Gerrit Staats was born in June 1722. He was the younger of two sons in the large family of Barent and Neeltje Vandenbergh Staats. His parents had lived in Albany but relocated to family property across the Hudson in Rensselaerswyck sometime prior to Gerrit's birth.
During the mid-1760s, he was living on family property on Staats Island - (by the terms of their father's will) sharing the homestead with his brother, Jochem. Each brother was assessed substantially on the property. In 1767, he was identified as a lieutenant in Joachim's militia company from the "east side" of the manor of Rensselaerswyck. Their complex on Staats Island was marked as "B" on the Bleecker Map of Rensselaerswyck - on the east side of the river.
Gerrit Staats buried his wife in August 1764 following the birth of her last child. He died sometime afterwards. However, a Gerrit Staats was prominent in the community based record for several decades.
Sources: The life of Gerrit Staats is CAP biography number 4569. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
Portrait detail copied from an online description of an item in the collection of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Online offering includes biographical information on Staats and material on artist John Heaton.
first posted 6/4/04; recast and revised 5/6/17