Book of the Freeholders
City and County of Albany
Johannes Van der Heyden
Over the years, this list has appeared in a number of forms and formats. The transcription used above was made many years ago (probably during the 1950s or 60s) by my academic mentor, Sung Bok Kim - long-time professor of history at the University at Albany. He fixed the date as 1763 and noted that he copied it from the "John Tabor Kempe Papers" at the New-York Historical Society. His particular transcription is included here for sentimental reasons and because it first made me think about the value of community surveys - way before I ever dreamed about systematically studying anything except all-you-can-eat buffets. Sung Bok did share my enthusiasm for tasty food but never entered the digital age. He probably never saw any of this offering which was inspired in no small part by his exhaustive and relentless approach to source-based research.
Spellings and capitalization have been copied from Sung Bok's transcription. The list contains 242 total names - representing the entire county - not only the city of Albany. Another perspective on this list comes from an arranged printing of the so-called document appearing in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 48, No. 4, December 1960. That transcription was adapted for an online resource called Genealogy Trails." After additional information on the creation of the "document," this ambitious version has separated the freeholders by precinct/district of residence within old Albany County a few years prior to its first partition.
first posted 5/07; last updated 4/26/16 and ongoing