Jacob Glen was born in October 1703 and christened at the Schenectady Dutch church. He was a younger son of John and Jannetje Bleecker Glen. His father died when he was only three and his middle-aged mother raised a young family in their Pearl Street home. He sometimes was referred to as "Jacob Sanders Glen."
In December 1732, he married Albany native Elizabeth Cuyler. By 1743, six children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church.
This Jacob Glen was a merchant and trader whose landmark home was near his kin in the second ward. In 1734, he was elected assistant alderman and was re-elected the following year. In 1741, he was appointed firemaster. While serving on the council, he was active as an Indian commissioner.
In 1742, his name appeared on a list of second ward freeholders.
Jacob Glen died in April 1746 and was buried from his church. He had not yet reached his forty-third birthday. His widow survived to raise their children and lived on in Albany for another forty years.
Sources: The life of Jacob [Sanders] Glen is CAP biography number 4927. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 9/10/06