Benjamin Winne


Benjamin Winne was born in December 1705. He was the son of Rensselaerswyck farmer Livinius Winne and his second wife, Willemptie Viele (widow Schermerhorn) Winne. His father died in 1706 and his mother (daughter of interpreter Aernout C. Viele) remarried (to Johannes Van Hoesen) three years later.

In December 1728, Benjamin married Rachel Van Arnhem. By 1747, nine children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and occasional baptism sponsor. Four of their daughters married Albany residents.

In 1742, he was counted among the freeholders living in Rensselaerswyck.

In July 1755, the city council directed the treasurer to allow him six skipples of wheat and to charge his account.

In 1766 and '67, his west side Rensselaerswyck property was valued on the Albany assessment rolls.

In August 1788, Mr. Benjamin Winne" was identified as 84 years old when he marched in the Ratification Parade at the head of the community's tailors. In that year his personal property only was valued on the city assessment roll for the second ward. As he had been a mainline resident of Albany's northern suburb, he probably held a space for tailoring in Albany but lived in Watervliet where "his" household was configured on the census in 1790.

Benjamin Winne is said to have died in January 1797.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Benjamin Winne has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Although not technically a city person, he had business with/in Albany and several of his children became Albany residents.

Benjamin Winne had no son named Benjamin. Even though he would have been in his eighties, the census entry may have been to this individual.

first posted 3/10/08; updated 5/5/18