The Ten Broeck family of early Albany and colonial New York is descended from Wessel Wesselse who came to New Netherland during the 1630s. His son, Dirck Wesselse, became one of the fathers of the city of Albany. His many offspring established the Ten Broeck name in Albany and beyond.
In 1720, three Ten Broeck men were Albany freeholders. By that time, the family had established itself east of the Hudson on country estates anchored by Dirck Wesselse's estate on the Roelof Jansen Kil.
Dirck and Margarita's son, General Abraham Ten Broeck, businessman, field officer in the Revolutionary army, and the was third member of the family to serve as mayor of Albany. He was the most widely known family member. He was one of three Ten Broecks who owned homes in the third ward in 1790. The former administrator of Rensselaerswyck, he built Ten Broeck mansion - the historic house headquarters of the Albany County Historical Association.
His only son, Dirck, served as speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1798.
In 1815, only two Ten Broeck households remained in the city.
After Ten Broeck Mansion and the "Ten Broeck Triangle" neighborhood of Arbor Hill, the family is recalled today in the names of numerous public buildings in Albany and beyond.
Sources: Information on this important early Albany family is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Manuscript resources are extensive if widely scattered. Emma Ten Broeck Runk's comprehensive, century-old narrative genealogy stands out among the family resources. Although somewhat derivative of the above, substantial family information is available online. Follow this link to more information on the Ten Broeck family appearing on this website!
first posted: 8/5/03