Johannes Van Deusen


Johannes Van Deusen was born in February 1717. He was the first son of Mattheus and Engeltie Slingerland Van Deusen. A number of same-named individuals were living in greater Albany County during his lifetime.

In April 1745, he married Maria Winne at the Albany Dutch church where both parents were occasional baptism sponsors. At that time, he was identified as a carpenter. By 1753, three children had been christened in Albany.

In 1752, he was appointed firemaster for the first ward. Over the next two decades, his accounts were paid from the city treasury.

In 1756, the property of this carpenter was described on a census of Albany householders taken by the British army.

In 1763, the name of "John van duzen" appeared on a list of Albany freeholders near those of some of his first ward neighbors. During the 1760s, his first ward property was valued on Albany assessment rolls. The name of this city resident is absent from city-based assessments from 1779 and afterwards.

At the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, he would have been past his fifty-eighth birthday and too old for active service.

Johannes Van Deusen has not been found in the community based record from after the war. However, in 1790 the household of John Van Dusen was configured on the census for Watervliet.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes Van Deusen is CAP biography number 5546. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 5/20/09; updated 1/28/14