The Vanderheyden family of early Albany is descended from Jacob Tyssen and Anna Hals who settled in Beverwyck during the New Netherland period.

Their son and daughters established the family (represented by numerous and varied spellings) in Albany and its environs. The son, Dirck Vanderheyden, fathered eleven children and was a prominent Albany householder for many decades.

In 1756, three Vanderheydens were identified (a rich merchant, a lawyer, and a widow) in the census of city householders made by the British army.

In 1790 and in 1800, only the third ward home of attorney Jacob Vanderheyden appeared on the census. His landmark building on Pearl Street was known as "Vanderheyden Palace."

In 1815, four Vanderheyden households were listed in the city directory.

The city of Troy evolved from an earlier settlement called "Vanderheyden."

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The principal Internet-based resources for the family are mostly derivative of Richard Schermerhorn, Jr. "The VanderHeyden Family." NYGBR, vol. 45, pp. 308-19 and HMGFM; 1.
This exposition on the family are derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Perhaps the "widow E Van " was the Egbertie Bradt who married Dirck Vanderheyden, Jr. in 1716.

Follow this link to more information on the family on this website.
Vanderheyden index.

first posted 4/20/05; last updated 8/6/13