Arent Bradt
Stefan Bielinski

Arent Bradt was born in February 1745 and baptized at the Schenectady Dutch church. He was the son of Johannes and Anna Van Antwerpen Bradt of Schenectady.

In March 1766, he married blacksmith's daughter Jannetje Hogan. By 1785, eight children had been baptized at the Albany Dutch church.

Arent Bradt was a cartman and wagonner who settled his family along Foxes Creek above where it cut across Pearl Street. For many decades he was a Fox Street mainstay. His address on the south side of the street - three lots above Chapel Street, was 20 Fox Street.

He supported the Revolutionary cause by hauling loads of supplies to Lake George and New England. He also served as jail keeper in Albany in 1776. Although, he was a member of the Albany militia before the war, he did not receive a land bounty right for service in the War for Independence.

Arent Bradt continued to live at the Fox Street address. His name last appeared on community rolls in 1818.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Arent Bradt is CAP biography number 4209. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 2/15/05