Barent Bogert


Barent Bogert was born at the beginning of 1745. He was the only son born to the marriage of Douwe and Willempie Bradt Bogert. He grew up in a shoemaker's home in the second ward.

He also followed the leather trades and owned a tanning pit on Foxes Creek as well.

In 1766, he joined with other Albany men in signing a constitution for the Albany Sons of Liberty. In 1767, he was listed on the roster of an Albany militia company. In 1771, he was appointed high constable.

In October 1776, he appeared before the Albany Committee of Corespondence to report that his tanning pit was robbed by two individuals and that four sides of leather had been stolen. Otherwise, his name has not yet been found in the community record for the War years. However, afterward, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

About 1775, he married Alida Vandenbergh. By 1796, their seven children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church, where he was a member and the church sexton for a number of years.

Barent's father probably died during the 1770s. In 1788, he was listed as a boarder of modest means in the house of his widowed mother. In 1790, he was named as the head of that second ward household.

He may have lived in the little "Sexton's House" located next to the "North" Dutch church after it was opened in 1798.

Barent Bogert was the city watchman in 1794-96.

He appears to have died after 1820 when he still was identified as sexton in the city directory.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barent Bogert is CAP biography number 6081. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/30/07