Magdalena Ten Broeck Graham


Magdalena Ten Broeck was born in May 1765. She was the eldest surviving daughter of John C. and Sara Gansevoort Ten Broeck. She grew up in a large family (11 births) in the Market Street home of an Albany mainstay. However, she was destined to be the only one of John C.'s three surviving children to raise a family of their own.

In October 1786, she married newcomer Theodorus Van Wyck Graham at the Albany Dutch church. Beginning in 1787, their children were christened at the Presbyterian church where both parents were lifelong members.

After initially settling in the upper part of the first ward, these Grahams made their home on Market Street where Theodorus and Magdalena were Albany mainstays at what became 225 North Market Street for many years.

Theodorus was a prominent attorney, officeholder, and landowner. During the 1790s, both her father and husband represented Albany in the New York State Assembly.

Magdalena Ten Broeck Graham lost her husband in 1822. By that time, her name had dropped from Albany rolls. She probably left the city following Graham's death. On March 13, 1843, the Albany newspaper reported that Magdalena had died at the age of seventy-seven. We seek infomation on her later life and passing.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Magdalena Ten Broeck Graham is CAP biography number 64. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 10/30/09