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Distribution of Tourneur lands in NYC

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

Jacqueline Parisis, widow of Daniel Tourneur, wrote her first will on August 31, 1682, when she was "sick and weak of body, and lying in bed". The witnesses were Resolved Waldron and Joost van Oblinus. Jacqueline was 62 years old and her husband, Daniel, had died nine years earlier, in 1673.

Her lands, house, house lots, cattle, ready money, and credits were to be shared equally by her children, Daniel Jr., Madeleine, Esther, Jacques (Jaco), and Thomas. Furthermore, she stated, that since Jan Dyckman, had already received the land on Montagne's Flat, and an erf and garden in the village, upon his marriage to Madeleine (or Magdalene), her son Daniel would receive the land on Hoorn's Hook "which he has procured in his own name, with a lot on Montagne's Flat, and also the carpenter's tools". Daniel and Jacques were each to have "a weaver's loom and its fixtures", and they were instructed to give their younger brother, Thomas, a good trade as wheelwright or weaver. She left her clothing to her daughters to divide equally.

By the grace of God, Jacqueline recovered from her illness, and would live another eighteen years after. Later that winter, her eldest son Daniel was married to Ann Woodhull, "of Seattalcot, spinster", and the following summer, her other son, Jacques, married into the Kortright family and went to live on the farm in Montagne's Flat on land he had leased to Thomas Holland for four years, from 1679 to 1683.

On September 7, 1690, another will and a contract with the children was drawn up. Daniel (Junior) took the lands on Montagne's Flat, giving his brother, Jacques, his three lots, meadow and creek. Jacques and Thomas took the house lots and orchard and five lots in the village and the lot behind the orchard, and "four lots of land on Van Keulen's Hook with the meadows to the same belonging, at Stony Point, and Spuyten Duyvel, in the Round Meadow".

Jacques and Thomas were to pay their sister, Esther (or Hester) De Voe (Deveux/De Vaux) "400 gl." and the children of their sister, Madeleine, 1,000 gl. They were all to pay to support their mother 40 gl. per year.

Daniel (Junior) died just a few days after the agreement, but it did not affect the arrangement. More information about the distribution of Tourneur's land in New York City can be found in the book, Revised History of Harlem (City of New York): Its Origin and Early Annals, by James Riker, Henry P. Toler, and Sterling Potter, 1904, which is the source of these facts. (Click here to read it on

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