Elizabeth De Meyer Schuyler
Elizabeth De Meyer was born in August 1666. She was the daughter of New York residents Nicholas and Lydia Van Dyck De Meyer. Her German ancestry father was the one-time mayor of New York while her Dutch mother emigrated to New Amsterdam where she married De Meyer.
In August 1687, she married Philip Schuyler at the Dutch church in New York. Their family was small. A son named Philip was christened in Kingston in 1689 but did not live. A second son named Nicholas was baptized in New York September 1691.
In 1691, her mother was dead and her father re-married when she was bequeathed a share of Nicholas De Meyer's substantial estate.
The now well-endowed Elizabeth's husband was a younger son in the large househhold of the founder of Albany's pre-eminent New Netherland-era family.
These Schuylers lived primarily in New York but perhaps in Kingston, Albany (where her father once owned property), and Schenectady as well.
Nicholas Schuyler later wrote in his bible that on May 4, 1712 "my mother . . . went to bed sick, and on the 13th . . . fell asleep in the Lord." Elizabeth De Meyer Schuyler was buried in the church at Schenectady. She had lived about fifty-eight years. Elizabeth's husband re-married in 1718 and lived until 1724.
Sources: The life of Elizabeth De Meyer Schuyler is CAP biography number 7807. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
Translated historical exerpts from Nicholas Schuyler's bible have been printed in CSG, pp. 70-72.
first posted: 5/30/12