Sara Wendell Van Loon
Sara Wendell was christened at the Albany Dutch church on September 2, 1776 to John J. and Alida Hooghkerk Wendell. She was the second daughter in a family whose development was curtailed by the death of John J. Wendell in 1786. Her older sister married Albany mainstay William M. Diamond. Sister Judith is said to have lived until 1860.
By November 1798, she had married Peter Van Loon when their first daughter was christened at the Dutch church. The marriage may have produced as many as nine children.
In 1850, the Federal census identified Peter Van Loon as a resident of the third ward, aged 75. Living with him was Sarah, aged 74.
Sources: The life of Sara Wendell Van Loon is CAP biography number 2717. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 10/20/16; updated 4/7/17