Johannes De Wandelaer, Jr.


Johannes De Wandelaer, Jr. was born in New York during the 1670s. He was the son of Johannes and Sara Schepmoes De Wandelaer. To prevent confusion, he would be known as "Johannes De Wandelaer, Junior." Shortly thereafter, his parents established a second residence in Albany where Johannes Sr. would trade furs and real estate for much of the remainder of his life.

In 1697, Johannes Jr. was alone in the family's Albany house. He would marry, inherit property from his parents, and set down roots that made him an Albany mainstay for the next two decades.

In April 1701, he married Albany native Elizabeth Gansevoort at the Albany Dutch church. By 1722, ten children had been christened in Albany.

In 1705, he was named in the will filed by his father. At that time, he also was identified as co-guardian of his minor siblings and as co-executor of the estate.

Johannes Jr. followed his father and father-in-law in business and settled down in a house on Market Street. Assessment rolls valued his third ward property moderately. He served as juror, roadmaster, and, beginning in 1705, was elected assistant alderman. He served on a number of committees including those formed to develop Albany's holdings at Schaghticoke. In 1720, he was counted as a freeholder in Schaghticoke - where he probably had relocated to a farm on his own property.

Into the 1730s, Johannes De Wandelaer, Jr. still maintained his Albany residence. He was last heard from in 1736 when he purchased additional land along the Tomhannock Creek.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes De Wandelaer, Jr. is CAP biography number 6168. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 3/15/06; updated 11/18/17