Johannes Van Zandt
Stefan Bielinski

Johannes Van Zandt probably was the son of Adam Van Zandt. Traditional sources state that he had been born in Arnhem in 1657.

By 1682, he had married Margarita Vanderpoel of Albany. Their eleven children were born before 1704. Some of them were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members. During the 1680s and 90s, he was paid by the church for services including making a coffin for a "praying Indian boy."

In 1689, his modest holdings were listed on city assessment roll in the third ward. During that time, he served as a constable and juror. In 1688, he was appointed high constable.

At different times, he was called a turner, carpenter, and yeoman.

About 1693, he moved his family to New York City.

In September 1724, Johannes Van Zandt was living in Newtown Queens when he wrote a will. Stating that he was sick, he left personal effects and an annuity to his wife and divided his property including his slaves among his living children. The will passed probate on November 9, 1724.



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes Van Zandt is CAP biography number 280. This profile is derived chiefly from community-based resources. Interesting but unsubstantiated material on his background (including a first marriage) is available online!

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first posted: 8/25/02; last revised 5/30/04