Rosanna Shipboy Visscher


Referred to variously (Rosina), Rosanna Shipboy was born about 1772. She was the daughter of Thomas and the widow Anna Williams Van Vechten Shipboy. She grew up in the heart of Albany's wartime business district.

In 1797, she marrried Albany native Sebastian Visscher. Perhaps as many as seven children were christened by them in Albany churches. She was a member of the Albany Presbyterian church.

These Visschers raised their family in a State Street home. Sebastian was a prominent attorney and office holder.

In April 1822, she was identified as the only living member of Thomas Shipboy's family when the newspaper referred to some Shipboy family silver that was stolen in 1778 was dug up on a hill west of the city.

Sebastian Visscher passed on in October 1824. After that, Rosanna probably stayed on at 100 North Pearl Street - the landmark home of her mother-in-law.

Rosanna Shipboy Visscher died in March 1838 at the age of sixty-five.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Rosanna Shipboy Visscher is CAP biography number 1531. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/15/10