Cornelis Van Dyck was born in March 1642. He was the son of Schout Fiscal Hendrick and Dwertje Cornelis Van Dyck of New Amsterdam. His basic education came under Adrian Janse Van Ilpendam. Then he was trained in medical practice. By 1661, he had served a four year apprenticeship under Jacob D'Hinsse - the surgeon at Beverwyck and husband of Van Dyck's sister.
By that time, he had settled in the upriver fur trading center. About 1663, he married Elizabeth Lakens. The marriage produced at least two sons before her death. In April 1682, he married the widow Elizabeth Beeck Salisbury at the New York City Dutch Reformed church. That marriage produced at least two daughters who were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where he was a member.
Although only twenty-three-years-old, in 1665 Cornelis Van Dyck was accepting his own apprentice surgeons. Dr. Van Dyck also was known as a merchant and magistrate. He served for many years as the physician for the almshouse. By 1679, his house was an Albany landmark. He was active on the Albany real estate market and also acquired acreage beyond the stockade.
Cornelis Van Dyck died in 1686 and his widow re-married. His son succeeded him in medical practice in Albany.
first posted: 3/15/04