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Col. Pieter VAN BRUGH

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  • Name Pieter VAN BRUGH 
    Title Col. 
    Born Bef 14 Jul 1666  New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Jul 1666  Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1740  Albany, Albany County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/bios/vb/pvbrugh.html:

      Pieter Van Brugh
      by Stefan Bielinski

      Pieter Van Brugh was born in 1666 the oldest son of Manhattan-based overseas trader Johannes Pieterse and Catharina Roeloffs Van Brugh. His father had prospered in New Netherland by exporting furs and other forest products consigned from upriver. Under the English, the elder Van Brugh became a civic leader and even improved his status with the marriages of four daughters and two sons to upwardly mobile commercial and landholding families.

      In November 1688, Pieter married Sara Cuyler of Albany in the New York Dutch Reformed church. Their only child was born in 1689. Later that year, he was commissioned a lieutenant in a company of New York City militia. Shortly thereafter, these Van Brughs joined the Cuylers in Albany where Pieter had entered the family business.

      Taking up residence in the Cuyler home on upper State Street, Pieter Van Brugh continued the family practice of collecting farm and forest products for shipment to New York. In 1692, he began public life as a constable, was made high constable in 1693, and served as assessor, collector, and contractor for many years after. By 1697, he had inherited the Cuyler property and had become an Albany regular. An officer of the Albany Dutch church, in 1707 his family grew when he was appointed guardian of the daughters of John Donaldson - a recently deceased brother-in-law.

      Rising fortunes upriver and influential connections in New York led to his appointment as mayor of Albany in 1699. Although replaced after one year, he was named mayor again in 1721. During the first decades of the eighteenth-century, Pieter Van Brugh was among the wealthiest of Albany businessmen. He had inherited land in the Delaware valley from his father and acquired more land on his own in the city and in the countryside. He was elected to the provincial Assembly for a term in 1705, in 1713, and again in 1727. He also was an active member of the Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs until the 1730s. By that time, Van Brugh's extensive interests were being managed by his son-in-law, Philip Livingston.

      He died in July 1740 at the age of seventy-four. He was one of the last people to be buried beneath the Albany Dutch church. With no sons, the Van Brugh family name passed from Albany rolls with his death.

      notes

      The life of Pieter Van Brugh is CAP biography number 5300. He was baptized in the New York City Dutch church on July 7, 1666. The basic genealogical source for the family is "The Van Brugh Family," by John Ross Delafield as printed in NYGBR vol 66 (1935), especially pp. 171-72. We know of no other narrative biography of him. His connection to the Livingston family is considered in Milton M. Klein, The American Whig: William Livingston of New York (revised edition: New York, 1993), 14-15. The best source for the development of the New York City business elite is Joyce D. Goodfriend, Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730 (Princeton, NJ, 1992).

      Catharina Roeloffs was a daughter of the legendary Anneke Jans and her first husband, Lucas Rodenburgh. Johannes Pieterse may have met his future wife on one of his trading trips upriver to Beverwyck. See PFS, 142, where his family is called "Verbrugge."

      Van Brugh was a partner in a land patent located along the Schoharie Creek in the Mohawks country called Huntersfield and in a tract located east of the Hoosick Patent.

      Wealth: Assessment rolls for 1702 and 1709 place Van Brugh in the top five percent of the community. In 1707, Governor Cornbury's will named Van Brugh guardian of the Cornbury children.

      A will for Pieter Van Brugh is said to exist in the Philip Livingston Papers at the New York Public Library. See Klein, The American Whig, 27, 37n. It awaits examination!

      (2) Delafield, John Ross, "The Van Brugh Family," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 66 (1935), pp. 168-171:

      PIETER VANBRUGH (son of Jan, Pieter, Jan). He was baptized at the Dutch Church in New Amsterdam on 14 July 1666, the sponsors being Johannes de Peyster and Maritje Loockermans (his great aunt). On November 2, 1688, he married at the Dutch Church, New York, Sara, daughter of Hendrick Kuyler of Albany. They had an only child, Catharina, baptized in the Dutch Church, New York, on 10 November 1689. She married Philip Livingston, second Lord of the Manor of Livingston, New York, on 19 September 1707, and was the mother of a distinguished family including Robert Livingston, the third Lord of the Manor, Philip Livingston, the Signer, and William Livingston, the Governor of New Jersey.

      Peter Vanbrugh seems to have moved to Albany a few years after his marriage and there had a record of distinguished public service. He was Commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1706 to 1734; Representative for Albany in the Colonial Assembly 1705-1707, 1713-1715, 1727; Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1721-1723; Mayor of Albany 1699-1700 and 1720-1723; Captain of Albany County troops 1710. He seems to have owned large tracts of land in central New York. He was buried at the Dutch Church in Albany, 20 July 1740.
    Person ID I10606  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 

    Father Johannes Pietersen VAN BRUGH,   b. Abt 1624, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1699  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Tryntje ROELOFS,   b. Bef 24 Jun 1629, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Banns 29 Mar 1658  Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 24 Apr 1658  Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F4969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah CUYLER,   d. Bef 11 May 1742, Albany, Albany County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 Nov 1688  Reformed Dutch Church, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catrina VAN BRUGH,   b. Bef 10 Nov 1689, Albany, Albany County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1756  (Age > 66 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 22:51:11 
    Family ID F4964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1)http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/church/rdcmarr1658.shtml: New Amsterdam (New York City) Reformed Dutch Church Marriages 1658 Eodem [29 March 1658]. Johannes Pieterszen Ver Brugge, Van Haerlem, en Catharina Roelofs, Wede Van Lucas Rodenborg. Getrouwt den 24 April.