Cornelis De Ridder


Cornelis De Ridder was born in July 1701. He was the son of legendary Albany schoolteacher Evert De Ridder and his wife, Anna Van Ness De Ridder. He grew up in the middle of a large family perhaps residing at the North End of Albany. A number of his siblings married and raised families in Albany but more prominently in its surrounding hinterland.

In November 1725, Cornelis married Albany native Susanna Vandenbergh at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage produced at least two children during its short life span. In July 1733, he married a somewhat younger "Gerritie Van Noezen" (perhaps Gerritje Van Hoesen). At that time, Albany church records identified both partners as young people of Albany. By 1741, that marriage produced at least two children. Both sets of offspring reflected the names of the grandparents.

Beyond family information, we have not yet encountered Cornelis De Ridder in the community-based record. The De Ridders are said to have been among the earliest settlers of Saratoga/Schaghticoke. We seek documentation for this Cornelis De Ridder in that connection.

Cornelis De Ridder (perhaps the only individual at risk in the region) was buried from the Albany church in April 1744. Perhaps this short-lived Albany native did not live to see his daughter become the wife of Albany leader Abraham Yates, Jr.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelis De Ridder is CAP biography number 7834. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Second marriage: Some traditional resources call her "Van Hoesen" and connect her to specific Van Hoesen families. Still skeptical, we have preliminarily linked this bride to a specific Van Hoesen family member.

first posted 1/10/15; updated 5/7/15