The Van Deusen family of early Albany descends from Abraham Pieterse and Tryntje Melchiors who, following their marriage in Haarlem in 1629, emigrated to New Netherland. Perhaps their six surviving children had been born in Europe as well.
They settled in New Amsterdam where Abraham Pieters attained wealth and status prior to the English takeover in 1664. He died a few years later.
From that time on, the family maintained a small but consistent presence in Albany. However, during the eighteenth century, the Van Deusens spread across old Albany County and beyond.
Manhattan native Maria Van Deusen was the wife of Albany patriot officer Dirck Schuyler, Jr. In 1779, six separate Van Deusen properties were valued on the Albany assessment roll. After the War for Independence, five Van Deusens were included on the land bounty list in conjunction with the city militia regiment. Maybe a number of Van Deusens from downriver had taken refuge in Albany during the war years.
In 1790, six Van Deusen households were named on the census for the city of Albany.
Sources: This sketch on the Van Deusen family is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A family reconstitution was completed in 2000. The standard work on the family was compiled by Albert Harrison Van Deusen and now appears online. Additional online resources include: Albert Harrison; Wikipedia; Van Deursen family;
first posted 12/20/06; updated 8/25/13