Mathias C. Warner House (Berne)

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY

1543 Warners Lake Road, East Berne.

Mathias C. Warner House
  • Mathias C. Warner Jr. was born on 2 Feb 1765 at what is now the Town of Berne, Albany, NY, the son of Christopher Warner who settled at the north end of Warners Lake. He was called Jr. to differentiate him from his grandfather Mathias who was still alive. He married Anna Hane, daughter of (Johan) Peter Heen and Anna Elisabeth Luccenbach, on 17 Oct 1786.
  • 7 Apr 1790 - son Peter M Warner was born 1790 probably on his grandfather's farm.
  • 23 Feb. 1792 - Mathias Warner Jr. sale lease Lot 652 of 160 1/2 acre from Stephen Van Rensselaer III for 18 bu. of wheat first payment due 1 Jan 1799. That indicates he was the first settler on that land. This despite the fact the 1787 map shows a cleared field in the center of the lot. Probably it was overgrown. The person who originally cleared the land probably left when Van Rensselaer demanded rent. The map also shows a couple of swamps on the property.
  • 1801 - Reportedly built in 1801. Mathias' father Christopher had a sawmill that was undoubtedly the source of the lumber for the house.
  • 23 Mar 1813 at Dutch Reformed Church, New Salem, Albany, NY Peter married Margaret Ball, daughter of Frederick Ball and Eva Zeh.
  • 29 Jul 1844 at Town of Knox, Albany, NY Mathias wrote his will. His wife was not mentioned, so she must have predeceased him.
  • 9 Jul 1846 at Town of Knox, Albany, NY, Mathias died at age 81. He was buried at Warner Family Burying Ground, East Berne, Albany, NY. His estate was probated on 26 Jun 1847.
  • 1850 census - Peter Warner Town of Knox, Albany, NY.
  • 1854 map of Knox that shows an M. Warner. His neighbors were A. Batcher and J. P. and Jacob Hane. Also M. Zeh and L. Clickman.
  • 1860 - Peter and Margaret Ball Warner appeared on the census at Town of Guilderland, Albany, NY.
  • 1866 - Peter Warner lived at 1543 Warners Lake Road. He was evicted for not paying rent during the Anti-Rent War.
  • 1868 - Peter wrote his will.
  • 22 Jul 1870 - Peter appeared on the federal census at Town of Knox, Albany, NY.
  • after 22 Jul 1870 - Peter Warner died at Town of Knox, Albany, NY.
  • before 1978 - Barns burned down when the farm was owned by Fred Kendall.
  • until 1978 - Frederick P. Kendall
  • Before 2003 - 2008 - Michael Scott.
  • 2008 - 2010 - Owned by the Estate of Michael Scott

Additional Media

Tin Horns and Calico

Peter M. Warner was evicted from his house on 18 July 1866 for not paying rent during the Anti-Rent War. The book Tin Horns and Calico, by Henry Christman, has a couple of pages giving great detail of the eviction.

Old Hellebergh

The following is a report of the Landholders Convention, as cited in Old Hellebergh, by Arthur B. Gregg:

...the sheriff, Col. Church and an armed gang went to the premises of Amos and Mathias Warner [sons of Peter Warner] without a process and broke into his house and began to throw property out upon the public road. An Irishman, a blacksmith, living in the neighborhood came in, witnessed the devastation and objected to the removal, closing and holding the door. This was claimed as resistance. Col. Church returned to the city, called out the military and marched them to the house of the Warners, took possession of the farm, encamped there picketing the highways. The property was seized and appropriated and never did the Sheriff let go his hold until the Warners agreed to pay extortionate sum of $4,000.

The property of the Rev. Mr. Daniels, pastor of the Lutheran Church in the neighborhood and who had rented from the Warners a part of the dwelling house, shared the same fate as the Warners property. It, with his library of fine and handsomely bound books, was also cast upon the public highway in the very midst of a pelting rain storm.