John F. Pruyn
In July 1769, he married thirty-two-year-old Geertie Ten Eyck at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage may have been childless as no christenings were recorded in the church records. However, he was a regular baptism sponsor.
These Pruyns lived on Pearl Street in the heart of the second ward residential district. He also owned at least one lot along Foxes Creek. John was a merchant and skipper who served the community as constable, chimney viewer, juror, militiaman, and firemaster. He also was a contractor of the city.
He first stood up for American rights in 1766 when he joined with his neighbors in signing a constitution for the Albany Sons of Liberty. Only in his thirties during th conflict, he was affiliated with the Albany militia and later received a land bounty right.
John F. Pruyn died in March 1815 at the age of seventy-five. His wife had passed eight years earlier. His will passed probate the day after his funeral.
Sources: The life of John F. Pruyn is CAP biography number 3558. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 12/10/05