Nicholas Groesbeck


Nicholas Groesbeck was born in February 1691. He was the son of Willem and Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck and was named for the Groesbeck American patriarch. As the eldest of six children, he grew in the Pearl Street home of a successful merchant in close proximity to his Groesbeck kin and was a Schuyler grandson as well. His father would die in 1722 but his mother survived until 1748.

About 1711, Nicholas married his North end neighbor Maria Quackenbush - reportedly in Albany. By the time of her death in December 1728, the marriage had produced seven children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where the parents were occasional baptism sponsors. In September 1729, he married Johanna Van Corlear Rumney also in Albany. Johanna was a middle-aged widow with a number of children. This second marriage appears to have been childless.

In April 1728, he and a partner were granted a six year lease to dig clay in the city of Albany.

At some time after the second wedding, these Groesbecks re-located to New Jersey. Thus, Nicholas had moved beyond our focused sweep of community-based resources.

In November 1750, he was identified as the husband of Johanna and as living in New Brusnwick in the will filed by his mother in law. Nicholas Groesbeck died there in 1754.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Nicholas Groesbeck is CAP biography number 3370. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/15/12