Sara Schepmoes De Wandelaer


According to traditional sources, Sara Schepmoes was born in New Amsterdam in April 1654. She was the daughter of New Netherland pioneers Johannes and Sara Pieters Schepmoes. Her father died shortly after her birth and her mother re-married.

In March 1672, young Sara married Johannes De Wandelaer. By 1695, the marriage had produced nine children who were christened in the Dutch churches of New York and Albany.

By 1679, these De Wandelaers had settled in Albany where Johannes found success in the fur trade. Perhaps thay had followed her sister who had moved to Albany following her marriage a decade earlier. After about twenty years on upper State Street in Albany, Johannes and Sara seem to have resided more in New York where he also owned a house.

Sara Schepmoes De Wandelaer was not living when her husband filed his will in June 1705.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Sara Schepmoes De Wandelaer has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/30/06