Johannes Van Vechten, Jr.


Johannes Van Vechten, Jr. was born in June 1709. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck residents Volkert and Lydia Ten Broeck Van Vechten and the twin of Ephraim Van Vechten. He was called "Johannes Jr." to avoid confusion with an older kinsman of the same name.

In 1727, he was paid by the provincial government for six days of labor done at Oswego.

In October 1734, he married Albany native Cornelia Beekman at the Albany Dutch church. By 1747, seven children had been christened in Albany. Three of them had been buried in the church by 1746.

By 1740, he had settled in Albany when he was first elected assistant alderman for the first ward. He was re-elected every year until his death. In 1742, his name was included on a list of Albany freeholders.

He filed a will in May 1743. Johannes Van Vechten, Jr. died in December 1746 - a few months before the birth of his last son. He was only thirty-seven years old. His will passed probate in April 1749. His widow and four sons lived at least until the end of 1766 when Neeltie's will passed probate.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes Van Vechten, Jr. is CAP biography number 2528. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/10/07