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took a prominent part in public affairs.

He was, at different times, Schepen, Alderman, Burgomaster, Deputy-Mayor, and on the 15th of October, 1677, he received the appointment of Mayor, but this latter office was declined in consequence of his imperfect knowledge of the English language. He died previous to 1686, after a long life of activity and usefulness. His widow survived him many years. He had issue, seven sons and two daughters. Of these several children, two only will be noticed in this article.

Abraham, one of the sons of Johannes de Peyster and Cornelia Lubberts, was born on the 8th of July, 1657, and married at Amsterdam, on the 5th of April, 1684, Catharina de Peyster. On the 13th of the following September he returned to New York, where he held successively the offices of Alderman, of Mayor of the city, of a Judge of the Supreme Court, of Treasurer of New Jersey and New York, and was for a time the acting Governor of the latter Province, having for many years been a member of the King's Council. He died in August, 1728, aged



He had issue, eight sons and five

71 years. daughters.

Abraham, one of the sons of Abraham de Peyster and Catharina de Peyster, was born on the 28th of August, 1696, and married, on the 1st of July, 1722, Margaret, the eldest daughter of Jacobus Van Cortlandt (son of Hon. Oloff Stevens Van Cortlandt and Annetje Lockermans) and Eva Philipse.' Abraham was made Treasurer of the Province of New York on the 2d of June, 1721, and remained in office until his death, which occurred on the 17th of September, 1767, aged 71 years. He had issue, five sons and six daughters. One of his children, James, who married Sarah, a daughter of the Hon. Joseph Reade, was the grandfather of the late James F. de Peyster, and another child, Elizabeth, married Matthew Clarkson, and is now represented by the descendants of her grandchildren, John Charlton Clarkson, and Maria Charlton, wife of John L. Holthuysen.

Johannes, another son of Johannes de Peyster and Cornelia Lubberts, was born on the 21st of September, 1666, and married on the 10th of October, 1688, Anna Bancker, eldest daughter of Garret Bancker and Elizabeth Dircks. Bancker came to Beverwyck about 1656, probably from Amsterdam. Mr. de Peyster was an

Assessor of the Dock Ward, an Assistant Alderman of the same, Mayor of New York, and a prominent member of the Provincial Legislature, acting as Chairman of several Committees. About the year 1710, he visited his relatives in Holland. He had issue, seven sons and five daughters. One of his daughters, Cornelia, married Matthew, a

of Matthew Clarkson, Secretary of the Province of New York, by his wife, Catharina Van Schaick, and had issue, who became the ancestors of the Philadelphia branch of the Clarkson family.

Cornelia survived her husband Matthew Clarkson, and married Gilbert Tennent.


Extracted from the Pedigree of the de Peyster family, by Maj.-Gen. J. Watts de Peyster, and from Valentine's Manual for 1861, p. 556.

NOTE:- See article, Frederick Philipse, in the “Memoirs of the Long Island Historical Society," vol. 1, p. 362, and de Peyster pedigree, p. 117, and “Potter's American Monthly," vol. 4, p. 332.

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An Inventory of Silver-plate belonging to the estate of David Clarkson, Jr., with the names of the present owners as far as they have been ascertained.

The division among his children was made as follows:

1. The share of David CLARKSON.

Waiter, large

oz. 48 6, cost, stg. £ 19 5 3 Present owner, Cruet-stand

oz. 58 18, cost, stg. £ 24 3 7 Present owner, Mr. A. Norrie. Candlesticks, pair, fluted, inscribed with the name of

Margarita Van Schayk (afterwards the wife of
the Rev. Bernardus Freeman).
Present owner, Mrs. George Moke.

Salt-cellars, pair,

Present owner, Mrs. Levinus Clarkson. Mug,

Present owner, Mrs. William B. Clarkson.

2. The share of FREEMAN CLARKSON. Candlesticks, two pair, oz. 97 6, cost, stg. £ 36 13 10

Present owner,


Present owner, Mr. Robert L. Clarkson. Cow, (cream pitcher).

Present owner, Mr. Gordon Norrie.

3. The share of MATTHEW CLARKSON. Tureen

oz. 148 13, cost, stg. £ 67 16 2 Present owner, Mr. Matthew Clarkson. Soup-ladle,

Present owner,

4. The share of Ann MARGARET CLARKSON.

Jug with cover,

Present owner, Mrs. George Moke. Tobacco plates, two.

Present owner, Mr. Gordon Norrie. Gravy-spoons,

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