Truax Family Papers
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Quantity: 6 Boxes (2.0 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, January 1995

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Genealogy and Family History Note

Genealogical and biographical information on the Truax and allied Veeder families relative to these papers was compiled from various sources of which copies are available in Folder 0 of Box 1. It appears these papers were generated through the ancestry of Dr. Andrew Truax (1811-1883) and Harmon Veeder (1797-1850). Their ancestors were among the earliest settlers in present-day Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, and the adjoining town of Rotterdam. The families were joined by the marriage of Harmon Veeder to Eleanor Truax (1808-1904), the sister of Dr. Andrew Truax. Eleanor and Andrew, along with Anna Maria and Catherine, were the children of Abraham Truax (1779-1862) and Marion Swart Truax. They were descendants of Philip Truax, an administrator in New Amsterdam, and of Isaac Truax (ca.1642-?), who settled in the present town of Rotterdam on a flat near the south side of the Mohawk River. Abraham Truax (16??-1770) was the father of Andries Truax. Harmon Veeder was a direct descendant of Simon Volkerta Veeder (1624-?), who settled in present-day Schenectady in 1622, and of John M. Veeder (1734-1793), of the Woestine section of Rotterdam, who married Magdalana Vrooman (1734-1813). Their children included Peter Vrooman Veeder, who married Janet Van Eps. Their children included Harmon, Myndert, and Susanna. Susanna may have married John Van Santvoord.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of the Truax and allied families consist chiefly of land titles and related legal and commercial interests. Land titles include deeds, leases, and mortgages related to lots located mostly within the bounds of present-day Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, and the adjoining town of Rotterdam. Additional family landholdings were located in Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, and Saratoga counties in New York State and various places in the state of Michigan. Legal papers include wills; estate inventories; probate certificates that concern bequests and inheritance; summonses; executions; depositions; affidavits; and powers of attorney that were mostly related to Abraham A. Truax’s position as the Schenectady County justice of the peace, ca.1815-1822. Financial papers include invoices, bills, receipts, and orders and promissory notes that contain information of specific items bought or sold and the cost of those items. Also included is a ledger (1789-1798) of Peter Veeder and a memoranda book (1822-1825) of Abraham A. Truax. The papers also contain business and personal letters, bills of sale of slaves, and documents related to property damage in Schenectady, ca.1850-1858, that resulted from the Erie Canal enlargement projects.

Box and Folder List

Box 

Folder 

Contents 

Genealogical notes 

 

 

Correspondence 

To Abraham and Andries Truax, 1726-1787 

To Abraham A. Truax, 1811-1827 

To Anna Maria Truax, 1837-1841 

 

To John and Susan (Veeder) Van Santvoord 

1840-1841 

1842-1844 

1845-1846 

1847-1852 

To Harmon Veeder, 1845-1850 

To Dr. Andrew Truax and family, 1859-1880 

 

 

Wills and Estate Papers 

10 

  1. Will (in Dutch), August 1, 1757 
  2. Will (in Dutch), October 30, 1765 

11 

Andrew Truax 

  1. Will, April 16, 1863 
  2. Inventories, 1807 

12 

Abraham A. Truax, Will, June 20, 1822 

13 

Isaac Truax Estate Account Ledger, 1812-1815 

14 

Johannes Bradt, Will, February 16, 1760 

15 

Maria Vrooman, Will, August 30, 1784 

16 

John M. Veeder 

  1. Will, April 5, 1793
  2. Probate, 1813 

17 

Magdalana (Mrs. John M.) Veeder, Will, September 19, 1801 

18 

Peter Vrooman Veeder 

  1. Will, December 8, 1813
  2. Probate, 1814 

19 

Harmon Veeder 

  1. Will, July 10, 1850
  2. Inventory, November 15, 1850 

20 

Harmon Veeder 

Letters; Legal and Financial papers, 1848-1858 

21 

Susan Bancker. Property Inventory, 1860 

22 

Swart Estate 

23 

Swart Estate 

 

 

Land Titles 

Surveys and Maps, ca.1800-1840. Schenectady 

Deeds (Releases). Schenectady 

  1. David Marynes to Abraham Truax, October 20, 1717 
  2. Dutch Reformed Church Trustees to Abraham Truax, July 10, 1733 

Deeds (Releases). Schenectady 

  1. Jan Wemp and Arent Brant to Abraham Truax, October 20, 1730 
  2. Jan Wemp to Abraham Truax, June 20, 1731 
  3. Jan Wemp to Philip Livingston, September 6, 1733 

