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DeFreest Family papers



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Financial and legal records

Personal papers

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DeFreest Family papers, 1770-1899

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Title: DeFreest Family papers, 1770-1899Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: DeFreest family

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in two series:  I. Financial and legal records, and II. Personal papers.

Languages: English

Collection processed by: A. Rupert


Personal papers and financial and legal records of the DeFreest family of North Greenbush, New York.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The DeFreest Family papers (MC 6) are comprised of a small amount of personal papers and a larger number of legal and financial documents. The personal papers include invitations, photographs, a letter (including a reference to anti-rent activity in 1846), poetry, and other miscellaneous items.

The legal and financial records include a variety of receipts, indentures, wills, and related materials. Land documents, such as indentures and bonds, document lease and sub-lease agreements with members of the DeFreest family. Rent receipts document the regular payment of wheat, wood and fowl to the landlord. Wills and estate documents trace the passage of land from one generation to the next. There is also a small amount of financial documentation regarding Charlotte E. (DeFreest) Kinney (1844-1902), including estate records pertaining to lands leased by her father, David P. DeFreest (1819-1896) and materials related to S.N. Kinney & Sons.

Biographical Note

The DeFreest family (including DeForest, DeForeest, and other variant spellings) has a long history in America, starting in the early 1600s when Isaac DeForest (1616-1674) emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam (present day New York City). Isaac's son Philip (1652-1727) relocated to the Albany area of the New Netherlands colony in the late seventeenth century.

During the lifetime of Philip's son, David (b. 1700), several members of the DeFreest family became tenant farmers in North Greenbush, which was then part of the Van Rensselaer Manor. A 1767 map of the manor shows three DeFreest homesteads owned by David and his sons Philip (1720-1790) and Martin (1724-1802). These lands were leased by successive generations of the DeFreest family well into the nineteenth century.

Much of the area farmed by the DeFreests was purchased by Rensselar Polytechnic Institute in 1969 to develop the Rensselaer Technology Park. At present, the Philip DeFreest house is occupied by Tech Park administrative offices.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: DeFreest Family papers, MC 6.  Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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[Series I: Financial and legal records, 1770-1899],
[Series II: Personal papers, 1838-1856 and undated],

Series I: Financial and legal records, 1770-1899Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rent receipt book, 1770-1796Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Rent receipts, 1798-1813Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Rent receipts, 1814-1829, 1841-1842Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Rent receipt book, 1809-1824Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Rent receipt book, 1830-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Land documents, 1785-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Receipts, wills, legal and estate documents, 1841-1891Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Charlotte E. Kinney Papers, including S.N. Kinney & Sons business documents, 1862, 1891-1899Add to your cart.
Series II: Personal papers, 1838-1856 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Invitations, 1838-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letter to David DeFreest from G.W. Morris, 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Poetry, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Unidentified photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Genealogical notes, undatedAdd to your cart.

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