Maria Marselis Lansing
Stefan Bielinski

Maria Marselis was born in August 1735. She was the daughter of Albany residents Johannes and Johanna Beekman Marselis. Her father, an Albany alderman, died in 1746. She grew up in a first ward household that included several future Albany residents. In 1769, she was slated to receive a share of the estate in the will filed by her widowed mother.

She married gunsmith Henry R. Lansing in September 1762. By 1770, five of her children had been baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members.

In 1766, she was left a larger share of her brother's estate "for her extraordinary trouble more than the rest." In 1769, she was left a share of her parents' claim in the Kayaderosseras Patent.

These Lansings lived on Court Street where they were Albany mainstays for more than fifty years.

Henry Lansing died in 1819. A "Maria Lansing" was listed on the Albany census of 1820. However, no Lansings were listed at 444 South Market Street in the city directory for that year!



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Marselis Lansing is CAP biography number 843. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 9/10/03