Phillipus Schuyler
Stefan Bielinski

Phillipus Schuyler was born in January 1696. He was the son of Pieter Schuyler and his second wife, Maria Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

He may have begun what became a lifelong military attachment as a member of his uncle's militia troop in 1715.

In December 1720, he married his cousin, nineteen-year-old Margarita Schuyler - the daughter of his father's brother. The marriage was childless but both partners were members of the Albany Dutch church where they were occasional baptism sponsors.

This younger son of the first mayor of Albany was called "Colonel" and lived with his wife on the family farm at the Flats. Although living beyond the city limits, he represented Albany in the provincial Assembly from 1728 to 1747 and again in 1750-51. On a number of occasions, he spent time in the Indian country. Anne Grant later thought him responsible for "management" of the Indians.

Much of the rich detail of "the Colonel's" married life has been related in Anne Grant' s Memoirs of an American Lady.

Phillipus Schuyler filed a will in June 1748. It mentioned Margarita, his siblings, and their children. He died in February 1758 at the age of sixty-two.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Col. Phillipus Schuyler is CAP biography number 104. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A cornerstone resource for his life is Anne Grant's Memoirs of an American Lady.

Militia: In 1738, he was listed on a provincial roster as a colonel of the New York militia.

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first posted: 12/30/03