Jan Salomanse Goewy
Stefan Bielinski

Albany patriarch Jan Salomanse Goewy is said to have been christened in Amsterdam, Holland in October 1649. Thus, he was the son of Solomon and Barbara Abelse who probably brought their family to America during the 1650s. He is said to have been living in Albany in 1668.

By the 1680s, he had married Catharina Loockermans and had begun to raise a family. By 1701, ten children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and frequent baptism sponsor.

He was identified as an Albany householder in 1679. In 1686 and for several years after, he served as an Albany firemaster. His landmark house was located on the east side of Market Street near the Ryckman brewery. In 1699, he signed a community document pledging loyalty to the king of England. In that year, he was identified as a "wheelwright." His home was valued modestly on Albany assessment rolls. In 1720, he was identified as a freeholder living in the third ward.

Probably into his eighties, Jan Salomanse Goewy died in September 1731. His widow may have survived him.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Salomanse Goewy is CAP biography number 5158. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted 10/10/05; revised 1/9/17