Lucas Yates


Lucas Yates was born in April 1722. He was the second of six sons born to Joseph and Hendrickie Hooghkerk Yates. He grew up as part of a large family in a smith's home in the first ward.

In June 1751, he was almost thirty when he married his slightly younger, first ward neighbor Sara Van Zandt at the Albany Dutch church. Their marriage probably was childless although they both were church pewholders. His name is conspicuously absent from the rolls of baptism sponsors while his wife witnessed a number of christenings with other members of her family.

Lucas was a blacksmith whose modest home was near Yates and Van Zandt families in the first ward. In 1763, he was counted among Albany freeholders. In 1747, he was appointed constable. Otherwise, he left only a slight impression on the community record.

Lucas Yates filed a will in January 1766. His wife was named sole executrix. It passed probate at the end of February. He had lived only forty-four years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Lucas Yates is CAP biography number 4423. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 10/5/07