Cornelis Willemse was born about 1679. He was the son of Albany mainstays Willem Gysbertse and Catharina Vanderpoel Vandenbergh. He grew up learning the jobs held by his father as cartman and husbandman.
In 1699, he joined with his neighbors in pledging loyalty to the king of England. In 1702, his third ward property was accorded a modest assessment. In 1705, he was cited by the Albany government for not paving in front of his house. Like his father, he seems to have earned his living as a cartman and from performing varied services. He also bought and sold real estate in Albany and its environs.
In November 1705, he was "weak of body" when he made his will. Identifying himself as a carman and millwright, he left substantial property to his wife along with instructions on the raising of their children. He was dead by May 1713 when his will passed probate. His widow re-married.
first posted: 10/25/05