Isaac Hooghkerk


Isaac Hooghkerk was born in March 1737. He was the son of Lucas and Rebecca Fonda Hooghkerk. He was an older son in a large family but lost his mother in 1750. He grew up around his father's lime kiln and brickyard in the uphill section of the first ward.

In Octobver 1763, he married Rachel Van Zandt at the Albany Dutch church. By 1778, four children had been christened in Albany.

Initially intending to become a cordwainer, Isaac soon became a brickmaker - supplying a number of public and private building projects in Albany. His modest home was near those of his brothers. He held an additional lot in the first ward as well. He served as a firemaster in 1765 and in an Albany militia company.

Although he supplied bricks for repairing the barracks in 1776 and contributed for firewood a year earlier, he seek more information on the wartime activities of this Albany mainliner who turned forty in 1777.

After the war, he still operated the family brickyard on land leased from the city.

In 1800, his home was served by three slaves.

Isaac Hooghkerk died in September 1809 and was buried from the church. He had lived seventy-two years. His will passed probate in 1818.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isaac Hooghkerk is CAP biography number 3595 This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/25/08