Isaac Graverat


According to the family bible, Isaac Graverat was born in July 1695 and was christened at the Dutch church in New York City on June 27. He was the son of Hendrick and Sara Sanders Graverat. His father probably died while Isaac was quite young but his widowed mother survived until 1727. He probably grew up in Albany's first ward.

In 1715, his name appeared on the roster of an Albany militia company. The next year, he witnessed a baptism at the Albany church.

In November 1727, Isaac married Alida Gerritsen at the Albany church. By 1745, eleven children had been christened in Albany whose names reflect family-based naming patterns. During that time, at least eight of his children were buried from the Dutch church. However, sons Gerrit and Hendrick survived to lead historically visible Albany lives.

In June 1729, the city records noted that the street and lane abutting his house and lot were to be paved. In March 1734, a notice of impending public works referenced his lot as touching the water in an area that was to become a dock. In January 1752, with his wife, he conveyed two lots north of Foxes Creek to an unnamed buyer. In 1747, they had been left the lots in the will of Alida's father.

In 1742, his name appeared on a list of freeholders living in the third ward. However, in 1756, his name was not included on a census of householders in the city of Albany.

Isaac Graverat may have died during the spring of 1759 or in April 1761 when money was due for his pall. Later, in 1766 and 1767, his widow was assessed for taxes on their modest third ward property.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isaac Graverat is CAP biography number 8238. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 2/10/08; updated 2/2/14