Lot 472

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For the location of this lot click on 1787 map of Berne. 58 Messer Lane



  • 1792 - John Hart leased this lot on Ravine Road, West Mountain. He was born between 1760 and 1770.[1]. In 1809 he married Elizabeth CribelCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag. (In 1845 a John Hart was leasing the east part of Lot 524.)[2]
  • 1837 - Lawrence Dearstyne, (1766-say 1848) son of John, leased this lot on Ravine Road, West Mountain. His father's farm was a mile or so to the south on Lot 426.
  • 1848 - Henry L. Dearstyne (1812-1876) son of Lawrence, who had presumably died, leased this lot.
  • 1866 Beers map of Berne shows Henry L. Dearstyne still living here. On adjoining Lot 450 was Christian Swart who married Catherine Dearstyne, Henry's sister.
  • 1876 - Henry presumably lived here until his death.
  • 1911 - It is unknown when or how Adam Messer (ca. 1887- ) son of George, came into possession of this property.
  • 2003 - This property was in very bad condition with a number of apparently abandoned trailers and numerous vehicles scattered around.

Additional Media


  1. 1830 census for Berne
  2. Van Rensselaer lease records summary of Van Rensselaer Manor records at the NYS Archives