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Peter Yates

Peter Yates

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  • Name Peter Yates 
    Born 1692  Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1770  Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Rensselaer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21141  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2015 

    Father James Yates,   b. 4 May 1662, Walton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1733, Newtown, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Agnes Webster,   b. 15 Aug 1668, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1730, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1693  Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Joseph Yates,   b. Abt 1720,   d. Loudoun, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F5860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Family Data Collection - Individual Records about Peter Yates Name: Peter Yates Parents: James Yates, Agnes Webster Birth Place: Bucks Co, Newtown, PA Birth Date: 1692

      PETER YATES, a blacksmith, removed to Albany Co., N.Y. by 1770. In 1730 Peter Yates was willed a half portion of the remaining lands and tenements of James Yates upon the death or remarriage of Agnes Yates, the widow. On 25 Sept 1729 Peter Yeates witnessed the will of William Russell of Makefield Township, Bucks Co., Pa., along with Edward Landis and Charles Bryan.

      By 26 Mar 1770 Peter Yates was residing in "the Collony Renselaer Wyck in the County of Albany", N.Y. and was a blacksmith. On that date he sold a house and lot in Bucks County to John Atkinson, Jr. of Newtown for 18 pounds. The building was said to be the location of Peter Yates' blacksmith shop, where he had a business for many years. John Atkinson, Jr. was also a blacksmith and was living on the property at the time he bought it. He continued working at the business of blacksmith and gunsmith in the old shop until after the close of the Revolution.

      Then on 26 Mar 1774 Peter Yates appointed "my Loving Nephew John Atkinson Jur. of Newtown" his attorney to recover lands, rents, etc. "which I the said Peter Yates have or ought to have or Claim any Right unto as Heir to my Father James Yates or Brother Robert Yates deced". Both documents were signed by Peter Yates and witnessed by John Roorback and Amos Strickland. (SOURCE: williamyates originally shared this 01 Nov 2010)

      11/10/13 "Rensselaerswyck", by Stefan Bielinski

      Taking into account numerous spelling and variations of address, the term "Rensselaerswyck" identifies the large tract of land first granted to Killiaen Van Rensselaer in 1629 and "owned" by his descendants for more than the next two hundred years. Although its exact boundaries defied definition, it included all the land that surrounded the city of Albany.

      In fact, Beverwyck and then Albany encompassed land (a one-by-sixteen mile tract by its charter definition) that had been carved out of the manor - very much against the wishes of the Van Rensselaers. Map showing Rensselaerswyck in 1776 Killian Van Rensselaer took step to establish a plantation or "patroonship" in the upper Hudson Valley as an efficient way to cultivate the land and mine the wilderness for farm and forest products that could be exported to Europe and sold.

      Before his death in 1643, the "first patroon" engaged hundreds of talented and willing settlers from across Europe and sent them to Rensselaerswyck to be his tenants. These American pioneers were primarily farmers but also were artisans, tradesmen, and others who could support what became the most successful settlement initiative of the New Netherland era. Initially, most of Van Rensselaer's tenants settled within a few miles of Fort Orange. Some of these tenants did practice agriculture and husbandry as specified in the terms of their contracts. But, in general, any effort to make the plantation profitable for the patroon was compromised by the widespread interest in trading for furs - initially an irresistable avenue to riches for many living in the region.

      On Killian Van Rensselaer's death in 1643, management of the American estate passed to through two generations of his descendants to Killian Van Rensselaer. In 1704 "the Lower Manor" (Greenbush and Claverack) was detached and placed under the direction of Killian's brother, Hendrick Van Rensselaer - a one-time Albany city father. This partition made the northern part of the estate (Rensselaerswyck) even more important to the history of the city of Albany.

      In 1685, royal governor Thomas Dongan had issued a patent for the "Manor of Rensselaerswyck" - establishing the patroonship as a legal entity, describing its borders, and defining the special rights of its proprietor. The patent also specifically excluded ". . .fforrt Albany and the Towne Albany" from the manor - setting the stage for Dongan's granting of the Albany city charter in July 1686.

      In 1704, the Van Rensselaers partitioned the manor into two parts with the "lower manor" called Claverack going to Albany trader Hendrick Van Rensselaer who built Crailo and, in 1740, passed the estate on to his son. Although a part of Albany County, from 1691 to 1775 Rensselaerswyck sent its own representative to the provincial Assembly. After the War for Independence, that seat was enveloped in Albany County. In March 1779, the new State legislature enacted legislation dividing the Manor into East and West districts. In 1788, Watervliet was made a separate district. In 1793, Bethlehem was made a town within Albany County.

      The manor on the east side of the Hudson (known as Greenbush) became part of newly created Rensselaer County in 1791. On the death of his father in 1747, Stephen Van Rensselaer II became patroon at age 5. During his short tenure, he expanded the tenant base and made a number of improvements on the property. On his death in 1769, the estate passed to his son, five-year-old Stephen III, and was administered by kinsman Abraham Ten Broeck until the young patroon came of age in 1784. By that time, the manor was the most populated entity within Albany County. The manor ceased to exist following the death of Stephen Van Rensselaer III in 1839. However, the Van Rensselaer family continued to live at the Manor House, the focal point of manor activity, for many years. Technically, everyone living within the boundaries of the Manor was a Van Rensselaer tenant. However, there seemed to be many exceptions as a number of large farms including Schuyler Flats may have paid no rentals. The first tenants were engaged by proprietor Killian Van Rensselaer and sent to America. Those pioneer New Netherland Dutch came from across Europe and have been profiled in The Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts. They constituted a major population source for the city of Albany. The manor grew slowly over the next century as subsequent patroons attracted new tenants from those already in America. The number of leases increased dramatically after the end of the Seven Years War as Stephen II and his successor, administrator and Van Rensselaer son-in-law Abraham Ten Broeck, became much more active in utilizing the potential of the land.

      New tenants of the third quarter of the eighteenth century primarily were recently arrived Europeans (many of German background) and some New Englanders. The map drawn by Albany surveyor John R. Bleecker in 1767 locates many of those landholders. After 1784, Stephen III continued to engage tenants with many of the surviving leases dating from his tenure. These tenants included some Europeans and old Albany people. But they were primarily young Yankees who had spread west out of New England! The earliest surviving census of the Manor was made in 1697. A list of freeholders provides eighty-one names of men in the "colony" of Rensselaerwsyck in 1720 and likewise in 1742 . The Watervliet portion of the census of 1790.