The following is a description of the documentary proof assembled
by John Wolcott that the house at 48 Hudson was built in 1728 by
one Johannes Van Ostrande, and not at a later date by other parties
as had been previously believed. John put this together in 2006
for the City of Albany so that they would have record of his proof.
He modestly refers to his research as a companion to the dedronology
analysis instead of the other way around.
To the Albany Historic Resources Commission and the Albany Common
Council c/o Richard Nicholson :
It has been brought to my attention by the present owner of 48
Hudson Avenue , Albany, Brian Parker, that proof of early ownership,
of that property, by Johannes Van Ostrande, is needed. I am informed
that both the Historic Resources Commission and the Common Council
want this information for purposes of according local historic designation
for the building and especially those major framing components of
an early 18th. century Dutch-American house encapsulated within the
I will here supply transcriptions of a later 18th Century mortgage
for an adjoining property and a mid-18th Century will for another
adjoining parcel. Both of these documents prove that a Johannes Van
Ostrande owned the property prior to John L. Radley or Ratliff or
Redcliffe etc. owning it.
Let me say , at this point, although it should be obvious , that
the dating of the Dutch House at 48 Hudson Avenue should not depend
only on these and supporting documents that go back further. Certainly
the historic value of the structure should not, at all depend on
these documents alone or soley on the question of who was the first
owner. It would have been just as valuable historically if I had
never come up with the name of Johannes Van Ostrande . The tree ring
date of 1728 and the details of the structure and overall architectural
composition, are enough by themselves, to warrant providing the highest
local level possible of protection. The tree rings and the structural
details singularly and all together, are themselves important documents
And since I don't know as yet when the Historic Resources Commission
or the Common Council will meet to consider this issue, and since
I am leaving for Canada and wont be back for , at least , a week,
I feel obliged to send this data to you now. If the meetings happen
after I return, I can appear and read this material and, perhaps
answer any questions about it. Otherwise, I request that it be read
in full or in abstract, aloud in my absence.
Document I :
" Registered for and at the Request of Jacob H. Ten Eyck of
the City of Albany Esq. the twelfth day of June 1775.
Memorandum: that on this 1st. day of June in the year of Our Lord
1772 is and stands held and firmly bound unto Andries Ten Eyck, Abrahm
Gardiner and David Verplanck in the sum of one hundred pounds conditioned
for the payment of fifty pounds with lawful interest at a day long
since past and whereas. And whereas the said Andries Ten Eyck by
his attorney John Verplanck did on the 24th. day of August 1774 assign
and make over the said obligatory bond and the interest then due
thereon. And whereas there is now due on the said obligatory Bond
the sum of 50 Pounds current money of the Colony of New York, the
interest being paid to this day .
Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said Thomas Hilton for and
in consideration of the said debt amounting to 50 pounds current
money aforesaid, now justly due and owing by him the said Thomas
Hilton in manner aforesaid and for the better and more perfect securing
the payment thereof together with the interest due thereon and also
for and in consideration of the further sum of 5 shilling current
money of the Colony of New York to him in hand paid by the said Jacob
H. Ten Eyck at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents
the reciept whereof he doth hereby acknowledge.
Hath Mortgaged all that messuage house and lott of ground situate
, lying and being in the First Ward of The City of Albany ; Bounded
as follows: On the north by the lott of John L. Radcliff formerly
Johannes Van Ostrande, The heirs of Isaac Lansingh and John Kidney.
On the east by the lane that leads to sundry pastures, meadows, and
gardens. On the southby the lot now in possession of the heirs of
Isaac Kip formelry belonging to John Byvanck on the west by the lot
belongin to the heirs of David Verplanck deceased.. Containing in
front on the east by the said lane 20 feet and one inch. On the west
sixteen feet and 6 inches English measure. In length from east to
west 81 feet Rynland measure. Excepting what the said David Verplanck
hath conveyed to the City of Albany. Together with all houses etc.
provided nevertheless and this present bargain and sale grant is
upon this condition, and it is the true intent and meaning of the
said parties that if the said Thomas Hilton his heirs, executors
or administrators do and shall well and truly pay or cause to paid
unto the said Jacob H. Ten Eyck, his executors , administrators ,
or assigns, the just and full sum of fifty pouds current money aforesaid,
together with interest for the same on or before the 1st. day of
June which will be in the year of our Lord ONe thousand and seventy
seven without any deduction or abatement or defalcation whatsoever;
That then and in such case this present indenture and the grant and
release hereby made etc. and every clause article and thine herein
contained and also the said bond or writing obligitory shall cease
determine and be absolutely void. Which said mortgage was acknowledged
before Henry Bleecker Esq. one of the Judges of the Inferior Court
of Common Pleas for The City and County of Albany; This second day
of June 1775.
