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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 130-133 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Coenraedt Ten Eyck, who came from Amsterdam, Holland, about 1630 or 1635, and settled in New Amsterdam, married Maria Boele. Children: Jacob, see forward; Dirck; Margariet; Tobias; Coenraedt; Hendrick; Matthys; Margariet; Andries; and Metje.

(II) Jacob, son of Coenraedt and Maria (Boele) Ten Eyck, was born in Holland, died in Albany. He married Gertruy, born in 1654, daughter of Barent Coeymans (who married a daughter of Andries De Vos). In her will, as a widow, made September 6, 1716, proved July 10, 1736, she mentions the names of all their children excepting Andries, who died in 1635, and Hendrick. Children:

  1. Coenraedt, born April 9, 1678, see forward;
  2. Barent, married, September 30, 1700;
  3. Nelletje Schermerhorn;
  4. Hendrick (or Hennik), born December 22, 1680;
  5. Mayken, born April 2, 1685; married, December 26, 1712, Andries Van Petten, of Schenectady;
  6. Andries, baptized March 25, 1688, died February 27, 1735;
  7. Anneken, baptized August 20, 1693; married Johannes Bleecker, died December 9, 1738.

(III) Coenraedt (2), son of Jacob and Gertruy (Coeymans) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, April 9, 1678, buried in Albany, January 23, 1753. He married, September 24, 1704, (church record) or October 10, 1703 (family Bible), Geertje, daughter of Anthony and Maria (Van der Poel) Van Schaick, the latter a daughter of Teunis Cornelise Van der Poel. Children:

  1. Jacob Coenraedt, born April 21, 1705, see forward;
  2. Maria, born July 3, 1707; married Gerrit Bradt;
  3. Gerritje, born July, 1710, died young;
  4. Anthony, born September 17, 1712;
  5. Barent, born September 29, 1714; married Effie ————;
  6. Catrina, born January 29, 1717, died November 11, 1741;
  7. Andries, born December 18, 1718; married Anna Margarita Coeymans;
  8. Anna Margarita, born February 12, 1721;
  9. Tobias, born May 18, 1723; married, February 6, 1758, Judittkje Van Beuren;
  10. Gerritje, born July (or August), 18 (or 19), 1728; married Pieter Gansevoort.

(IV) Jacob Coenradt, son of Coenraedt (2) and Geertje (Van Schaick) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, April 21, 1705. He was a man of prominence, and was appointed mayor of Albany (the twenty-second executive of that city) by Governor George Clinton, October 3, 1749, and held office from, October 1, 1748, until October 15, 1750. He was a man of considerable wealth, and had a character which made him noted as a man of strictest integrity. He was a commissioner of Indian affairs from November 16, 1752, until June 15, 1754; member of the committee of safety, 1775; judge of the court of common pleas. He resided at one time in the old first ward, and also had a place on the Troy road, and was a member of the Dutch Reformed church. He died in Albany, September 9, 1783. He married, in Albany, August 1, 1736, Catharina Cuyler, born in Albany, February 18, 1710, died in Albany, November 22, 1790, daughter of Abraham and Cantje (Bleecker) Cuyler. Children:

  1. Anthony, born September 17, 1739, see forward;
  2. Conrad, born November 27, 1741;
  3. Abraham Jacob, born November 29, 1743; married, April 14, 1769, Annatje Lansing;
  4. Catharine, born March 14, 1746.

(V) Anthony, son of Jacob Coenraedt and Catharina (Cuyler) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, September 17, 1739. He resided in Schodack, New York, and was a member of the convention of 1787 which ratified the constitution of the United States; was first judge of Rensselaer county, until sixty years of age, and a member of the state senate for eight years. He married, February 18, 1775, Maria Egberts. Children:

  1. Catharina, born December 14, 1776, died single;
  2. Egbert, born April 18, 1779; married Rebecca Pearce;
  3. Anthony, born July 9, 1783, died young;
  4. Anthony, born December 23, 1784; married C. Johnson;
  5. Coenraad Anthony, born October 19, 1789, see forward;
  6. Maria, married J. Van Allen.

(VI) Coenraad Anthony, son of Anthony and Maria (Egberts) Ten Eyck, was born in Schodack, Columbia [Rensselaer?] county, New York, October 19, 1789, died June 10, 1845. He was sheriff of Albany county nine years and county clerk six years. He married his cousin, Hester Gansevoort, daughter of Jacob and Magdalena (Gansevoort) Ten Eyck, who resided in Whitehall Place. She was born January 4, 1796, died April 6, 1861. Children:

  1. Leonard, born March 12, 1821; married Ellen Bullock;
  2. Mary, born September 6, 1822, died young;
  3. Anthony, born June 22, 1824;
  4. Jacob, born July 4, 1826; married Eliza Folger Coffin;
  5. Abraham Cuyler, born October 1, 1830, see forward;
  6. Clinton, born May 31, 1833; married Kate Monteath Wilson;
  7. Catharine, born May 28, 1836, died single.

