Abraham Vosburgh


Abraham Vosburgh was born in March 1696. He was the second eldest surviving son of Isaac and Anna Jans Goes Vosburgh. He grew up in a large family on their Kinderhook farm.

In October 1719, he married Albany native Geertie Vandenbergh at the Albany Dutch church. By 1740, eight children had been christened at the Albany church.

In March 1721, an "Abraham Vosburgh, Jr." purchased a lot at the foot of Gallows Hill, east of the street and on the north side of Isaac Fryer's lot. In April 1728, he received a fifty year lease for two acres on Gallows Hill for a brick kiln at the rate of twelve shillings a year. Additional transactions for city real property followed.

In 1729, he was appointed firemaster for the first ward.

In 1738, Abraham Vosburgh is said to have left Albany (leaving his assets in the charge of his sons) and to have settled on a farm at Hoosick where he still was living in November 1760.

One time Albany resident Abraham Vosburgh is said to have died shortly thereafter.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Abraham Vosburgh is CAP biography number 6540. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. His life has been recounted in some detail in the best of the traditional family histories.

first posted: 1/10/11