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Hendrick CUYLER

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  • Name Hendrick CUYLER 
    Born Bef 11 Aug 1637  Hasselt, Overijssel, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 11 Aug 1637  Hasselt, Overijssel, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 21 Mar 1690 
    Died Bef 1 May 1690 
    Probate 17 Nov 1690 
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      Hendrick Cuyler
      by Stefan Bielinski

      Hendrick Cuyler was born in Hasselt, Holland in 1637. He was the son of Isbrant and Evertien Jans Cuyler.

      By 1660, this New Netherland pioneer was in New Amsterdam where he married American-born Anna Schepmoes. Their large family established the Cuyler family in New York and Albany.

      A few years later, his family moved upriver to Beverwyck where he worked as a tailor and entered the fur trade. Arriving after the initial trading boom, he enjoyed the success that often rewarded hard working newcomers.

      In 1664, he purchased a lot in Albany and later set up his home on the south side of upper State Street. Hendrick prospered in Albany and was able to obtain Schenectady property, a patent in the Mohawk Valley, and also build a new house in New York City. In 1676, he purchased a small boat. In 1685, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Albany County militia. He was named first ward alderman in 1686 and 1687. He also served as assessor and justice. An all-around community leader, he was a member and officer of the Albany Dutch church.

      He may have moved back to Manhattan during the late 1680s where he became a supporter of the insurgant [sic] Jacob Leisler.

      Hendrick Cuyler filed a will in March 1690. It provided for his eight living children but left the entire estate to his wife Anna during her widowhood. The will passed probate later that Spring!


      Sources: The life of Hendrick Cuyler is CAP biography number 533. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

      (2) Nicol, Maud Churchill, The Earliest Cuylers in Holland and America and Some of Their Descendants, New York, NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1912, pp. 12-15:

      HENDRICK CUYLER born in Hasselt, emigrated to America. He was a tailor by trade. He married about 1660, Anna Schepmoes. Riker's Harlem (1904), p. 364, says: "Hendrik Cuyler married Anna Schepmoes at New Amsterdam and about 1664 went to Albany, where he acquired property. He eventually returned to New York, and with his wife united with the church by letter, November 29, 1688. He died soon after, in 1690." In 1664, he bought a lot of land on the east side of North Pearl Street, Albany, near State Street. In 1669 he was in New York, for he stood sponsor with Lysbeth Pieters, his wife's aunt, in that year for the child of Hendrick Aertzen and Aeltie Claes. (D. C. B. Vol. I, p. 95.) In 1675 he made his brother, Reynier Cuyler, "cnoopemaecker tot Amsterdam" (button maker of Amsterdam) his attorney to receive certain property of Pieter Nicholas Gouverneur, then residing in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1677 Hendrick Cuyler and his wife were in Amsterdam, Holland, where on November 4, they stood sponsors for the child of his brother, Reynier Cuyler, and Petronella Wouters, his wife. In 1680 he owned a lot on the south side of State Street, "near ye fort," in Albany, which after his death passed into the possession of his son-in-law, Peter van Brugh. The latter applied for permission to build a home upon the said land. On January 2, 1680, in Albany, Nicholas de Meyer made a contract as agent for Hendrick Cuyler of Albany, with Jan Nagel Jan Dyckman, Arent Bussing, Adolph Meyer and Jan Delamater to "hew timber for Hendrick Cuyler's house, to be delivered in the ensuing May; part to be delivered at the water side and part in New York at the Burgher's Path for which they were to receive 1300 guilders and ½ ancker of rum, to wit ? in silver money or sewant, ? in good winter wheat, and ? in goods at such price as he (de Meyer) sells at his store for currant sewant." It would seem from this that he built his house in New York and brought the timber down the Hudson. In 1683 he and his wife were members of the church of Jesus Christ, Albany, N. Y. On October 14, 1685, he was commissioned Lieutenant of a Foot Company for the county of Albany, of which John Wendall was Captain. On October 20, 1685, he was commissioned a Justice for the town and county of Albany. On August 16, 1686, he was licensed to purchase a certain piece of land called Adorguta, near to Clausgrowen hook, in the neighborhood of Schenectady, containing about 30 acres of lowland and 50 acres of upland. On September 1, 1686, he petitioned for a license to purchase a piece of land near Schenectady. A patent for land above Schenectady was granted to him on March 30, 1687. License to purchase land of the Indians at Long Reach, below Esopus, was granted May 4, 1687. He was commissioned Major of all the Foot Companies in the city and county of New York on December 16, 1689, at the time of the French and Indian War. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New York, Vol. 3, has the following mentions of Hendrick Cuyler: Alderman of Albany 1687; Lieut. of Capt. DePeyster's company; complains of Capt. Nicholson in 1689; delivers Ft. James to the Leislerians 1689; Captain of the Fort 1689; his affidavit transmitted to England 1689; substance of his affidavit; mentioned as Major in 1689; one of Leisler's Council 1689; drags Mr. Tudor to the Fort.