Recorded and Executed '
the day and year first above written SS Stephen De Lancey Clerk."
Book 4 of Mortgages, page 246
This is documentary evidence that John L. Radcliff owned the property
now 48 Hudson Ave . in 1772 , and that Johannes Van Ostrande owned
it prior to that . This is the key document and as for identifying
the location above described wtih 48 Hudson Avenue; I have several
other document which can be produced to demonstrate that. Another
document which brings the Van Ostrande ownership of this property
back ten years is , here, excerpted as pertaining to 48 Hudson Avenue,
"IN THE NAME OF GOD amen : I David Verplanck of Beeren Island
in the Mannor of Rensselaerwick in the County of Albany being of
perfect health and of sound mind and memory do this thirteenth day
of March in the Year of our Lord 1762 make and publish this my last
will and testament in manner following: "......
"Item the 2nd.
I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Areantie Verplanck
all that my lott of ground lying in the First Ward of the City of
Albany on The Plain . Bounded on the north by the street. On the
south by the lane. East by the ground of Johannis Ostrande . And
on the west by the ground of the heirs of Jan Lansing deceased containing
in breadth on the north and south thirty feet, " ......
Liber 24 of Wills page 81
I feel that there is a high probability that the Johannes Van Ostrande
cited in the above mortgage and will can be identified with a Johannes
Van Ostrande who was born in Kingston , New York in 1688. He married
Elizabeth Vandenbergh in 1713 at the Kingston Reformed Church and
they both moved to ?lbany not long after. He was the son of Peiter
Pieterse from Amsterdam, Netherlands and Rebekka Traphagen of Kingston.
His grandfather was Pieter Carstensen from the Island of Nordstrant
Friesland on the border of Denmark and Germany. Hence the name taken
a few generations later; of " Van Ostrande", Van Oostrant,
or sometimes; Ostrander which are all morphings of " Van Noorstrant " It
was never meant to mean " from the East Bank or Shore as I once
mistakenly. thought. This geneaological data was culled from the
internet ; primarily from the " Traphagen Home Page ".
The online edition of " Baptism and Marriage Records of the
Old Dutch Church of Kingston" by Roswell Hoes 1891.
And from the geneaological websites of David Pane - Joyce. I further
feel it fairly safe to identify the same Johannes Van Ostrande from
Kingston , with the one elected several times to the Albany Common
Council in the 1720's and 30's. And in the records of the Reformed
Dutch Church of Albany as having his children baptized or being a
witness with his wife, for others. These baptismal references appear
almost every year from 1718 to 1762 always with his wife cited as
either Elizabeth Van Ostrande or Elizabeth Vanden Bergh. After 1762
they appear no longer.
In 1718 Johannes Van Ostrande was appointed a firemaster in the
3rd Ward then off and on in the 1720's he was elected an Alderman
for the Third Ward. In 1729 he was elected every year as the same
for the First Ward. The tree ring date for the Van Ostrande House
is 1728 showing it was built in 1728 or 1729 and this is probably
not a coincidence.
I am 99 and 9/10's certain that the substantial early 18th. century
Dutch - American house frame components at 48 Hudson Avenue were
built by , or for Johannes and Elizabeth Van Ostrande in 1728 or
29. The remaining 1/10th per cent of uncertainty can be assigned
to his son Johannes who was born in 1734. There are reasons why I
rule out Johannes √an Ostrande the younger as a late owner
of 48 Hudson Avenue with an unknown owner or owners before him. These
include my findings of when it appears that the elder Johannes van
Ostrande died, and when it can be inferred that John L. Radley occupied
the property. But I have to leave now and this can be presented at
a later date.
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