Samuel Ten Broeck


Samuel Ten Broeck was born about 1680. He was a son in the large family of Albany leader Dirck Wesselse and Christina Van Buren Ten Broeck. He grew up in the comfortable State Street home and on the emerging east bank farm of one of the most important men in early Albany.

In 1697, he was accounted for in his father's Albany household. In 1699, he joined his Albany neighbors in swearing allegiance to the king of England. However, he seems to have lived on the family farm in eastern Albany County.

In November 1712, he married Maria Van Rensselaer - daughter of the Albany leader of the region's premier New Netherland family. By 1730, seven children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where the parents were regular baptism sponsors.

In 1715, he was named to inherit a share of his father's estate and a portion of his land on the Roeloff Jansen Kill in Livingston Manor. He settled there and raised a family that included several future residents of Albany.

After more than three decades of success as an Albany County farmer, Samuel Ten Broeck died in April 1756 and was buried from the Albany church.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Samuel Ten Broeck. is CAP biography number 79. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/30/06