Harmen Thomase Hun


Harmen Thomase is said to have been born in Ammersfort (Amersfoort), Holland about 1625. He emigrated to New Netherland and was living in Beverwyck by 1661. Harmen Thomase was the founder of the Hun family of early Albany.

By that time, he had married European-born Catharina Bercx - a widow with at least five surviving children.They made a joint will in 1663.

He was known as a "master shoemaker." He was identified as an Albany resident on the census of householders taken in 1679. He was an occasional litigant before the Albany court and a member of the Albany Dutch church.

Fifty-five by 1680, as he aged, his name became less apparent on Albany rolls. However, in 1699, a "Harmen Thomasen" joined with his Albany area neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. Harmen Thomase Hun was last heard from in 1703.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Harmen Thomase Hun is CAP biography number 4772. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. See also, an antiquarian work (published 1954) that utilizes the historical imagination of Mary Hun Sears.

first posted: 2/10/06; updated 12/15/12