The Truax family in early Albany were descended from "Philippe Du Truy," a Walloon who emigrated to New Netherland and died during the 1650s. His daughter, Susanna, married the founder of the Albany Wendell family.

Many spelling variations of du Trieux, Truex, Truax have been encountered in the community's historical record.

The family maintained a presence in Albany throughout the last quarter of the eighteenth century but was more strongly established in Schenectady, Watervliet, and in the larger Manor.

Isaac Truax's Halfway House tavern was a popular stop along the King's Highway between Albany and Schenectady for many years. The family burying ground serves as a family focal point today.

In 1790, four Truax households including that of Market Street mainstay Isaac I. Truax appeared on the first Federal census of Albany. Nine more Truax-named households were identified in surrounding Watervliet.

In 1815, only two Truax-named households remained in the city.

Since then, the family and the name of "Truax" is recalled in many ways all across the United States.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: Our work on the Truax family is informed chiefly by family and community-based resources.
Internet resources: Descendants of Philippe du Trieux; Pearson;
Follow this link to more information on the Truax family on this website.
Link to Truax family members in the Index.
Family-based access is available online as well.

first posted: 9/30/05; opened 6/15/06