Martin Beekman
by
Stefan Bielinski


Marte Beekman was born in September 1695. He was the second son of Albany blacksmith Johannes Beekman and his second wife the former Eva Vinhagen. Their first ward household was large and the home of many Beekman children from two marriages.

He married Albany native Geertruy Visscher in December 1721. By 1734, their five children had been baptized at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and frequent baptism sponsor.

Martin Beekman was a blacksmith. He lived in a "good house" in the third ward and owned other property in the city of Albany as well. In 1715, he was a member of the Albany militia troop and later a contractor of the city. By the 1760s, he also was identified as a merchant.

Martin and Geertruy filed a joint will in September 1768. It stated that he was in good health and devised a substantial estate to his surviving children. Into his seventies, Martin Beekman lived through the Revolution without incident. He was dead in August 1784 when his will passed probate!

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notes

the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Martin Beekman is CAP biography number 3877. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.




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first posted: 9/20/03