Hendrick Cuyler was born in Hasselt, Holland in 1637. He was the son of Isbrant and Evertien Jans Cuyler.By 1660, this New Netherland pioneer was in New Amsterdam where he married American-born Anna Schepmoes. Their large family established the Cuyler family in New York and Albany.
A few years later, his family moved upriver to Beverwyck where he worked as a tailor and entered the fur trade. Arriving after the initial trading boom, he enjoyed the success that often rewarded hard working newcomers.
In 1664, he purchased a lot in Albany and later set up his home on the south side of upper State Street. Hendrick prospered in Albany and was able to obtain Schenectady property, a patent in the Mohawk Valley, and also build a new house in New York City. In 1676, he purchased a small boat. In 1685, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Albany County militia. He was named first ward alderman in 1686 and 1687. He also served as assessor and justice. An all-around community leader, he was a member and officer of the Albany Dutch church.
He may have moved back to Manhattan during the late 1680s where he became a supporter of the insurgant Jacob Leisler.
Hendrick Cuyler filed a will in March 1690. It provided for his eight living children but left the entire estate to his wife Anna during her widowhood. The will passed probate later that Spring!
first posted: 2/10/03