Anna Williams Van Vechten Shipboy
Stefan Bielinski

Anna Williams was born about 1740. She probably was the granddaughter of Albany innkeeper Thomas Williams.

In Jnuary 1762, she married army officer and Albany native John Van Vechten at the Albany Dutch church. Their only child was baptized that October. The marriage ended when Van Vechten met an untimely death within the next year. She inherited his entire estate.

In 1765, the young widow married newcomer Thomas Shipboy. This marriage produced several children who grew up in a substantial merchant's home on State Street.

Anna Williams Van Vechten Shipboy died after 1790 but before Thomas Shipboy passed on in 1797. Their daughter, Rosina, married Sebastian Visscher.



the people of colonial Albany The life of Anna Williams Van Vechten Shipboy is CAP biography number 1120. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Because she was of British ancestry, available church records do not yet support establishment of her birth or exact parentage.

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first posted: 5/15/02; updated 5/21/11