Dirkje Barheit Van Woert


Dirkje Barheit was born in Rensselaerswyck probably during the 1680s. She was the daughter of southern Albany County farmers Andries and Geertje Teunis Barheit.

In November 1707, Dirkje was living in Albany when she married Claas Van Woert at the Albany Dutch Church. By 1724, seven children had been christened at the church.

This Van Woert family made its home in Albany's first ward until at least the mid-1720s. Their presence left only a slight impression on the community record.

The name of Dirkje Barheit Van Woert was not off of Albany rolls following the birth of her last child in March 1724. She and Nicholas continued to witness baptisms up to 1748 when she would have been in her sixties.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Dirkie Barheit Van Woert has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek more definitive information on her later life and passing.

first posted: 4/15/07