Pieter Van Woggelum
Pieter Van Woggelum (aka "Soegemakelyk" and "Pieter Adriensz") was in New Netherland by the 1650s. Pieter Adriensz had a wooden house in Beverwyck in 1654. We seek defining information on his origins and earlier life.
He was married and had at least three children who seem to have been born in Holland. In 1691, an "Indian boy" lived with him.
He was called an innkeeper and also a skipper. In March 1684, he owed two years of back taxes in Albany but was then in New York.
In 1697, his home was configured on the Albany census. Two years later, he joined with his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. Earlier, he was identified as one of the owners of lots in Schenectady.
Pieter Van Woggelum appeared before the Albany court in May 1701. In 1702, his first ward house was valued on the Albany assessment roll. After that, his name dropped from Albany annals.
Sources: The life of Pieter Van Woggelum is CAP biography number 6050. His name is encountered in many forms in the historical record. So varied are the spellings and references that he almost defies historical description. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 11/20/05