Jochim Staats


Jochim Staats was born in April 1729. He was the eldest son in the family of Isaac and Maria Van Deusen Staats. He grew up with several brothers in a comfortable house in Albany's first ward.

In March 1761, he was almost thirty-two when he married Geesie Vedder at the Albany Dutch church. Their daughter was christened in the Albany church in 1767 where he was a pewholder, baptism sponsor, and later a church officer. Perhaps, she was their only child.

In 1753, he was appointed constable for the first ward. Three years later, he served as firemaster. He also served in an Albany militia company.

In 1764, his name was included on a petition submitted by Albany merchants. From that time on, he was found among Albany's mainstays. Over the next three decades, his first ward property was valued on city assessment rolls. In 1788, his property was situated in the midst of Albany's Southside. In 1790, this household included his wife and two other females.

At the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, Jochim Staats was forty-six-years-old. He subscribed for the relief of Ticonderoga but appears to have done no more than to be exempted from service by virtue of his age just a few years later.

Jochim I. Staats may still have been living in 1808.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jochim Staats is CAP biography number 4599. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/20/06