Guleyn Verplanck was born in June 1693. He was the son of Isaac and Abigail Utenbogart Verplanck. He was a middle child in the large family of a newcomer shoemaker who settled in Albany during the 1670s. He was known as "Guleyn" although his same-named son was called "William."
In September 1721, he was included in a company of young men (mostly from Albany) who were instructed to establish a trading post on Lake Erie near Niagara. The traders returned to Albany the following September.
Perhaps he also was the merchant "Gulian Verplank" who was made a freeman of New York City in August 1723.
In December 1724, thirty-one-year-old Guleyn married the younger Albany native Ariaantie Vanderpoel at the Albany Dutch church. By 1739, six children had been christened in Albany where he was a regular baptism sponsor.
In October 1727, he was paid for carrying stones to Oswego. On a number of occasions during the 1730s and 40s, he was contracted to supply and repair the Albany fort and fortifications. During those years, he witnessed the signing of a number of wills.
Guleyn Verplanck was buried in July 1749. His widow was still alive and living with their sons in 1767.
Sources: The life of Guleyn Verplanck is CAP biography number 1119. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 11/10/10; updated 6/3/11