Anthony C. Ten Eyck


Anthony C. Ten Eyck was born in June 1712. He was the son of Coenradt and Gerritje Van Schaick Ten Eyck. He grew up as a middle child in the large family of an Albany silversmith. Several of his siblings became prominent residents of Albany and its environs. However, at least two other Anthony Ten Eycks are generally at risk during his effective lifetime.

This Anthony, however, may have re-located to New York and appears to have established himself as a merchant.

In December 1740, he married his second cousin Sara Ten Eyck in New York City. Following Sara's death in March 1758 (and after six births), he married Margarita Van Wyck, the widow of Brandt Schuyler, in Red Hook. By 1762, seven children were accounted for in the two marriages. During the 1740s and '50s, he witnessed a number of baptisms in Albany.

During the 1750s, he is said to have owned the sloop Christina with his brother Tobias.

Following the death of his first wife and subsequent re-marriage, he is said to have moved to southern Albany County (Coeymans) where he was a part of family-based business and social networks. Even prior to those years, he was mentioned in a number of related wills. In June 1754, he was named co-executor of the estate of his kinsman Samuel Coeymans under which his widowed mother received a substantial bequest. In September 1763, he was named co-executor of the estate of Samuel's widow.

Anthony C. Ten Eyck filed a will in April 1775. At that time, he identified himself as a resident of Rensselaerswyck and as "weak in body." It named his wife and three living children as heirs. This complicated document passed probate in June.

Afterwards, his widow returned to Red Hook and survived until 1777. However, this Anthony Ten Eyck appears to have been named (but probably not still living) in the will filed by his sister in October 1782. Until we can verify his death date, we move on for now.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Anthony C. Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 4842. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Because so much of this Albany native son's life evolved beyond an Albany city context, we have relied on traditional sources to flesh out his story and have not pursued his non Albany life into primary source research.

first posted 7/10/13