Geertruy Schuyler was born in September 1661. She was the second child born to the marriage of New Netherland pioneers David Pieterse and Catalina Verplanck Schuyler. This daughter of a leading fur trading family grew up in Albany.
In 1684, she married Willem C. Groesbeck. By 1701, the marriage had produced six children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where she was a regular baptism sponsor. In 1688, she was named an heir in the will of her father.
Geertruy was into her sixties when she lost her husband in 1722. Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck died in March 1747 at the age of eighty-six.
first posted: 10/10/05