Elsje Wendell Staats
Stefan Bielinski

Elsje Wendell Staats probably was born during the 1670s and was the daughter of Manhattan-based Albany trader Johannes Wendell and his first wife, New Yorker Maria de Meyer Wendell.

In 1691, she was provided for in the will filed by her father. Both her parents had passed by the time she reached adulthood. She probably spent the last childhood years in the home of her step-mother, Elsie Staats Wendell.

Elsie married Abraham Staats in July 1696 at the Albany Dutch church where she was a member and where eleven of her children were baptized before 1720.

In 1697, her budding family was configured on the Albany census. Afterwards, her husband moved their family to a farm across the Hudson. She was alive and living in Claverack when Abraham Staats filed his will in 1731.



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Elsje Wendell Staats is CAP biography number 2795. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek additional information on her life!

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first posted: 2/25/03; revised 3/19/08