When Catharina Tryntje Jochemse Wessels was born about 1622, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands, her father, Jochem Ghijsen Wessels, was 29 and her mother, Trijntgen Gerrits, was 32. She married Major Abraham Staats on 26 January 1642, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1707, in Albany, Albany, New York, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Menands, Albany, New York, United States.
Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Wessel 1. This surname is also established in South Africa.
History: One of the most prominent fur traders in New Netherland (now NY) in the 1660s was Dirck Wessels(e) (1637–1717), who probably came to New Netherland before 1650 with his father, Wessel Wesselse, a West India Company employee. He also bore the surname Ten Broeck .