Maria Visscher Wendell
Stefan Bielinski

Maria Visscher probably was born during the 1660s. She was the daughter of New Netherland pioneers Harme Bastiaense and Hester Dircks Visscher. Her parents settled in Beverwyck and Harme Bastiaense later became a mainstay Albany carpenter and trader.

In 1688, she married Albany native Philip Wendell at the Albany Dutch church. By 1711, ten children had been christened at the Albany church where both parents were members.

These Wendells made their home in Albany's second ward where Philip was a shoemaker and active participant in civic affairs.

Maria Visscher Wendell died in February 1735 and was buried from the Albany church. Her husband survived until 1743.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Visscher Wendell is CAP biography number 4081. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/25/05