David Van Dyck


David Van Dyck was born in November 1693. He was the son of Albany physician Hendrick Van Dyck and his wife Maria Schuyler Van Dyck. He grew up along the Albany waterfront but lost his father at age thirteen when Dr. Van Dyck drowned in the Hudson in 1707.

By the time Widow Van Dyck had taken her family to live in Kinderhook, David had married Christina Ten Broeck at the Albany Dutch church. By 1732, the marriage had produced eight children who were christened in Albany where both parents were regular baptism sponsors.

These Van Dycks first lived in the second ward where David conducted business - which included purchasing wheat from the city government. He was a member of an Albany troop of horse and was elected alderman for the first ward in 1719 and 1720. At that time, he may have been living in the Court Street house recently vacated by his mother or in a nearby home owned by Wessel Ten Broeck.

David Van Dyck was last noted in June 1723 when he was mentioned in the will of his father-in-law. Perhaps, he too went home to Kinderhook!

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of David Van Dyck is CAP biography number 824. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/10/06