Lydia Vandenbergh was born in August 1737. She was the daughter of Albany residents Gerrit C. and Margarita Van Vechten Vandenbergh.
In November 1758, she was identified as a spinster when she married Schenectady native and then Albany merchant Pieter Ryckman at the Albany Dutch church. By 1777, at least six children were christened at the Albany church where she was a pewholder and occasional baptism sponsor.
These Ryckmans lived on Green Street. But Peter was an Indian interpreter and messenger to the Iroquois - thus spending considerable time on the frontier before and after the War for Independence. Their first ward home was an Albany fixture although Peter Ryckman was frequently away.
Lydia Vandenbergh Ryckman lost her husband at the beginning of 1811. Over the next two decades, city directories identified her as the head of Albany homes at 27 Green Street and at other locations on the South side of Albany. The Albany census for 1820 listed her and two other older adults in her Southside home. In 1827, her son, Wilhelmus Ryckman, also lived at her address. Born in 1737, widow Lydia had lived into her nineties and died sometime after 1830.
first posted: 8/25/05