Jacob Verplanck


Jacob Verplanck was born prior to 1700. He probably was the son of an Albany Verplanck family. Multiple potential origins and few family-based clues dictate caution in fixing his birth date.

In 1715, he was identified as a private in an Albany militia company. In September of that year, he was named constable for the second ward.

In 1721, he was identified as the lieutenant in a company of mostly Albany men who were settle among the Senecas for a year to trade for furs. The party returned to Albany in September 1722.

In 1727, he was among those who were compensated by the provincial government for provisioning and otherwise assisting the troops at Oswego. As late as early 1735 his name was found among those supplying "strouds and rum" for Oswego.

In 1734, he was appointed firemaster for the second ward.

Perhaps he married Lydia Van Alstine in November 1733 at Albany Dutch church. However, no children were christened to the couple and only one witnessing of a baptism (1736) was recorded for them in the extant church records.

We move on for now, still seeking defining information on the origins and later life of the early eighteenth-century Albany resident knnown as Jacob Verplanck.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Verplanck is CAP biography number 1152. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 1/20/11; updated 8/20/13