William

William Henry Roll


Welcome to the new and improved Roll Family Windmill website! We have upgraded our authoring tools to design and create content and present it to you with style. We will be better able to maintain content and share information about the genealogy of the Roll and allied families.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"


I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.


Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se


The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown


St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."



WeRelate.com

This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.



keep calm



Canastigione by Becker

Canastigione was an area on the north side of the Mohawk River between Vischer’s Ferry and the Cohoes Falls, and was said to refer to "corn fields" or "corn flats." Although somewhat obscure, this name appears in more than sixty forms in Colonial documents. Like the settlers, the name passed to the south side of the river and came to refer to the area now called Niskayuna.

The book title, citations, and pagination of Howard I. Becker's book Canastigione can be confusing to the uninitiated.

Title

The confusion about the place name "Canastigione" in the book title arises from the fact that the name became extinct before place name spellings were standardized.


title page

The book's title page shows the long title, which contains 44 words: Canastigione Alias Canestigione, Conestijounie, Canestiguna, Nestaguina, Nestigione, Niskayuna: The Early History of the Formation of That Part of Canastigione on the North Side of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna Including the Village of Vischers Ferry and the Lower End of Clifton Park, Sartoga County. The short title would be Canastigione. The information on the title page is always used for bibliographical citations.



History CA-NAS-TA-GI-O-NE

The book cover shows the place name "Canastagione" syllabicated according to the supposed pronunciation in the Mohawk language, "CA-NAS-TA-GI-O-NE." Note that the spelling differs from the title page's "Canastigione." The information on the book cover or spine are never used in the citation unless the book is the only copy extant and the title page infomation is not available.



The Citations

Correct

This citation, from WorldCat.org, is taken from the title page of the book. This is the accepted bibliographical practice:

Becker, Howard I. Canastigione Alias Canestigione, Conestijounie, Canestiguna, Nestaguina, Nestigione, Niskayuna: The Early History of the Formation of That Part of Canastigione on the North Side of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna Including the Village of Vischers Ferry and the Lower End of Clifton Park, Sartoga County. Rexford, N.Y., 1953.

Incorrect

These two citations, from WorldCat.org and Ancestry.com, are taken from the book cover. They are not accepted bibliographical practice:

Becker, Howard I. History Ca-Nas-Ta-Gi-O-Ne: North of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna. Rexford, N.Y.?: publisher not identified, 1954.

and

Ancestry.com. History CA-NAS-TA-GI-O-NE: north of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna. [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Becker, Howard I.. History CA-NAS-TA-GI-O-NE : north of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna.. Rexford, N.Y.?: unknown, 1954?.

When citing this book, the best practice would be to cite Becker's original pagination with the leaf number in parentheses, i.e. "p. E-18 (leaf 256)."


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page in the table below: The book is printed on one side of the paper, and the pagination is in various formats, e.g. 1, A-32, G-4, etc.. Because the book is actually a research collection rather than a finished work, the pagination is designed to allow additional pages to be added to the various subheadings without the necessity to renumber all the pages in the book.

Leaf in the table below: Each individual sheet of paper in the actual book. The leaves are numbered on the top side starting with "1" for the top of the first first leaf, and the upper side of subsequent leaves are numbered in sequential order, the pages being printed on one side of the paper only.

The leaf numbers are identical with the page numbers in my PDF version, and the image numbers at Ancestry.com (subscription required).

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                         page           leaf
____________________________________________________________

TITLE PAGE..............................................1

ILLUSTRATION: Colonial Mill, Steena Kill................2

CHOOSING THE TITLE, and REFERENCES......a...............3

FOREWARD................................................7

NISKAYUNA SHAKERS ADVICE................................8

CONTENTS................................................9

MAPS....................................................12

INTRODUCTION
        Canastigione....................1...............13
        (Canasta-ghee-onee)

CHRONOLOGICAL - 
        Local Colonial History..........12..............24

FIRST SETTLERS AT CANASTIGIONE ON THE NORTH SIDE
		................................................27
        Ryckse (Van Vranken)............A-7.............28
        Van Bockhoven (Claes Jansen)....A-27............48
        Fort (Jan La Liberte)...........A-37, A-39......58
        Williamsen (Boot)...............A-33............54
        Quackenbos......................A-47............70
        Mangelz (Rall-Roll).............A-49............73
                Christensen.............A-l, C-35.......76, 187
        Viele...........................B-6.............89

LAND GRANTS IN THE TOWN OF CLIFTON PARK

        Apple Patent....................B-1.............84
        Kayaderosseras Patent...........B-8.............91
        Clifton Park Patent.............B-30............113
        Nestigione Patent...............B-60............144

