I know I am replying to an old thread but your information connects me also. My great-great-grandfather was Garrett Van Schaick. His brothers were Jacob and Cornelius. We have William & Eunice (Van Buren) Van Schaick as common ancestors.
I've read about the horrible tragedy of the boat fire and sinking with Capt. William Van Schaick being responsible. Had no idea he was related to Garrett (his nephew.) Garrett Van Schaick died around 1905 in Ohio, so he wasn't in the Troy/Albany area when that happened.
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