Dr. Abraham Staats (c.1620 - 1694) MP

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Birthplace: Netherlands
Death: Died in Albany, Albany, New York
Occupation: Major, Surgeon, Council member at For Orange, and Resident of the Board, Doctor, Physician, fur trader, ship's captain
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About Dr. Abraham Staats

Abraham Staats was born in Holland about 1618. His parents were Isaac Staats and Sara Lauwers of Amsterdam. He came to New Netherland in 1642. He was the founder of the Staats family of early Albany and its environs.

Before leaving for New Netherland, he married baker's daughter Tryntie Wessels. The marriage produced at least seven children including a namesake - with whom his life is sometimes confused! By the 1660s, he was an officer and member of the Albany Dutch church.

At the time of his arrival, he was identified as a twenty-four-year-old surgeon employed by the Van Rensselaers under a six-year contract. He served as such during the 1640s. During that time, his house was located within Fort Orange and then he was a householder and prominent fur trader in Beverwyck and then Albany. During the 1650s, his nautical skills were employed against the Swedes in what became Delaware.

In 1664, Abraham Staats was among those New Netherlanders who took the oath of allegiance to England. He was listed with Albany householders in 1679. His home was on the east side of Market and State Streets - south of the brewery. He owned several other parcels in Albany, an island near Castleton called "Staats Island," and extensive acreage in the vicinity of Claverack. He skippered a yacht on the Hudson and served as a magistrate. He also was referred to as "Major."

Abraham Staats filed a will in 1683 naming his wife and then six living children as his heirs. It passed probate in 1694. His wife survived him by many years. -------------------- On August 14th, 1635 he was apprenticed to Jan Eckius (surgeon) and later to Jan Dircksen (surgeon). In 1642 Abraham (Abram) was registered as a surgeon. :From The Staats Family by Evelyn Staats Carothers. Pg 2.

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Dr. Abraham Staats's Timeline

1620
January 16, 1620
Netherlands
1642
1642
Age 21
Ship: Houttuyn
1642
- 1642
Age 21
1654
1654
Age 33
1659
October 31, 1659
Age 39
New Amsterdam, NY
1665
1665
Age 44
Albany, NY, USA
1665
Age 44
New York
1684
1684
Age 63
1694
1694
Age 73
Albany, Albany, New York
1694
Age 73