Spelled variously (Van Hosen, Van Husen but not Van Deusen), the story of the Van Hoesen family in early Albany begins with the arrival of Jan Franse and Volkie Van Noorstrant Van Hoesen in New Netherland about 1640. He is said to have been from Husum in Schelswig-Holstein.
Their son, Jurrian Janse, and daughter, Anna Wyngaert, became a residents of Albany.
During the eighteenth century, the family was large and largely inhabiting the rural southeastern parts (Claverack and Kinderhook) of old Albany County. The Van Hoesen presence in the city of Albany was a small part of the overall family story.
During the war years, Henry Van Hoesen was at least a part time city resident - probably in conjunction with his Albany-born and widowed mother.
In 1790, two Van Hoesen-named households appeared on the census.
In 1813, the houses of Cornelius and Widow Mary Van Hoesen were listed in the first Albany city directory.
Sources: Our work on the Van Hoesen?Heusen/Husen/Huyse family relies chiefly on family and community-based resources.
Wikipedia page in Claverack.
privately posted: 1/10/06; revised 5/20/11