Hendrick Graverat was born in December 1737. He was the son of Albany residents Isaac and Alida Gerritsen Graverat. He grew up a middle child near the Albany waterfront in a large family where most of his ten siblings did not survive childhood.
He was thirty-five-years-old when he married Maria Van Driessen in March 1773. The marriage produced at least one child - a daughter named Alida who later produced a "mourning sampler" that provides vital information on her parents.
In 1764, he was made constable for the third ward. In 1773, he kept boarders in his modest home located on Market Street near Orange.
Although documentation of his wartime service has thus far eluded our search, he was awarded a land bounty right in conjunction with the first regiment of the Albany County militia.
Hendrick Graverat lost his wife in February 1797, Following her death, perhaps he resided with another family member. He died on August 15, 1802 at the age of sixty-four. Probably created by his daughter, Alida Graverat Dunbar (a girl is shown grieving), this beautiful piece of "mourning art" commemorates the passing of Hendrick and his wife. His son-in-law paid for the pall and hearse for his funeral.
first posted: 2/15/05; updated 11/29/08