Pieter Vosburgh


According to traditional sources, Pieter Vosburgh was born about 1652. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Abraham Pieters and Geertruy Coeymans Vosburgh. His father died tragically in 1659.

As a young man, he may have lived for a time with his widowed mother. In 1679, his mother's Albany household was taxed for stockade maintenance.

During the 1680s, he married Jannetje Barents Mynderts. The marriage produced several children. He was a member and supporter of the Albany Dutch church.

He seems to have been among the earliest inhabitants of Kinderhook. In 1681, and for several decades thereafter, he served as a justice of the peace there. His name is a prominent feature of many Albany County documents from those times.

In 1689, he was authorized to administer his deceased father-in-law's estate.

Calling himself a resident of Kinderhook, Pieter Vosburgh is said to have filed a will in June 1690. However, no children were named. His younger brother, Isaac, is said to have lived with him and to have inherited some of his property.

In 1697, his household was configured on the Rensselaerswyck census. During those years, he was a prominent resident of eastern Albany County who was a contractor of the Albany corporation as well.

In February 1715, he witnessed the will of Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck. In 1720, the name "Pieter Fausburgh" appeared on a Kinderhook freeholder list. After that, subsequent references would be to younger individuals of that name.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Pieter Vosburgh has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/30/06; last revised 3/4/16