Catharina Bleecker Van Ingen


Catharina Bleecker was born in February 1769. She was a younger daughter of Hendrick and Catharina Cuyler Bleecker. She grew up in the comfortable Pearl Street townhouse of a prominent businessman and community leader.

During the 1780s, she married Schenectady native James Van Ingen at the Dutch church in Schenectady. The marriage united two prominent families but appears to have been childless. She was an occasional baptism sponsor at the church in Albany.

In 1790, the young couple was alone in an Upper State Street home that was served by two slaves.

Catharina Bleecker died in April 1798 in her twenty-ninth year. Her husband re-married two times and lived until 1843.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Catharina Bleecker Van Ingen is CAP biography number 160. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/20/07