Pieter Schuyler, Jr.
Stefan Bielinski

Pieter Schuyler, Jr. was born in January 1698. He was the son of Albany leader Pieter Schuyler and his second wife, Maria Van Rensselaer Schuyler. He was the twin brother of Jeremiah Schuyler.

Pieter Schuyler, Jr. was involved in extending the fur trade out into the Indian country. In 1721, he was identified as the captain of a company of traders commissioned by the governor to establish a trading post on Lake Erie near Niagara and to encourage the Iroquois to trade at Albany. After that, he was active at Oswego, and passed a year at another location near Lake Ontario. In 1737, he was commissioned as "commissary at Oswego" during the trading season.

In November 1722, married young Catharina Groesbeck, the daughter of a prominent trader. By 1743, ten of their children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church.

These Schuylers set up a residence in the third ward. Pieter served as a firemaster and then was elected assistant alderman in 1736 and '37. He also owned land along Foxes Creek.

Like his brothers, he owned a farm north of Albany on family property generally known as the Flats.

In July 1736, he was among those worthies who witnessed the will of Goose Van Schaick. In 1748, was named to share a portion of the estate of his brother, Phillipus. His son was the "Pieter Schuyler, Jr." who was buried at "the Flats" in September 1753. At this point, we believe he was the "Peter Schuyler" whose name was included on a list of Albany freeholders in 1763.

We seek information on his later life and passing.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Pieter Schuyler, Jr. is CAP biography number 1736. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A portrait of him from a private collection has been reproduced in Christoph's Schuyler Genealogy, facing page 53. We seek a useful copy of that likeness!

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first posted: 2/5/04; revised 12/8/10