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  • Name Albrecht ZABORIWSKIJ  [1
    Born 1638  Poland/Prussia Region Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1711  Hackensack, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I242  The Turses
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2010 

    Family Machtelt VANDER LINDE,   d. RDC of New Amsterdam Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Jan ZABRISKIE,   b. Hackensack Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1765
     2. Jacob ZABRISKIE,   b. 12 Apr 1679, Pemmkrpogh Bayone, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Hendrick ZABRISKIE,   b. 1696
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 

    • Albrecht Zabriskie was, among other things, a man of many names.

      Born in the Poland/Prussian area in 1638, Albrecht Sobieska grew to manhood under the auspicious albeit warrior-like Prussian Sobieska family and was cousin to the last king of Poland, James III. (However, it should be noted that in that area in those times, the monarch was elected, not an inheritable status. So, though no royal blood ran through his veins any more than if one were related to a president in the United States, he was descended from a family of fierce warriors and strategists.) Albrecht's father as a warrior himself, but the family calling did not so much call to Albrecht as distantly murmur in bored tones, perhaps. That is to say, he was totally uninterested in a vocation which involved wielding a sword on a blood-strewn battlefield. His father wasn't apparently much into acknowledging the lack of war lust in his son, but he was not blind to Albrecht's intelligence, sending him to a Protestant school in Holland with the hopes that he could earn an education as well as preaching the Reformation of the church. Albrecht, however, did not favor the rigid puritanical tenets of the institute and eventually ran away. He travelled without coin or a discernible job, from city to city until being seized by the Prussian authorities to be drafted for their armies. In Amsterdam, he made a disappearing act and escaped aboard a ship named "The Fox", under the name of "Albert Saboriski" (listed in entry as being "from Prussia"). It was August of 1662 and he was heading to the New World. (List of Inhabitants of Colonial New York, pg. 170.)

      For thirteen years, Albrecht Zabriskie essentially disappears from record, only to reappear in 1675, when an "Albert Zaborowsky" was reported trading with the Tappans; notably Mamshier, Metetoch and Chechepowas. This remains a fascinating tidbit for me. Not only was he trading with them, he spoke their languages. He had a name they'd given him ("Totlock"). Myself personally, I suspect that he had been living amongst the natives for those thirteen years, thus why no english record of him appears in any official record for over a decade. Also, he may have (mind you, these are speculations on my part) been feeling a bit paranoid about the Prussian government finding him again and forcing him into service. It makes sense to me that he would appear after deciding that they weren't after him and he'd established a niche for himself to exploit. In 1676, we find him at Bergen, New Jersey, where met Machtelt (Matilda) Van der Linden, daughter of Yost Van der Linden, and later married her on December the 17th of that very year. At the beginning of 1676 (January 6th, to be precise), he had negotiated a land deal between the Hackensack sachem Tantaque and a Dutch company between the Hackensack River and the west branch of Overpeck Creek. He continues to do this negotiating for years, under slightly different names. Albert Saberasky. Albert Sabboresco. Albert Saberiscoe.

      He gains from his own negotiations, as well. For instance, on June 1, 1702, Orachanap (aka Metachenak), Coovnag and Nomerascon (Tappan Indians) conveyed a tract of 1,200 acres on the southeast side of Saddle River, called Weerommensa, to "Albert Zaborowsky". On March 29, 1708, Albert Zaborowsky conveyed the "full, true and equal half" of this tract to a Thomas Van Buskerk, to what what can assume would at least have been a decent profit (given the evidence of Albrecht's intelligence and savvy).

      He died on September 1, 1711 at the age of 73 and was buried at Hackinsack. He left no will and his lands were apparently divided among his children the following summer.

      The various aliases he was known as are as follows: Albrecht Zaborowskij, Albert Saboriski, Albrecht Sobieska, Olbracht Zaborowski, Albert Zabriskie, Albert Saboroscoe, Albert Saberasky, Albert Sabboresco, Albert Saberiscoe, Albert Zaborowsky, Albert Zaberoski and "Totlock" (among the Hackensack, Lenni Lenape and Tappan Indian tribes).

      How we connect to Albrecht Zaborowskij: Marilyn WHITING --- (living) ZABRISKIE --- George Alva ZABRISKIE --- George Albert ZABRISKIE --- Alva ZABRISKIE --- Lewis ZABRISKIE --- Christian ZABRISKIE --- Hendrick C. ZABRISKIE --- Christian ZABRISKIE --- Albrecht ZABOROWSKIJ and Machtelt (Matilda) Van der Linden

      Source: Russell Family Data

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] The Zabriskie Family, George Olin Zabriskie.