This volume, originally published in 1886 at the behest of the New York Historical Society, contains all the surviving Dutch and English records pertaining to the burghers, or freemen, of colonial New York. Arranged chronologically, it includes every city ordinance and list of freemen in existence for the period 1675-1866. In most cases, we are apprised of the date the Burgher or freemen was granted his freedom, his occupation and employment, and the character of New York’s Mayorality when this occurred. The vast majority of the freemen identified here, it should be emphasized, were residents of New York prior to the American Revolution.
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