Casparus Van Wie


Casparus Van Wie was born in December 1742. He was a middle son in the large family of Hendrick Jr. and Catharina Waldron Van Wie. He grew up on a farm located south of Albany.

In April 1766, Casparus married Jannetie Winne at that Albany Dutch church. At that time, they were both identified as single people of the colony of Rensselaerswyck. By 1780, the marriage had produced produced five children.

He appears to have lived in or beyond the North End of Albany in a developing area that soon would become known as Watervliet.

In 1766, he joined his Albany neighbors and two older brothers as well in signing the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty.

During the 1760s and '70s, his West Bank Rensselaerswyck property was valued on assessment rolls.

In 1767, he was a private in a Rensselaerswyck militia company. During the War for Independence, he served in the militia. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In 1790, his household was configured on the census for Watervliet.

In 1815, the city Directory listed him at 99 North Market Street. The fact that he was not found on the earlier directories could mean that his home came into Albany with the expansion of the city boundary north in 1814. In 1818, his unmarried and middle-aged daughters (Agnes and Rachel) would be listed in the Directory in North Albany.

Casparus Van Wie lost his wife in August 1815. He died in March 1818 and was buried from the Dutch church. His will passed probate in July. He had lived seventy-five years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Casparus Van Wie is CAP biography number 6589. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 11/5/07