Anna Douw Beekman


Anna Douw was born in February 1732. She was the daughter in the large family of Petrus and Anna Van Rensselaer Douw. She grew up in the Albany home of a prominent businessman and skipper and at Wolvenhook - the farm built her father built across the Hudson when she was a girl.

In June 1761, she was a twenty-nine-year-old "spinster" when she married New York native Gerardus Beekman at the Albany Dutch church. By 1775, six children had been christened in Albany where she was a member and pewholder into the 1790s.

These Beekmans raised their family in a comfortable house in the first ward. Her husband was a businessman who had a store in the heart of the city.

Gerardus Beekman died in 1807 and was buried from the Albany church. We seek specific information on the adult life and passing of Anna Douw Beekman

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anna Douw Beekman is CAP biography number 2060. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/20/08