Maas Bloomendal, Jr.


Maas Bloomendal, Jr. was born in August 1733. He was the son of Albany residents Jacob Maase and his wife, Sara Gardinier Maase. He was called "Jr." to prevent confusion with his older cousin, a Rensselaerswyck farmer who also had ties to Albany.

Maas Jr. grew up in a small family that lost its head when Jacob Maase died in 1755. In 1761, he was left a share of his uncle's Albany house (where he was then living with his brother, Albertus) and other property as well.

During the 1750s, Maas Jr. married Helena Schermerhorn. Between 1759 and 1775, their children were christened at the Albany Dutch church where his wife was a pewholder and he was an occasional baptism sponsor.

These Bloomendals set up their home in the first ward where Maas Jr. worked as a brazier - the family trade probably taught to him by his father and uncles. Assessment rolls valued his home, located near the State Street landmark of Jacob C. Ten Eyck, quite modestly.

He served as firemaster and constable and in the provincial militia as well.

At this point, we are unwilling to assign much of the existing information for "Maas Bloomendal" for the era of the American Revolution. However, we believe he did receive a land bounty right for wartime service in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

With the death of his older cousin by 1790, we are more certain that Maas Bloomendal, Jr. was a brazier and a mainline resident of the first ward for at least the next decade.

He last was heard from in 1800 when the census described his household with only an elderly man and woman as residents.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maas Bloomendal, Jr. is CAP biography number 1506. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/10/07