Willem Claese Groesbeck was born about 1659. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Claes and Elizabeth Stevens Groesbeck. He grew up in a trader's home located on what became Pearl Street in Albany.
About 1684, he married Geertruy Schuyler, the daughter of early Albany's premier family. By 1701, the marriage had produced six children who were christened in the church where Willem Claese was a member, deacon, and a regular baptism sponsor.
This Groesbeck home also was on Pearl Street - and stood opposite the house of his father. Willem Claese was an Albany mainstay and mainly a carpenter who served on juries and was elected assistant alderman for the second ward. Beginning at the inception of the municipal government in 1686, he served as assessor, firemaster, and belonged to an Albany militia company. His Albany property was accorded a moderate assessment on the city tax rolls. In 1699, Willem Groesbeck joined his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. In 1720, his name was included on a list of sceond ward freeholders.
Willem Claese Groesbeck died in December 1722 and was buried from the Dutch church.
first posted: 10/10/05