David Groesbeck
Stefan Bielinski

David Groesbeck was born in March 1692. He was the son of Albany residents Willem G. and Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck.

In November 1724, David was thirty-two years old when he married a younger Maria Vanderpoel. By 1745, their twelve children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church.

This Groesbeck family set up their home facing a major Albany intersection. In 1720, he was identified as a freeholder in the first ward. He was a contractor and sometimes identified as a carpenter. In 1715, his name appeared on the roster of an Albany militia company.

In 1720, he was named constable for the first ward. Two years later, he served as firemaster. In 1732, he was elected assistant alderman - this time representing the second ward. He also was a contractor of the city of Albany and, in 1736, purchased a lot along Foxes Creek. In 1756, he was appointed as one of the assistant justices of the Albany County court of common pleas.

His wife passed in January 1757. David Groesbeck died in February 1763 and was buried from the Dutch church.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of David Groesbeck is CAP biography number 3285. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. His annotated family bible is transcribed online. It later was continued by his son and namesake.

first posted: 8/20/05