Maas Cornelise Van Buren
Stefan Bielinski

Maas Cornelise was born during the 1640s. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck settlers Cornelis and Cathalina Martens Maas. In time, this family would be known in the region by the surname "Van Buren." Closer to Albany, they were known as "Bloomendal." The parents died in 1648 leaving Maas and his siblings to be raised by guardians on their Papsknee Island farm.

By 1683, he had married Jacomyntje Gardinier. By 1701, at least six shildren had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and occasional baptism sponsor.

For a couple decades, these Van Burens (Maase) were Albany mainstays. In 1684, he owed back taxes. In 1699, he joined his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. He also signed petitions regarding the fur trade. In 1702, his third ward property was assessed at a modest five poinds.

Maas Cornelise Van Buren was no longer in the city by 1709 when Jacomyntie was identified at the owner of the Albany property. Traditional sources state he may have lived until 1733!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maas Cornelise Van Buren is CAP biography number 6505. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. For his descendants, see Bloomendal.

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first posted: 7/20/05