Johannes Hardenbergh

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Major Johannes Hardenbergh (1670–1745), also known as Sir Johannes Hardenbergh, was the owner of the Hardenbergh patent of land in the Catskill Mountains.


He was born in Albany, New York, in 1670. He was Sheriff of Ulster County, New York in 1709.[1] He served as a Major in the Ulster County Regiment.

In 1706, Hardenbergh bought the immense tract of land since known as the "Hardenbergh patent", which covered some 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of the Catskill Mountains in what is today Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware counties, from Nanisinos, sachem of the Esopus Indians, for the sum of 60 pounds.[2] The purchase was subsequently confirmed and patent was granted to Hardenbergh and six others in 1708. There were some disputes as to whether Hardenbergh's acquisition of the property had been truly legal. Indeed, in 1769 another former British officer, John Bradstreet, filed a claim to 50,000 acres (200 km2) based on that very assumption.

Shares in the patent changed hands frequently, and the terms under which the land was sold or leased were so varied and complex that it impeded settlement of the district and clouded the title to most of its tracts until well after the American Revolution.

He died in 1745.


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  1. ^ "Sheriffs of Ulster County". Scribd. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  2. ^ The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock, 1972 by Alf Evers

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