Jacob Gerritse Van Laer


Jacob Gerritse Van Laer was born in the manor of Ruynem in Drente and emigrated to New Netherland.

In 1660, his name appeared on a petition of fur traders seeking more latitude in dealing with the Indians.

This individual does not seem to have married but did have a number of surviving siblings.

In October 1674, he was among those invited to the funeral of Jeremias Van Rensselaer.

During the 1670s, he appeared before the Albany court on a number of matters. At that time, he was identified as a tailor.

In 1679, his landmark house was listed on a census of Albany householders. In 1681, he was included among the Albany burghers who were consulted regarding the calling of a new minister for the Dutch church.

"A little sick of body," Jacob Gerritse Van Laer filed a will in July 1684. No wife or children were named but his entire estate was left to his brother, sisters, and their children. The will noted his house in Albany.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Gerritse Van Laer is CAP biography number 6695. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek information on his origins and passing. We have not yet connected him to translator and archivist A. J. F. Van Laer.

first posted: 4/20/06; revised 5/2/10