Harmanus Ten Broeck
Harmanus (Manasse) Ten Broeck was christened at the Albany Dutch church on November 21, 1686. He was the twin son of Albany leader Dirck Wesselse and Christina Van Buren Ten Broeck. These two were the tenth and eleventh children born into one of early Albany's largest families.
Any celebration would have been short-lived as Harmanus Ten Broeck probably did not survive to see his first birthday. Neither of the twins was alive when their father filed his will in 1715. Ironically, all eleven of their still-living siblings were named and provided for from their parents' substantial estate.
Like these twins, many early Albany children did not live long enough to marry and raise families of their own.
Sources: The life of Harmanus Ten Broeck is CAP biography number 65. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 4/30/06