Geertruy Van Schoonhoven


Geertruy Van Schoonhoven probably was born prior to 1680. She was a younger child in the family of New Netherland pioneers Geurt Hendrickse and Maria Cornelis Van Schoonhoven.

She grew up in a large family on the varied upriver holdings of a prominent regional agriculturalist who died in 1702.

In April 1694, Geertruy and two siblings were "accepted" as members of the Albany Dutch church.

She was among the heirs named in the will filed by her father in August 1700. Geurt Hendrickse died in 1702.

In October 1700, she ("Geertruy Geurtse Schoonhoven") married London-born garrison soldier William Hunt at the Dutch church in Albany. At that time, she was identified as a young person living in Albany. By 1713, the marriage had produced a number of children the last one being christened in New York City in 1713.

For a time, the couple made their home among the garrison-connected enclave residing in Albany's first ward.

Probably by 1713, they had made their way to New York City where Hunt had become a freeman in 1711.

We seek information on the later life and passing of Geertruy Van Schoonhoven "Hunt."

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Geertruy Van Schoonhoven is CAP biography number 5886. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/20/10