Barent Staats was born about 1681. He was the eldest son of sometime Albany residents Jochem and Anna Rynderts Staats. In April 1712, he was granted letters of administration on the estate of his father who, at that time, was thought to have died intestate.
He married Neeltie Vandenbergh in December 1701. By 1725, their ten children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were frequent baptism sponsors.
This Staats family settled in Albany's first ward where his house was assessed in 1702. In 1707, he was appointed assessor but he had relocated to Rensselaerswyck and so was replaced. In 1711, he was elected assistant alderman for the first ward and served one term.
Barent Staats served in the Albany militia. In November 1709, he was identified as a Lieutenant and as a prisoner in Canada who was to be exchanged. In 1715, he was listed as "Coronet" in John Schuyler's Troop of horse.
In 1720, his name appeared on a list of freeholders in Rensselaerswyck. He appears to have lived on Staats Island and elsewhere south of Albany where he owned extensive real estate.
Barent Staats filed a will in January 1748. It left a substantial estate to his wife and nine living children! He died in July 1752 and was buried at the "Hoghbergh."
Sources: The life of Barent Staats is CAP biography number 136. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 4/20/04; recast and revised 12/9/17