Maria Gilbert Spoor


Maria Gilbert was born in May 1685. She was the daughter of John and Cornelia Vandenbergh Gilbert. She probably grew up as the eldest child of a former garrison soldier and would have been one of five children accounted for in 1697 on a census of Albany householders.

In July 1706, Maria married Gerrit Spoor at the Albany Dutch church. At that time, both partners were identified as born and living in Albany. The marriage produced at least five children who were christened in the Albany church where she was an occasional sponsor.

These Spoors made their home in Albany's second ward.

Gerrit Spoor filed a will in April of 1719. At that time, he named Maria as co-executor and noted their five living children. He was dead by the folllowing July when the will passed probate.

Family-based sources opine that perhaps widow Maria then moved to New York City where she witnessed the christenings of her grandchildren.

However, widow Maria may have lived much longer. In 1756, the "meadhouse" of "Mary Spour" was listed on the census of Albany householders. At that time, this subject would have been more than seventy-years-old.

We seek definitive information on the widowhood and passing of Maria Gilbert Spoor

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Gilbert Spoor is CAP biography number 5156. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 6/30/13