Arent Schuyler was born in June 1662. He was a middle child in the very large family of New Netherland pioneers Philip Pieterse and Margarita Van Slichtenhorst Schuyler. His prominent and wealthy father died just before Arent reached his twenty-first birthday.
Arent Schuyler married three times. In November 1684, he wed Jannetje Teller (daughter of Willlem Teller) at the Albany Dutch church. By 1700, six children were christened in Albany and New York. But the marriage ended with Jannetie's death following the birth of her last child. In December 1702, he married Swantje Van Duyckhuysen of New Jersey. She died after bearing five children. In 1724, he was in his sixties when he wed Maria Walters. He appears to have fathered twelve children within the first two marriages.
In March 1685, he filed a joint will with his then new wife, Jannetie Teller. It stated that children were expected and mentioned real and personal property. The survivor would become executor.
At that time, he was known in Albany as an Indian trader. In 1687, he was elected alderman for the third ward. In 1689, he was listed among the householders living in the second ward in Albany. He is said to have participated in military actions against the French in Canada during the 1690s.
By 1695, he had removed to New York City, was known as a merchant, and became a freeman of the city.
About 1707, he was named by his widowed mother to share equally in his parents' estate.
Following the death of his first wife, he re-married and moved to Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He maintained his house on Broadway in New York. In 1710, he acquired a large farm at New Barbadoes Neck, New Jersey. His family became wealthy when they started to mine the copper deposits on their land.
Arent Schuyler died at home in New Barbadoes in November 1730. The father of eleven and the patriarch of the New Jersey branch of the Schuyler family, he had lived almost sixty-eight years.
Sources: The life of Arent Schuyler is CAP biography number 97. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A reminiscent yet detailed biographical profile is worthwhile online reading. A Wikipedia page provides the most comprehensive (includes New Jersey) summary of his life.
first posted: 7/15/06; last updated 8/31/12