Sara Van Arnhem Clute
Stefan Bielinski

Sara Van Arnhem was born in April 1732. She was the daughter of Rensselaerswyck residents Abraham and Alida Lansing Van Arnhem.

In September 1752, she married John Clute, Jr. at the Albany Dutch church. By 1775, eleven children were christened in the Albany church where both parents were pewholders and Sara was a frequent baptism sponsor.

John Clute, Jr. was a businessman and silversmith. These Clutes set up their home on the north side of Albany and raised their large family in a modest city house.

Sara Van Arnhem Clute witnessed a baptism with her son, Gerrit Clute, in October 1788. That was the last recorded lifesign for her encountered to date. Clute probably had passed by that time.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Sara Van Arnhem Clute is CAP biography number 2968. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 2/15/05