Switzkill Valley, Berne (Beaverdam),
- <1740 William Dietz (1720-1782) settled in Switzkill Valley near his brothers John Hendrick and Adam.
~1771 when William moved to Schoharie, his Switzkill land was farmed by his son, Adam. *1782, a muster roll, section no. 3; ... Adem Deitz, Adem Deitz, Jr., Hendryck Deitz, Jury Ball, ... Counrade Swarts, ... Johannis Eker, Nicolas Eker,...
- 1787 survey map by Wm Cockburn shows an irregular shaped Lot 519, Adam Deitz, 154 acres, located on the east bank of the Switz Kil Creek, with house and barn. North of this lot is lot 539, Adam Deitz (Adam Deitz, b. 1755 son of Willliam), 239 acres, with two houses and barn near Switzkill Road at the northern lot boundry. On the west bank of the Switz Kil, Lot 518, Conrad Swart.
- 1790-1830, a Van Rensselaer lease records summary of Van Rensselaer Manor records at the NYS Archives show that the lessee on lot 539 was Adam Dietz.
- 1790 Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY census (M637-6), p195. Adam Deitz, Jr. 3-1-4.
- 1800 Bern, Albany Co, NY census M32-22), p73, ln7. Adam Dietz, Jr., 11111-00210.
- 1810 Bern, Albany Co, NY census M252-26), p86/162, ln16. Adam Deitz, Jr., 21111-20311.
- 1790-1837, a Van Rensselaer lease records summary of Van Rensselaer Manor records at the NYS Archives show that the lessee on lot 519 was Adam Dietz Jr.
- 1847, Robert Ball moved to the John B. Deitz farm on lot 539, according to a Clyde L. Ball note in the William Ball family bible. A Walter Church ledger at the Berne Historical Society contains a page showing rent owed by Robert Ball to the former Van Rensselaer Patroon System's West Manor for the year 1854. Robert Ball's wife was Anna Barbara Deitz, great-granddaughter of John Hendrick Dietz who probably homesteaded what became the Ball farm.
- 1854 A Walter Church ledger at the Berne Historical Society contains a page showing rent owed by Robert Ball to the former Van Rensselaer Patroon System's West Manor. Robert Ball's wife was Anna Barbara Deitz, daughter of John Billinger Dietz who bought in 1812, from Adam Dietz, the farm that later became the 96 acre Ball farm on the south section of the Adam Dietz s/o William Lot 539. John B. Dietz was the grandson of Johan Hendrick Dietz, homesteader of Lot 519, and had grown up on that farm adjoining #539.
- Beers 1866 map, grid 519, shows P.L.Deitz(probably Paul I. Dietz-son-in law of Peter A. Dietz), and the property divided by the Switzkill Rd, at Rowe Lane.
- November 2, 1882-Robert Ball recieved a reciept from Walter Church for Cash Five hundred dollars - Sundries as per bill Forty seven dollars and his note for Three hundred & twenty-seven dollars of which $160.05 is for rent for farm leased to Adam Deitz Dec 11, 1790 No. 539 Bern and $48.02 for interest and $385.93 in full of his note dated July 11, 1873 and $ 280. as a deposit the interest of which ammount will be an equivalent for the future rents on ninety six acres of said lease owned by him.
1866 Beers map of Berne<br.>(click three times on image to enlarge)
- Roscoe's History of Schoharie says that about 1771 “William and John Dietz, of Beaver Dam, sons of Johannes Dietz who was massacred by the Indians in 1782, at the latter place,” purchased land north of Fox Creek between the creek and Garlock’s Dorf. [The William (Jr.) and John who bought the land in Schoharie were actually sons of William, Sr., (1720-1782) brother of Johannes. (Research of Harold Miller)]
- Roscoe, William E., "History of Schoharie County, New York, 1713-1882", Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., 1882. p52
- Photocopy, 1997, from Glen Swartz, found in the "Van Rensselaer Manor Papers," Manuscripts & Special Collections at the New York State Library, Albany, NY