Dirck Hun
Stefan Bielinski

Dirck Hun was born in September 1704. He was the third son of Albany residents Thomas Harmanse and Mayke Oothout Hun. This son of a prominent merchant lost his father in 1716.

About 1725, he married the slightly older innkeeper's daughter Margarita Hogan. By 1741, five of their children had been baptized in the Albany Dutch church. However, this Albany native was a member of his wife's church, St. Peters.

Dirck Hun earned his living as a carpenter. By the 1740s, his sons had joined him as joiners. His first ward home and shop were well-known Albany landmarks.

Although he held no municipal offices, he performed contract work for the city government and was qualified to vote. Besides his sons, his enterprises were supported by slave labor.

His name last appeared on city rolls in 1779 - although he may have been dead by that time. Too old for actual service during the war, during the 1780s he was awarded a bounty right in conjunction with the Albany County militia.

His widow was identified as a head of household in 1790.



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Dirck Hun is CAP biography number 4774. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. He probably belonged to an Albany militia company although no documentation has yet been found!

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first posted: 2/15/03; revised 3/18/07