“Map of the Confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, with the villages and islands,” 1843. (red added to Whale Island to image from Saratoga Living)

“Map of the Confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, with the villages and islands,” 1843. (red added to Whale Island to image from Saratoga Living)

There had been an unsuccessful attempt in 1829-1831 to annex Peebles Island (at that time named Haver Island) to the Town of Lansingburgh, an attempt initiated by Gerrit Peebles. Gerrit Peebles, for whom the island is named, was at the time a resident of Lansingburgh. The island had gone into the hands of the Peebles family via Gerrit Peebles’ wife Maria Van Schaick, as Warren Broderick has written:

Maria Peebles inherited an interest in a 138-acre island at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, known as Haver8 (or sometimes Oat or Stone) Island, from her brother, Anthony Van Schaick, in 1822 and proceeded to acquire the interests of her siblings soon thereafter. The island was one of a series of colonial patents including the larger island we now call Van Schaick Island granted to her great-great-grandfather, Goosen Gerritse Van Schaick, beginning in 1665.
Broderick, Warren. “Saratoga Heritage: Peebles Island and the Family Who Owned It; Saratoga County’s Southernmost Place.” Saratoga Living. November 25, 2015. http://www.saratogaliving.com/featured/peebles-island

NOTICE—Application will be made to the legislature of this state at the next session thereof, for the passage of a law to annex all that part of the county of Albany commonly called the Hauver island, containing about 126 acres of land, and also the island adjoining, called the Platte Plaat, containing about 7 acres of land, and both situated between the two North Sprouts or branches of the Mohawk river, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer. December 4, 1829. Gerrit Peebles,
6d10 Richard Van Der Kar.
Daily Albany Argus. December 30, 1829: 4 col 6.

APPLICATION will be made to the legislature of this state, at the next session thereof, for the passage of a law to annex all that part of the county of Albany commonly called the Hauver island, situated between the two north sprouts or branches of the Mohawk river, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer. Dec. 14, 1830.
dec 15-6w Gerrit Peebles.
Albany Argus. January 1, 1830: 4 col 2.

Applications to the Legislature. […]
To annex all that part of the county of Albany commonly called the Hauver island, situated between the two north sprouts or branches of the Mohawk river, to the town of Lansingburgh, in the county of Rensselaer. Gerrit Peebles signs the notice.
Morning Courier and New-York Inquirer. January 3, 1831: 2 col 5.

[January 21, 1831]
Mr. Warren presented the petition of Gerrit Peebles and Elisha March, praying for an act to connect a certain Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh, in the county of Rensselaer, which was read, and referred to the committee on the division of counties and towns.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 60. https://books.google.com/books?id=PEpKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA60

[January 28, 1831]
Mr. Beardsley, from the committee on the division of counties and towns, on the petition of Gerrit Peebles and Elisha March, reported a bill entitled “An act to annex Hauver Island, in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh, in the county of Rensselaer;” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and committed to a committee of the whole.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 78. https://books.google.com/books?id=PEpKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA78

[January 29, 1831]
The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill entitled “An act to annex Hauver-Island, in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh, in the county of Rensselaer;” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Westcott, from the said committee, reported progress, and asked for and obtained leave to sit again.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 84. https://books.google.com/books?id=PEpKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA84

[February 2, 1831]
Mr. Warren presented a further petition of Gerrit Peebles, relative to Hauver-Island; and also the memorial of sundry freeholders and inhabitants of the town of Watervliet, in favor of annexing said island to the county of Rensselaer, which were read, and referred to a committee of the whole, when on the bill to which the subject relates. […]
The Senate then again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill entitled “An act to annex Hauver-Island, in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh, in the county of Rensselaer;” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Westcott, fiom the said committee, reported progress, and asked for and obtained leave to sit again.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 92. https://books.google.com/books?id=PEpKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA92

[February 4, 1831]
Mr. Seward, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported five bills as correctly engrossed, of the following titles, to wit: […]
“An act to annex Hauver Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer;” […]
The said engrossed bill, entitled “An act to annex Hauver Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer,” was read the third time and passed.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 97-98. https://books.google.com/books?id=PEpKAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA97

[February 4, 1831]
The remonstrance of sundry inhabitants of the town of Watervliet in the county of Albany, against annexing Hauver Island in said county, to the county of Rensselaer, was read, and referred to the committee on the erection and division of towns and counties.
Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 191. https://books.google.com/books?id=Ua0FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA191

[February 4, 1831]
Four several messages from the Senate, delivered by their clerk, with the bills therein mentioned, were read, informing that they have passed the bill entitled […] the bill entitled “An act to annex Hauver Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingbourgh in the county of Rensselaer;” […] in which bills they request the concurrence of this House.
The said bills were severally read the first time, and by unanimous consent were also read a second time, and […] the bill entitled “An act to annex Hauver Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer,” was referred to the committee on the erection and division of towns and counties
Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 196. https://books.google.com/books?id=Ua0FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA196

[February 9, 1831]
Mr. Walker, from the committee on the erection and division of towns and counties, to whom was referred the engrossed bill from the Senate, entitled ” An act io annex Hauver Island in the county of Albany, to the town of Lansingburgh in the county of Rensselaer,” reported, that they have examined the said bill, and see no reason why the same should not be passed into a law.
Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house.
Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fourth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1831. 212. https://books.google.com/books?id=Ua0FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA212

Peebles Island State Park. http://nysparks.com/parks/111/maps.aspx

Friends of Peebles Island State Park. https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Peebles-Island-State-Park-595437830620433/