Many years later, Hendrick called himself a "yeoman." Although his primary occupation escapes more precise definition, he was a moderately successful holder of extensive lands stretching south and east from the city's settled core. He belonged to the city militia company and served as firemaster and constable in the first ward. In 1730, he was appointed high constable. From about 1720 until his death, Hendrick Hallenbeck was an Albany mainstay.
This family set up their home on Albany's Southside in a home formerly owned by a garrison officer. In time, his holdings may have extended across the entire southeastern part of the city - from what became Hallenbeck Street, across South Pearl, and east to the river; and, from about Hudson Street all the way to the Beaverkill. How he acquired such a large tract of city land is not immediately clear.
Hendrick Hallenbeck died in July 1766. His will passed probate a month later. It devised a substantial estate to his wife and then among a large family. It also established a family burial ground along South Pearl Street! His widow probably was buried there in 1787.
Mainstay: Hendrick Hallenbeck was included on lists of freeman (qualified voters) in 1720, 1742, and 1763. However, his name does not appear on the census of householders taken in 1756. His widow's name appears on the city assessment rolls for 1766 and '67!
first posted: 3/1/03; last revised 9/25/03