Gosen Van Schaick


This Gosen Van Schaick was christened at the Albany Dutch church on June 4, 1735. He was the first and only child born to the marriage of slooper and landholder Goose Van Schaick and his second wife and cousin, Debora Van Schaick.

These Van Schaicks owned and had access to substantial resources in Albany and beyond. However, young "Goose" would know his father for only a year.

In July 1736, he was identified as one of three living children in the will filed by his father. The will passed probate in October. Then he was to receive a bequest in the will filed by his grandfather in 1737. Following the passing of his mother, he was to share in a larger portion of that estate. However, widow Catharina remarried and "her child" was provided for in the will filed by his stepfather in 1756. His mother survived in the 1760s.

With so many family members named in honor of the Van Schaick patriarch, we hesitate to assign qualitative information at this time. However, this "Goose" Van Schaick probably did not raise his own family.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Gosen Van Schaick is CAP biography number 4033. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 1/30/14