Several distinct Ryckman families emigrated to early America. The story of the Ryckman family in early Albany begins with the lives of Bevewyck pioneers Jan and Tryntie Janse. Their son, brewer Albert Janse Ryckman, was appointed mayor of Albany in 1702. His many children established the family in Albany and its environs.
In 1756, two "Wrightman" named houses were listed on the census.
By 1815, the name was no longer found in the city directory.
Ryckman Avenue in today's Pine Hills and Ryckman Hall on the campus of The University at Albany commemorate the family today.
Sources: This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 8/5/05