Willem Winne


Willem Winne was born in April 1716. He was the son of Daniel and Dirckie Van Ness Winne. He grew up in a large family on his father's Rensselaerswyck farm.

In January 1745, he married Albany native Maria De Wandelaer at the Schenectady Dutch church. By 1758, the marriage had produced at least five children - most of whom were christened at the Albany church where he was a pewholder and later would serve as a deacon.

In 1742 and in 1763, his name appeared on Albany freeholders lists as a resident of the third ward. In 1749, he was appointed a firemaster.

This William Winne was a skipper and merchant who had some accounts with the Albany government. His third ward property was valued moderately on city assessment rolls. He was called "captain" also because he was in charge of an Albany militia company.

During the war, he was into his sixties yet lent some support to the Revolutionary cause as he was called on to carry items on his boat. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right for service in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

However, after the war, the name of Willem Winne no longer appeared on Albany rolls. Perhaps he had retired to a more rural home. Burial records noted that he died in 1807.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Willem Winne is CAP biography number 3121. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/5/07