Evert Bancker (mayor)

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Evert Bancker
3rd and 12th Mayor of Albany, New York
In office
Preceded by Johannes Abeel
Succeeded by Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck
In office
Preceded by David Davidse Schuyler
Succeeded by Johannes Abeel
Personal details
Born January 24, 1665
Albany, New York
Died July 1734 (aged 69)
Guilderland, New York
Citizenship Great Britain
Elizabeth Abeel
(m. 1686; her death 1734)
Children 13
Parents Gerrit Bancker
Elizabeth Van Epps
Relatives Evert Bancker (grandson)
Johannes Abeel (brother-in-law)
Johannes de Peyster (brother-in-law)

Evert Bancker (January 24, 1665 in Albany, New York – July 1734 in Guilderland, New York) was an American trader and politician who was Mayor of Albany from 1695 to 1696 and from 1707 to 1709.[1]

Early life

He was the only surviving son of Gerrit Bancker (1635–1691), a pioneer fur trader, and Lysbet "Elizabeth" Van Epps (1630–1691), a trader's daughter with ties to the Mohawk Valley. His younger sister, Anna Bancker (1670–1740), married Johannes de Peyster, the Mayor of New York City.

His father died in 1691, and he was named co-executor of the estate. Upon the death of his mother in 1693, he inherited a substantial family estate that included holdings in Albany and New York. He was among a number of Albany natives who maintained dual residency - being admitted to the "Freedom" of New York City in 1697.[1]


He followed his father in the fur trade and used his earnings to acquire land. His Albany house was located on the South side of today's State Street just east of his father's home.[1]

He was elected to the Albany Common Council - serving as assistant for the First Ward in 1688 and as alderman beginning in 1689. He was one of the few City Fathers who accepted appointment to the Council during the regime of Jacob Leisler. Re-elected as alderman in 1691, he held that seat until 1707. Bancker was appointed the third Mayor of Albany in 1694 and served for a year. He was appointed mayor again in 1707, serving until 1709.[2] He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of New York in 1702 and, with his brother-in-law Johannes Abeel, was appointed Master of the Provincial Chancery Court in 1705.[1]

After the Peace of 1713, he retired from municipal affairs and gave the State Street property to his nephew Johannes De Peyster. He moved with his family to his farm in Guilderland, several miles west of Albany. He continued trading and maintained his position as Commissioner of Indian Affairs,[3] making a number of trips to the Iroquois country.[1]

Personal life

On September 24, 1686, he married Elizabeth Abeel (1671–1734).[4] She was the sister of Johannes Abeel, who also served as Mayor of Albany. He was an officer of the church and the friend of Dominie Johannes Lydius.[1] Their family was large as they baptized thirteen children in the Albany Dutch Church between 1688 and 1710, including:[4][5]

  • Gerardus Bancker (b. 1688), who died young.[5]
  • Neeltje Bancker (1689–1712)[5]
  • Gerardus Bancker (b. 1691), who died young.[5]
  • Elisabeth Bancker (1693–1744), who married Gerrit Lansing, son of Johannes G. Lansing, in 1715.[6][5]
  • Christoffel Bancker (1695–1762), who married Elizabeth Hooglant (b. 1699), in New York 1719.[5]
  • Anna Bancker (1697-1706), who died young.[5]
  • Willem Bancker (1699–1772), who married Annatje Gerritse Veeder (b. 1703), daughter of Gerrit Symonse Veeder (1674–1755), in 1726.[7]
  • Jannetje Bancker (1701–1757), who married Harmanus Schuyler (1700–1748), son of David Davidse Schuyler.[5]
  • Adrianus Bancker (b. 1703), who married G. Elisabeth Van Taerling in 1729.[5]
  • Gerardus Bancker (1706–1755), who married Maria de Peyster (1710–1759), daughter of Johannes de Peyster, in 1731.[8][9]
  • Anna Bancker (1708–1709), who died young.[5]
  • Johannes Bancker (1709–1710), who died young.[5]
  • Johannes Bancker (b. 1710), who married Magdalena Veeder (b. 1710),[10] sister of his brother's wife.[11]

Following the death of his wife in March 1734, he made his last will. The widower left his estate including the "farm where I now live" to his seven living children.[5] Intending to live there under the care of his son, Johannes, he died in July and was buried on the Guilderland farm.[1]


His grandson Evert Bancker (1721–1803), was Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1779 to 1783.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bielinski, Stefan. "Evert Bancker". exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov. New York State Museum. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Register of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York. The Society. 1901. p. 154. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Alliance, American Purity (1898). Twenty-second Annual Report, 1897. American Purity Alliance. p. 106. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Whittemore, Henry (1899). The Abeel and Allied Families. pp. 4–6. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Greene, Richard Henry; Stiles, Henry Reed; Dwight, Melatiah Everett; Morrison, George Austin; Mott, Hopper Striker; Totten, John Reynolds; Pitman, Harold Minot; Ditmas, Charles Andrew; Forest, Louis Effingham De; Maynard, Arthur S.; Mann, Conklin (1869). The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. pp. 68–69. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Munsell, Claude Garfield (1916). The Lansing Family. A Genealogy of the Descendants of Gerritt Frederickse Lansing Who Came to America From Hasselt, Province of Overijssell, Holland, 1640. Eight Generations. New York: Privare print. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Willem Bancker". exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov. New York State Museum. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Reynolds, Cuyler (1911). Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  9. ^ The Saint Nicholas Society (1905). Genealogical Record of The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. The Society. p. 159. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Munsell, Joel (1871). Collections on the History of Albany: From Its Discovery to the Present Time ; with Notices of Its Public Institutions, and Biographical Sketches of Citizens Deceased. J. Munsell. p. 95. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Johannes Bancker". exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov. New York State Museum. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Davidse Schuyler
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
Johannes Abeel
Preceded by
Johannes Abeel
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck
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