Maria Quackenbush Groesbeck


Maria Quackenbush was born in September 1691. She was the youngest daughter of Wouter P. and Neeltie Vandenbergh Quackenbush. Her father was a brickmaker who raised his family on the flats just beyond the northern border of Albany.

By 1711, she had married Albany native Nicholas Groesbeck. By 1728, their marriage had produced seven children. As Nicholas recently had secured the right to extract clay for brickmaking, this Groesbeck family was becoming established in eighteenth century Albany.

However, at the end of December 1728, the Dutch church recorded the burial of "Maria, the wife of Nicholas Groesbeck," in the church yard. Within a few years Groesbeck had re-married and then relocated the family to New Jersey where he lived into his sixties. His first wife, Maria Quackenbush Groesbeck, had lived but thirty-two years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Quackenbush Groesbeck is CAP biography number 2206. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/25/12