Jacob Groesbeck was born in Holland in February 1649. He was the first son born to the marriage of New Netherland pioneers Claes and Elizabeth Stevens Groesbeck. He came to America with his parents who were living in Beverwyck by 1660. His father was a fur trader and raised his family in a house on what became Pearl Street.
By September 1674, he had removed to New York City where he married Anna Jacobs Vandergrift - the daughter of a prominent businessman and official. The marriage produced several children who probably were christened in New York.
In January 1707, Jacob Groesbeck was alive and was identified as the son and heir in the will filed by his father.
Sources: The life of Jacob Groesbeck is CAP biography number 3300. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 5/5/07