In 1697, Harmanus Wendell was identified on the census as living alone in a first ward home. Two years later, he married Anna Glen. By 1716, eight children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a regular baptism sponsor.
Harmanus Wendell quickly established himself as a trader and landholder who had frequent business with Albany and the provincial governments. His substantial first ward property was assessed moderately on Albany tax rolls. In 1699, he joined his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. In 1720, his name appeared on the list of qualified voters.
He served his community as an assessor, juror, and first ward alderman - for a decade beginning in 1710. He was an active councilman and Indian commissioner. He also belonged to the Albany County militia.
Harmanus Wendell died in December 1731 and was buried beneath the Albany church. He had lived fifty-three years. His widow lived until 1756.
first posted: 6/10/05