Harmen Hun


Harmen Hun was born in September 1712. He was the son of Thomas H. and Maaycke Oothout Hun. He grew up in a large family in the third ward but lost his father in 1716. He was raised by his widowed mother and older sister.

Harmen married Elsie Lansing at the Albany Dutch church. By 1753, the marriage had produced five children.

This Hun family lived for many decades on Court Street near the first ward home of his older brother where Harmen was a leatherworker - sometimes called a shoemaker and others a cordwainer. He also held a tanning pit on Foxes Creek. In 1790, his modest home included six slaves.

In 1741, he was named firemaster for the third ward.

In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders.

After the war for Independence, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia militia regiment. Otherwise, further involvement in public life has thus far gone undetected.

In 1788, he was listed on the inventory of the estate of Hendrick Bogert as owing the estate £4.7.

Harmen Hun filed a will in April 1793. It noted his wife and three daughters and referenced his real and personal property. The will passed probate in May 1800.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Harmen Hun is CAP biography number 4773. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 3/25/07; updated 9/23/18