Martin Cregier (1617 - c.1703)

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Nicknames: "Marten", "Captain Martin"
Birthplace: Borcken, Holland
Death: Died in Niskayuna, New York
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About Martin Cregier

Marten's children were born in New Netherlands. He was a French Huguenot.

See Wikipedia Captain Martin Cregier came to New Amsterdam for the West India Company. He was a soldier, a trader and had one of the three taverns across from the Villiage Green on Heerenstraat (Broadway) as early as 1647. in 1653 he was made one of the first two Burgomasters of New Amsterdam. He was Burgomaster again i n 1660 and 1663. His 1663 tenure was interrupted when he took a company of solders after the Indian party that has massacred settlers at what is now Kingston NY. He wrote of that expedition in his Journal.

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Captain Marten Kregier or Cregier (1617–after 1681) most likely originated from Borcken in Germany [no, not true, he was from Holland.] and was an early settler of New Amsterdam. He was a prominent citizen of the settlement[2] and served three terms as Burgomaster.[1] Kregier led several successful attacks against the Munsee[3] during the Esopus Wars. Kregier's house and lot stood on Broadway just north of Battery Park and his daughter married Christoffel Hooglant.[4]

In 1643 Kregier built the first public building on Broadway in New York City,[5] a tavern located at present-day 9-11 Broadway. It was later known as Atlantic Gardens and survived until 1860.[6] New York merchants met in the same building in 1765 and signed resolutions to import no more goods from England until the Stamp Act was repealed.[7]

In 1648, Kregier was one of four men appointed as the city's first fire wardens.[8]

Kregier finally settled in Niskayuna, New York on the banks of the Mohawk. His year of death is unknown. Some literature lists 1712 or 1713, but that is likely to be his son, Marten Kregier junior.

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Captain Martin (Marten) Cregier's Timeline

1617
1617
Holland
1639
1639
Age 22
Maastricht, Netherlands, Netherlands
1641
1641
Age 24
Albany, Albany, NY, USA
1644
August 28, 1644
Age 27
1645
December 31, 1645
Age 28
New York
1647
November 24, 1647
Age 30
1651
1651
Age 34
1703
1703
Age 86
Niskayuna, New York
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New Netherlands, Netherlands