Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Hendrick Brouwer House in Albany

Here is a copy of an article by Dr. Susan Jane Staffa, "A New Old House Reveals an Older Oldest House in Schenectady," as it appeared in the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook, 1984-1987, Vol. 49, pp. 25-27. Apparently it had originally been published in "The Stockade Spy," a publication of the Stockade Association of Schenectady. This copy is from the William B. Bogardus Collection.

LAN SS-196 Hendrick Brouwer House

Hendrick Brouwer, baptized in 1652 in Amsterdam, was a son of Willem Brouwer who lived at Beverwijck (later Albany, New York) until his death in 1668. Hendrick, who was married to Marritie Pieterse Borsboom, died in very late 1706 or early 1707. Hendrick lived in Schenectady, and his house on the east side of Church Street, is well known and has been written about previously.

This article is the most interesting account I have yet read on the subject of Hendrick Brouwer's house. The reasoning used by the author to arrive at certain conclusions are in themselves valuable techniques that may be new to many family genealogists and historians.

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