(VII) Abraham Cuyler, son of Coenraad Anthony and Hester Gansevoort (Ten Eyck) Ten Eyck, was born October 1, 1830, on Montgomery street, in Albany, which locality was then the "court part of the town" and later was converted into a site for the handsome new union railway station for all the roads entering Albany. He was educated at the Albany Boys' Academy. His elder brother, Jacob, being a "Forty-niner," of California gold field craze, persuaded him to make the trip to the West, which he did, and on arrival he became a successful contractor, but on account of the death of his brother Anthony, who had been deputy attorney-general of New York state, 1852, he was called East. When returning, the ship on which he sailed was shipwrecked in a severe storm in Golden Gate Harbor, and he was one of the nineteen saved out of a list of one hundred and twenty-five passengers aboard. An incident connected with his escape is still told in the family, that he carried with him, according to the custom of the place and those days, a bowie knife, which he used to good effect in cutting loose his belt, weighted with gold, and thus freed over five thousand dollars to sink to the bottom of the sea. It was a most fortunate display of alertness and had there been no sharp knife so conveniently at hand, doubtless his fate would have been similar to the scores of the gold-seekers whose fortune carried them to death. Following his marriage, which occurred within a few years of his return, he resided at No. 199 State street, which became the site of the new capitol, and after that he removed with his large and growing family to Whitehall Place, the old historical home of General John Bradstreet, of the British forces, used as his headquarters during the campaigns against the Indians and French. This house was built about 1750 by General Bradstreet; located about one hundred and fifty yards to the west of what became Delaware avenue, and the highway near it was long known as Whitehall road; its household furniture was the envy of all the neighbors; many interesting oil portraits hung upon its walls, and at the large receptions the family silver figured prominently; one room had been used by General Bradstreet as his office, and another had been dedicated as the "death chamber." After the war the house was purchased from General Bradstreet by Leonard Gansevoort, brother of General Peter Gansevoort; it was remodeled and enlarged in 1776 or 1780, becoming a mansion, one hundred and ten feet in front and seventy-five feet deep. The property contained some two thousand acres and came into the Ten Eyck family by the marriage of Magdalena, daughter of Leonard Gansevoort, to Jacob Ten Eyck, eldest son of Abraham Ten Eyck. Jacob Ten Eyck was a man of prominence, being judge of Albany county, assemblyman, and held other minor offices. The destruction of this house by fire in 1883 was the greatest misfortune in the life of Mr. Ten Eyck; the place was known as Ten Eyck Park. In politics Mr. Ten Eyck was a Democrat. He was a member of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, a man of strong convictions, a staunch friend to all who were favored with his intimacy and possessed of hosts of friends. Everyone realized that he was unusually generous, even to the extent of a fault, and while not a lawyer, in later years his advice was sought on many questions by his acquaintances.

Abraham Cuyler Ten Eyck married, Albany, November 27, 1855, Margaret Matilda, born in Albany, April 14, 1837, daughter of Henry Burhans Haswell, born in Kingston, New York, June 1, 1803, son of John and Margaret (Burhans) Haswell, married at Sing Sing (Ossining, New York), June, 1836. Henry B. Haswell was an attorney of prominence, country [county?] clerk for six years, alderman, school commissioner and secretary to the board of education for over twenty-five years. He had been private secretary to Hon. William H. Seward when secretary of state, and he died in Albany, August 10, 1869. Her mother was Elizabeth Trowbridge, daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Mabie) Trowbridge, born in Sing Sing (Ossining), New York, March 9, 1809, died in Albany, May, 1882. A. Cuyler Ten Eyck died in Albany, March 23, 1900, and was buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery. His widow, in 1910, was residing with her son, Hon. Jacob Lansing Ten Eyck, at his home, No. 226 Lark street. By inheritance, she possesses a great many pieces of highly artistic old furniture and a quantity of colonial silver of beautiful design and workmanship, which are the envy of all the connoisseurs who behold it. Children, born in Albany:

  1. Hester Gansevoort, born August 29, 1856, see forward;
  2. Conrad Anthony, May 30, 1858; unmarried in 1910;
  3. Henry Haswell, December 16, 1859, died Albany, December 23, 1867;
  4. Jacob, October 11, 1861, died young;
  5. Rachel, September 14, 1862, see forward;
  6. Jacob Lansing, July 8, 1864, see forward;
  7. Cuyler, February 26, 1866, see forward;
  8. Peter Gansevoort, Bethlehem, November 7, 1873, see forward.

(VIII) Hester Gansevoort, first-born child of Abraham Cuyler and Margaret Matilda (Haswell) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, August 29, 1856. She married, Albany, December 12, 1883, James Edgar Brooks, of Normansville, Albany county, New York. He was born in New Scotland, Albany county, New York, February 16, 1853, died November 19, 1884, in Normansville, New York. Child: James Edgar Brooks, born in Normansville, New York, September 20, 1884, and was a civil engineer, residing in Albany, in 1910.

