Luykas J. Wyngaert


Luykas Wyngaert was born in May 1704. He was the last child born to the marriage of Albany residents Johannes and Susanna Wendell Wyngaert. Because his life coinsides with several same-named kin, this biography will confine itself to information on Luykas "J." Wyngaert. That individual grew up in a small family in a trader's house in the second ward.

Luykas J. seems to have had an Albany-based life. In 1726, he was named constable for the second ward. In 1742, his name appeared on a list of freeholders in the second ward.

Perhaps this individual was a bachelor as no family information appears in any of the likely sources. His subsequent will recognized no spouse or direct heirs.

In 1748, his small lot near the wall in the third ward was referenced in the will of Dirck Ten Broeck in relation to Ten Broeck's riverside property. In October of that year, a Boston newspaper announced that Simon, the slave of "Luykas Job. Wyngaard, of the City of Albany, Merchant," had run away.

In July 1754, Luycas Johannes Wyngaert filed a will. He identified himself as an Albany merchant but that he was "very sick." It identified a number of friends in Albany and beyond who had befriended him over the years. The will passed probate in January 1755. This Luycas J. Wyngaert lived about fifty-one years. In December 1754, a New York newspaper noted the burial of a fifty year old bachelor named Lucas Wyngaert and that he had left his estate of 12,000 to an acquaintance, Simon Veder.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Luykas Wyngaert is CAP biography number 6222. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/15/09