1695


Mar 14
Builder Derex Van Burg(h) petitions royal governor Benjamin Fletcher and his council for back pay due him for erecting the King's Chapel at the foot of Manhattan.

City
William Merritt is appointed mayor, annually through 1698. ** An attempt is made to repeal a 1683 law granting the city a flour monopoly.

State
All remaining Renssalaerwyck grants revert to Killian van Renssalaer, son of Jeremiah. ** The colony's exports near 200,000 pounds sterling, just about equalling imports. ** Louis de Buade de Frontenac et de Palluau, governor of New France, invades Onondaga Territory, retreats after burning a few Indian villages.

 

1696


Mar 19
New York governor Benjamin Fletcher grants a petition by Church of England congregants on Manhattan to build a church (the first, downtown Trinity Church), between the "Kings Garden and the burying Place" at Wall Street..

Jun 25
The Kakiate Patent, part of the future Rockland County, is issued to Daniel Honan and Michael Hawdon.

May
England's King William grants New York City's Collegiate Church a Royal Charter - the oldest corporation in the U. S. today.

Jun 26
£3,000 is voted by the corporation of New York City to erect a city hall at the corner of Nassau and Wall Streets.

Jul 23
Governor Fletcher licenses Trinity Church members to solicit contributions for building costs.

September
William Kidd leaves New York City in the Adventure Galley, with a royal commission to capture pirates.

City
A Quaker meeting house is built on Green Street (Liberty Place). ** Captain Teunis de Kay petitions for permission to construct a cart path from Broad Street to the street where the "pye-woman" lives (Nassau Street), keeping the excavated soil for himself. ** The colony faces a scarcity of bread.

Albany
Dutch Reformed Church minister the Reverend Dellius obtains a patent for 537,600 acres of land from Governor Fletcher, including the site of today's Fort Edward.

 

1697


May 6
Trustees of Trinity Church petition Fletcher to grant them a charter, which will be done.

June
The Earl of Belamont is named to succeed Fletcher as Royal Governor of New York. He will not arrive in American until the following April.

Nov 23
The New York City board of aldermen call for all homeowners to hang lights at night in windows that front the street.

Dec 2
New York's board of alderman require every seventh home to hang a lantern out at night, the cost to be borne by all seven households. ** Fletcher orders Trinity Church trustees Stephan van Cortlandt, Peter Jacobs Mariuss, Dr. John Kerbyle, and Johannes Kipp to report on funds raised under license to redeem captives of the Barbary pirates. One captive, Bartholomew Rouston has been moved into the African interior, one has escaped, the others have died. Remaining funds are to be turned over to Church wardens Thomas Wenham and Robert Lurting for the church's building fund. If Rouston is recovered the church will be responsible for his ransom.

City
Paid appointed firemen are used - the first in the colonies. ** Population: 4,302. ** Trinity Church is built and Church Street is laid out. Governor Fletcher installs the Reverend William Vesey, a Long Island dissenter, as pastor of Trinity. ** A four-man city watch is created. ** Pro-Leisler members of the Reformed Church consistory now outnumber Anti-Leislerians four to two.

State
The Earl of Belamont is given instructions to end the pirate trade in New York.

Connecticut
A settlement is formed at Bedford, which will eventually becomes a New York State town in Westchester County.

 

1698


Mar 13
The Reverend Mr. Vesey conducts the first services in Trinity Church.

Apr 26
New York Royal governor Benjamin Fletcher, recalled to England, donates his family pew in Trinity Church back to the church, to be used for any person of quality needing a pew at any time.

Oct 20
The disinterred bodies of Jacob Leisler and Jacob Milborne are reburied at Manhattan's Dutch church.

November
Leislerians accuse Dominie Selyns of mishandling consistory meetings and elections. Eleven anti-Leislerians come to his defense.

Nov 9
New York City mayor De Peyster names Enoch Hill the city's first marshal.

City
De Peyster is appointed mayor. A ritual is inaugurated, and carried on until the Revolution, whereby the mayor-elect and his party proceed from City Hall to Trinity Church and attend services, call on the governor at Fort William Henry, and return to City Hall for the swearing in. ** An election dispute in the Dutch Reformed Church splits the consistory evenly between pro- and anti-Leisler members. Leislerians claim they are the true Dutch church, point to the anti-Leislerians' cooperation with the English authorities. ** The families of executed rebellion leaders Jacob Leisler and Jacob Milborne ask and receive grudging permission to exhume the bodies and rebury them in the Garden Street Dutch Church yard.

State
Approximately 1230 Senecas remain in the colony, down from nearly twice the number nine year ago, due to war and disease. ** Lord Bellemont is named Royal governor.

England
The Board of Trade recommends that no grants be made for under 6p/6s per acre, and that the grantee will forfeit his grant if he fails to improve the property within a three year period.

 

1699


Jul 6
William Kidd, having turned himself in to authorities, is charged with piracy.

Aug 9
New York City begins fining peddlers twenty shillings for selling on the streets, but encourages them to set up a permanent market at Countess's Key (later called Coentes Slip).

Sep 6
New York's mayor is ordered to provide a hospital for the poor. And the village of Harlem is given permission to erect one mill.

Oct 16
A shipyard is established on New York City's East River.

City
Merchant John Rodman purchases the decaying State House at public sale for £920. The English build a new city hall, at Wall and Nassau Streets. The wall along the former is demolished to allow room for expansion. ** David Provost is appointed mayor. ** Population: 6,000. ** The city's monopoly of the flour trade is repealed. ** Pro Leisler forces in the Dutch Reformed Church consistory now lead the anti-Leisler members six to one. Minister Selyns will be the sole member of the latter for the next two years.

State
Kingston settler Johannis Hardenbergh marries Catherine Rutsen, of Ulster County.

 

© 2001 David Minor / Eagles Byte

 

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