Mary Van Schaick


Mary Van Schaick was born in July 1746. she was the eldest daughter of Albany mainstays Wessel and Maria Gerrits Van Schaick. She grew up with several siblings in a merchant's home in the heart of Albany's riverside business district.

Mary did not marry and probably lived in her parent's landmark home for her entire life.

Perhaps she was the "Maria Van Schaick" who rented property in Rensselaerswyck for fifteen years to Conrad Ruby in 1785. She seems to have had some sort of public life as her name appeared on a number of Albany account books.

In 1782, she was left a share and was named co-executor of the estate of her father. Following Wessel's death the year after, and her mother's passing in 1797, she probably lived with one of her prominent brothers.

Mary Van Schaick died in August 1813 and was buried in the church plot. She had lived sixty-seven years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Mary Van Schaick is CAP biography number 3974. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/30/08