Margarita Douw born in November 1740. She was the daughter of sloop captain Abraham Douw and his first wife, Lyntie Winne Douw. She was nine years old when her mother died in 1749. Margarita grew up taking charge of a household whose head often was sailing away from Albany.
These Ten Eycks lived on Pearl Street in Albany's second ward where Henry began to make his way as a merchant. Their lives changed when he was appointed sheriff of Albany County in 1770. As a royal official, he was in a precarious position as controversy became conflict during the 1770s.
Margarita Douw Ten Eyck was alive in 1790 and accounted for on the census. Her husband died in 1795. Perhaps she was still alive in 1809 and living with Widow Ann Mancius - her late husband's sister!
first posted: 10/10/03