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Albert Zabriskie

Also Known As: "Zaborowskij (Polish", "Dutch)", "Zaborovski (Russian)", "Saboriski", "Zaborovski.1", "Wojciech", "Albert", "Olbracht"
Birthplace: Insterburg, Prussia, Kaliningrad, Prussia (Poland)
Death: Died in Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of James Zabriskie and Therfila Zabriskie (Danniloweczowac)
Husband of Machtelt M Zabriskie (VanDerLinde)
Father of Jacob Albert Zabriskie; John A Zabriskie; Joost Zabriskie; Christian A Zabriskie; Hendrick Zabriskie and 1 other

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About Albert Zabriskie

Bergen Historical Society Bio.

ID: I37143 Name: Albrecht * ZABOROWSKI.1 (This name denotes a period and the number 1 or I as a roman numeral at the end of the surname. Zaborowski.I is recorded in the Armorial books). Sex: M Birth: 1638 in Insterburg,Prussia Death: 1 or 11 Sep 1711 in Ackinsack, New Jersey Note: See. [] for the most up to date information anywhere on the web. I will continue to correct bad information associated with Albert He is my 8th generation grandfather, who deserves to be shown as a respected member of our family and I am tired of authors stating some supposed facts as the truth when in fact they are wrong.

  • *Please be positive of your sources before reporting false facts. Albert's parents are still not confirmed as of this date-03/16/2014.

The first settler of whom we have any definite knowledge was Albert Zaborowski, who immigrated to this country through Prussia in the Dutch ship Fox in 1662.(Settlements were made on the Millstone River as early as 1642). He married Machteld Van der Linde, and settled in Hackensack. The title to the patent called the "New Paramus Patent," containing 1,977 acres, was obtained by him from the Indians. He had five sons,: John, Jacob, George, Henry, and Christian.

It is claimed; The Indians stole his second son Jacob at seven years of age, and it was some time before he was found. When discovered the Indians gave as an excuse for stealing him that they wanted him to learn their language, which he afterward did. As an evidence of their kindness, they gave his father title to the land. (This statement is hearsay, no records to prove this all speculation)

He is said to have studied for the ministry in the Lutheran Church: but not being satisfied with the calling, he was pressed into the army, and soon availed himself of the opportunity to come to this country. (This statement is hearsay, no records to prove this all speculation) He only belonged to the Lutheran because his religion was yet to be in America.

None of this however can be confirmed.

Source: First Reformed Church of Hackensack, N.J. 1686-1869; A Historical Discourse delivered on the occasion of the Re-opening and Dedication by Rev. Theodore B. Romeyn. Pgs. 14 & 15

For Further Research, See: Family Genealogy - Zabriskie Zabriskie Family (2 Vol) Zabriskie, George Olin Publishers Press Salt Lake City, UT 1963 1043 p / 904 p. GO's books also contain wrong info, many misspelling name, associations.

It is widely accepted that Albert was of Polish decent, this is wrong he is Russian.

The well-known Zabriskie family of New York is descended from Albert Zaborowski, who not later than 1662 settled on the Hackensack River, New Jersey. His signature is found affixed as interpreter to an Indian contract of purchase in 1679 (New York General Records, XXIII, 26, 33, 139-47). One descendant, Abraham O. Zabriskie, was the eminent Chancellor of New Jersey. Other descendants intermarried with the most prominent colonial families, and were soon merged in the general population. From: Poles in the United States Causes of Immigration

Not many years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth and the Cavaliers in Virginia, a distinguished Pole settled in New Jersey, and founded the well-known and numerous Zabriskie family, whose descendants have shed lustre on American annals. One member of this family was a chancellor of New Jersey, another was Dean of Harvard College, while their blood, it is said, "also runs in the veins of such distinguished families as that of Gouverneur Morris, the Bayards, Jays, Astors, and others." From: Old Homes of New Americans, The Poles in America

Upon his own testimony, the marriage registry at Bergen listed Albert Zabriskie's birthplace as "Enghestburgh." Yet no such place is known to researchers; some favoring Engelsberg in Austrian Silesia and others Angerburg or Insterburg in East Prussia.

(Insterburg,Prussia is correct not the "Dutch spelling Engelsberg)

The pastor of the church being Dutch misspelled the name by his dutch spelling.

I dont know who keeps putting this fraudulent statements out there but this info is wrong...

