Bernardus Hallenbeck was born in April 1744. He was a younger son of Hendrick and Susanna Bradt Hallenbeck. He grew up in a very large family on his father's property that stretched across the Southside of Albany. In 1764, he was named to share in his father's substantial estate.
At that time, he took his place in the Albany community. Early in 1766, he joined his neighbors in signing the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty. His first ward property was valued on city assessment rolls. In May 1767, his name appeared on the roster of an Albany militia company.
In his thirties during the War for Independence, we seek information on his activities beyond occasionally serving as a courier for the Albany committee. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right for service in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.South Pearl Street home for a number of years.
Sources: The life of Bernardus Hallenbeck is CAP biography number 5249. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 10/20/07; updated 10/20/15