The Children of Petrus and Anna Douw
Petrus Douw and Anna Van Rensselaer married in October 1717. The marriage produced nine children - all of whom survived past childhood. Alll but Hendrick lived to become Albany mainstays throughout the remainder of the eighteenth century. The typical, fully matured, early Albany family was about that large. But all of the offspring surviving to adulthood was a far less frequent occurrance. A number of authors have remarked about this phenomena.
Magdalena (Gansevoort) - bp. 1718
Volkert P. - bp. March 1720
Hendrick Douw (1722-56)
Catharina - bp. March 1724
Maria Douw (Gansevoort) - bp. November 1725
Margarita Douw (Van Dyck) - bp. 1729
Anna Douw (Beekman) - bp. February 1732
Elizabeth Douw (Beekman) - bp. December 1733
Rachel - bp. February 29, 1736
Sources: The Douws were among the most numerous and most distinguished of the families that built colonial Albany. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 10/15/08