Anthony Barentse was born in 1657. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Barent Albertse and Susanna Dircks Bradt. He grew up in his father's North end home and at the family farm on the Normanskill. He sometimes was called "Teunis."
In December 1685, he married Willempie Teunisz Egberts at the Albany Dutch church. By 1708, their eleven children had been baptized at the church where both parents were members, frequent baptism sponsors, and where Anthony served as sexton.
These Bradts lived near his father just beyond the new city's north gate. By 1682, he had joined with his brother to take title to their father's sawmill. In 1697, his Albany home was configured on the census. Two years later, he joined with his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. Prosperous, his holdings later were valued comparable to those of other Albany merchants. As late as 1720, he still was listed among the community's freeholders.
Anthony Barentse served the community as well as the church as a financial officer. Known as the assessor and appraiser for the third ward, he then was elected city and county treasurer first in 1698. Re-elected annually, he served as chamberlain for more than two decades - collecting taxes, fines, and fees and authorizing disbursements for a range of items until his death in 1722.
The children of this American-born community leader further established the Bradt family in Albany and its hinterland. Anthony Barentse Bradt died and was buried in February 1722. He had lived about sixty-five years.
Sources: The life of Anthony Barentse Bradt is CAP biography number 4197. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 8/20/04