New Netherland and Beyond
Mayors of Albany
Johannes De Peyster
Mayor 1729-1731, 1732-1733
Johannes De Peyster, son of Johannes de Peyster, Mayor of New York, a prominent member of the Provincial Legislature, grandson of Johannes de Peyster, Schepen, Alderman, Burgomaster, and
Deputy Mayor of New York; one of its wealthiest, most influential and patriotic citizens, and the founder of the family in America; a Huguenot of the Huguenots; was born January 10, 1695, in New
Amsterdam. His mother was Anna Bancker, eldest daughter of Gerrit Bancker and Elizabeth Dircks; her brother, Evert Bancker, was Mayor of Albany.
Mr. De Peyster married November 24, 1715, Anna, daughter of Colonel Myndert Schuyler and Rachel Cuyler. The ceremony was performed by old Domine Van Driessen at Albany. The issue of the marriage was
seven sons and two daughters. Six of the sons died shortly after birth and the remaining one only grew to opening manhood. One of his daughters, Anna, married Volckert P. Douw, Mayor Albany; and the
other, Rachel, married Tobias Ten Eyck, of Schenectady.
Mr. De Peyster died February 26, 1789, his wife having deceased September 13, 1750. His death is thus recorded in the Bible of his son-in-law, Volckert P. Douw: I. D. P.} Is Juden heer ont slapen
Vader John de Peyster, omtrent te twalief uren, Jn de naeght en Begrose Inde Kerk ten nor, on Waechey syn plaes Inde Kutr hawt ont syn de Dorn, haef Steuf 95 year senmant en Swe dage." His will dated
May 14, 1788, proved before Abraham G. Lansing, surrogate, May 27, 28, 1789, gives to his descendants a goodly estate.
He was Recorder 1716-28. In 1734 he became one of the Commissioners of Indian affairs. He was subsequently a contractor with the Government to supply Oswego and other outposts with stores. He was
reappointed Indian Commissioner December 5, 1739, and again in 1742. Mr. De Peyster was the first Surrogate of Albany Co., having been elected to that office April 3, 1756. He was re-elected to that
office March 23, 1778, holding the office till 1782. In 1744 he is spoken of as a Member of the Assembly and a Commissioner of Indian Affairs. In 1750 he was in the Committee for repairing the Fort
in Albany. In 1751 Mr. De Peyster was on a Committee for the Collection of duties on goods carried to Oswego. In 1753 he was Commissioner for constructing barracks for soldiers, and repairs to Fort
Orange. In 1754 he held the office of Officer and Inspector of Ordinance. Mr. De Peyster was, in 1755, one of the two Commissioners for carrying on an expedition against Crown Point, and also a
Commissioner for paying the forces in the expedition in which Johnson defeated Dieskan.
The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 660.