Aefie Bradt Van Patten


According to family-based resources, Aefie Bradt probably was born in Rensselaerswyck during the late 1640s. She was an older daughter of New Netherland pioneers Arent Andriesse and Catalina De Vos Bradt. An active and diversified entrepreneur, her father also was among the first settlers of Schenectady. However, this Bradt brother died in 1663.

About a decade later, Aeffie married the somewhat older Claes Frederickse Van Patten - another Schenectady patentee. By 1692, a number of their children had been christened in area churches.

Claes Frederickse also possessed diversified holdings enabling these Van Pattens to raise their family in Schenectady, around Albany, and also across the Hudson on Papsknee Island.

During the first decades of the eighteenth century, Claes and Aefie seem to have returned to greater Schenectady where both of them died in 1728. Their remains repose in Vail Cemetery. Aefie Bradt Van Patten may have lived almost eighty years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Aefie Bradt Van Patten has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 5/10/13