Johannes Beekman was born in January 1684. He was the son of Albany residents Johannes Martense and his first wife, Machtelt Schermerhorn Beekman. His father re-married when Johannes was eight. By 1710, nine more children would become part of his immediate family.
Johannes Beekman, Jr. was a fur trader who, after a time in the first ward, set up his home on the east side of Pearl Street. He owned additional property in the city. He served in the militia and also as firemaster. In a relatively short career, he was a second ward mainstay.
Stating that he was "very sick," Johannes Beekman, Jr. filed a will in July 1731. He died in February 1741 and was buried from the Albany church. The will passed probate in January 1743.
first posted: 2/20/05