Jacob S. Pruyn


Jacob S. Pruyn was born in June 1765. He was the son of Samuel and Neeltie Ten Eyck Pruyn. He grew up in a medium-sized family in a trader's home on Pearl Street.

His father died in 1785. In 1788, he was identified as the owner of a third ward home that he shared with his widowed mother. By 1790, his mother was identified as the head of that houshold. He seems to have lived there until after his marriage.

In August 1802, he married thirty-one-year-old Albany native Harriet Roseboom at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage produced a number of children who were christened in the Albany church where he was a pewholder.

By 1810, he was identified as the head of a first ward household that included himself, Harriet, one child, and a slave. As early as 1784, Jacob was known as a mariner and then as a Hudson River skipper with a residence at 59 Hudson Street.

In 1819, he freed a slave and still was counted as an Albany resident. At some time after 1820, he left Albany - probably to live in the home of one of his children.

Jacob S. Pruyn died in July 1836 in Lafayette, Onondaga County. He had lived seventy-two years. His widow lived until 1851.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob S. Pruyn is CAP biography number 3549. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/20/07