Stefan Bielinski

The Albany Vandenbergh family represents a smaller part of a very very large (perhaps the most numerous New Netherland family) regional family group. Vandenberghs also were prominent in lower New York and New Jersey.

The family has several possible origins in the annals of New Netherland. Before 1700, family members often were known by their "patronymic" as "Gysbertse" or "Willemse" or "Gerritse" or "Claese!" After that, the spellings of the Vandenbergh name have varied widely/wildly.

Because of the possible multiple origins of the Vandenbergh family, those eventually known by the surname "Vandenbergh" were very numerous and widely encountered in the general region. However, because they were not exceptionally wealthy or well-connected, a smaller proportion inhabited the city of Albany.

In 1679, three or four family households were included on the Albany census of householders. They were the sons of Rensselaerswyck tenant Gysbert Cornelisse "van den Hoogenberch."

By 1697, the family had spread out into the countryside leaving two households within the Albany city borders.

By the 1720s, a number of family members had become residents of the farming community located at the Halfmoon.

In 1756, as many as seven Albany households were headed by a Vandenbergh family member.

In 1790, three Vandenbergh-named households were listed on the Albany city census. Eleven more were enumerated in surrounding Watervliet.

In 1813, five Vandenbergh households were listed in the city directory. They were: Jack Vandenberg, 11 Van Tromp; John Vandenberg, grocer, 78 Quay; John Vandenberg, joiner, 7 Pearl; Richard Vandenberg, laborer, 23 Van Schaick; and widow Ann Vandenberg, at 50 Orange.

Numerous place and organization names across the country recall this early Albany family today.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The most recent word among printed resources appears to be The van den Berghs in America. complied by D. Wade Stockman, Robert L. Grunwell, and Betsy S. Grunwell (privately published by Grunwell in 1994). We have yet to uncover a digital version of that work. Under evaluation are Internet resources which lead us backward in time in several directions. This "blogspot" presents a wealth of interesting material in narrative form. See also this online summary.

Follow this link to more information on this family on this website.
Vandenberghs in the site index.

We have tried to utilize this spelling and spacing (Vandenbergh) in our expositions and to present the version that appears verbatim when offering documentary transcriptions.

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