Barent Ten Eyck
Stefan Bielinski

Barent Ten Eyck was born about 1679. He was the second of four sons born to Albany newcomer Jacob C. Ten Eyck and his wife, landholder's daughter Geertruy Coeymans Ten Eyck.

Following the early death of his father, the boy joined with his brother Hendrick to enter the fur trade. By 1697, they were sharing a house in the second ward next to that of their widowed mother.

His place in Albany society seemed assured when he married Cornelia Schermerhorn in September 1700. By 1709, the marriage had produced six children who were christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was an occasional baptism sponsor.

Barent Ten Eyck was on his way to becoming an Albany mainstay. In 1699, he joined in a petition pledging loyalty to the King of England. Subsequent assessment rolls valued his second ward property at a substantial rate. He served on juries and was appointed firemaster and surveyor for the second ward in 1708 and 1710.

His rise was cut short when Barent Ten Eyck died in January 1710 at the age of thirty-one. His widow survived for a number of years afterward.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barent Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 4811. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 9/10/04