Jan Thomase Mingael


According to family based resources, Jan Thomase Mingael was born during the second half of the seventeenth century. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Thomas Janse and Maritie Van Deusen Mingael.

About 1683, he married Maycke Oothoudt. That marriage appears to have been childless and she died before too long. By 1703, he had married Maria Van Deusen. By 1714, four children of the second marriage had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a lifetime member and frequent baptism sponsor.

For more than five decades, Jan Thomase was an Albany mainstay. After some time in the first ward, he lived in the third ward where, beginning in 1688, he was elected assistant alderman for many years. He also served on juries and was the captain of an Albany militia company in 1715. In 1702, he first was elected alderman and served several terms.. His landmark house on Maiden Lane and Middle Alley (James Street) was accorded substantial assessments on the Albany tax rolls and he held several lots in the city which he bought and sold on an active real estate market. In 1699 and several times afterward, he joined with his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England.

He filed a will in August 1729 naming his wife as his sole heir. Jan Thomase Mingael died in April 1731 and was buried beneath his church. With his passing, the name "Mingael" dropped from Albany annals.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jan Thomase Mingael is CAP biography number 6193. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 11/10/05