The surname is only "Zaborowski.I

The surname, however, possibly derives from Zborowiska or Zabrze, a Silesian town on the west bank of the Prosna River. Since Albert Zabriskie was Lutheran, his family may have been displaced by religious wars that swept central Europe. From his age at the time of his death, we calculate that he was born about the year 1638.

   The curious name of the man with obscure origins appeared upon the passenger list of D'Vos (The Fox), which arrived in New Amsterdam on August 31, 1662, where is recorded "Albert Saboriski, from Prussia." Twenty-four years old when he disembarked (seemingly alone) in New Netherland, he is lost to history for a dozen years thereafter. 

**Now where in the ships manifest does it state his age,period.As for name selling variations, the people recording persons leaving the ship were dutch, using the most spoken language among the populace.

He surfaces again from obscurity in 1675, when Albert Zaborowsky was reported trading with the Tappans, notably Mamshier, their sachem, and Metetoch and Chechepowas, whereby these headmen became indebted to him. Bergen Co. Hist. Soc.

*NOTE* The following statement I have ever heard, so their remark about well supported tradition and assuming Albert a pat of this colony and his lineage is purely assumed** Where is the source for the below??

   "A well supported tradition maintains that a Polish colony, consisting of two hundred protestants, settled in the early part of the eighteenth century, in the valleys of the Passaic and Raritan rivers in New Jersey. They were led by Count Sobieski, a lineal descendant of the wide-world-known John Sobieski, King of Poland, who routed the Tartars and Turks in 1683. The name Zabriskie, still found in New Jersey and New York, seems to be corrupted from Sobieski."
   Albert Zaborowskij died September 1711, aged "about 73 years" at Ackinsack (Teaneck-Bogota-Ridgefield Park area), NJ, and was buried there according to the German Lutheran records of New York City (English translation by The Holland Society). His death has erroneously been recorded in the same register as between the years 1714 and 1719. No record has been found of a will or of the administration of his estate by the courts. The Bergen County land records show that his sons, in the years 1712 and 1734 arranged for the division of his estate among them.
   BOYER, CARL, 3RD, editor. Ship Passenger Lists, Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825). Newhall, Calif.: the editor, 1980. 289p. 4th pr. 1986. Reprint. Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1992.
   Source Page #: 7
   The Early Germans of New Jersey; Their History, Churches and Genealogies

Change Date: 1 JAN 1996 at 11:07:38

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Marriage 1 Machtelt M. * VAN DER LINDE b: 19 JAN 1661 in New Amsterdam,New York

   Married: JAN 1677


   Has Children Jacob Albert * ZABRISKIE b: Bef 12 APR 1679 in Pemmerrpogh,Bayonne,New Jersey
   Has Children Jan * ZABRISKIE b: Abt 1682 in Ackinsack,New Jersey
   Has Children Joost * ZABRISKIE b: 1690 in Hackensack,Bergen County,New Jersey
   Has Children Christian A. * ZABRISKIE b: 2 JUN 1694 in Hackensack,Bergen County,New Jersey
   Has Children Hendrick * ZABRISKIE b: 1 NOV 1696 in Hackensack,Bergen Co.,New Jersey
   Has No Children Albert ZABRISKIE b: 1698

Known for trading with Native American tribes (Tappan) and speaking their languages - was given the name "Totlock".

Zaborowski, Albrecht (Olbracht) - Early settler. Born in Pokrzywna, Poland about 1638. In 1662 settled in New Amsterdam (New York City), became acquainted with the language of the Indians and soon after acted as their interpreter. Through his marriage and successful transactions came into possession of large tracts of land in northern New Jersey on the bank of the Passaic River, N.J. In 1682 commissioned first justice of the peace for the Upper Bergen County, N.J. Died in 1711 in Hackensack, N.J. From: "Who's Who in Polish America" by Rev. Francis Bolek, Editor-in-Chief; Harbinger House, New York, 1943 


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Albert Zabriskie's Timeline

Insterburg, Prussia, Kaliningrad, Prussia (Poland)
April 12, 1679
Age 41
Pemmerrpogh, Bayone, New Jersey
April 12, 1679
Age 41
Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey
Age 52
Hackensack, NJ, USA
June 2, 1694
Age 56
Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
November 1, 1696
Age 58
"Ackinsack" (Hackensack), Bergen Co., NJ
Age 60
September 1, 1711
Age 73
Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey