Traditional sources tell us that Wynant Gerritse Vanderpoel was born in Europe about 1620. He was the son of Gerrit Vanderpoel and Cornelia Wynants. He married Tryntie Melchoir about 1640. The marriage produced at least two sons and two daughters before Tryntje's death about 1671.
In 1674, he purchased half interest in a sawmill east of the Hudson on a stream that later would be called the "Wynantskill." But during that time, he was a mainline Albany resident, involved in business, and a frequent litigant. He also was a member of the Albany Dutch church.
During the early 1690s, he moved his family to New York City.
At one time, he was identified as a trunkmaker. His business (chiefly involving the fur trade) is loosely chronicled in the Early Records of Albany and of the Albany court.
first posted: 8/25/02; revised 4/15/07