Harmanus Wendell
Stefan Bielinski

Harmanus Wendell was born in 1678. He was the son of Albany natives Jeronimus and Ariantie Visscher Wendell. His father was a shoemaker and trader who died before Harmanus was married.

In 1697, Harmanus Wendell was identified on the census as living alone in a first ward home. Two years later, he married Anna Glen. By 1716, eight children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a regular baptism sponsor.

Harmanus Wendell quickly established himself as a trader and landholder who had frequent business with Albany and the provincial governments. His substantial first ward property was assessed moderately on Albany tax rolls. In 1699, he joined his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. In 1720, his name appeared on the list of qualified voters.

These Wendells lived on the south side of upper State Street in a classic Albany Dutch house that remained in the family for many years. He held additional real property in Albany and beyond.

He served his community as an assessor, juror, and first ward alderman - for a decade beginning in 1710. He was an active councilman and Indian commissioner. He also belonged to the Albany County militia.

Harmanus Wendell died in December 1731 and was buried beneath the Albany church. He had lived fifty-three years. His widow lived until 1756.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Harmanus Wendell is CAP biography number 2667. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/10/05