Isaac Bogert
Stefan Bielinski

Isaac Bogert was born in January 1695. He was a younger son in the large family of Albany natives Jacob and Jannetje Quackenbush Bogert. He grew up in the third ward home of a middling builder and was destined to follow his father in the wood trades although not initially in an Albany setting.

In 1720, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders - probably still based in his long-lived parents' home.

In November 1725, he married Hendrickie Oothout at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage produced seven children by 1741. However, church burial records reveal that only two lived to adulthood.

Isaac was known as a carpenter in Albany and in outposts as far away as Oswego - perhaps explaining why he did not marry until he had passed his thirtieth birthday. Over a long career, he performed contract carpentry work for several governmental jurisdictions.

After coming of age in his father's north end home, these Bogerts became first ward mainstays. Upwardly mobile, Isaac was elected assistant alderman three times beginning in 1736. In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders.

Hendrickie Oothout Bogert died in April of 1764. A few years later, Isaac's modest first ward home was noted on city assessment rolls - with his adult son, Hendrick, having emerged as the head of their branch of the family. Isaac Bogert also may have kept a still just outside the city borders near the property of his Quackenbush kinfolk. Perhaps his partner in the still was Volkert A. Douw.

Isaac Bogert died in September 1770 at the age of seventy-five. This one-time tradesman led the family onto the city council. His sons and their offspring built on that success to elevate the Bogerts again.



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isaac Bogert is CAP biography number 6066. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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