Henry I. Bogert was born in October 1729. He was the oldest surviving son of Albany residents Isaac and Hendrickie Oothout Bogert.
February 1758, he married Barbara Marselis. That
union produced five or more children who also were
baptized in the Dutch church where he was a member
and later an officer.
Bogert derived his income from several sources. From
his home near the waterfront, he may have practiced
the carpenter's trade. At the same time, he skippered
a sloop that was called the Magdeline in 1776. By
that time, he was serving as city surveyor.
Henry Bogert also found time to perform other civic
duties. After serving as a constable, in 1761 he
was first elected assistant alderman for the first
ward. Four months after being sworn in as Albany's
first official surveyor in 1766, he was elected alderman
- serving in that post for several years.
signed the Sons of Liberty Constitution in 1766.
In 1775, he was elected to represent the first ward
on the Albany Committee of Correspondence and served
on that board throughout its lifetime. This Patriot
stalwart carried personnel, prisoners, and supplies
on his sloop - turning over operation of the Magdeline
to his teen-aged son at the end of 1776. He also
served the Continental army as Assistant Deputy Quartermaster
General procuring and shipping needed materials in
the war, he received a land bounty right. After the
war, he resumed his duties as city surveyor - teaching
his sons well enough to succeed him in the near future.
Henry was given a supervisory role in the weighing
and docking of vessels at Albany, and served on a
number of commissions as well. His comfortable home
at what became 181 North Market Street was an Albany
Marselis Bogert passed on at the end of 1816 thus
ending a marriage of fifty-eight years. By that time
Henry I. Bogert was living with the family of his
son Gerrit at 124 Hudson Street. He died in June
1821 in his ninety-second year. Letters of Administration
were issued on his estate in September. He was buried in the Washington Park Cemetery. In 1867, he was re-interred at Albany Rural Cemetery.
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Sources: The life of Henry I. Bogert is CAP biography number
6097. He was known as Henry I. (sometimes written
to appear to be Henry J.) and Henry Bogert, Jr. This
profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based
portrait attributed to Ezra Ames and painted about
1805 is in a private collection. See Ezra Ames, p.
collection of his papers - mostly detailing business
transactions can be found online from the New Jersey
of Henry J./I. Bogert from PFS: Bogaart, Hendrick
J., m. 1st Engeltie Van Schaick, June 29, 1751. Henry
I. Bogart died June (Jan.) 27, 1821. Ch: Dorothea,
bp. May 3, 1752; Jannetie, bp. July 4, 1755. Henry
I. Bogaart, md. 2; Barber Marcelis (1759 ?), Barbara
Bogart, d. Oct. 23, 1816, ae. 88 yrs 1 mo. Ch: Hendrikie,
b. Feb. 29, 1760; Johannes, b. Sept. 5, 1761; Johanna,
b. Nov. 18, 1763; Isaac, b. Sept. 7, 1765; Gerrit,
b. March 9, 1777.
By Stefan Bielinski, Colonial Albany Social History Project [http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany]