Maria Donchesen Loockermans
Stefan Bielinski

Maria Donchesen was the wife of New Netherland pioneer Pieter Loockermans, Sr. She may have been of Scottish ancestry.

By the 1650s, these emigres had taken up residence in Beverwyck where their family included several children. Pieter Loockermans, Jr. was her son.

Perhaps she was the sister or another relation of Margaret Donchesen Teller.

Maria was a member of the Albany Dutch church and a widow by 1697 when her name appeared on the census as the head of an Albany household that included one child.

She assisted at a burial in February 1700. After that, her name has not been found on Albany rolls.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Donchesen Loockermans is CAP biography number 5931. Her name has appeared with a number of spellings including "Dongan" and "Duncan" This baseline sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek defining information on her origins and passing!

Interesting yet puzzling is an Internet exposition on her identity!

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first posted: 10/30/05