Maas Bloomendal


Maas Bloomendal was born in May 1719. He was the son of Johannes and Rebecca Fonda Maas. He grew up in a brazier's home in the third ward. By 1761, he was known as "Maus Bloomendall" when he was made co-executor of the estate of his uncle.

His wife was Catharina Steenburg. By 1769, the last two of at least eight children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church.

In 1761 and '62, he served as firemaster in the third ward. During the 1760s, his name appeared on Albany tax rolls for property in the third ward.

[ At this point, we understand that we are missing a central portion of his life.   Sorry about this!   He may have been out of Albany during the 1770s. Perhaps they were living on or beyond the far reaches of greater Albany County. The Steenburghs (perhaps Starenburg) may have been living in Schoharie during that time. ]

Maas Bloomendal made out his will in June 1786. He called himself a farmer of the East district of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck. It named his wife, three sons, and five daughters as heirs to receive his farm, land, and implements and his lot on the west side of Market Street in Albany. The will passed probate April 1790.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maas Bloomendal is CAP biography number 1504. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We strive to separate the life of this native son who lived in the countryside from that of his nephew, Albany resident Maas Bloomendal, Jr.

first posted: 2/10/07