Captain Martin (Marten) Cregier

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Martin Cregier

Also Known As: "Marten", "Captain Martin"
Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Borcken, Holland
Death: Died in Niskayuna, New York
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Jans
Father of Frans Martinse Cregier; Martinus Cregier, Jr.; Catharina Cregier; Willem Cregier; Catharina 'Trijntje' Cregier and 2 others

Managed by: Douglas Alan Toelle
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About Captain Martin (Marten) 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 soldiers after the Indian party that has massacred settlers at what is now Kingston NY. He wrote of that expedition in his Journal.( 2nd Esopus War )


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, a tavern located at present-day 9-11 Broadway. It was later known as Atlantic Gardens and survived until 1860. 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met in the same building in 1765 and signed resolutions to import no more goods from England until the Stamp Act was repealed.

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.

of Borcken, Holland

THE CASTELLO PLAN page 217 NO·3 Martin Cregier's house, on the site of No. 3 Broadway, was erected between February 25, 1656, when he petitioned for leave to build on the lot (Cal. Hist. MSS., Dutch, 161), and September 15 ?, 1659, when "the newly built house and lot of the Worshll Burgomaster Marten Cregier" are referred to by his neighbour, Jacobus Backer.-Liber Deeds, A: 177. On January 3,1664, his negro servant, Lysbet Antonis, or Antonisse, set fire to the house. -Cal. Hist. MSS., Dutch, 258-<). How badly it was burned, the records do not reveal, but, from the fact that on the 26th of the same month he surrendered his grant of 1643 and accepted a modified" new patent for a house and garden," it is to be inferred that he had to rebuild.-Liber HH (2): 135 (Albany). At one time or another, Martin Cregier served New Amsterdam in almost every civic capacity. A tavern-keeper here as early as 1647 (Cal. Hist. MSS., Dutch, 39), he was appointed one of the first fire-wardens of the town in January, 1648.-Rec. N. Am., I: s. He was one of the first burgomasters when the city acquired a municipal government, in 1653 (ibid., 49), orphan-master in 1658 (Min. of Orph. Court, I: 56) and in 1662 (Ree. N. Am., IV: IIs), treasurer of the city in 1661 (ibid., III: 394), and burgomaster in 1663.-Ibid., IV: 195. . In 1663, he was appointed captain-lieutenant of the West India Company, and was commander in the expedition against the Esopus Indians.-Ibid., IV: 268. Cregier had obtained the great burgherright in 16s7.-Ibic!., VII: ISO. He was still living in New York in 1685, when he sold this property to Peter Bayard, acknowledging the deed as Martin Cregier, Senior.-Liber Deeds, XIII: 183.

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Captain Martin (Marten) Cregier's Timeline

Age 22
Maastricht, Netherlands, Netherlands
Age 24
Albany, Albany, NY
April 15, 1643
Age 26
New York, United States
August 28, 1644
Age 27
New York, New York County, New York, United States
December 31, 1645
Age 28
New York
November 24, 1647
Age 30
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Age 34
Age 96
Niskayuna, New York