Jan Hendrickse Van Bael
The New Netherland pioneer known variously as Jan Hendrickse Van Bael lived in Beverwyck/Albany and its environs from at least the late 1650s to the late 1670s. A number of same or similarly named contemporaries are at risk in the greater Albany area. This individual is said to have been born in 1636 and to have died in 1682. As with many of his contemporaries, a paucity of sources inhibits us from providing much original insight on his life. This outline sketch organizes what is known and thought of regarding his life.
Beginning in 1661, he is said to have been a "free trader" and freeholder in Beverwyck. However, his name is absent from the list of area traders compiled in 1660.
In October 1674, he was among those invited to the funeral of Jeremias Van Rensselaer. At that time, he was identified as "Cornet Jan H. van Bael."
Jan Hendrickse Van Bael is said to have had a son and three daughters. Perhaps, his wife was the widow Helena Teller Bogardus.
He is said to have died in 1682. Thus, his widow re-married in 1683.
Sources: The life of Jan Hendrickse Van Bael has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 3/30/10; updated 3/26/13