Dirck C. Van Vechten


Dirck C. Van Vechten probably was born about 1680. He probably was the son of Albany-area residents Cornelis T. and his first wife, Sara Goewy Van Vechten.

In December 1703, he married Rensselaerswyck resident Margarita Lievers (Lewis) at the Albany Dutch church. By 1720, seven children were christened in Albany.

Shortly after his marriage, Dirck Cornelise began to acquire properties at Schaghticoke. His family was living there by 1720 when he was identified as a Schaghticoke freeholder. He appears to have been a Schaghticoke-based tenant of the city of Albany for most of his adult life. He held water rights on the Tomhannock and operated a sawmill.

Dirck C. Van Vechten filed a will in August 1739. He was dead by October 1752 when the will passed probate. In any event, he had lived less than fifty years. Several of his children became Albany residents.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: Because he was not an actual city resident, the life of Dirck C. Van Vechten has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/25/06