Geertruy Ten Broeck Schuyler


Geertruy Ten Broeck was born about 1670. She was the fifth of the thirteen children born to Albany founders Dirck Wesselse and Christina Van Buren Ten Broeck. She grew up in a landmark home on Albany's main street from where her father conducted his multifaceted business.

In November 1691, she married Abraham Schuyler, a son of Albany's most prominent New Netherland family. Their five children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church between 1692 and 1707 where both parents were members.

These Schuylers set up their home on "Brewers" (Market) Street in what Abraham Schuyler later would call a "little house on the street." He was a fur trader, city official, and frequently was in the Indian country on diplomatic business. He died in the Seneca country after an illness in 1726.

Her father's will was probated in 1718 and the subsequent partition of the estate left her with substantial assets.

By virtue of the will Abraham had filed in 1709, Geertruy inherited all of his substantial property as well. In 1736, she transferred some land. Perhaps she was still alive in 1756 and living next door to her son David A. Schuyler. However, traditional sources say that she had died in New York in 1738.

We still seek definitive information on the later life and passing of Geertruy Ten Broeck Schuyler.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Geertruy Ten Broeck Schuyler is CAP biography number 46. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2002; recast and revised 8/25/11