Deeds (Releases). Schenectady 

  1. Jan Wemp and Arent Brant to Peter Vrooman, August 24, 1742 
  2. Jan Wemp and Arent Brant to Peter Vrooman, October 27, 1742 
  3. Jan Wemp and Peter Bratt to Jelles and Andrew Truax, May 4, 1745 

Deeds (Releases). Schenectady 

  1. Patentees of Schenectady to Garret [Garrit] van Brachell, August 19, 1718 
  2. Gerrit [sic] van Brahell [sic] to John Dunbar, April 22, 1732 
  3. John Dunbar to Abraham Truax, October 3, 1735 

Deeds (Releases). Schenectady 

  1. Abraham Truax to Andries Truax, September 23, 1769 
  2. Abraham Truax to Andries Truax, May 18, 1778 

Deeds Schenectady - 2nd Ward 

  1. James and Magdalen Hall to John Van Voort, February 27, 1808 
  2. John van Voort to Cornelius Van Antwerp, October 15, 1812 
  3. Cornelius van Antwerp to Abraham A. Truax, December 15, 1813 

Deeds Schenectady - Grison Path 

  1. William Dunlap to William Dunlap Jr., April 15, 1807 
  2. J. Riggs (Sheriff) to Abraham Truax, August 15, 1818 
  3. Abraham A. Truax to Garrett van Vranken, January 18, 1819 

Deeds and Mortgage, Schenectady 

  1. Abraham A. Truax to James Bailey, July 23, 1813 
  2. Adam Empie and John Platt July 26, 1815 
  3. Abraham Truax to John N. Barhydt, August 30, 1819 
  4. Cornelius Peek to Abraham A. Truax, September 30, 1820 

10 

Deed, Woestine (Rotterdam) 

Ryert Schermerhorn to peter Veeder, February 24, 1715 

11 

Deeds, Woestine (Rotterdam) 

  1. Abraham Van Antwerp to John M. Veeder, May 1, [1769?] 
  2. Cornelius Peck to John M. Veeder, October 21, 1772 

12 

Deeds, Woestine (Rotterdam) 

  1. Simon Van Antwerp to Peter V. and Myndert Veeder, January 23, 1799
  2. Jacob Schermerhorn to Peter V. and Myndert Veeder, March 7, 1795
  3. John J. Schermerhorn to Peter V. Veeder, May 1, 1814
  4. Peter V. Schermerhorn to Peter V. Harmon, and Myndert Veeder, April 12, 1827
  5. Myndert Veeder to Peter V. Veeder, January 17, 1824 

13 

Deeds and Mortgages, Town of Rotterdam 

  1. John L. Roseboom to Peter V. Veeder, January 5, 1814 
  2. Abraham Roseboom to John P. and Harmon Veeder, January 9, 1826 

14 

Deeds and Leases, Town of Rotterdam and Glenville 

  1. Trustees of Rotterdam to Harmon Veeder, July 14, 1821 
  2. Trustees of Rotterdam to John P. Veeder, July 14, 1821
  3. Trustees of Glenville to John P. Veeder, December 1, 1825
  4. Myndert Veeder to Peter V. Veeder(?), June 17, 1814 

15 

Deeds, Leases, etc., Town of Rotterdam, Glenville 

  1. Peter V. Schermerhorn to Harmon Veeder, April 3, 1845
  2. Cornelius Bradt to Peter, Myndert, and Harmon Veeder, June 17, 1842
  3. Albert H. and Simon Veeder to Peter V. Veeder, et al, October 7, 1842
  4. Andrew Truax to Cornelius Glass, March 11, 1842
  5. Andrew Truax to Robert M. Ray, March 29, 1862
  6. Eleanor and Andrew Veeder to Josiah van Patten, January 21, 1865 

16 

Deeds, Mortgages and Bond, Schenectady (City of) 

  1. Andrew Truax to Giles H. Yates, September 17, 1836
  2. Henry Veeder to Andrew Truax and Alexander Veeder, July 15, 1852 

17 

Deeds, Kaydeross Patent 

  1. Evert Bancker to Peter V. Veeder, February 6, 1776
  2. Cornelius Clopper to William Mirakel, November 14, 1787
  3. William Mirakel to John M. Veeder, February 14, 1788
  4. Joseph Snow to Peter Veeder, February 25, 1792
  5. Thomas Storm and John H. Beekman to Peter Veeder, December 10, 1805 

