Lea Ostrander Van Deusen


Lea Ostrander was born in February 1724. She was a daughter in the large family of Albany area residents Johannes and Elizabeth Vandenbergh Ostrander.

By 1752, she had married Cornelis Van Deusen. By 1771, seven of her children had been christened in the Albany Dutch church.

These Van Deusens raised their family in the second ward where Cornelis earned a living by doing odd jobs and with fees received from the Albany government.

In March 1761, Lea was identified as the niece and heir of Cornelis Maase. At that time, her husband was named co-executor of Cornelis Maase's estate.

By the late 1780s, the name of Cornelis Van Deusen had dropped from Albany rolls. In 1790, at least two of their sons headed Albany households. Perhaps Lea was living with one of them.

We seek information on the later life and passing of Lea Ostrander Van Deusen.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Lea Ostrander Van Deusen has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/15/07