David Verplanck


David Verplanck was born in April 1695. He was a younger son in the large family of Albany residents Isaac and Abigail Utenbogert Verplanck. He grew up in a comfortable home of a tradesman and city official in the second ward.

We seek information on his adolescence and early adulthood. Perhaps he was the "David Splank" listed on the roster of an Albany militia company in 1715.

In July 1723, David was twenty-eight when he married a much older Ariaantie Coeymans at the Albany Dutch church. Their marriage was childless as his bride was more than fifty at the time of the wedding.

David appears to have lived with his new (but older) wife in the Coeymans home on what became known as the "Coeymans Patent" located about ten miles south of Albany. He also seems to have been the business associate of his newly married but also childless brother-in-law, Samuel Coeymans.

In 1742, he was counted among the freeholders of Rensselaerswyck.

David Verplanck (then age 48) lost his wife when seventy-one-year-old Ariaantie Coeymans died in 1743. Any inheritance of Coeymans property is uncertain. However, Verplanck did own land within the city of Albany.

By the early 1750s, he had remarried (perhaps twice). In November 1752, he wed area native "Catharina Boon" at the Albany Dutch church. Those marriages produced at least the four children he named in 1762. The eldest daughter of the final marriage was christened "Ariaantie."

In June 1754, David witnessed the will of his late wife's brother. That document also referenced Verplanck's land within the Coeymans Patent.

Calling himself a resident of "Beeren Island," David Verplanck filed a will in March 1762. It named no spouse but divided his assets among the four children. He was dead by April 1763 when the will passed probate.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of David Verplanck is CAP biography number 7078. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 3/25/11; updated 2/3/14