Barent H. Ten Eyck
Stefan Bielinski

Barent H. Ten Eyck was born in September 1722. He was a younger son in the large family of Albany mainstays Hendrick and Margarita Bleecker Ten Eyck.

He married brewer's daughter Helena Ryckman in April 1745. The marriage may have produced only two children who were christened in the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and pewholder.

He was a merchant and the partner of his father-in-law, Tobias Ryckman. Their families lived together in Albany's first ward. By 1779, Tobias Ryckman was dead and Barent was identified as the owner of substantial Southside property that included the residences of a number of family members. By 1790, however, Barent and Lena Ten Eyck had relocated to a comfortable house in the third ward. He owned a brew house in the first ward and additional acreage in the third ward on the north side of Foxes Creek.

For a half century, Barent H. Ten Eyck was an Albany mainstay and a family leader. He was a prominent merchant, member of the city council (assistant alderman and then elected alderman for the first ward in 1761), active in the opposition to British restrictions, and a contractor of the city.

Barent H. Ten Eyck died in 1792. His will passed probate on September 29.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barent H. Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 4845. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/20/05