Dr. Abraham Staats

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Dr. Abraham Staats

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Netherlands
Death: October 23, 1694 (70-78)
Albany, Albany, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaak Staets and Sarah Staats
Husband of Catharina Jochem Wessels
Father of Jochem Staats; Dr. Samuel Staats; Elsie Schuyler; Jacob Staats (Staes) and Abraham Pieterszen Staats

Occupation: Major, Surgeon, Council member at For Orange, and Resident of the Board, Doctor, Physician, fur trader, ship's captain, surgeon
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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

Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands
January 16, 1620
Age 21
Ship: Houttuyn
April 9, 1654
Age 34
May 1657
Age 37
Fort Orange, New Netherland Colony
October 31, 1659
Age 39
New Amsterdam, NY
Age 44
New York
Age 44
Albany, NY, USA