Catharina Groesbeck Pruyn


Catharina Groesbeck was born in May 1737. She was the daughter in the large family of David and Maria Vanderpoel Groesbeck. She grew up in a carpenter's home in Albany's first ward. According to her father's bible record, another daughter with the same name was born in 1745 and died in 1766.

In December 1762, Catharina married Albany native Casparus Pruyn at the Albany Dutch church. By 1776, six children had been christened in Albany where she was an occasional baptism sponsor.

This Pruyn family made its home on Pearl Street where Casparus was a blacksmith. They were well-known Albany residents for several decades.

Catharina Groesbeck Pruyn seems to have been accounted for in the census records of her husband's household thru 1810. However, one authority holds that she died in 1788 at the age of fifty.

Casparus Pruyn died in October 1817. Their son was listed as the householder on the city directory for 1818 and afterwards. We seek information on Cahtarina's later life and passing.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Catharina Groesbeck Pruyn is CAP biography number 3273. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/30/07