Nicholas Bleecker


Nicholas Bleecker was born in December 1677. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Jan Janse and Margarita Van Woert Bleecker.

Like his brother, Hendrick, this Nicholas Bleecker never married. However, his life was much more historically visible than most bachelors. He probably was accounted for in his father's household on the census in 1697. Two years later, he joined with his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England.

Nicholas was a merchant who lived in his own house near the other Bleeckers in the second ward His holdings were accorded a moderate assessment.

Beginning in 1701, he served the community as constable, juror, militia officer, and was elected assistant alderman in the second ward first in 1716.

In 1720 and 1742, his name appeared on list of second ward freeholders. After 1742, the name of Nicholas Bleecker no longer appeared on Albany rolls. In 1756, Rutger Janse Bleecker's will stated that he had inherited property through the will of his brother, Nicholas Bleecker.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Nicholas Bleecker is CAP biography number 219. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Nicholas Bleecker's will has not yet been found!

first posted: 5/30/06