Pieter Van Brugh
|Pieter Van Brugh|
|Mayor of Albany|
1721 – 1723
|Preceded by||Myndert Schuyler|
|Succeeded by||Myndert Schuyler|
1699 – 1700
|Preceded by||Hendrick Hansen|
|Succeeded by||Jan Jansen Bleecker|
Province of New York
|Children||Catharina Van Brugh|
|Parents||Johannes Pieterse van Brugh
Catharine Roeloffe Jans
|Relatives||Roeliff Jansen (grandfather)
Hendrick van Rensselaer (brother-in-law)
Philip Livingston (son-in-law)
|New Netherland series|
|The Patroon System|
|People of New Netherland|
Early life and family
Pieter Van Brugh was a member of the Dutch aristocracy of Albany. Pieter Van Brugh was the oldest son of Johannes Pieterse Van Brugh and Catharina Roeloffs (sometimes shown as Trijntje Roeloffs). His father, Johannes Pieterse van Brugh, had made a fortune by migrating from the Netherlands to New Netherland and exporting furs and other natural resources from Manhattan. Pieter's maternal grandparents were from Norway. Roelof Janse (1602–1637) was born in Marstrandsön, a small island situated in Bohuslän province in Norway, today a part of Kungälv Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Anneke Jans (later Anneke Jantz Bogardus) (1605–1663) was born on Flekkerøy, an island situated outside the town of Kristiansand, Vest-Agder county, Norway.
After serving time as a militia lieutenant in New York City, Van Brugh entered the family business and lived with his wife's family in Albany. He became a constable in 1692 followed by several other public duties in the following years. In 1697, he inherited the Cuyler's home.
In 1699, Van Brugh's prominence led to his appointment as Mayor of Albany which he held until the following year. In September 1700, he was part of an expedition that traveled west into the Iroquois country in an attempt to establish a fort among the Onondaga. In the following decades, he became one of the wealthiest businessmen in Albany and was named mayor for a second time from 1721 to 1723.
In November 1688, Van Brugh married Sara Cuyler. Uncharacteristic for the era, the couple had only one child:
- Catharina Van Brugh (born in 1689), who married Philip Livingston (1686–1749), the second lord of Livingston Manor.
When he died in 1740, Van Brugh and his wife had twelve grandchildren and had raised several orphaned nieces but had no sons thereby ending the Van Brugh family name in Albany. Van Brugh was one of the last to be interred beneath Albany Dutch Reformed Church.
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- Roelof Janse and Anneke Jans
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- "Catharina Van Brugh". A Portrait of Livingston Manor, 1686-1850 by Ruth Piwonka (Clermont, NY, 1986), p. 33. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- Pieter Van Brugh - Biography written by Stefan Bielinski at New York State Museum web site.
- Sara Cuyler Van Brugh - Biography written by Stefan Bielinski at New York State Museum web site.
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