John W. Van Zandt
John W. Van Zandt was born in August 1757. He was the eldest son of Willem and Alida Swits Van Zandt. He was known as John W. to help distinguish him from same-named contemporaries. He grew up in the first ward of Albany surrounded by a number of family homes.
In November 1780, he married Elizabeth Van Zandt at the Albany Dutch church. She apparently died without bearing children. In October 1782, he married Margarita Burgiss also at the Albany church. By 1799, seven children from the second marriage had been christened in Albany.
In 1786, he was named a chimney viewer for the first ward.
After that, his name seems to have dropped from the community-based record thus far encountered.
John W. Van Zandt died in May 1829 at Watervliet. His will passed probate a month later.
Sources: The life of John W. Van Zandt is CAP biography number 284. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 2/20/10