John G. Marselis


John G. Marselis was born in September 1734. He was the son of Albany residents Gerrit and Margarita Bleecker Marselis. He grew up in Albany's second ward.

He does not apprear to have married but was a pewholder at the Albany Dutch church.

In 1758 and again in 1763, he was appointed firemaster in the second ward. In 1766, he probably was among those who signed a constitution for the Albany Sons of Liberty. In 1767, he was listed on the roster of an Albany militia company.

The existence of a same-named and contemporary kinsman prevents assignment of much of a substantial body of life information at this time. Thus, this sketch strives to rely on material associated with "John G. Marselis." On a number of occasions, his second ward holdings were valued on Albany assessment rolls. In 1788, he appears to have been living in the house of his widowed mother. But in 1790, the second ward household of "John G. Merseilus" included two men, five women, and a slave. The household of his cousin also appeared on the census

In 1799, a lot in the first ward belonged to John G. and his brother, Gysbert Marselis.

John G. Marselis died in April 1803 and was buried from his church.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John G. Marselis is CAP biography number 738. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Again, caution here in assigning information is important to stress.

first posted: 1/15/07