Maria Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck


Maria Van Rensselaer was born in March 1689. She was the first child born to Albany leader Hendrick Van Rensselaer and his wife, the well-born Manhattanite Catharina Van Brugh. Maria grew up, the eldest in a large family, in her father's Albany home and on his country estate across the river in Greenbush.

In November 1712, she married Samuel Ten Broeck, the son of another landed and wealthy early Albany family. By 1730, the marriage had produced eight children, most of whom were christened at the Albany Dutch church where she was an occasional baptism sponsor.

These Ten Broecks soon settled on family lands in southeastern Albany County where they were prominent residents for several decades.

Maria Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck lost her husband in 1756. She died in July 1771 at the age of seventy-four. She was buried with the Van Rensselaers in Greenbush.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck is CAP biography number 5096. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/5/06