Jan Gerritse was born during the 1670s. He was the son of Gerrit and Anna Jans Ryerse. He was known by the patronymic "Gerritse."
In 1694, he was identified as a shoemaker who had a tan pit on the south side of the "little creek." He inherited that property from his father. He later held an additional lot in Rensselaerswyck. The census of 1697 placed him alone in a third ward house next to that of his widowed mother.
He was a member of the Albany Dutch church which sanctioned his marriage to tailor's daughter Christina Pruyn in 1706. She died after only one son. Then in his forties, by 1713, he had married widow Maria Winne Vandenbergh. By 1722, she had given birth to three Gerritse children.
He served as an assessor for the first ward in 1702 and 1703. In 1715, he was identified as a private in John Mingal's company of the Albany County Militia. Five years later, he was listed on a freeholder's list.
Jan Gerritse died in November 1725 and was buried under the church. His widow was still living in 1745.
first posted: 9/25/02