Cornelia Ten Eyck Pruyn


Cornelia Ten Eyck was born in January 1729. "Neeltie" was the first child born in the large family of Albany natives and regional residents Jacob and Alida Visscher Ten Eyck.

In February 1756, she married Samuel Pruyn, Jr. at the Albany Dutch church. By 1768, five children had been christened in the Albany church where she was a pewholder and regular baptism sponsor.

These Pruyns lived in the second ward where Samuel Jr. was a prominent trader and skipper.

"Neeltie"or Naltie" Ten Eyck Pruyn lost her husband in December 1785. Briefly, she lived under the household of her son. By 1790, she was identified as the head of a third ward household. In time, her holdings at 24 Maiden Lane included a store and space on the dock. In 1800, her household included three slaves. By 1810, her residence was served by five slaves. City directories called her "Eleanor." She also owned a share of property along Foxes Creek.

The Widow Pruyn died in April 1817. Her will passed probate in June 1817. Neeltie Ten Eyck Pruyn had lived for more than seventy-eight years.

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first posted: 8/20/07