Casparus F. Pruyn
At the age of thirteen, he was placed in the office of Van Rensselaer manor where his uncle, Robert Dunbar, was the Patroon's business agent. He served there until the retirement of Dunbar in 1835 at which time Casparus succeeded him as the patroon's agent. Upon the death of Stephen Van Rensselaer in 1839, he is said to have re-located across the Hudson to Bath and became agent of the East Manor. He resigned in 1844.
In 1818, he was identified during the probate of the will of Thomas Barret (filed in 1788) as the living husband of the testator's niece.
At some point (probably during the 1820s and more certainly by 1830), he took up residence on the Manor itself - in Colonie in the historic house that now bears his name. Either Robert Dunbar or Casparus built the basic structure that stands there today.
Casparus F. Pruyn lost his wife in 1841. He died in February 1846 at the age of fifty-four. An inventory of his estate is preserved at the Pruyn house.
Sources: The life of Casparus F. Pruyn has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 1/30/09