Petrus Vandenbergh


Pieter Claese was born in April 1703. He was the son of Albany-area newcomers Cornelis C. and Susanna [Lievers or Ouderkirk] Vandenbergh. He was a middle child with several siblings and grew up on an Albany-area farm - probably in the vicinity of what became Halfmoon. With some historical precedent, we refer to this individual as "Petrus."

In January 1731, he married New York resident Maria Lievers at the Albany Dutch church. By 1748, five children had been christened in Albany where, over the next three decades, the parents were regular baptism sponsors and where Maria was a pewholder.

In 1738, he witnessed the will of Hendrick Oothout of Rensselaerswyck.

In 1742, his name was included on a list of first ward freeholders.

In July 1746, he was named co-executor and heir of the estate of his "cousin," Edward Blood. In June 1750, he was identified as the husband of Marytie Lieverse and "of Albany" in the will filed by her Manhattan-based uncle.

In 1766, Petrus's property at Halfmoon was assessed substantially.

In August 1773, Petrus and his son Pieter were mentioned in the will filed by his sister.

In 1790, the household of "Petrus Vandenburgh" was configured on the census for Watervliet. At that time, five slaves were listed with him.

Calling himself "Petrus" of "the Boght," he filed a will in August 1794. It named two sons as executors and three daughters (but no spouse) as his heirs. The will passed probate in June 1795.

Pieter C. (Petrus) Vandenbergh probably had lived for more than ninety years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Pieter C. Vandenbergh is CAP biography number 5838. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/10/11