Rachel De Peyster Ten Eyck


Rachel De Peyster was born in May 1728. She was the daughter of Johannes and Anna Schuyler De Peyster. She was the younger of two surviving offspring of the union of elite Albany families. She grew up in her father's State Street home from where he would be named mayor of Albany in 1729 and would be a pillar of the community until his death in 1789. Her mother died in 1750.

In September 1750, Rachel married Albany native Tobias Ten Eyck at the Albany Dutch church. The couple soon settled in Schenectady where seven children would be baptized by 1766. Named for her illustrious father, their son, Johannes De Peyster Ten Eyck, became a prominent Albany resident after taking up residence in Rachel's father's landmark house.

These Ten Eycks were among Schenectady's leading families throughout the era of the American Revolution.

In August 1774, Tobias made out his will. It left his estate to Rachel during her widowhood and then to their six living sons. The will passed probate following Tobias's passing in February 1785.

In death, Tobias H. Ten Eyck was reknowned as one of the wealthiest residents of Schenectady. His widow, Rachel De Peyster Ten Eyck, passed on in April 1787 just before her fifty-ninth birthday.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Rachel De Peyster Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 7828. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 7/30/13