Andries De Vos


According to traditional sources, Andries De Vos was born in Holland within a few years of 1600. We seek information on his background although we note some work on his parentage.

In March 1625, he is said to have married Maria Coeymans. Several of their children emigrated to New Netherland with them in 1641. He was the brother-in-law of fellow pioneer Barent Pieterse Coeymans.

He is said to have been a carpenter by trade and to have occupied a saw and grist mill in what became Bethlehem. During the 1640s, he was said to have been a member of the court of Rensselaerswyck. He also was a regular litigant and subject of its deliberations. In 1649, he had a servant named Huybert.

He was living near Beverwyck during the 1650s. In 1653, he owned a woodlot and then other real property within the stockade. In May 1660, his name appeared on a list of traders who favored freedom to meet fur bearing Indians beyond of the Beverwyck stockade. He was well known in a number of capacities by the Beverwyck court.

His wife is said to have died in 1665.

Andries De Vos probably was dead by the mid 1670s. Without surviving sons, the family name dropped from Albany rolls following his death.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Andries De Vos is CAP biography number 7852. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/10/11