Isaac Jacob Truax, son of Jacob Truax and Lysbet de la Grange was born May8, 1726. was a brother of Abraham J. and Elias Truax, and one of the more colorful characters in the family. He owned a tavern on the Old King’s Highway between Schenectady and Albany, in the heart of the Albany Pine Bush. The area was notorious as a lair for fur smugglers, brigands and, during the Revolution, Tory sympathizers. Isaac was no exception. His tavern was a popular meeting place for Loyalists, and his son Jacob, also a taven-keeper on the road, managed to get himself arrested for his resistance to the Rebel cause. When he was confronted by a group intending to question him on his position, he fought them off with a tomahawk, bragging that he was “no Tory, but a man for the King”. He was subsequently arrested, but his father Isaac bailed him out, and he apparently disappeared back into the Pine Bush wilderness.
Isaac’s tavern had always had a less than savory reputation. Rumors flourished of imprudent guests being robbed and murdered in the night, their bodies never to be found. A recent excavation of the tavern site seems to have borne this out – several human skeletons were found buried in what was once the cellar floor! A more conventional graveyard still exists in the woods behind the tavern site, where Isaac, his wife, son and grandson are buried. The oldest stone belongs to Maria Wyngaard, wife of Isaac J. Truax, and is dated May 10th, 1802.
Isaac J. Truax
b. 08 May 1726, d. 17 Apr 1808
Isaac J. Truax was the son of Jacob Truax and Lysbet de la Grange. He was born on 8 May 1726. He married Maria Wyngaard on 16 June 1750 at Albany, NY. He died on 17 April 1808 at Schenectady, NY.
He served served in 3rd. Reg., Albany Co. Militia. He was a tavern keeper, south of Schenectady.
Children of Isaac J. Truax and Maria Wyngaard:
Jacob Truax (16 Apr 1751)
Johannes Wyngaard Truax (07 Oct 1752 – 29 Sep 1808)
Elizabeth Truax (28 Oct 1754)
Isaac Truax (28 Dec 1756 – b 1758)
Peter Truax (28 Dec 1756 – b 1758)
Isaac Truax (26 Oct 1759 – 09 Oct 1814)
Petrus Truax (19 Mar 1762)
Abraham Truax (c 01 Jul 1764)
Maria Truax (08 Oct 1766)
Catalyntje Truax (04 Nov 1768)
Machtelt Truax (26 Apr 1771)
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