Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck
Stefan Bielinski

Geertruy Schuyler was born in September 1661. She was the second child born to the marriage of New Netherland pioneers David Pieterse and Catalina Verplanck Schuyler. This daughter of a leading fur trading family grew up in Albany.

In 1684, she married Willem C. Groesbeck. By 1701, the marriage had produced six children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where she was a regular baptism sponsor. In 1688, she was named an heir in the will of her father.

Willem Claese was a prominent trader and Albany official. These Groesbecks lived in the second ward and were mainline residents of Pearl Street for the next forty years.

Geertruy was into her sixties when she lost her husband in 1722. Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck died in March 1747 at the age of eighty-six.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Geertruy Schuyler Groesbeck is CAP biography number 1727. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 10/10/05