The Children of Petrus and Anna Douw


Petrus Douw and Anna Van Rensselaer married in October 1717. The marriage produced nine children - all of whom survived past childhood. Alll but Hendrick lived to become Albany mainstays throughout the remainder of the eighteenth century. The typical, fully matured, early Albany family was about that large. But all of the offspring surviving to adulthood was a far less frequent occurrance. A number of authors have remarked about this phenomena.

Magdalena (Gansevoort) - bp. 1718

Volkert P. - bp. March 1720

Hendrick Douw (1722-56)

Catharina - bp. March 1724

Maria Douw (Gansevoort) - bp. November 1725

Margarita Douw (Van Dyck) - bp. 1729

Anna Douw (Beekman) - bp. February 1732

Elizabeth Douw (Beekman) - bp. December 1733

Rachel - bp. February 29, 1736

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The Douws were among the most numerous and most distinguished of the families that built colonial Albany. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 10/15/08