(VIII) Rachel, daughter of Abraham Cuyler and Margaret Matilda (Haswell) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, September 14, 1862. She married, at Schodack Landing, Rensselaer county, New York, May 19, 1887, Rev. John Gabriel Gebhard, D.D., of Mount Vernon, New York. He was born in Hudson, New York, November 2, 1857, son of Charles William and Celia (McCord) Gebhard. Children:

  1. Peter Ten Eyck, born in Mellenville, Columbia county, New York, October 28, 1888;
  2. Charlotte Elizabeth, born in Mellenville, December 28, 1890;
  3. Karl, born in Herkimer, November 14, 1892;
  4. John Gabriel, Jr., born in Herkimer, February 23, 1894;
  5. Wessel Gansevoort, born in Herkimer, March 4, 1897;
  6. Rachel Haswell, born in Herkimer, July 4, 1898;
  7. Paul, born in Yonkers, New York, October 24, 1900.

(VIII) Jacob Lansing, son of Abraham Cuyler and Margaret Matilda (Haswell) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, July 8, 1864. He attended the local primary schools and graduated from the Albany high school, after which, in 1881, he entered the employ of Hand & Babbitt, wholesale lumber dealers in the "District." The following year he was with T. P. Crook & Company, provision merchants, as assistant bookkeeper. He took an early interest in political gatherings, and in 1883 organized the Young Men's Democratic Club, with the object of purifying primaries and elections. He studied law in the office of Norton Chase and John A. Delehanty, and at the same time, as agent of the Barber Asphalt Paving Company, induced the Albany, Troy and Schenectady corporations to employ asphalt pavement. He attended the Albany Law School of Union University, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1888. The next year he formed a law partnership with William S. Dyer, which continued until 1905. He was assemblyman from the Third Albany district in 1895, and was the only Democrat elected on the entire ticket of the county. He was made chairman of the Democratic city committee in 1900, and 1903-06, was a member of the grievance committee of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the American Society of International Law; belongs to the Reformed Dutch Church, of Delmar, New York; James Ten Eyck Lodge, No. 831, Free and Accepted Masons, and is a member of the Fort Orange Club. He married, September 3, 1889, at Berne, Albany county, New York, Kate, daughter of Zeb. A. and Lucy E. (Gallup) Dyer, both of Berne, New York. She was born at Berne. Child: Abraham Cuyler, born at "Whitehall," Albany, July 10; 1890; graduate of the Albany Academy, class of 1905; entered the United States Naval Academy, May, 1908.

(VIII) Cuyler, son of Abraham Cuyler and Margaret Matilda (Haswell) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, February 26, 1866, and follows the profession of an artist. He married, Albany, March 3, 1895, Eva Mary Wieland, born in Albany, August 24, 1869, daughter of Frederick G. and Catherine (Fisher) Wieland. Children:

  1. Julia Dent Grant, born in Bethlehem Centre, Albany county, New York, May 12, 1896;
  2. Albert Vander Veer, born in Bethlehem Centre, March 18, 1898;
  3. Hester Gansevoort, born Albany, February 6, 1900.

(VIII) Peter Gansevoort, son of Abraham Cuyler and Margaret Matilda (Haswell) Ten Eyck, was born in Whitehall Place, Albany, November 7, 1873. He was the last person born in the old, historic mansion, Gansevoort Home, built a century before Mr. Ten Eyck's birth, and known as "Whitehall," located in the town of Bethlehem, Albany county, New York. His earliest education was received at the Albany Boys' Academy, which prepared him for entrance to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where he studied engineering. Following his profession, he has advanced along these lines, civil engineer in charge of the work of laying out Beaver Park in Albany, under the superintendent of parks; inspector of signals on the Mohawk division of the New York Central line, and then supervisor of signals for the same; engineer of signals, in charge of both the construction and maintenance of all signals on the New York Central line; engineer of signals of the Federal Railway Signal Company, and vice-president and general manager of the last named company; also frequently acting as consulting railway engineer. He is a Democrat in politics. Was a member of the Third Signal Corps of the Third Brigade, National Guard, State of New York. He joined the Delta Phi fraternity and is a member of Master's Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. He is connected with the following clubs; Transportation, New York City; Fort Orange, Albany; University, as trustee; also a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, Railway Signal Association, Albany Institute and Historical and Art Society. He is a member of the Second Dutch Reformed Church, of Albany. Mr. Ten Eyck married, in Albany, April 15, 1903, Bertha Floretta Dederick, born in Albany, July 31, 1875, daughter of Peter Kells Dederick, of Albany, inventor and wholesale manufacturer of agricultural implements, and at one time was said to have received the third greatest number of patents issued in the United States to any one person. He was born in Claverack, Columbia county, New York, February 1, 1838, son of Philip W. Dederick, born in Claverack, January 24, 1806, died in Albany, and Anna Maria Kells, born in Claverack, February 24, 1810; died in Albany, who were married in Claverack, December 28, 1833. Her mother's maiden name was Marietta Michael. She was born in Claverack, December 24, 1843, daughter of John Lewis Michael, born in Claverack, December 12, 1815, died in Claverack in autumn of 1872, and Elizabeth Miller, born May 5, 1818, at Humphreyville, died in Claverack, October 9, 1906, who were married in Claverack, April 22, 1834. Child: Peter Gansevoort Dederick, born in Yonkers, New York, April 3, 1905.

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