Isaac I. Truax
Stefan Bielinski

Isaac I. Truax was born in May 1759. He was the son of Schenectady residents Isaac and Susanna Roseboom Truax. He was known as Isaac I. Truax and may have served as a firemaster for Albany's third ward in 1774 and 1779.

In March 1788, he married Albany native Jannetje Bleecker. By 1798, five children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and pewholder.

This Truax family settled in Albany and were mainline city residents throughout their marriage. He was a merchant who conducted business from his home on the west side of Market Street. He also owned additional lots deep in the first ward.

In 1800, his household included seven members of his family and one slave. Isaac freed her, a twenty-seven-year-old mulatto named Diana, in 1810. In that year, his household included two free people of color - mirroring what had become a widespread practice during the last days of slavery in Albany.

Isaac I. Truax lost his wife in March of 1811. He lived only a year longer and died at the age of fifty-three in October 1812. His will passed probate in November.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isaac I. Truax is CAP biography number 1959. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Estate information can be found in the Bleecker Papers collection at the New York State Library. We are cautious in assigning information about the several Isaac Truaxes living in the Albany area. Although we believe he was accorded a land bounty right in association with the first regiment of the militia, we seek information on his activities during the war years!

first posted: 8/20/05