Jan Nack
Stefan Bielinski

On October 28, 1663, Jan Nack married Catharina Roemers in New Amsterdam. At that time, he was identified as "a young man from Utrecht now of Fort Orange." He had been living in the region since at least 1660 when he settled his account with Dirck Janse Croon.

In 1679, he was identified as an Albany householder. In 1681, his name appeared on a list of Albany burghers who were petitioning the court for help in encouraging the fur trade. He was a member of the Albany Dutch church. In 1683, a Dutch church subscription roll listed him as residing "outside the North Gate."

Nack's first marriage produced several children and ended with the death of Catharina before December 6, 1692, when Jan married Sophia Wyberstool, the widow of Hendrick Abelse Ridderhaus.

A mainline Albany resident who leased and then owned houses and property on Rom Street, Nack was a small scale fur trader and gunstock maker who served on Albany juries and as constable and assessor for the second ward during the 1680s and 90s. In 1697, his home was configured on the Albany census and included three men. Perhaps they were his apprentices - whom he trained as gunstockers, or his recently married son, Andries. In 1699, he signed an oath of allegiance to the king of England. His second ward property was included on city assessments during the early 1700s.

In November 1689, common council minutes identified him as a supporter of Jacob Leisler.

Jan Nack may have died on December 12 1708.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Nack is CAP biography number 5287. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Fort Orange: The scribe meant Beverwyck as no one was living in Fort Orange at that time.

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first posted: 12/30/04