Anthony Van Vechten


Anthony Van Vechten was born in January 1748. He was the son of Anna Bogardus and the "gravely ill" Benjamin Van Vechten. His father died the following August and his mother re-married five years later. He was known as "Anthony" or "Antony" but apparently not as "Teunis/Tunis."

His wife was Maria Fonda. In November 1771, their son was christened at the Albany Dutch church. Other children probably followed but they were baptized in churches beyond Albany.

As he was the only surviving child, his father's will left him about half of the estate. In 1766, his house and property was valued on an Albany assessment roll. In 1767, he was identified as a member of an Albany militia company.

After that, his name dropped from Albany rolls. Perhaps he re-located to the Mohawk Valley or Schaghticoke where same-named individuals were active over the next four decades.

Perhaps he was the Anthony Van Vechten who died October 14, 1812 in "the 68th year of his age." That individual had a forty-eight-year-old son named Benjamin!

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anthony Van Vechten is CAP biography number 2392. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/15/06