He was in Albany by October 1661 when he paid a deposit on the purchase of a horse. In May of that year, he had shared a lease for a houselot and barn in Rensselaerswyck.
His wife was Alida - mother of at least eleven Pruyn children. She was a member of the Albany Dutch church. He was not - although he did witness the baptisms of several children there. In 1699, he would not to sign a loyalty oath - calling himself a papist! He probably was of French ancestry.These Pruyns settled into a house on the corner of Pearl Street and Maiden Lane. By 1679, he was identified as a mainline householder. He practiced the tailor's trade. He owned additional real property within the Albany stockade. In 1706, took a mortgage on a farm in Kinderhook.
Alida Pruyn died in 1704. Frans lived on in his comfortable Albany home until his death in May of 1712.
Sources: The life of Frans Pruyn is CAP biography number 3535. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Family sources state that he was the son of John Pruyn of Holland!
first posted: 10/25/02; revised 3/23/08