Sara Bergen Wendell


Family-based resources hold that Sara Bergen was born in 1721. She was said to have been the daughter of Johannes and Sara Bergen of Flatbush, Brooklyn. A number of same-named contemporaries are at risk dictating caution in moving forward with her story. At this time, we do not believe that she was closely connected to the Hudson Valley and Albany Van Bergens.

In November 1746, she became a member of the Reformed church of New York "on certificate from Brooklyn."

In September 1750, a marriage license was granted to Johannes Wendell and Sara Bergen and they were married in New York that same month. However, beginning in June 1751, four children were christened to those parents in the Albany Dutch church.

Sara Bergen Wendell had become the wife of a mainline Albany tradesman and resident of the first ward. Two decades later, her husband seems to have served the American cause on the Albany homefront.

However, following the baptism of their last child in 1758, we have not yet encountered discernible references to Sara Bergen Wendell in the community-based record. Nor have we found additional materials following our most recent sweep of Internet-based resources.

Missing any balance of her adult life and passing, we move on for now from the life of Albany wife Sara Bergen Wendell.

biography in-progress - 2017


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of this Sara Bergen Wendell has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The seminal work on the family was published in 1876 and contains numerous entries for a Sarah or Sara Bergen. Perhaps her forebears emigrated from Bergen, Norway.

first posted 3/10/17; updated 8/19/17