Barrentje Spoor Barret


Barrentje Spoor was born about 1690. She probably was the daughter of Jan and Anna Marie Hanse Spoor of Niskayuna.

In December 1713, she married Albany native Thomas Barret at the Albany Dutch church. By 1719, three children had been christened in Albany.

In 1718, her husband was making arrangements to purchase a lot in Albany. He was dead by March 1719 when Barentje was called a widow and was granted the lot against Gallows Hill at what became the western corner of South Pearl and Hudson Streets.

In 1756, the house of "Mrs. Barret" was configured on a census of Albany householders. Her occupation was given as baker and her house was described as small but roomy enough for up to eight soldiers "in a pinch."

Barrentje Spoor Barret lived until 1760 and was buried from her church in September. In 1767, four lots behind her house and lots were going to be sold. Her grandson, cooper Thomas Barret, was a long time Albany resident.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barrentje Spoor Barret is CAP biography number 6525. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/10/07