Anthony B. Bradt


Anthony B. Bradt was born in November 1731. He was the son of Benjamin and Magdalena Ryckman Bradt. He grew up in the third ward home of a long-lived tradesman and city retainer. He was known as "Anthony B." to distinguish him from at least two other city-based and historically visible contemporaries. Thus, this sketch is confined to materials that pertain to Anthony B. Bradt.

At this point, we suspect that this only son does not appear to have married and to have lived in the house of his father for most of his adult life.

In 1766 and afterwards, his personal property was valued under his father's roof on city assessment rolls.

In 1771, he was appointed fireman. In 1776, he was paid by the Albany committee for "riding" powder. In 1777, he was among those in the third ward who voted in the municipal election.

In his fifties at the outbreak of hostilities, in October 1779 he was identified as a city resident and as a member of Capt. Price's militia company who would be exempt from active military service as long as he was employed by the public storekeeper. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the city militia regiment.

Unlike an "Anthony" and a "Theunis Bradt," this individual seems to have been unaccounted for on the Albany census in 1790.

However, in December 1794, a legal action in Albany referenced Anthony B. Bradt's witnessing a transaction in 1785 and ALSO that he was present in 1794 although someone else signed for him (meaning?).

Anthony B. Bradt presumably died sometime thereafter.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anthony B. Bradt is CAP biography number 4205. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

However, a marriage license was granted to Anthony B. Bradt and Mary Van Deursen in January 1764. PFS notes they were married in February. A son named Egbert was christened by them in 1765. The name "Egbert gives" us pause with Anthony B.'s father alive and providing a home for the son at that time. Albany church records do not seem to follow with expected information. Perhaps Van Deursen went a different way as she received a license to marry someone else six months later.

first posted: 4/15/12