Frans grew up in Rensselaerswyck and Albany - learning the fur trade and also the duties and potentials of landholding in support of his father's Bethlehem enterprises. In December 1674, he was apprenticed to Rutger Arentsen to learn the shoemaker's trade for a term of four years - or until he was nineteen.
As a younger son of a large family, Frans then was left to pursue his own destiny and joined a group of Albany merchants who posted a bond to trade in the Indian country in the Fall of 1686. This adventurous undertaking helped establish him in the new city of Albany.
In 1689, he married young Elsie Gansevoort. Their eight children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church between 1690 and 1707 where both parents were members.
By the mid-1690s, these Winnes had emerged as Albany mainstays. As his older brothers no longer were in Albany, Frans had become head of the Albany Winne family - acting as executor and as guardian for the children of deceased siblings. His third ward home was an Albany landmark.
In 1702, the now successful merchant was elected assistant alderman for the third ward. He served until 1706 when he was elected alderman - serving until 1708. After that, he maintained his ties to city hall as a contractor and firemaster.
By 1720, Frans Winne had passed on and his son, Pieter, already had succeeded him.
The terms of his apprenticeship are printed in Early Records of Albany 3:422-23. That document called him "Francoys" Pietersen Winne.
Document printed in Livingston Indian Records, 106-7.
Information on his stewardship is printed in Early Records of Albany volume 1 or 4:146.
first posted: 01/05/02