Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen
Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen settled in Albany where he was known as a Hudson River skipper. In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders. During the 1760s, his third ward holdings were accorded a moderate assessment. At the same time, he held modestly valued land in Schenectady and in the West Manor.
In 1758, he was appointed firemaster for the second ward. Over the next decades, he was occasionally reimbursed by the city for services. In 1766, he signed the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty.
Over the next years, he relocated to the Mohawk.
Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen filed a will in November 1781. At that time, he was living in Canastagauna. It mentioned his wife and several children. The will passed probate in November 1784. He had lived about sixty years.
Sources: The life of Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen is CAP biography number 6635. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 6/10/07