NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Jan Jurrianse Becker, or Bekker, was born in Holland, it is presumed, as it is certain he was of Dutch ancestry. In 1656 he engaged as a clerk in a store at Fort Casimir, on the Delaware river, and in 1660 abandoned this occupation to engage in school teaching at New Amsterdam. He was an inhabitant of Greenbush, Albany county, N.Y., in 1663, and was notary public and schoolmaster at Beverwyck, and "esteemed very capable that way, while Jacob Jooste Coverleris was allowed for ye teaching of ye younger children."
His will is dated Aug. 3, 1694.
Johannes (mentioned below).
Martina (married Willem Hogan, and was appointed administratrix of his estate Dec., 1692).
(II) Johannes, only son of Jan Jurrianse Becker, was born about 1660. He married Anna Van Der Zee.
Children, all born at or near Albany, with baptismal dates:
Mariken, Nov. 16, 1685.
Storm (named for Storm Van Der Zee, the progenitor of his mother's family) Jan. 19, 1696.
Gerrit, Oct. 9, 1698.
Elizabeth, June 8, 1701.
Albertus, Dec. 25, 1703.
Annatje, May 5, 1706.
Pieter, Sept. 26, 1708.
(III) Johannes (2), son of Johannis (1) and Anna (Van Der Zee) Becker, was baptized at Albany, Aug. 4, 1691. He married, in Albany, Oct. 15, 1714, Cornelia Uzill.
Children, born in Albany, with baptismal dates:
Anna, Dec. 11, 1715.
Cornelia, Nov. 17, 1717.
Johannes, Dec. 27, 1719.
Pieter (mentioned below).
Storm, Jan. 18, 1724.
(IV) Pieter, second son and fourth child of Johannes (2) and Cornelia (Uzill) Becker, was baptized at Albany, Dec. 31, 1721. He probably married, 1773, Anna Acker, of Saratoga, N.Y.
Elizabeth, born April 7, 1771.
David (mentioned below.)
There may have been others.
(V) David, son of Pieter and Anna (Acker) Becker, was born in Albany, N.Y., June 16, 1773.
(VI) John, son of David Becker, was born near Albany, N.Y., and settled at Guilderland, Albany county, N.Y.
(VII) David, son of John Becker, was born at Guilderland, N.Y. in 1839. He was a prosperous merchant and farmer, and erected the first building at Altamont, formerly known as Knowersville, Albany county. He was actively identified with the public affairs of the community, and took a prominent part in all movements which tended to the improvement of the district in which he resided. After a long life of usefullness he retired from active business in 1890.
He married, 1862, Emma Keenholts, born 1842, daughter of Christopher and Anna Barbara (Livingston) Keenholts, the fomer born 1813, died 1864, the latter born 1818, died 1857; granddaughter of Frederick and mary (Van Aernam) Keenholts, the former of whom died in 1844, the latter born 1795, died 1882; great-granddaughter of Everitt and Eva (Severson) Van Aernam; and granddaughter on the maternal side, of Henry and Maagdalena (Crounse) Livingston.
Anna, born 1863, married Edward Hogan, deceased.
Ella, born 1865, died 1890.
Margaret, born 1867, married, 1895, H. F. Soverel, and has Agnes, born 1900.
Frederick, born 1869, married about 1887, Ida Strevel, and has children: David, born 1898, and Freda, 1901.
Henry Livingston, mentioned below.
(VIII) Henry Livingston, youngest child and second son of David and Emma (Keenholts) Becker, was born at Altamont, Albany county, N.Y., Oct. 3, 1871. His education was acquired in the public schools and in Fairfield Seminary. He established himself in the insurance business at Little Falls in 1890, continued in it up to the present time (1910), and has succeeded in building up the largest business of the kind in the city. He was appointed to the office of postmaster by President Roosevelt in 1907, and has filled that position very capably. He has always been an earnest supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and his religious affiliations are with the Altamont Lutheran Church.
He is a member of Little Falls Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Asteronga Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Little Falls Commandery, Knights Templar; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Royal Arcanum.
Mr. Becker married, April 26, 1895, Lotta, who died Dec. 8, 1906, daughter of Marcus and Lucinda (Hall) Petrie, of Little Falls.
Louise, born Dec. 7, 1896.
Eleanor, September, 1900.
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