Arent Andrieszen Bradt was born in 1616 in Fredrikstad, Norway to Andries Arentse Bradt and Aeffie Kinetis. He made his way to Texel, Netherlands and left for America on October 8, 1636 and arrived at New Amsterdam on March 4, 1637, most likely with his older brother Albert. He settled in Rensselaerswyck. He first worked at his brother's tobacco plot. He started work there on April 2, 1637, at f75 a year. Between 1638 and 1646, he sold tobacco van Curler and de Hooges. Years later, Arent ran a sawmill, traded, and may have owned a tavern. He often traveled to Esopus, Manhattan, and Long Island on business.

In the late 1640s, Arent married Catalyntje de Vos, daughter of Andries de Vos. They had a total of six children. In 1652, Arent moved to Beverwyck and was one of it's first inhabitants. He received full municipal rights then following year. He also owned a lot near the river in the north part of the village. In 1658, he leased an island on the Hudson River. On May 1, 1658, he leased land opposite of Beverwyck. In 1662, Arent became one of the first people to own land in Schenectady. Arent died in 1663 in Beverwyck, Albany County, New York.


Offspring of Arent Andrieszen Bradt and Catalyntje de Vos (1628-1712)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Aeffie Arentse Bradt (c1645-?) 1645 Albany, New York, United States 23 January 1728 Schenectady, New York, United States Claas Frederichs van Petten (1641-1728)

Ariaantje Arentse Bradt (c1651-?)
Andries Arentse Bradt (c1653-?)
Cornelia Arentse Bradt (c1655-?)
Samuel Arentse Bradt (c1659-?)
Dirk Arentse Bradt (c1661-?)

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