Thomas D. Hun


Thomas D. Hun was born in May 1736. He was the son of Albany natives Dirck and Margarita Hogan Hun. Known as Thomas D. Hun, he grew up in a moderate sized family in the first ward home of a prominent carpenter. We strive to not confuse Thomas D. with at least two other contemporary Thomas Huns who also were Albany residents.

In November 1761, he married the somewhat younger Bata (Barentje) Van Deusen at the Albany Dutch church. By 1773, four children had been christened in Albany.

These Huns first made their home in the third ward from where Thomas D. followed his father into carpentry. During the 1760s, his name (Thomas Dirck Hun) appeared on city assessment rolls in the third ward.

In 1767, he was appointed firemaster for the third ward. In 1788 and again in 1791, he was a member of a first ward engine company. In 1767, he was a member of an Albany militia company.

Almost forty at the outbreak of hostilities, in 1775, he was paid for working on the barracks and for supplying firewood. Afterwards, Thomas D. Hun was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In March 1779, the lot of Thomas D. Hun was valued on the first ward assessment along with a number of lots belonging to simply "Thomas Hun." In 1788 and 1799, his first ward holdings were valued in the same general location.

The census of 1790 noted five family members. A freeholders list from August 1797 still identified him as a carpenter. By 1800, the aging parents and two others were counted in his household.

Thomas D. Hun is said to have lived until 1802.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Thomas D. Hun is CAP biography number 4779. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/10/11