Sybrant Van Schaick, Jr.
Sybrant Van Schaick, Jr. was born in the summer of 1708 and christened on August first. He was the eldest son of Anthony S. and Anna Catharina Ten Broeck Van Schaick. He grew up in a "glazier's" home on Albany's main street.
In 1742, he began a long association with the city government when he was appointed firemaster for the first ward. In that year, his name appeared on a list of first ward freeholders. His name remained on the Albany freeholders list in 1763. In 1762 and 1764, he joined in petitions signed by Albany merchants regarding the fur trade.
In 1754, he was chosen as assistant alderman in the first ward - but does not seem to have been seated. In 1759, he first was elected alderman for the first ward. He was re-elected several times into the mid-1760s. During that time, he was an active council member and was re-imbursed from the city treasury. In 1763, he paid for a lot on the Woutenbergh. In 1772, he was told to remove his fence from the street on Gallows Hill.
In 1756, his home was included on a census of Albany householders. At that time, he was identifed as a "Glazier." During the 1760s, his house on the south side of State Street was accorded a substantial assessment - placing him near the bottom of the top five percent of the community.
Sybrant Van Schaick, Jr. was last heard from in 1772. After that, his name has not been found on Albany rolls.
Sources: The life of Sybrant Van Schaick, Jr. is CAP biography number 3986. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. He was called "Jr." to distinguish him from his more prominent same-named and almost exactly same-aged cousin.
first posted: 2/15/08