Geertje Vandenbergh Vandenbergh


Geertje Vandenbergh (Geertruy) was born in December 1691. She was the daughter of Cornelis Gysbertse and his second wife, Cornelia Wynants Vandenbergh. By the time of her birth, her father had moved his family from New York to Albany where he sought to compete in the fur trade. He was living across the river in Rensselaerswyck when he named "Geertie" among his nine living children in the will he filed in March 1714.

In October 1716, Geertje married Albany native Wilhelmus Vandenbergh at the Albany Dutch church. By 1731, seven children had been christened in Albany where she was a member, pewholder, and regular baptism sponsor.

These Vandenberghs raised their family in the third ward while Wilhelmus worked as a mason - sometimes for the Albany government.

In 1761, her church pew was transferred to Catharina Lieverse. Geertje Vandenbergh Vandenbergh probably died about that time.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Geertje Vandenbergh Vandenbergh is CAP biography number 5780. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/20/08