Cornelia Stuyvesant Ten Broeck


Cornelia Stuyvesant was born during the 1760s. She was the second daughter of New Yorkers Petrus and Margaret Livingston Stuyvesant. Her father was a property holder and noted philanthropist.

In September 1785, she was still in her teens when she married twenty-year-old Albany native Dirck Ten Broeck at the New York City Dutch church. By 1798, the marriage had produced five children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church. However, their family was inordinately large with at least seven more children born after 1798 and a number of others who were stillborn.

These Ten Broecks made their home on Market Street at Columbia. Dirck studied and practiced law, served several terms in the New York State Assembly, and was its speaker in 1798. As such, their landmark home was a center of capital city political activity.

Dirck's subsequent legal career led him to spend considerable time in Manhattan. Financial difficulties caused him to liquidate much of his Albany estate.

Cornelia Stuyvesant Ten Broeck died in Trenton, New Jersey in 1825. Her husband lived until 1832.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelia Stuyvesant Ten Broeck has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/30/06