Frans Winne


Frans Winne was born in September 1734. He was the son of Kiliaen Winne and his second wife, Rebecca Fonda Winne. He grew up as part of a large family in a carpenter's home in the third ward. He sometimes was known as "Frans Winne. Jr." to help avoid confusion with at least two same-named contemporaries.

In December 1758, he married regional resident Anna Viele at the Albany Dutch church. By 1779, nine children had been christened in Albany where he was an occasional baptism sponsor.

He appears to have followed his father in the wood trades and occasionally was compensated by the city government for repair work on Albany buildings.

During the 1760s and 70s, his real property was valued on the city assessment rolls. He also may have held an additional lot in the Woutenbergh. In 1781, he may have been the Frans who petitioned the council for land at Tynonderoga.

In his early forties during the War, he was called on to provide carpentry for the revolutionary cause. In August 1778, his name appeared alongside that of his brother on a roster of artifacers serving the Quartermaster General out of Albany. In 1779, he signed a community-based petition on behalf of his neighbor, John Tillman. Afterwards, Frans Winne, Jr. was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

The name of Frans Winne, Jr. does not seem to appear in the community records after the war. Perhaps, he died in Saratoga in 1797. With outstanding questions on his subsequent life and passing, we move on for now.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Frans Winne is CAP biography number 3838. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 2/20/08; updated 5/14/13