Cornelia Ryckman was born in 1723. She was the daughter of Wilhelmus and Anna Wyngaert Ryckman and was christened in the Dutch church at Schenectady on January 19. She was the grand-daughter of Albany resident Pieter Ryckman and was included in the will he filed in 1747.
By the early 1750s, she had married Albany businessman John Price. Perhaps she had no children. She was a member and pewholder at the Albany Dutch church where she witnessed a number of baptisms beginning in 1752.
These Prices lived in the first ward where her husband acquired a number of additional lots, kept boarders, served in the Revolutionary movement, and later was elected an alderman.
John Price filed a will in December 1791. It named Cornelia as his wife and heir along with a number of nieces, nephews, and godsons. He died a few days later. Cornelia then became the head of their first ward home. She freed her slave, George, in 1804.
Cornelia Ryckman Price died in July 1813 a few months shy of her ninetieth birthday. She was buried in the Dutch church cemetery plot. Her will is said to have passed probate in Albany in September 1818.
first posted: 05/30/03