Albert Janse Ryckman

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Captain Albert Janse Ryckman
Mayor of Albany, New York
In office
1702–1703
Preceded by Johannes Bleecker, Jr.
Succeeded by Johannes Schuyler
Personal details
Residence Albany, New York
Occupation Businessman
Website http://www.albanyny.org

Albert Janse Ryckman (c. 1642-1737) was an 18th Century American businessman and politician.

Personal life[edit]

Ryckman was born in 1642 to Beverwyck pioneers Jan and Tryntie Janse. Married to Cornelia Quackenbush in the mid-1660s, the couple eventually had twelve children. Ryckman was also known to have purchased a few properties with the payment to be received in the form of beaverskin.[1]

Professional Careers[edit]

One of the most prominent Albany brewers of his time, Ryckman became quite adept at business and polticking. Appointed to the first city council of Albany as Alderman in 1686, Ryckman made connections and increased his family notoriety until his appointment as Mayor in 1702. He was a Captain in the Albany Militia. Living until his nineties, Captain Ryckman always considered himself an "Albany county brewer."[2] Ryckman Hall on the University at Albany campus is named after Albert Janse Ryckman. "[3]

Early Public Document References[edit]

In 1675 Albert appears in a court document dated Albany, 2 June 1675. He signs as Albert Janse Ryckman. The document states that Albert Jansen Ryckman declares that he has made a contract with Stephanus Van Cortlandt, director of Renesellaerswyck, with the consent of Jans Hendrickse Bruyn, for two mortgages which Bruyn holds against Elder Gerbertse Cruyff. Albert promises to pay the mortgages in good beaver skin in installments - in 1676 and 1677 - the mortgages amounting to 399 guilders and 4 stivers with interest at 10%. A footnote by Pearson states that Captain Albert Janse Ryckman was a brewer. His house was on the south corner of Hudson St. and Broadway in 1704. In 1702 - 1703 he was mayor of the city. His mother Tryntje Janse, married Eldert Gerbertse Cryff. By his wife, Neeltje Quackenbos, he had 12 children, of whom nine were living and spoken of in his will made in 1736. He was buried Jan. 12, 1737 and his wife on 17 Oct. the following year.[4]

In 1690 Albert assists in taking of an inventory of the estate of Jan Cock, a young man killed by a cannon at Fort Albany on the 9 Feb. 1690 after the Schenectady massacre. Albert Ryckman and Jan Lansing, alderman of Albany, make the inventory." [5]

In 1703 Marten Cornelissen Van Buren writes his will and makes Albert Ryckman and Dirck Wessels the guardians of his sons Peter and Marte. Written 10 Apr. 1703.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ryckman Family - Harmen Janse Ryckman of New Netherland New York
  2. ^ Albert Janse Ryckman
  3. ^ Campus Buildings Historical Tour - Ryckman Hall
  4. ^ [Early records of the City and Colony of Albany and the Colony of Renesellaerswyck, 1656 - 1675, translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 1:115]
  5. ^ [Early records of the City and Colony of Albany and the Colony of Renesellaerswyck, Mortgages 1 1658 - and Wills 1681 -1675 translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 4:137]
  6. ^ Early records of the City and Colony of Albany and the Colony of Renesellaerswyck, Mortgages 1 1658 - and Wills 1681 -1675 translated by Jonathan Pearson. Vol. 4:152]