Elsje Rutgers Schuyler Vas


Elsje Rutgers was born on Manhattan during the early 1670s. she was the daughter of Harmen and Catharina De Hooges Rutgers.

On January 1, 1694 she married David D. Schuyler in the Albany Dutch church. At least six of her children were baptized there between 1695 and 1715. Like her husband, she was a prominent church member and a frequent baptism sponsor.

David D. Schuyler died in 1715 at age forty-six - leaving her with several small children.

In 1722, she married the much older Reverend Petrus Vas in the New York City Dutch Church. Gerardus Duyckinck painted her portrait the next year. Her husband served as Dominie of the Kingston Dutch church from 1710 to just before his death in 1756.

Elsje Rutgers Schuyler Vas was still alive in 1752.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Elsje Rutgers Schuyler Vas is CAP biography number 1965. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Her portrait is in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art.

first posted: 7/10/07