Margarita Ten Broeck


Margarita Ten Broeck was born in July 1776. She was the youngest surviving daughter of Albany leaders Abraham and Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck. Her parents represented regionally elite families enabling her to grow up in a comfortable Market Street townhouse and at Van Rensselaer properties in the surrounding countryside.

Coming of age during the 1790s, Margarita does not appear to have married. Perhaps, her health worked against that right of passage into adulthood.

In March 1809, she was identifed as an heir in the will filed by her father. Thus, she ultimately would receive east bank acreage and a proportional share of her parents' estate.

However, she would not survive long enough to enjoy the fruits of her family fortune. Calling herself a resident of the "Colonie," thrity-six-year-old Margaret Ten Broeck filed a will in June 1812. It named her "dear friend" Jeremiah Lansing as executor. She died in August of that year.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Margarita Ten Broeck is CAP biography number 68. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 4/30/13; updated 6/10/13