Hendrick Cuyler, Jr.
Stefan Bielinski

Hendrick Cuyler, Jr. was born in December 1690. He was the first son born to Albany mainstays Abraham and Catharina Bleecker Cuyler. He was baptized at the Dutch church in New York City.

Hendrick Jr. followed his father in the fur trade - perhaps representing the family in the Indian country. He appeared on Albany rolls first in 1722 when he was elected assistant alderman for the second ward.

In December 1722, he was thirty-two when he married Margarita Van Deusen at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member, pewholder, and occasional baptism sponsor. By 1733, six of their children had been christened in Albany.

Over the next decade, Hendrick Jr. settled down in Albany - inheriting his father's Pearl Street home and blosseming into a prominent merchant and member of the Albany business community. In 1758, he was appointed justice of the Albany County court of common pleas. In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders.

Hendrick Cuyler, Jr. filed a will in March 1761. It named his wife, son , and three daughters as direct heirs. He was buried from his church in March 1765. The will passed probate two years later.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Hendrick Cuyler, Jr. is CAP biography number 530. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 4/30/05