Ten Eyck
Stefan Bielinski

The Ten Eycks were a German-ancestry family of New Netherland. Patriarch Coenradt Ten Eyck was shoemaker, tanner, and property holder in New Amsterdam who died within a few years of 1680.

His son, Jacob C. Ten Eyck moved from Manhattan to Albany after 1664 and married farmer's daughter Geertje Coeymans. Jacob practiced the shoemaker's trade and died in Albany about 1693. Geertie lived in their Albany house for several decades. Her children married well, prospered, and established the Ten Eyck family in Albany and in the upper Hudson region.

Their son,Coenradt (1678-1753), was a silversmith and the father of ten children - eight of whom married. His son, Jacob C. Ten Eyck (1705-93), was mayor of Albany in 1748. A younger son, Barent, was a prominent Albany silversmith. Silver objects made by Ten Eyck family members survive in museum and private collections as outstanding reminders of the family's accomplishments.

Arriving in Albany after 1664, the Ten Eycks were a successful and prolific Albany-based family that branched out into the manor and beyond. Despite their late start, the Albany Ten Eycks were able to acquire considerable real estate during the eighteenth century.

In 1756, eight Ten Eyck households were counted in the city. In 1790, the city of Albany had seven Ten Eyck-named households. By 1800, the family was in its fourth generation in the Albany setting!

Follow this link to an essay on the "last Ten Eyck in Albany."

Ten Eyck Avenue, Ten Eyck Insurance Company, Ten Eyck Plaza, and many Ten Eycks in the Albany phone book, the family is still prominent in Albany today!



Sources: Family-based material was first compiled by Jonathan Pearson, pp. 108-09 or S. V. Talcott which "sometimes" is available online. Traditiional genealogical information is summarized online in a number of places. From Wikipedia.

A massive Ten Eyck family account book covering the first half of the eighteenth century in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art is a promising resource to be explored!

Ten Eycks in the site index.
Follow this link to more family material on this website!

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first posted 3/30/02; last updated 10/20/13