Frederick Lubbertsen was born in 1609 in Amsterdam, Holland. He was a sailor by trade, and entered the employ of the Dutch West India Company in 1633. On June 8, 1633, at the direction of Director Wouter Van Twiller, Commissary Jacob van Curler purchased a parcel of land along the Connecticut River and Frederick Lubbertsen was a witness to the deed executed by Sassacus, sachem of the Pequots. As boatswain, Lubbertsen sailed on the ship, the Herring, that arrived in New Netherlands on March 28, 1638 with Director Willem Kieft and his retinue.
On November 13, 1636, Frederick Lubbertsen, described as freeman in New Netherland, sought from the Company permission for his wife and daughter to join him in the colony, and he was granted a patent for a large tract of land at Gouwanus Cove in May 1640. Lubbertsen was awarded a patent for a second plantation at Smits Vly in Brooklyn on September 4, 1645, which became his home.
Lubbertsen had the double honor of being selected on August 28, 1641 as a member of the Twelve Men, the first representative assembly in New Netherland, and on February 28,1665 as a delegate from Brooklyn to the Hempstead Convention, the first representative assembly under English rule. He was a magistrate of Brooklyn from 1653 to 1655, and in 1673.
Frederick Lubbertsen died in Brooklyn, New York on November 22, 1679.