Cornelis Stephense Muller
He is said to have settled at Fort Orange about 1660. Before long, he owned property in what became Albany, a farmstead in the Manor, and, in 1718, is said to have obtained a thousand acres at Claverack from Hendrick Van Rensselaer. However, his interest and activities at Claverack can be traced back to 1677.
His wife was Hilletie Lookermans. By 1700, eleven children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church with a number of prominent community members as their sponsors. He was a member of the Albany church from at least 1683.
In 1689, his name was included on a list of farmers in the company (Catskill?) of Gerrit Teunisse (Van Vechten?). In 1697, his household in Rensselaerswyck included nine children. Because he mostly was not a city resident, we have not actively pursued the out-of-Albany aspects of his life.
By 1720, he had settled permanently on his Claverack property which, by that time, appears to have been under the control of his son Stephen. Cornelis Stephense's Albany holdings on Broadway and Maiden Lane went to his sons Jacob and Johannes who became city residents.
Sources: The life of Cornelis Stephense Muller has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Because Cornelis Stephense mostly was not a city resident, we have not actively pursued the out-of-Albany aspects of his life.
first posted: 9/5/11