Wouter Quackenbush


Wouter Quackenbush was born in August 1735. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck residents Pieter and Anna Oothout Quackenbush.

In October 1763, he married Bata (Barbara) Knoet (Clute).. She died after bearing one child. In December 1766, he married Catharina Roseboom. He was a member and pewholder of the Albany Dutch church. Perhaps, he fathered only the one child.

In 1766, his name appeared on an Albany assessment roll. In 1767, the assessment roll for the "West Manor," noted the home of Peter Quackenbush and son Wouter. Subsequent tax rolls identified his Albany holdings. In 1790, the census enumerated the third ward home of "Walter" Quackenbush.

In 1766, he witnessed the will of his neighbor.

During the War for Independence, he supported the American cause in a number of less active ways and later was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In 1768, he was named to serve as a firemaster. Later, he belonged to an Albany fire company. He also was reimbursed by the city for services. In 1797, he was identified as a cooper and freeholder living in the third ward. In October 1800, he sold a lot along Foxes Creek on Montgomery Street to Philip W. De Foreest.

The Watervliet census for 1800 showed him living alone. In 1810, his name appeared on the "Colonie" census. However, Albany city directories for 1815-17 listed him at 240 North Market Street.

Wouter Quackenbush died in 1817. His will passed probate in October.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Wouter Quackenbush is CAP biography number 2325. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/15/06