Ari Oothout


Subsequent information tells us that Ari Oothout was born about 1676. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Jan Janse and Hendrickie Van Ness Oothout. He was a younger son in the family of an eastside Rensselaerswyck brewer.

He was named (Arien) in the will filed by his father in 1688. At that time, he was twelve years old. His father was dead by 1695 when the will passed probate. This third surviving son was well provided for through his father's bequest which included provision for his training in a trade.

In November 1700, "Adriaan" married Lammertje Loockermans at the Dutch church. At that time, the newlyweds were living in "New Albany." By 1723, their nine children had been christened in the church where the parents were regular baptism sponsors.

In 1699 and in 1701, Ari was among those who had signed a loyalty oath to the Protestant King of England.

These Oothouts initially made their home in Albany's third ward. Assessment rolls for the early 1700s taxed his property moderately.

In 1715, Adriaen was listed as a private in a Manor based Albany militia company.

By 1720 and again in 1742, his name was appearing on freeholder lists for Rensselaerswyck.

Ari Oothout died in the winter of 1752 and was buried from the Albany church on February 2.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Ari Oothout is CAP biography number 410. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 2/10/14