Obadiah Van Benthuysen
In 1766 he was appointed constable for the first ward. In 1770, he was made a member of the Albany night watch.
In 1769, he was named as an heir among six sons and two daughters in the will filed by his father. He also was named co-executor of the estate.
During the 1760s, his name appeared on the rosters of Albany militia companies. A decade later, he is said to have served the Revolutionary cause although his name was not included on the obvious Albany service lists.
By 1779, his widowed mother had taken over as the head of this Van Benthuysen household. In 1788, his house and holdings were valued on the first ward assessment roll. In 1790, perhaps his growing family was included within the household of his widowed mother. But by 1800, he was identified as the head of a first ward household.
Obadiah Van Benthuysen was dead by 1817 when his widow was listed as the head of their Division Street home. He had lived about seventy years. His widow survived until 1825.
Sources: The life of Obadiah Van Benthuysen is CAP biography number 5357. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 4/10/09; last updated 8/19/15