Arie La Grange
Stefan Bielinski

Arie La Grange was born in November 1738. He was the son of Jacobus and Engeltie Veeder La Grange of southern Albany County.

In February 1762, he married Maria Van Antwerpen in Schenectady. By 1777, she had given birth to five children. He was a pewholder in the Albany Dutch church although he seems to have had some association with the Lutheran church as well.

These La Granges settled in Albany where he owned a house and lots in the first ward. He was a merchant who purchased farm and forest produce from the countryside. In 1766, he stood with his neighbors in opposition to the Stamp Act. In September 1775, he was elected assistant alderman for the first ward. The war ended his public career but he did contribute financial support to the work of the Albany Committee. Later, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany regiment of the militia.

In 1788, he signed an address published in opposition to the new Federal constitution. In that year, his first ward holdings were noted on the assessment roll. In 1790, his first ward household was configured on the Albany census. By that time, his son, James - a skipper, was taking over in his father's business.

Albany merchant Arie La Grange, "a much respected citizen," died on April 2, 1798. James La Grange buried his father from the Albany Dutch church.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Arie La Grange is CAP biography number 5906. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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