Pieter Bogardus was baptized in New Amsterdam in April 1645. He was the son of Everhardus and Anneke Jans Bogardus. His father was the community's Dutch Reformed minister and his mother was a prominent widow. His father died unexpectedly in 1647 and Anneke Jans took her children upriver to Beverwyck where she died in 1663. Her will, filed in 1663, left him a share of her substantial estate.
Pieter's wife was Wyntie Cornelisz Bosch whom he may have married in 1665. By 1691, the marriage had produced eight children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and regular baptism sponsor.
In 1679, his name appeared on a census of Albany householders. Although also called a "glazier" and a "mariner," his community standing would place him among Albany's businessmen. He was a magistrate during the 1670s and was elected first ward alderman in 1693. He often performed contract services for Albany organizations that included repairing windows in the poor house in 1667. In 1697, his home was configured on the census of Albany householders. In 1699, he signed an oath of allegiance to the king of England. In 1702, his first ward home was valued on the assessment roll. He appears to have left Albany shortly thereafter. However, his pasture land was noted on the Albany assessment roll in 1709.
Pieter Bogardus filed a will in 1702. He died in Kingston about 1703. His will passed probate in 1714.
Sources: The life of Pieter Bogardus is CAP biography number 6381. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 11/20/05