Dirck Wessels was Mayor 1696-98. He was also the first Recorder under the Charter of 1686. His real name is given as Dirk Wesselse Ten Broeck. Born 1642; a servant of Peter Van Allen, of Beverwyck, in 1662; became a successful trader, exporting some years 5,000 beaver skins. He was active in public affairs in Albany, especially in those relating to the Indians. He held rank as Major of the militia of the county in 1691.
The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 658.