AN INVENTORY OF PERSONAL 
        BELONGINGS 1795.................A-34............55

LATER FAMILIES (1765)
        The Visscher's..................C-1-E...........153
        The Bradts - Ports Ferry........C-40............192
        Andries Van Vranken - 
                Forts Ferry.............C-34............186
        Johannes Van Vranken - 
                Forts Ferry.............C-35............187
        Provinance of Jan Mangelsen's
                Land....................C-36............188
        The Lower Van Vranken Farm 
                (Maus)..................A-14............35
        The Middle Van Vranken Farm 
                (Gerrit)................C-31............183
        The Upper Van Vranken Farm
                (Evert).................A-13, E-13......34, 251
        The Pearse's....................C-41............193

EARLY REFERENCES........................................201
        Islands at Canastigiqne.........D-1.............202
        Dirck Van Schelluyne............D-2.............203
        General Knox's Diary............D-4.............205
        Population of Albany County
                1681/1698...............D-19............224
        List of Local Soldiers 1715.....D-20............225
        Census Of Canastigione 1720.....D-21............226
        Early Indian Chiefs of 
                Canastigione............D-21............226
        The Fort and Military 	
                References..............D-22............227
        Early Roads.....................D-30............235
        Gen. Washington at Forts 
                Ferry 1783..............D-32............237
        Magnetic Declinations...........D-59............143
        Ferry Near Crescent.............D-38............missing

THE VILLAGE OF VISCHEHS FERRY...........E-1.............239
        Early Land Owners in the 
                Village.................E-2.............240             
        The Visschers and the Village...E-5.............243
        Evert Van Vranken's Land........E-13............251
        Amity Church and Other 
                Properties..............E-18............256
        Vischers Ferry Post Office......E-27............265
        Postmasters.....................E-27............265
        Albany Mail Schedules - 1813....E-28............266
        Postage Rates - 1813............E-28............266
        Early Stage Lines...............E-29............267
        Saw Mill (Middle)...............E-31............269
        Hotel And Store.................E-35............273
        Lands, Christiansie -
                Dirck Bradt.............E-35............273
        Lands, Christiansie - 
                Palmer-Mix..............E-36............274
        Lands, Mix To Bradt 1793........E-38............274
        Lands, Evert Bradt - 
                Christopher Miller......E-42............280
        Grocery Store List 1826 - 
                John E. Visscher........E-48............286
        Grocery Store Accounts 1826 - 
                John E. Visscher........E-45............283
        Personal - Hotel Inventory - 
                John E. Visscher........E-43............281

        Brick (Early Manufacture).......F-1.............288


MAPS

                                         book
                                date   pagination     leaf
___________________________________________________________

Niskayuna Fort, Romer #7........1639......G-1.........298     
N1skavuna Area, Verplnk.........1720......G-2.........300
Albany Area, Crown Collection...1755......G-3.........302
Clifton Park Patent, Bleecker...1765......G-4.........304
Clifton Park Patent.............1768......G-5.........305a*, **
Vischers Terry Area (Vf#1), 
        Becker..................1762......G-6.........306
Renselaerwick Manor, Bleecker...1767......G-7.........308
Sauthiers Local Area............1779......G-8.........310
Sauthiers Northern Area.......c.1775......G-9.........313
Boght Area, Becker..............1772......G-10........314**
Albany To Oswego, Mante.........1772......G-11........315**
Forts Ferry, Bleecker...........1787......G-12........316
Erie Canal (Land Owners), 
        Becker..................1830......G-13........318
Clifton Park (Roads-Homes), 
        Geil....................1856......G-14........322
Clifton Park (Roads-Homes),
        Beers...................1866......G-15........324
Vischers Ferry, Shepard.........1854......G-16........326
Vischers Ferry, Beers...........1866......G-17........329
Kayaderosseras Patent 
        (Local Area]............1773......G-18........330
Vrooman's Map for Geo. 
        Washington..............1779......G-19........332
Half Moon (Roads-Homes), Geil...1856......G-20........335
Half Moon-Van Schaick Patent, 
        Beers...................1866......G-21........337
Niskayuna (Roads-Homes), Fagan..1856......G-22........339
Niskayuna (Roads-Homes), Beers..1866......G-23........341
Watervliet (Roads-Homes), 
        J. Gould................1856......G-24........343
Watervl1et (Roads-Homes), Beers.1866......G-25........345
Saratoga County, Burr...........1840......G-26........347
Saratoga Patent, Hun............1769......G-27........349
_____
*  Missing in the Ancestry.com book.
** No description page presnet.


ADDENDA (References)

                              book
                            pagination          leaf
_____________________________________________________

5 to A-38.......................1...............351
A-40 to B-62....................2...............352
C-1 to D-20.....................3...............353
D-21 to 5.......................4...............354
6 to 12.........................5...............355
13..............................6...............356
14..............................7...............357
15 to 18........................8...............358
19 to 22........................9...............359
23..............................10..............360
D-30 to G-3.....................11..............361
G-4 to G20......................12..............362
G-21 to G-27....................13..............363