Lydia Douw Oothout


Lydia Douw was born during the early 1740s. However, her baptism record has not been found in the available Albany church records. Also, her parents appear to have been married in 1752. She seems to have been the eldest daughter of Volkert and Rachel Bogert Douw. She grew up in the home of an Albany businessman and officeholder.

In September 1765, she married Hendrick Oothout, Jr. at the Albany Dutch church. By 1786, the marriage had produced as many as eleven children.

In 1768, she was named an heir and co-executor in the will filed by of her father. Thus, she ultimately stood to inherit a half share of a substantial estate.

At this point, we have not been able to connect this Albany native and mother to a life in the city. However, her husband appears to have been a prominent resident of Albany and/or its environs.

We seek information on the adult life and passing of Lydia Douw Oothout

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Lydia Douw Oothout is CAP biography number 2147. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/15/10