In July 1765, he married Aaltje Van Arnhem. She died after bearing four children. In September 1773, he re-married, this time to Catharina Van Schaick. This second marriage produced ten children who were baptized at the Albany Dutch church where he was a long-time member.
Johannes Groesbeck was a shoemaker who lived on Fox Street in Albany's second ward. For a time, he lived with his brother, David Groesbeck. They owned or leased additional land in the Foxes Creek ravine. One of these lots had a tanning pit. In 1762, he was appointed constable in the second ward. The next year, he served as a firemaster. He also was a contractor of the city.
John D. Groesbeck was a Fox Street mainstay for more than fifty years. His household was configured on the census. In 1800, his second ward household included eight members. His holdings were included on assessment rolls. He was listed in the first city directory at 78 Fox Street.
John D. Groesbeck died in December 1815 at the age of seventy-four.
first posted: 10/10/05