Spelled variously, the Sickles family of early Albany is descendant from Zacharias Sickles who is said to have accompanied Governor Stuyvesant from Curacao to New Amsterdam. During the 1660s, he was at Fort Orange when he married Albany native Anna Van Valkenburgh. They raised a large family. Some of their descendants became Albany residents.
During the first half of the eighteenth century, the family name was only occasionally seen in the community-based record. In other words, we seek connections between the first Zachariah Sickles and the Zachariah who lived in Albany during the era of the American Revolution.
In 1779, two Sickles-named men owned residential property within the city limits.
In 1781, merchant Thomas Sickles was among the non native residents who purchased the "freedom of the city." Although he lived in Albany for about a decade, he does not seem to have been closely related to the mainline Albany Sickles family.
By 1800, four Sickles-named households were included on the Albany city census.
By the end (25 Sickles-named households in NYS in 1790) of the eighteenth century, the Sickles family had become established in many New York counties. Three generations later, the descendants of Zacharias Sickles had spread across the United States.
Sources: This overview sketch of the Albany Sickles family derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Sickles at the Olive Tree; US Gen Web. The Sickels Name in History.
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