Bernardus Bradt was an overland transporter and contractor who set up his home in the first ward where he was identified as a freeholder as early as 1742. In 1737, he is said to have occupied a property on South Pearl Street at the foot of Gallows hill with Gerrit Bradt.
He performed some services for the city, was elected assistant alderman - first in 1746, and was the captain of the city's militia company during the 1750s and 60s. In 1751, he acquired a share of the cross-river ferry. He held that franchise for many years before his son, Daniel, joined him in 1758. His daughter, Maria, married future ferryman Thomas Lottridge.
In his seventies at the onset of hostilities, he had relinquished his militia commission. His support of the American cause was nominal and only financial. However, his sons were counted among Albany's patriots. After his holdings were assessed on the tax lists for 1779, the name of Bernardus Bradt appears to have dropped from Albany rolls.
Sources: The life of Bernardus Bradt is CAP biography number 4335. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 9/15/06