Jan Maase Bloomendal


Jan (Johannes) Maase probably was born during the 1690s. He probably was a member of the Bloomendal family but mostly was known as "Jan" or "Johannes Maase." He was a member of an Albany militia company in 1715. He may have been among those naturalized in July 1723. He was the brother of Albany resident Cornelis Maase.

In September 1718, he married Rebecca Fonda at the Albany Dutch church. By 1728, the marriage had produced six children who were christened in Albany where he was a regular baptism sponsor. His wife may have died following the birth of their last child.

In 1720, his name first appeared on Albany rolls when he was identified as a freeholder in the third ward. He was a mainline Albany resident for the next half century. This Maase family lived on the east corner of of Columbia and Pearl Streets. Jan Maase was a brazier with holdings of moderate value. He owned slaves and either lived with or next to his brother - who also was a brass worker.. Beginning in 1714 and as late as 1755, he served the community at various times as constable and firemaster.

In 1761, he witnessed the will of his brother. In 1767, his third ward property was valued substantially for a tradesman. Jan Maase Bloomendal may have lived into the 1770s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Maase Bloomendal is CAP biography number 1480. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 1/5/07; updated 7/25/13