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Willem van Alen

Birthdate: (83)
Death: April 17, 1753 (79-87)
Bethlehem, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Van Alen and Maritje Lookermans
Husband of Maritie van Petten
Father of Peter Van Alen
Brother of Johannes Van Alen

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Willem van Alen

Willem van Alen: Born about 1670. Died 17 April 1753 at Bethlehem, New York. Orphaned at about age 4, so his uncles, Laurens and Andreas Teller became his guardians. Apparently in the shipping business; described as "of Albany, Mariner." Married Marietje van Petten (b. abt 1674; d. ; interred Albany on 3 Mar 1733), daughter of Nicholas Frederickse (b. abt 1641, d. 3 Oct 1728) and Aefje Arentse (Bratt) van Patten (b. 1649, d. 23 Jan 1728, age 78)



Willem Van Allen probably was born during the 1670s. He was the American-born son of Pieter and Maria Teller Van Allen. His father died in 1674 and his mother re-married.

He married Maria Van Patten in November 1695. By 1710, their eight children were baptized at the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members and frequent baptism sponsors.

In 1697, his budding family was configured on the Albany census. Two years later, he joined with his neighbors in swearing allegiance to the King of England. In 1702 and 1709, his first ward property supported a substantial assessment - comparable to that of successful merchant/traders. During the early 1700s, he served his community as a juror and assessor for the first ward. In 1715, his name was on the roster of a troop of horse in the Albany militia.

He was known as a mariner and as master of a vessel that sailed to Albany. In 1715, he was left personal property including wheelwright's tools in the will of his step-father.

In 1717, he was identified as in possession of a farm in Bethlehem in a Van Rensselaer will.

In June 1737, he witnessed the will of Jan Rosie.


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Willem van Alen's Timeline

Age 32
April 17, 1753
Age 83
Bethlehem, New York