John A. Goewy


This John Goewy was born on April 22, 1772. He was christened at the Albany Dutch church a month later as the son of Andries and Florena (Glorena) Young Goewy. He most often was referred to as John A. Goewy.

In May 1796, his name appeared in the community-based record when he was identified as a fireman in "Division 1."

In August 1797, he married Rachel De Foreest at the Albany church. Their son was christened in Albany in 1798. The marriage produced additional children.

In 1799, his shop in the third ward was valued modestly. In 1809, both his Market Street shop and a vacant lot on Orange Street were listed on the third ward assessment roll. In November 1816, John A. and Rachel sold a lot in an unspecified location.

Perhaps he was the "John Geweye" whose household was configured on the census of 1800 in Watervliet.

In July 1804, he was named co-executor of the will of his father-in-law, Philip De Foreest of Schodack.

He was listed as a saddler in the first Albany city directory in 1813. At that time and afterwards, his address was given as 14 Market and then as 209 North Market Streets - probably the same address near the evolving northern city line.

In 1814, John A. Goewy was among those who witnessed the will of a North End neighbor.

He died in June 1828 and was buried in the Dutch church plot. His will passed probate a month later. John A. Goewy was buried alongside his wife "Rachel DeForest" who had died eight years earlier. John A. Goewy had lived more that fifty-six years. Their final resting place has been listed as the Albany Rural Cemetery.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John A. Goewy is CAP biography number 5200. This sketch is focused on the North End resident "John A. Goewy" and is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted 1/10/17; updated 2/19/17