Harme Rutgers was an Albany brewer and property owner during the last quarter of the seventeenth century.
In 1679, his holdiings were valued substantially on an assessment of Albany property owners. He may have been an absentee owner. In 1689, he was among the first ward subscribers to a fund for community defense. However, his name was absent from the Albany census taken in 1697.
During the 1680s and 90s, he witnessed baptisms in the Albany Dutch church. He was listed with the church members in 1683. Perhaps his wife was Catharina de Hooges - the mother of future Albany residents but not the wife of another Albany resident.
His heirs were mentioned in the city records in August 1712. As late as 1720, his property "near the Dutch church almshouse" was referenced.
Sources: The life of Harme Rutgers has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. This sketch is pre-mature as we seek defining demographic information.
first posted: 5/15/07