Albert Andriessen Bradt

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Albert Andriessen Bradt (1607 – June 7, 1686) was one of the earliest Norwegian settlers in New Netherland. In the early records he is often referred to as Albert Noorman ('Norwegian').


Albert Andriessen Bradt was born in Fredrikstad, Østfold county, Norway. He moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands at a time when commerce between Norwegian and Dutch merchants was well established.[1] In 1636 he joined a party for New Netherland. In an 1636 agreement between Bradt and Kiliaen van Rensselaer, Bradt is listed as a tobacco planter. In the early records. he is sometimes referred to as "Albert the Norman". [2]

On October 8, 1636, the twenty-nine year old Bradt, his wife Annetje Barents, and their two children, Barent and Eva, sailed aboard the Rensselaerwyck, arriving in New Amsterdam on March 4, 1637. During the crossing, on Sunday, November 2, 1636, Annetje gave birth to a son they named "Storm". They would later have five more children, Engeltje, Gisseltje, Andries, Jan, and Dirck (or Hendrick).[2]

Their destination was Rensselaerswyck where Bradt worked at a sawmill and a tobacco plantation. Bradt later rented a sawmill on a location that later was known as Lower Hollow from the patroon, Van Rensselaer.[3] on a stream winding across south-central Albany County, New York. It empties into the Hudson River after flowing around the west side of Castle Island,[4] and came to be called the "Normans Kill".


In October 1647, Bradt's eldest daughter Eva married her first husband, Anthony De Hooges, superintendent of Rensselaerwyck.[2]


Primary sources[edit]

  • Biasca, Cynthia Brott Descendants of Albert & Arent Andriessen Bradt (Henington Publishing Company. 1990)
  • Christoph, Peter R. Bradt Family: A Norwegian Family in Colonial America (Higginson Book Company. 1994)
  • Wood, Joan Bradt Journey to a New Land: The Bradt Family in History (J.B. Wood. 1999)

Other sources[edit]

  • John O. Evjen Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630–1664 (Minneapolis, 1916)

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