Lambert Van Valkenburgh


According to traditional sources, Lambert Van Valkenburgh was from "Valkenburg" Holland. He probably was born about 1620.

In 1642, he married Anna Jacobs in Amsterdam. A few years later, they emigrated to New Netherland and raised a family. Their children were christened in New Amsterdam during the 1640s and 50s. In 1645,he purchased a house on Manhattan. By the early 1650s, he had settled in Beverwyck.

During the 1650s, he was called a sergeant at the fort and was appointed to the Beverwyck watch. In 1660, he was among the fur traders petitioning the court for permission to go into the woods to trade with the Indians. During that time, he appeared regularly before the court on a variety of matters.

His Beverwyck home was on the Southside of the community near the Dutch church burying ground. His house was said to be located on the west corner of Green and Beaver Streets. In 1679, he was listed on a census of Albany householders.

Lambert Van Valkenburgh was a member of the Albany Dutch church and subscribed for the minister's salary as late as 1683. He was not living in 1697. His widow is said to have died in 1704.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Lambert Van Valkenburgh is CAP biography number 1363. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. This online article printed first in 1932 relates conventional sources on this New Netherland pioneer.

first posted: 12/25/05; last revised 8/16/10