Cornelia Vandenbergh Gilbert


Cornelia Vandenbergh was the wife of English-identified newcomer resident John Gilbert.

She is said to have been the daughter of Arent and Maria Vandenbergh who are said to have come to New Netherland in 1654. Perhaps she then would have been born during the 1660s when her father owned a house in Albany.

By 1683, she had become a member of the Albany Dutch church. By the next year, church records identified her as Cornelia "Gilbornz." Beginning in 1685, three children were christened at the church in Albany. A boy was named "Arent" - perhaps to honor her father. Court minutes referred to Arent's father-in-law in 1681.

These Gilberts raised their family in Albany where Jan was known as a soldier and a baker.

John Gilbert died in 1707. In 1709, her name appeared on the assessment roll for the second ward.

In 1714, church records noted that Cornelia Gilbert was paid six pounds for the release of her claim on the pastures.

In November 1717, provincial records ordered that "Cornelia Gilbert," the widow of John (deceased), would be paid for bread he supplied to the soldiers in Albany in 1682.

We seek informaton on the later life and passing of Cornelia Vandenbergh Gilbert. By the 1720s, her three daughters had been married at the Albany church.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelia Vandenbergh Gilbert is CAP biography number 5640. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Entries from the assessment roll are temporarily missing from our files.

first posted: 3/30/10; revised 8/18/10