Burger Vandenbergh


Burger Vandenbergh was christened at the Albany Dutch church on August 3, 1740. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck residents Volkert and Catharina Huyck Vandenbergh. He grew up a middle child in a large family. His christian name was a standard in the Huyck family.

This individual does not seem to have married or to have raised a family.

In September 1766, he was among the heirs listed in the will filed by his father. He was named co-executor, heir to his father's dwelling house and lot in Rensselaerswyck, to his lots on Foxes Creek in Albany, and also to inherit his father's Albany brickyard. Volkert's will passed probate the following July - leaving Burger with substantial holdings and to provide housing for his older, widowed sister as well.

In May 1767, his name appeared on the roster of Ryckert Van Vranken's company of the Rensselaerswyck militia. During the war years, his name was on the roster of the third regiment of the Albany County militia under Philip P. Schuyler . We seek more complete information on his wartime activities.

In April 1778, he sold a lot on the north side of Foxes Creek to Daniel Winne, Jr. In March 1779, his lot in the second ward was valued more substantially than those located nearby.

During the 1780s, Burger Vandenbergh witnessed baptisms at the Dutch church in Schaghticoke.

By 1790, the name of Burger Vandenbergh had dropped from Albany-area rolls.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Burger Vandenbergh is CAP biography number 5735. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/20/09