Andries Nack probably was born during the 1670s. At this point we are uncertain of his parentage but he probably was the son of Albany trader Jan Nack. However, he sometimes was referred to as the son of Matthys Nack.
In 1696, Andries was admitted as a member of the Albany Dutch church. In November 1713, he married Jannetje La Grange there. No christenings for this marriage were recorded in the church records.
In 1701, he was identified as a merchant living in Albany. In 1707, he was appointed constable in the second ward. In 1714, he was named second ward firemaster. In 1720, his name appeared on a list of qualified freeholders living in the second ward.
In 1726, the Seneca Iroquois asked the royal government in New York to send Andries to the Indian country to instruct "the smith" in Indian language.
During the 1720s, Andries Nack seems to have relocated to Schenectady where he became a member of the Dutch church in 1731. Two years later, he purchased property in Schenectady. His name then dropped from the Albany and Schenectady record.
Sources: The life of Andries Nack is CAP biography number 5291. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 6/15/06