      His will in low Dutch in his own handwriting is dated March 21, 1690. It was translated by Abraham Gouverneur September 7, 1690. His wife took out Letters of Administration on it November 17, 1690. It was witnessed by Capt. Gerrit Duyckinck and Ensign Pieter de Mill. He named his children in the order given below; directs that "his seal, his gold ring and one silver spoon shall be given to his youngest son Henry," that the underaged children shall be taught to read and write; and he appoints as guardians to his children his brothers-in-law, John van Giesen, Johannes de Wandelaer and Gerrit Hardenberg. He was dead on May 1, 1690, for on that date his widow Anna appeared in Albany in a law suit. His will is filed in the Surrogate's Office, City and County of New York. Liber 14 A, p. 124.

      Annetje Schepmoes, his wife, was baptised in the New York Dutch Church February 16, 1642, witnesses: Maryn Andriaeszen, Lysbeth Thys. She was the daughter of Jan Janse Schepmoes and Sarah Pieters. The Register of Betrothments, Archives of Amsterdam has the following: "December 27, 1631, appeared (before the the commissaries of the marriage matters) Jan Jansz Schepmoes of Delft, seafaring man, 26 years of age, orphan, residing in the Brouwerstraat and Saara Pieters of Hoorn, 22 years of age, orphan, living in the Moriaansteegje, assisted by her sister Lysbeth Pieters. Requesting their three proclamations in the church," etc. On May 18, 1643, a grant of land was made by the West India Co. to Jan Janse Schepmoes; it was near Fort Amsterdam. When Sara Pieters remarried she mortgaged this land and the house on it, describing it as: "The house and lot at New Amsterdam, south of Fort Amsterdam, in the Parel straat, occupied by Jacob Strycker." She also set aside 800 carolas guilders for her children, 100 guilders for each child. Jan Janse Schepmoes died in New Amsterdam in January, 1656, and on October 7th of the same year his widow married Willem Cook, at which time Pieter Cornelius Van Veen and Isaac Greveraat were appointed guardians of her children as follows?Anna, Abraham, Aeltje, Dirck, Orseltie, Sara, Jaepie and Willem.

      Anna Schepmoes' will is dated July 3, 1702, and was proved March 18, 1702-3. In it her children are given in the same order as in her husband's will. She was buried in the Dutch Church-yard in Nassau Street, New York City. Her will is filed in Liber 7, p. 93, New York, Surrogate's Office. On May 2, 1690, mention is made of an account of Anna, widow of Henry Cuyler, for sundries delivered to the Government. On November 20, 1696, Anna Cuyler in New York shipped goods to Charles Ludowicks, a merchant in London, by the "good ship Calles."

      The baptism of only one of their children has been found. Children :

      Johannes, b. at New Amsterdam about 1661.





      Maria, b. March 3, 1678, bap. N. Y. Dutch Church, March 13, 1678.


      Henry, b. 1677.
    Person ID I10603  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family Annetje SCHEPMOES,   b. Bef 16 Feb 1642, New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 18 Mar 1703, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1660  New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Sarah CUYLER,   d. Bef 11 May 1742, Albany, Albany County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Abraham CUYLER,   b. Abt 1665,   d. Bef 14 Jul 1747, Albany, Albany County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
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