Cornelis Bogardus


This Cornelis Bogardus is said to have been born in October 1665. He was the son of Beverwyck/Albany residents Cornelis and Helena Teller Bogardus. However, his father was dead by 1666 and his mother re-married. His stepfather also lived in Albany until Van Bael's death in 1682. His mother married again and is said to have re-located to Manhattan. Presumably, Cornelis lived with his mother in Albany and New York for the first part of his life.

Traditional sources tell us that he went with his uncle to live in Kingston.

About 1691, he is said to have married Rachel De Witt of Kingston. Perhaps beginning in April 1692, the union produced a number of children (perhaps eight) who were christened in Kingston and in Albany (or at least by Albany-based domines).

In December 1696, Cornelis was accepted as a member of the Albany Dutch church.

In January 1700, Cornelis Bogardus was identified as a schoolmaster when he was granted the freedom of the city of Albany. However, we seek corroboration of his actual tenure in Albany.

In 1700 and again in 1701, Cornelis Bogardus signed community-based petitions to the royal governor. In 1702, his property in the first ward of Albany was assessed moderately. After that, his name has not been encountered in the community-based record.

Cornelis Bogardus is said to have died in Kingston in October 1707.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelis Bogardus is CAP biography number 6363. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Online resources: Enclclopedia of Connecticut Biography;

This passage has been called on often but has no corroborating documentation: Att a meeting of ye Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council held in ye Citty Hall of Albany, ye 23d of January I699/1700: The request of Cornelis Bogardus by ye mouth of Mr. Willm de Meyer to be admitted a, schoolmaster for ye Citty is taken into consideration and unanimously doe graunt ye same, as also a freeman of this Citty upon his arrival. Printed in AA vol 4, p.106

first posted 3/10/13