Geertruy Bleecker Wendell
Stefan Bielinski

Geertruy Bleecker was born in November 1696. She was the eldest daughter in the large family of Albany mainstays Johannes and Anna Coster Bleecker. Her father was a prominent fur trader who was appointed mayor of Albany in 1701.

Uncharacteristically, Geertruy began her adult life much later than most early Albany women. Just shy of her fortieth birthday, she married middle-aged Albany merchant Abraham Wendell in October 1736. Their marriage produced only one daughter who was baptized in September 1738.

For a time, these Wendells were prominent residents of the third ward.

The marriage may have been short-lived as Geertruy Bleecker Wendell would have died by September 1740 when Abraham Wendell may have re-married.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Geertruy Bleecker Wendell is CAP biography number 170. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 8/5/04; last revised 9/5/04