Pieter Mingael is said to have been born during the early 1660s. Perhaps he was the last child born to the son of New Netherland pioneers Thomas Janse and Maria Abrahams Van Deusen Mingael. He was baptized in New Amsterdam. His father was dead by 1662 when his mother re-married. His step-father was widower Evert Janse Wendell, a long-lived pillar of early Albany.
In November 1685, Pieter married Margarita Roseboom at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and occasional baptism sponsor. The marriage probably was childless as no children were christened in Albany.
Mingael's home was in Albany's second ward where he served as assessor (four different years during the 1690s), juror, and firemaster. In 1697, he and his wife were alone in their home. Two years later, he signed a community-based oath swearing allegiance to the king of England. In 1702, his property was accorded a substantial assessment.
Pieter Mingael may have died after he witnessed a baptism in August 1704. His widow was listed as the head of their second ward household in 1709. Without visible offspring, the "Mingael" name appears to have dropped from Albany rolls following her passing.
Sources: The life of Pieter Mingael is CAP biography number 6195. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 1/10/06; updated 5/30/12