Barent Bleecker was born in June 1760. He was a younger son (the fourth named "Barent") of John R. and Elizabeth Staats Bleecker. He grew up in a large family on Pearl Street in the home of a former sheriff, surveyor, regional landholder, and patriot leader.
He came of age during the era of the American Revolution. At this point, we seek information on his wartime activities. However, afterward, he was accorded a land bounty right for service in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.
In December 1787, Barent married Sara Lansing at the Albany Dutch church. What seems to have been their only child was born in 1793. Like most of his kin, Barent was a member and supporter of the Albany church.
After starting married life in the home of his widowed mother-in-law, he soon became a prominent businessman and community leader who made his home on North Market Street. He also owned a store on the riverfront, stables, storehouses, houses, and lots in a number of locations around the city.
At the same time, he owned extensive real estate in upstate New York. The town of Bleecker in Fulton County, which grew from a tract he purchased in 1793, is named for him. He also was a land agent for a number of owners.
He was an advocate and supporter of the building of canals in upstate New York. In this initiative, he was an associate of General Philip Schuyler and was treasurer of the "Western Inland Lock Navigation Company."
In 1805, he was treasurer of the "Albany & Schenectady Turnpike Company."
Barent Bleecker died in June 1840. He had lived eighty years. In September, letters of administration were issued on his estate.
Sources: The life of Barent Bleecker is CAP biography number 150. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Online compilation of information and resources.
first posted: 3/20/08