Abraham Kip


Abraham Kip proably was born about 1659. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Isaac and Catharina Hendricks Kip. He grew up in New Amsterdam and its environs.

In October 1687, he married Albany native Geesie Vanderheyden at the Albany Dutch church. The couple settled in Albany. By 1705, their eight children had been christened at the Albany church where both parents were active members.

For many decades, these Kips were Albany mainstays. His house was on Pearl Street at Maiden Lane and he also owned additional property in the first ward. His holdings were assessed comparable to those of a moderately affluent merchant. He served as juror, assessor, surveyor, firemaster, and constable but was not elected to the city council. In 1699, he joined with his Albany neighbors in pledging allegiance to the king of England. In 1720, he was identified as an Albany freeholder.

Abraham Kip died in June 1731. His widow lived on until 1748.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Abraham Kip is CAP biography number 5942. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 11/25/05