She may have married three times. From information provided when she joined the Albany Dutch church in April 1693, her first husband would have been a man named "Becker." In February 1699, her marriage to city marshall James Parker was sanctioned by the Dutch church. That marriage appeared to have produced no children.
In December 1717, her Albany house was mentioned in the minutes of the city council. At that time, she was called a widow! In August 1718, she married Robert Teunis Van Deusen. The name of Geertruy Van Benthuysen Becker Parker Van Deusen has not been found in the community record after her third marriage!
If she did indeed marry an unprecedented three times, it may be telling us about the vulnerability of some widows in early Albany!
first posted: 3/20/04; revised 3/05