Maria Vanderwerken Kidney
Stefan Bielinski

Maria Vanderwerken probabaly was born during the 1670s. She was the daughter of Albany residents Roeloff Gerritse and Jeertruy Jacobs Vanderwerken.

In May 1698, she married a Barbados-born soldier named John Kidney at the Albany Dutch church. By 1708, four children had been baptized at the Albany church where Maria was a member.

These Kidneys lived in Albany's first ward in a neighborhood populated by soldiers and others connected to the fort.

Her husband had died by 1722, when she received letters of administration on his estate. She also received a monetary bequest in the will of Jan Rosie filed in 1737.

Maria Vanderwerken Kidney may have lived until November 1760 when her son, Roeloff Kidney, paid for a pall to bury his mother!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Vanderwerken Kidney is CAP biography number 6678. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 11/5/04