Catharina Van Benthuysen may have been born in 1661. She was the first daughter born to Albany residents Paulus Martense and Catharina Van Kleeck Van Benthuysen. She grew up in Albany as her parents lived at several locations. Her father was a wheelwright and windowmaker of some note.
By the early 1680s, she had married Kinderhook native Jacobus Turck. By 1700, eight children had been baptized at the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members and occasional baptism sponsors.
For more than two decades, these Turcks were first ward mainstays. Jacobus was a trader who served on the city council and was appointed sheriff of Albany County in 1702.
Catharina Van Benthuysen Turck died in February 1705. Her husband soon re-married!
Sources: The life of Catharina Van Benthuysen Turck is CAP biography number 5403. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 5/30/05