Cornelis Van Dyck


Cornelis Van Dyck was born in March 1642. He was the son of Schout Fiscal Hendrick and Dwertje Cornelis Van Dyck of New Amsterdam. His basic education came under Adrian Janse Van Ilpendam. Then he was trained in medical practice. By 1661, he had served a four year apprenticeship under Jacob D'Hinsse - the surgeon at Beverwyck and husband of Van Dyck's sister.

By that time, he had settled in the upriver fur trading center. About 1663, he married one Elizabeth Lakens. The marriage produced at least two sons before her death. In April 1682, he married the widow Elizabeth Beeck Salisbury at the New York City Dutch Reformed church. That marriage produced at least two daughters who were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where he was a member.

Although only twenty-three-years-old, in 1665 Cornelis Van Dyck was accepting his own apprentice surgeons.

In September 1677, Van Dyck submitted an affidavit in Albany authorizing two Amsterdam merchants (one named William Lakens) to administer his present and future assets on behalf of Elizabeth Lakens whom he identified as his wife, alive and well, and that he was her guardian. However, five years later she was dead and he had remarried.

Dr. Van Dyck also was known as a merchant and magistrate. He served for many years as the physician for the almshouse. By 1679, his house was an Albany landmark. He was active on the Albany real estate market and also acquired acreage beyond the Albany stockade.

Cornelis Van Dyck died in 1686 and his widow remarried. His son succeeded him in medical practice in Albany.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelis Van Dyck is CAP biography number 821. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Basic biographical material appears in ERA. See also his summary from Ancestry.

first posted 3/15/04; recast 5/16/16; last revised 11/14/16