Cornelia Schermerhorn Ten Eyck
Stefan Bielinski

Cornelia Schermerhorn was born about 1675. She was the daughter of New Netherland pioneers Jacob Janse and Jannetie Van Voorhout Schermerhorn. In May 1688, she was identified as an heir in the will filed by her parents.

She married Barent Ten Eyck in September 1700. By 1709, six children were baptized at the Albany Dutch church where she was a member and frequent baptism sponsor.

These Ten Eycks shared a home on Pearl Street with Barent's brother, Hendrick. The Ten Eyck brothers were fur traders and active in local affairs. Although blessed with a large family over the first decade of marriage, Cornelia soon suffered an irreparable loss with the death of her husband in 1711 at the age of thirty-one!

The name of Cornelia Schermerhorn Ten Eyck dropped from Albany rolls after she witnessed a baptism in April 1718.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelia Schermerhorn Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 5488. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 9/10/04