18 

Deeds, Montgomery County (Town of Minden) 

  1. Adam Garlock to Hendrick Windecker, January 29, 1767
  2. Mary Wendell to Jacob Counterman, February 27, 1770 

19 

Deeds, Klock and Nelles Patent (Town of Palatine, Montgomery County) 

  1. George Klock and William Nelles to Carl Garlag, September 26, 1765 
  2. Phillip Garlag to Adam Garlag, June 24, 1773 
  3. Henry W. Nelles to Claes van der Volgen, April 30 and May 1, 1788
  4. Catalina DeGraff to Abraham A. Truax, February 24, 1812 

20 

Deeds, Jersey Field Patent (Fulton and Herkimer counties) 

  1. Henry Ten Eyck to Peter M. Veeder, January 20, 1806
  2. John P. Veeder to Harmon Veeder, March 17, 1848 

21 

Deeds 

  1. Abraham A. Truax to John Moore, January 19, 1816, Town of Florida, Montgomery County
  2. Joseph Bell to Abraham A. Truax and Jacob Gamble, May 9, 1817, Oxbow Tract, Otsego County 

22 

Deeds, State of Michigan Land Tax Sales, 1855-1858 

 

 

Financial and Legal Papers 

 

 

Accounts, Invoices, etc. of Abraham Truax (in Dutch) 

1700-1714 

1720-1729 

1730-1734 

1735-1740 

1741-1752 

1750-1760 

1761-1764 

1770-1792 

 

Accounts, Invoices, etc. (in English) 

n.d. 

10 

1717-1750 (Abraham Truax) 

11 

1761-1801 (Andries Truax) 

 

Receipts of Abraham and Andries Truax 

12 

1727-1756 

13 

1756-1801 

14 

Orders of Promissory Notes of Abraham and Andries Truax, 1717-1771 

15 

Bills of Sale of Slaves, 1744-1797 

16 

Assorted Legal Papers, 1750-1795 

17 

Account Memoranda Book, 1789-1811 

18 

Account Memoranda Books, 1808 and 1816-1817 

 

 

Accounts, Invoices, etc. of Abraham A. Truax 

1804-1809 

1810-1811 

1812-1814 

1815-1817 

1818-1819 

1820-1824 

 

 

Receipts of Abraham A. Truax 

1800-1813 

1814-1816 

1817 

10 

1818-1819 

11 

1820-1824 

12 

Orders, 1801-1824 

 

 

Promissory Notes 

13 

1810-1816 

14 

1817-1819 

15 

1820-1824 

16 

Bonds, Contracts, etc., 1803-1817 

17 

Affidavits, Certificates, Power of Attorney Appointments, etc., 1813-1824 

18 

Memoranda Book, 1822-1823 

 

 

Judicial Records - Schenectady County, NY 

 

 

Summons 

1815- April 1817 

1817 (May-June) 

1817 (July-December) 

1818-1819 

1820-1821 

 

 

Executions (Judgements) 

1817-1819 

1820-1821 

 

 

Legal and Financial Papers: Dr. Andrew Truax and Harmon Veeder 

Certificates, Contracts, etc. of Dr. Andrew Truax, 1840-1850 

Invoices, bills, and receipts of Harmon Veeder, 1840-1850 

10 

Certificates and Passports of Harmon Veeder, 1826-1846 

11 

Insurance Policies, Truax and Veeder, 1819-1847 

12 

Property damage claims, re: Erie Canal enlargement, 1840-1857 

 

 

Sundry Personal Papers 

12 

Medical Prescriptions and Recipes 

13 

Poetry and Prose 

14 

Prayers and Sermons 

15 

School Instructional Texts and Exercises 

16 

Broadsides 

  1. Anderson’s Cough Drops, 1819
  2. For sale, 43 acres of upland …12 miles west of Schenectady … August 10, 1848
  3. For sale, 450 acres of land … Jersey Field Patent, in Town of Ohio,   Herkimer County, New York 

17 

News Clippings and Printed Circulars 

18 

Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Fragments 

 

Account Ledger Book (bound) of Peter M. Veeder, 1789-1798 (includes additional entries of Peter V. and Myndert Veeder, 1814-1819) 


Last Updated: October 9, 2019