Eva Cuyler Van Driessen
Stefan Bielinski

Eva Cuyler was born in the New World before 1683. She was the daughter of newcomer trader Hendrick Cuyler and his wife Anna Schepmoes Cuyler. She grew up as the seventh child of a large and emerging early Albany family. Probably born within a few years of 1680, we seek more definitive information on the particulars of her birth.

In August 1712, she married Petrus Van Driessen - the new Dominie of the Albany Dutch church. By 1722, their five children had been christened in his church. As the wife of the Dutch Reformed minister, Eva enjoyed high status in the community. Their Albany home was attended by several servants and adorned with fine furnishings and works of art.

Eva lost her husband in February 1738. His will left her the use of his entire and substantial estate during her widowhood. That legacy included an Albany house and personal property, a house in New York, and land on the Mohawk. "Sick and weak, she filed her own will in April 1750. It parceled out her substantial legacy to children and grandchildren.

Although her name was not included on a census of Albany householders made in 1756, the widow Eva Cuyler Van Driessen lived six more years before dying in August 1756. She was buried from her husband's former church.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Eva Cuyler Van Driessen is CAP biography number 525. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Her will mentioned a portrait as "my own picture." However, not found as of 12/20/17.

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first posted 1/20/03; updated 12/20/17