. On 4/12 he was paid 5s for his services. On 6/10 he was paid 1s [for ?]. At the 7/21/1759 Albany Common Council meeting, it was ordered that he be paid £1/08/01. On 8/9 and 11/8 he was paid 5s and 4s respectively for his services. On 12/23 he paid to the Deacon's Fund £-/04/02, interest, on his note. On 12/26 he was paid 7s for his service (at the communion) and for washing the (communion) things. On 12/31 he was paid 5s for his services at the communion. At the end of the 1759 Deacon's Fund Account was listed the conveyance of the same items to the Poor House, as 1757, with the addition of the following; a drape for the serving table and a barrel of meat.

On 1/8/1760 he received 8s as a New Year's gift. On this date he was also paid 9p for delivering the chest. On 4/19 and 8/16 he was paid 10s for his services at the Communion and for washing the (communion) things. On 11/21 he was paid £165 (sic) "…for his services to our Elder Bretheren in connection with the arrival of Domine Westerlo and also other expenses.". At the Albany Common Council meeting of 12/4/1760, it was decided that he ring the bell for one year for £5. On 12/16 he repaid £3 for his outstanding note to the Deacon's Fund. This was also listed on 12/30 as the payment of £3 for his note. [The loan of £3, from the Deacon's Fund, from 11/16/1744, repaid on 12/16/1760, was variously described as a note or a bond. Each 1/1 of years 1748 through 1760, the loan was carried over (received) from one year to the next.] Also on the 1760 Deacon's Fund Account was listed the conveyance to the Poor House, the same as 1759, with the addition of 2 silver beakers.

On 1/1/1761 he received 10s as a New Year's gift. Also on this date he was paid 10s for driving Domine Westerlo for 2 days and 9p for delivering the chest. He was paid 10s on 3/22, 6/28, 9/28 and 12/29 for his services at the Communion and for washing the [communion] things. At the 9/10/1761 Albany Common Council meeting, it was resolved by the Board to have the Mayor execute a deed to Jacobus Reatliff (sic) for 7 years on condition that the deed be voided on the tender of 1s to the Lessee for a trade of land in the City of Albany, south of the Beaverkill beginning where the kill enters Hudson's River, there then south to opposite hay land belonging to the heirs of Gysbert Marselis then west along the south bounds of pasture of Gysbert Marselis the same distance from the river as the saw mill of the heirs of Daniel Bratt then northerly to the Beaverkill, the east along the kill to the beginning. At the 10/23/1761 Common Council meeting, it was directed that Jacobus Reatcliff be paid £5 for having rung the bell the previous year and sign the same by order of the Common Council. At the 11/7/1761 Common Council meeting, the Clerk was ordered to order the City Treasurer to pay him 9s. On the 1761 Deacon's Fund Account was listed the conveyance to the Poor House which was the same as was listed for 1760.

On 1/3/1762 he received 10s as a New Year's gift. This same date he was paid 9p for delivering the chest. He was paid 10s on 4/12, 7/19, 10/11 and 12/27 for his services at the communion and for washing the [communion] things. At the 10/26/1762 Albany Common Council meeting, it was directed that Jacobus Reatcliff be paid £5 for ringing the bell the previous year.

On 1/1/1763 he received 10s as a New Year's gift. On 4/4, 7/4 and 10/10 he was paid 10s for his services at the communion and for washing the [Communion] things. At the 10/13/1763 Albany Common Council meeting, it was directed that Jacobus Reatcliff be paid £5 for ringing the bell the previous year. On 11/5 he was paid 6s for washing the linen. On 12/27 he was paid 5s for his services at the communion.

On 1/1/1764 he received 10s as a New Year's gift. On 4/2 he was paid 3s for washing the linen. On 4/23 he was paid 8s for services at the communion. On 7/24 he was paid 11s for his services and washing the (communion) linen. He was also paid 11s on 10/1 for washing the church linen. At the 10/22/1764 Albany Common Council meeting, it was directed the Jacobus Ratcliff (sic) be paid £5 for ringing the bell the previous year. On 12/7 he was paid 6s for washing the linens. On 12/31 he was given a New Year's gift of £8 "…for his extraordinary services to the honorable consistory without complaint.".

On 1/1/1765 he received 10s as a New Year's gift. On 4/8 and 7/8 he was paid 11s for his services at the communion. He was paid on 10/14 12s for the same. At the 10/14/1765 Albany Common Council meeting, it was directed that Jacobus Radclift (sic) be paid £5 to ring the bell for the year 1765. On 12/30 he was paid 11s for his services (at the communion).

On 1/1/1766 he received a New Year's gift of 10s. On 4/10 he was paid 11s for his services at the communion. At the 5/15/1766 [Sept?] (sic) meeting of the Albany Common Council, it was resolved to allow Jacobus Radtleff (sic) and one other £2 for ringing the bell on the king's birthday. On 6/16 he received 10s (for his services at communion). On 7/14 he received 15s [for?]. On 7/28 he received 11s for services at communion. On 8/3 he was given £1/07/06 for necessities.

[Jacobus Redlief was the sexton of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany in (for) the years 1729, 1732-33, 1736-37 and 1743-66.]

Catherine, widow of Jacobus Radliff, et al, received a mortgage from Seymon (sic) Joh Veeder on 7/2/1767. Recorded 9/5/1768. [taken from the index]

There is a Jacobus Readley (sic) "and son 3" that appears on the 1st copy of the Tax List for the City of Albany 1767. The tax listed was £5.

[? If this one] On 1/1/1782 the widow (?) of Jacobus Redlief [the index says Jacobus, Jr.] received £-/13/03 for wood as needed as per the Day Book.

They had ten children-Rachel, Mattheus (buried 10/13/1730 in the Ancient Burial Ground), Catharina, Johannes, Philip, Willem (buried 7/14/1739 in the Ancient Burial Ground), Willem (buried 9/19/1740 in the Ancient Burial Ground), Willem (buried 8/22/1743 in the Ancient Burial Ground) [probably the one], Maria and Elizabeth.

Margarita [1,12] was baptized on 6/9/1706 in the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany. The witnesses were Jochem van Valkenburg and Catharina Barheit.

On 4/28/1723 she witnessed the baptism of Eva, daughter of Joch and Elsje (sic) Valkenburg in the same church.

On 11/30/1732 Jacobus van Valkenburg, son of Isaac van Valkenburg and Lydia van Slyck, married her, with Bann(s), in the same church. He was baptized 10/28/1705 at Schenectady. Sponsors were Harmen and Susanna van Slyk.

They had eight children-Lydia, Rachel (died young), Isaac, Rachel, Johannes, Margarita, Elizabeth and Eva.

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