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Dirck Wessels
Mayor 1696-1698
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.

He married Christina Cornelise Van Buren, by whom he had thirteen children. He resided on a lot purchased of the Anneke Jans heirs, east corner of State and James street. The following notice of his death is taken from an old family Bible:
"1717, Den 13 Sept. in Roeloff Jansen's kil is myn fader Dirk Wesselse in den Heere genest op syn bouwery op Roeloff Jansen's Kil. De Heere geve hem een zalige opstandinge."

The History of the County of Albany, by George Howell, (c)1886, p 658.

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