Henry Glen Van Ingen


Henry Glen Van Ingen was born in May of 1784. He was the only son born to the marriage of Schenectady natives William and Elizabeth Glen Van Ingen. He was named for his mother's father.

Perhaps Henry had a younger sister. After a time in Schenectady, he grew up in the home of a mainline Albany businessman and skipper.

Henry and his mother were named as direct heirs in the will filed by his father in December 1799. William Van Ingen was dead by February 1800 when the will passed probate.

In 1807, Henry Glen Van Ingen was appointed ensign in Matthew Trotter's regiment of the Albany County militia. Beyond that reference, his name has not been found on the rolls of the mainline Albany community.

Instead, it appears that young Van Ingen moved west following the death of his father. Traditional sources place him in the Mohawk Valley by 1802 when he was serving as a clerk in the business of a cloth merchant. He is said to have briefly studied medicine in Fort Plain. Afterwards, he purchased property on Washington Street and settled in Schenectady.

He married in Schenectady in January 1804. His wife was Schenectady resident Elizabeth Hoople who died in November 1849. The marriage produced at least three children who were christened at the Episcopal church in Schenectady.

Henry Glen Van Ingen died some time before 1841 when the widow Elizabeth Van Ingen was living at 19 Green Street in Schenectady.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Henry Glen Van Ingen has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

opened: 2/10/08; revised and posted 9/30/11