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TASSEMACHER, or TESSCHENMAEKER, Peter, clergyman, born in Holland about 1650; died in Schenectady, New York, 8 February, 1690. He was educated at the University of Utrecht, came to Kingston, New York, in 1675, where he preached in both English and Dutch, and then spent two years in Dutch Guiana. Governor Edmund Andros, on 30 September, 1679, authorized the Dutch clergymen to examine and ordain him for the church at New Amstel, Delaware The assembling of this body constituted the first American classis or ecclesiastical gathering of the Reformed church that was held on this continent, as well as the first ordination of a domine. He preached on Staten island in 1679-'82, and then lived at Schenectady, New York, until 1690, when he was slain in the massacre. Orders had been given to spare his life and obtain his papers, but these the Indians disregarded. His farm of eighty acres on Staten island was claimed, 2 November, 1692, for the poor fund.
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