Johannes Claese Groesbeck


Johannes Claese Groesbeck probably was born during the 1670s. Perhaps he was the last son born to Albany residents Claes Jacobse and Elizabeth Stevens Groesbeck. He grew up in a prosperous business family with an Albany headquarters on Pearl Street.

Perhaps he was accounted for under his father's house on the Albany census in 1697. In 1699, Johannes Claese joined his Albany neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. Later, his own second ward property was valued on Albany assessment rolls

In December 1699, he married Geertruy Quackenbush in the Albany Dutch church. By 1720, nine children had been christened in Albany.

Like his father, he was a fur trader and mainline Albany merchant. He served as firemaster, on juries, and, in 1715, as a private in an Albany militia company. He also held land in Schaghticoke.

Johannes Claese Groesbeck was last heard from in September 1734 when he was paid by Albany for "use of the great guns and carriages." One source claims he died in Albany County on June 30, 1746.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Johannes Claese Groesbeck is CAP biography number 3351. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 1/15/06; re-casrt 10/27/13