John C. Ten Broeck


John C. Ten Broeck was born in July 1740. He was the only son of the marriage of Cornelis and Maria Cuyler Ten Broeck. His father was a businessman and community leader. This Johannes sometimes was known as "John C. Ten Broeck" - probably to prevent confusion with his prominent but aged uncle.

In June 1762, John C. married Albany native Sara Gansevoort at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and regular baptism sponsor. The marriage produced eleven children. But only three of them would live to raise their own families.

These Ten Broecks made their home in the third ward near the houses of their parents. His Albany property was valued on every Albany assessment roll until after 1790.

In 1763, he served as firemaster for the third ward. From 1766 to 1770 he was elected and re-elected assistant alderman. From 1771 to the outbreak of hostilities, he was chosen annually as alderman for the third ward. While on the city council, he was active in its deliberations - particularly where they involved the Albany waterfront.

During the 1760s, he had held commissions as an officer in the provincial militia - beginning a military career that matured during the next decades. In 1766, he joined in signing a constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty. At the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, he was elected a member of the Committee of Correspondence representing the third ward. He served on the committee until mid-1777. In 1776, he was appointed to the New York Provincial Congress. Throughout the war, he maintained his militia commission.

In 1780, he was elected to his old seat on the city council. He resigned the next year to become sheriff of Albany County. Throughout the 1780s, he served in one of those offices.

In 1790, his home on the east side of Market Street was configured on the census. In 1792, he was elected to represent Albany in the New York State Assembly. But before 1800, his name had dropped from Albany rolls.

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John C. Ten Broeck died in December 1822 at the age of eighty-three.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John C. Ten Broeck is CAP biography number 55. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We cannot complete his biography as some of his exploits have been confused with those of Johannes C. Ten Broeck of Kingston.

first posted: 10/30/06