Robert Barret (also Robert Barrett) was born after 1650. He probably came to New York and then Albany as a soldier. In 1698, his name appeared on the roster of a company of Grenadiers stationed at Albany.
Probably during the late 1680s, he married Wyntie Jans of Schenectady. At this point, we have no source for their marriage date. Between 1689 and 1701, six children were christened at the Albany Dutch church. However, neither parent seems to have served as baptism sponsor during those years. Their offspring established the Barret family in Albany and its hinterland.
Robert Barret was settled in Albany by the late 1690s. In November 1699, he was appointed night watchman and was "well-paid" for that service. Shortly thereafter, he leased the western part of the alms house and its adjoining farm from the deacons of the Albany Dutch church.
Over the next two decades, he served as one of the watchmen and the bellmen for the city of Albany. In 1709, his property in the first ward was hardly taxed At that time, he was living in the midst of a soldier enclave that later would be known as "Southside".
Sources: The life of Robert Barret is CAP biography number 7221. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
From 1699 to 1713, his salary as bellman was between 21 and 24 pounds. For some of that time, he shared the bellman's duties with soldier and neighbor John Radcliff.
first posted 12/30/06; last revised 5/16/14