Andries Coeymans


Based on subsequent events, Andries Coeymans appears to have been born during the last quarter of the seventeenth century. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Barent Pieters and Geertruy De Vos Coeymans. He was named for his mother's father.

This individual had business with the city government in 1715 but probably was not a resident of Albany. This sketch organizes available information on a principal of the so-called Coeymans Patent.

In 1697, he was one of four men accounted for on the provincial census under the Rensselaerswyck household of his father. No adult women were listed in that household.

In July 1704, he was one of those named guardian of the estate of Andries Gardinier of Kinderhook.

Barent Pieterse was dead by October 1712 when letters of administration on the Coeymans estate were granted to Andries Coeymans who was identified as his eldest son.

In August 1714, Andries was granted title to the longtime family tract in southern Albany County that would become known as the Coeymans Patent. A few years later he was a partner in a patent for land in the Schoharie Valley.

In January 1715, the Albany government notified him to stop surveying the lots granted to Andries De Vos (his grandfather) on the north side of Albany. A week later, city records noted that he had posted an advertisement on the church porch to sell the lots on the west side of the north end of Pearl Street and outside of the city gate.

In June 1716, Andries married Geertruy Staats the widow of Pieter Nagle in New York City. By 1727, the marriage had produced at least five children.

In August 1724, Andries was chosen executor and heir and his living children were named as heirs in the will filed by his widowed and childless sister.

He owned a substantial house and property in New York. But, by the mid 1720s, he had removed his family to the comparative safety of Raritan, New Jersey.

Andries Coeymans filed a will in July 1741. He identified himself as a "gentleman" and was living in Somerset County, New Jersey. His estate in New York and New Jersey was left to his wife as long as she remained a widow and then was divided among his son and three living daughters. The will passed probate in New Jersey in October.

In 1754, the will of his childless brother provided for the late Andries's children but mentioned that Andries's debts to him still remained unpaid.

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[ Letters of administration and patent description on the estate of his father, Barent Pieterse ]: "Page 152.—Robert Hunter, Captain-General and Governor. Whereas Barent Coeymans, late of the County of Albany, Gent, lately died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to the eldest son and heir Andries Coeymans, October 20, 1712." [note.—The persons mentioned in above were the owners of the tract of land known as Coeymans Patent, embracing a tract 12 miles square, on the west side of Hudson's river, and now includes the town of New Baltimore, and lands adjacent in Greene County and Albany County. The rocky islet known as "Beeren Island," which figures so prominently in the veracious Diedrich Knickerbocker's "History of New York," is near the southeast corner of this Patent.—W. S. P.] Transformed from an online printing.

first posted 9/5/13; updated 2/17/14