Jacob Cuyler, Jr.


Jacob Cuyler, Jr. was born in January 1746. He was the son of Johannes A. and Catherine Wendell Cuyler. He was the last child of a large Market Street family. However, his mother died a few months following his birth and he had lost both of his parents by the time he was two.

We seek information on the particulars of his childhood. However, we expect that young Jacob the other children of Johannes and Catherine would be absorbed within the greater Cuyler family and their inlaws. This individual became an Albany resident and was known as "Jacob Cuyler, Jr." to avoid confusion with a slightly older and very prominent kinsman who was called Jacob J. Cuyler.

In his mid-twenties at the outbreak of hostilities, we expect to find some record of wartime service. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right under the city military regiment.

Perhaps this individual remained single as no marriage or childbearing information has appeared in the records thus far encountered.

In 1790, his household on the corner of Market and Steuben included four members and two slaves. Two years earlier, the property was assessed moderately. In 1800, the slaves had been replaced by free people of color along with two older men and an older woman.

In June 1793, he witnessed a Rensselaer County will.

The third ward assessment roll in 1799 valued his lot separately and his personal property under the third ward house and lot of John Cuyler.

In October 1823, an Albany newspaper reported that a Jacob Cuyler died at Coxsackie at the age of seventy-seven years. That individual was buried in the Coxsackie cemetery.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Cuyler, Jr. is CAP biography number 540. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/20/11