Ephraim Wendell


Ephraim Wendell was born in February 1689. He was the son of Evert and Elizabeth Sanders Wendell. A year later, he was named in his father's will.

In September 1713, he married Anna Van Ness. By 1731, nine children had been christened at that Albany Dutch church. However, between 1727 and 1734, he buried five of those children.

He seems to have followed his family into the Indian trade although his Albany enterprises occasioned little recognition. He lived in the second ward, was qualified to vote, and, in 1756, also was known as a baker. In 1767, his second ward holdings were assessed comparable to those of other successful merchants. As a younger man in 1715, he was identified as a private in an Albany militia company.

Ephraim lost his wife in 1758. In August 1765, he was among the Albany elders called to testify in a disputed probate case. At that time, he was thought to have been about seventy-seven years old. According to a family bible, Ephraim Wendell "rested in the Lord" when he died in October 1769. He had lived for more than eighty-one years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Ephraim Wendell is CAP biography number 2868. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/30/06