Hendrick Van Woert
Stefan Bielinski

Hendrick Van Woert was born in March 1747. He was the son of Albany residents Andries and Elizabeth Vanderwerken Van Woert.

In August 1773, he married newcomer Catherine Eights. By 1791, the marriage had produced eight children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where Hendrick was a member. In 1805, he served on the church consistory.

For several decades, Hendrick Van Woert was an Albany mainstay. His household was configured on the census and his holdings valued on first ward assessment rolls. A freeholder list from 1803 identified him as a "gentleman."

During the 1760s, he belonged to an Albany militia company and to the Masonic Lodge.

At the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, he contributed to the American relief effort. In August 1775, he was appointed adjutant for the second battalion of the First Regiment of the New York Line. In July, he was promoted to Quartermaster. He also held the rank of lieutenant.

Hendrick Van Woert filed a will in October 1798. It identified his wife and four living children and noted real and personal property. They were accounted for in his household on the census in 1800. He died in February 1813 just shy of his sixty-fourth birthday. His widow lived on at 64 Hudson Avenue.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Hendrick Van Woert is CAP biography number 2585. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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