Anthony Van Schaick, Jr.


This Anthony Van Schaick, was born in May 1721. He was the eldest of the five children of Goose Van Schaick and his first wife, Debora Abeel Van Schaick. His mother died in 1730 and his father later remarried. He was known as "Jr." and also as Anthony G. Van Schaick. However, a number of contemporaries also were identified similarly.

In July 1736, he was among those named and provided for in the will filed by his father. Goose Van Schaick died the next year but his stepmother survived for several decades. In January 1737, he was identified as "Anthony G. Van Schaick" and named among the beneficiaries in the will filed by his grandfather. By virtue of that document, he eventually received substantial property on the upper Hudson islands. That will passed probate early in 1741.

In September 1751, he married Christina Van Schaick at the Albany Dutch church. Perhaps the marriage produced only a son and daughter.

In March 1756, he witnessed the will of a prominent Albany personage. In March 1763, he was named co-executor of the will filed by Anna Margarita Van Schaick - the maiden sister of his dead father.

In October 1761, "Antony Van Schaick, Jr." was named co-executor of the will of his wife's maiden sister. In 1763, the name of Antony G. Van Schaick appeared on a list of Albany County freeholders. In September, two "Anthony Van Schaicks" were listed in the will filed by another kinswoman. This subject was one of those named.

These Van Schaicks appeared to have lived mostly on Van Schaick Island. Qualitative material for "Anthony Van Schaick" documents substantial wealth but may not pertain to this subject. In 1779, "Anthony Van Schaick" owned a substantial lot in Albany's third ward and at least nominally belonged to an Albany militia company.

Then aged sixty, in August 1781, Anthony Van Schaick "of the island of Cohoes" in Albany County filed his will. It named his wife (Christina) and daughter as his heirs. He was dead by April 1782 when the will passed probate. His widow survived into the 1800s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anthony Van Schaick, Jr. is CAP biography number 3939. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Transcriptions of some of his bible records have been presented online.

first posted 1/30/14; revised 6/6/14