Jacob H. Ten Eyck
Stefan Bielinski

Jacob H. Ten Eyck was born in January 1708. He was the son of Hendrick and Margarita Bleecker Ten Eyck.

He married Anna Wendell in November 1737 at the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members and occasional baptism sponsors. By 1750, six children were baptized at the Albany church.

He was an Albany mainstay who was known as "Jacob H. Ten Eyck" to prevent confusion with a number of contemporary "Jacob Ten Eycks" in Albany and its hinterland. This Jacob Ten Eyck was a highly visible Albany officeholder. He served as assistant alderman in the second ward from 1739 to 1743 and as alderman from 1746 to 1748. From 1759 to 1775, he represented Albany in the provincial Assembly. That office kept him from Albany for extended periods of time during his forties and fifties.

His livlihood came from business and shipping. In 1764, he joined other Albany merchants in petitioning the provincial government regarding the Indian trade. By the mid-1760s, his second ward property ranked among the most valuable on city assessment rolls. He also held lots in other parts of the city!

Jacob H. Ten Eyck died in November 1776 at the age of sixty-eight. However, his will did not pass probate until December 1794. His son was colonial sheriff Hendrick Ten Eyck, Jr.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Hendrickse Ten Eyck is CAP biography number 4882. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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