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Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
Chapter XXIV: Genealogy of the Van Vranken Family

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[This information is from pp. 237 and 268-270 of Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing. Thanks to Carol Di Crosta for data entry help with this page.]

Class Gerritse Van Vranken came to the province of New York at a very early date; the precise time cannot now be determined. He had two sons, Gerrit and Rykert.

Gerrit Class, the oldest son, married Ariantje Uldrick, and as his widow married Geraldus Camberfort (Comfort) October 16th, 1692, we reach the conclusion that he did not live to a very advanced age. He left two sons and one daughter, Class, Uldrick and Maritje. He and his brother Rykert, in company with Class Jansen Van Bockhoven, purchased land in what is now the town of Clifton Park, then known by the Indian name of "Canestigione," applied to a considerable tract on both sides of the Mohawk River, in 1672, for 550 skipples of wheat. There Gerrit Class resided until his decease.

Class Gerritse, oldest son of Gerrit Class, Jr., born in 1680, married, December 3d, 1704, Gertruy Quackenbos. He is the first Van Vranken that is found settled in Niskayuna on the south side of the Mohawk River, where he bought land of Johannes Clute, March 6th, 1709.

The numerous Van Vrankens that to-day people Niskayuna are as follows: As we have seen, this grand old Holland stock came to the New Netherlands at a very early date. The ancestor of all the Schenectady stock was Claas Gerritse, the first Van Vranken that settled in Niskayuna, and left the following lineage:

Gerrit, son of the above named Gerrit Claas, born October 3d, 1708, married, July 7th, 1738, Marytje, daughter of Johannes Fort.

Abraham, son of Gerrit, born July 6th, 1750, married Gertruy Gout. He had one child, Elizabeth, born August 2d, 1790.

Rebecca, daughter of Gerrit, born April 4th, 1739, married Johannes DeGraff.

Johannes, another son of Gerrit, born October 25th, 1743, married April 16, 1776, Gertrude Van Vranken.

Ariantje, his daughter, born August 19th, 1781, married Andrew Yates.

Rebecca, another daughter, married John D. Fort.

Gerrit, also a son of Gerrit, born May 7th, 1741, married, January 9th, 1771, Gertruy Visscher. He died November 16th, 1785, leaving several children.

Pieter, another son of Claas Garritse, born December 3d, 1721, married, May 3d, 1748, Neeltje, daughter of Dirck Groot. He died in 1809, having had the following children:

Nicholas, born April 2d, 1749.

Gerrit, born April 2d, 1758.

Cornelius, born July 6th, 1760.

Dirk, born January 19th, 1762.

His daughter Elizabeth, married Eldert Tymesen, March 5th, 1779.

Isaac, also a son of Claas Gerritse, born May 21st, 1726, married, February 1st, 1754, Claartje Bradt; secondly, he married, September 12th, 1757, Francina, daughter of Johannes Quackenbos.

Claas, son of Isaac, born August 5th, 1759, married February 14th, 1785, Rachel Boom. He died September, 1839, aged nearly eighty years.

Isaac, the son of Claas, born July 6th, 1789, married Maria Van Antwerp, and died August 30th, 1858, aged seventy years.

Jacob, another son of Claas Gerritse, born June 22d, 1729, married, July 17th, 1758, Margarita, daughter of Cornelius Pootman.

Claas, son of Jacob, born February 15th, 1761, married Eva, daughter of Cornelius Peek. He died July 20th, 1837, in his seventy-seventh year, and she died October 30th, 1837, in her seventy-seventh year. Jacob, their son, born March 15, 1784, died May 24th, 1861, aged seventy-seven years, two months and nine days.

Abraham, also a son of Claas Gerritse, married, November 19th, 1742, Debora, daughter of Samuel Cregier.

Claas, his son, born September 4th, 1743, married Gertrude Groot and lived on his fathers homestead farm on Consaul Road.

Ariantje, a daughter of Claas Gerritse, born October 30th, 1710, married Peter Clute.

Magtelt, another daughter, born April 30th, 1712, married Fraus Bovie.

Maria, also a daughter, born December 1st, 1723, married Johannes Claase Fort.

Rykert Claase, the second son of Claas Gerritse, the first emigrant, married Hillegenda ————. He owned a house and lot in North Pearl Street, Albany, which he sold in 1684, to Johannes Wendell. He and his brother Gerrit, in company with Van Boekhoven, in 1672, purchased land in what is now the town of Clifton Park.

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