1767 Sale Document For Ship's Masts Made In New York
October 7, 1767-Dated Colonial Era, Manuscript Document Signed, “Articles of Agreement” joint venture partnership Bond between several parties, relating to the Purchase of several Ship’s Masts, New York, Choice Very Fine.
This original handwritten document measures 8” x 14”, 2 pages (front and back), a joint venture partnership and performance bond, with several prominent merchants. It is Signed on the reverse side by Martin Gerriste Van Bergen, James Abeel, Stephen Crossfield, Joseph Totten, George Bowes and Francis Gons (Jones). It is boldly and very well written on fine quality laid with a large Brtish Seal watermarked period paper, having some expected folds, has its full original official seals at the lower right next to the signatures and is in overall choice condition for display.
The Albany resident Martin Gerritse Van Bergen was born during the first half of the eighteenth century. A daybook of his accounts in conjunction with the Hudson River sloop Delancey for the years 1749-65 is in the "Van Bergen Family Papers" collection of the New York State Library.
In April 1760, the "Albany" Martin Van Bergen was left a negro man named "Dick" in the will of widow Margaret Collins. From the 1750s to the 1780s, Van Bergen witnessed the filing of a number of legal documents. He also is listed as supplying the regiments of Albany with supplies during the French and Indian wars.
In 1766 and 1767, his first ward property was valued substantially on Albany assessment rolls. In 1779, his first ward house and lot still was on the Albany tax list. Perhaps he lived near the Sharp family homestead and in the house occupied by Peter Van Bergen in 1788.
In 1779, he signed a community based petition for the return of Dr. Henry Van Dyck. He did post bail for merchant David Waters in 1781 (at that time he was called a "yeoman") and later was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.
James Abeel (1733-1825) was born and raised in New York City where he pursued a commercial career as a young man. During the American Revolution, he served in the First Battalion of the New York City Militia, the Continental Army, and by 1777, as deputy quartermaster general at Morristown, New Jersey. He dealt with the Continental Army's provisions during their two Morristown encampments, the Middlebrook and Pluckemin encampments, and Valley Forge.
Joseph Totten, was a New York merchant, who had come to this country from England prior to the Revolutionary War. He remained loyal to the mother country and after the war was over, he left-New York City and located in Annapolis, Nova Scotia