Jan Jurrianse Becker
Stefan Bielinski

In 1660, Jan Jurrianse Becker was licensed to keep a school in New Amsterdam. Shortly thereafter, he made his way to Beverwyck where he sought to do the same. In 1670, he was licensed by the governor "for ye teaching of youth to read & to wryte" in Albany. As late as 1676, he still held a schoolteacher's license.

Jan Jurrianse's career in America had a number of facets. During the 1650s, he was identified as a clerk at Ft. Casimir on the Delaware. In 1669, he was appointed a notary in Albany - apparently holding that position for many years! In 1689, he was named treasurer of the city and county of Albany and held that position until 1693.

By 1660, he had married Maria Adriens. The marriage produced two surviving children including their daughter Martina who married soldier-turned-innkeeper William Hogan. He was a member of the Albany Dutch church.

He was an Albany householder and also may have held property in Greenbush. His first ward home was an Albany landmark.

Jan Jurrianse Becker filed a will in October 1694. He was dead by October 1697 when it passed probate. By that time, his son and daugther were living in his Albany houses.



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Jurrianse Becker is CAP biography number 6030. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The best of the online resources comes from Alberta Parker and Jim Churchyard!

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first posted: 3/10/03