Livinius Van Schaick


Livinius (Levinius) Van Schaick was born about 1661. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Gosen Gerritse and his second wife, Anna Lievens Van Schaick.

In 1668, he was named among the heirs in the will filed by his parents. At that time, he was seven years old.

We are uncertain if he ever married. However, he was a member of the Albany Dutch church.

Livinius was a prominent merchant and trader. In 1689, his name appeared on an assessment roll of Abany householders.

In 1686, he was appointed alderman under the Albany city charter. He served as alderman and assessor for the first ward through 1692.

After that, he seems to have re-located to New York City perhaps to better serve in the provincial Assembly where he was elected first in 1691.

In 1702, he transferred his bible to Johannes De Peyester of New York. At that time, Livinius Van Schaick was identified as a merchant of Amsterdam. Traditional sources tell us that he had returned to Holland. In April of that year, he also was named heir and co-executor of his mother's estate. In 1706, he was in line to share share in the estate of his widowed sister. At that time, he was living in Amsterdam.

We seek information on his passing!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Livinius Van Schaick is CAP biography number 3965. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/10/06; revised 3/29/10