Sybrant Douw was born in March 1767. He was the son of Peter W. and Ryckie Van Schaick Douw. He was a middle child in the relatively small family of an Albany leader. He was named for his maternal grandfather, a former mayor of Albany.
In 1791, Sybrant's name was on a roster of firemen in the first ward.
In 1799, his house and ground and separate lot all in the second ward were valued on the annual city assessment. The Albany census in 1800 showed eight family members and five slaves in his second ward household. From its placement on the census, it appears that Douw's residence was located west of the core city.
Beginning in 1800, he was listed among the city's licensed tavernowners.
Forty-two-year-old Sybrant Douw died in March 1809 and was buried from his church.
Sources: The life of Sybrant Douw is CAP biography number 2226. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 6/10/11