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[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 414-415 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(II) Dirck Ten Eyck, son of Coenraedt (q. v.) and Maria (Boele) Ten Eyck, was born probably in Holland, died in New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1711. He married Aefje Boelen, March 31, 1675. Children:

  1. Andries, born July 22, 1676, died young;
  2. Jacob, November 10, 1678;
  3. Andries, May 4, 1681;
  4. Coenraedt, June 15, 1684;
  5. Mayken, December 12, 1686, died young;
  6. Mayken, February 10, 1689;
  7. Abraham, June 15, 1691, see forward;
  8. Dirck, December 25, 1694.

(III) Abraham, son of Dirck and Aefje (Boelen) Ten Eyck, was born June 15, 1691, died in New York in 1765. He married Jacinte Berkels. Children:

  1. Euphemia, married John Lewis;
  2. Elizabeth, married Erastus Williams;
  3. Richard, born in 1730, see forward;
  4. David; Mary, married Frederick Fine;
  5. Abraham, married Sarah Smith.

(IV) Richard, son of Abraham and Jacinte (Berkels) Ten Eyck, was born in New York City, 1730, died there in 1810. He married (first) Elizabeth Braisted, and had two children; married (second) Elizabeth Lebrun, by whom he had six children. Children:

  1. Andrew, married Elizabeth Lloyd, died in 1828;
  2. Richard, married Elizabeth Anderson;
  3. Philip, married Elsie Beekman;
  4. Jacintha, married John Ten Eyck;
  5. Elizabeth, married John Lewis;
  6. Hannah, married Henry Arnold, died in 1828;
  7. Mary married John Weller;
  8. Abraham R., see forward.

(V) Abraham R., son of Richard and Elizabeth (Lebrun) Ten Eyck, was born in New York City, September 22, 1775, died June 9, 1857. He married, May 17, 1801, Annetje, daughter of Matthew and Lydia (Fryer) Visscher, born October 25, 1778. Children:

  1. Philip, born March 10, 1802, died unmarried;
  2. Ann Eliza, March 15, 1804, married James Ten Eyck, October 15, 1821, died May 26, 1866;
  3. Caroline, September 2, 1806, died September 24, 1809;
  4. Visscher, January 27, 1809, see forward;
  5. Lydia, August 24, 1811, married Stephen Van Valkenburgh, October 20, 1841;
  6. John, April 20, 1814, married, November 6, 1862, Anna Jones;
  7. Caroline, November 21, 1817, died in Albany, May 18, 1907;
  8. Mary, August 17, 1819;
  9. Ann, April 17, 1822, married, July 8, 1857, John B. Visscher, died February 5, 1863.

(VI) Visscher, son of Abraham R. and Annetje (Visscher) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, January 27, 1809, died April 13, 1886. For a great many years he was cashier of the Commercial Bank, identifying himself actively with Albany's more important public affairs. He married, August 14, 1833, Eliza Ann, daughter of the Rev. James and Lucinda Youngs. Children:

  1. Anna, born in Albany;
  2. James, Albany, February 16, 1840, see forward;
  3. Elisha, April 27, 1842, died December 20, 1894;
  4. Visscher, March 29, 1845, died April 26, 1860;
  5. William, February 28, 1855, died July 8, 1858.

(VII) James, son of Visscher and Eliza Ann (Youngs) Ten Eyck, was born in Albany, February 16, 1840, died in Albany, July 28, 1910. He received his earliest education at the Albany Academy; he then attended Burlington College, New Jersey, from which he was graduated in 1855. Having successfully passed the required examinations, he was admitted a junior at Yale, but because of poor health he was forced to change his plans. As a consequence, he began a mercantile life, taking first a position in the office of the Central railroad. He entered the employ of Bacon & Stickney, dealers in coffee and spices, in September, 1857. He became a partner, March 1, 1865, and when Mr. Samuel Bacon died, Mr. Ten Eyck became the senior partner of this firm, which enjoyed prosperity which warranted the erection of a large building of its own in 1907, and which is of great utility.

In Masonic circles he was known the breadth of the land, and was most actively identified with the fraternity since his initiation into Masters Lodge, November 23, 1863. He was the oldest thirty-third degree Mason in Albany. He was made master in 1873, continuing until 1877, passing all the chairs. He was elected grand master of Masons in the state of New York, June 8, 1892, and on being unanimously re-elected declined. In this capacity he had a larger jurisdiction than any other Mason in the world, excepting only the Prince of Wales, and had the honor of presiding over eighty thousand Masons. He officiated at the laying of the corner-stones of the New York State Armory in Albany, of Harmanus Bleecker Hall, the Albany Masonic burial lot and of the Burns monument in Washington park. He presided at the jubilee of the Masonic fraternity when it celebrated the final payment of the debt on the Masonic Temple of New York City, April 24, 1889, and bore a large share in the work of erecting the handsome temple in Albany, one of the ornaments of the city.

For many years Mr. Ten Eyck was an active participant in the city's affairs, being at one time on the directorate of no less than thirteen boards. He was chosen president of the Home Savings Bank in January, 1896. He was a member of St. Peter's (Episcopal) church, of the Fort Orange and Albany clubs, and was the only honorary member of the Acacia club. He was a principal shareholder in the Hotel Ten Eyck, the leading hotel of the Capital City. He was a Republican all his life, taking an interest in clean politics and civic government. He served as chairman of the general county committee, and was at the head of the citizens' committee having in charge the reception in 1891 to President Harrison. In fact, he was named upon almost every public committee of importance having a civic undertaking in charge, and always did his share.

Mr. Ten Eyck was elected president of the Albany Institute and Historical and Art Society, an organization dating back to 1791, and it was under his officiation that the handsome, new building on Washington avenue was opened. It had an enormous debt encumbering it, which he was largely instrumental in having wiped out, calling meetings weekly until he had accomplished his praiseworthy object. As a collector of coins he was known all over the country as possessing one of the finest collections in America. It contains rarities of great value, and in this chosen field he was regarded as an expert. His collection of historic and old china was not only extensive, but of rare merit and wonderful beauty. It had engaged his attention for forty years, and purchases were made in all parts of the country aiming at completeness. In the fall of 1909 he presented this collection to the society of which he was the president, and installed it in cases purposely made, as a memorial to his father, the late Visscher Ten Eyck. Mr. Ten Eyck was regarded by his fellow-citizens as a man of absolute integrity and determination, and as these qualities were most frequently displayed, either in the form of some public trust or act of charity, the city gained considerable by his living in it. He married, October 18, 1864, Catherine Elizabeth, daughter of Teunis and Margaret T. (Lush) Van Vechten. She died May 23, 1865, leaving no children.

The will of James Ten Eyck, which was drawn July 3, 1909, contained bequests of nearly $150,000 to public institutions, business. associates and employes. The income from the estate, with the exception of the amount of three bequests, was to be given to his sister, Anna Ten Eyck, during her lifetime. The three gifts which were to be made immediately were $2,000 to Hannah Gilligan and Mary Palmer, who for years were servants at the home of Ten Eyck, and his coins, curios, china and past master's Masonic jewels bequeathed to the Albany Historical and Art Society. The society was also given $2,000, the income of which is to be used to purchase proof coins each year from the United States mint. This. fund was in memory of his father, Visscher Ten Eyck. Bequests were given to public institutions of the city as follows: Homeopathic Hospital, $10,000; Albany Hospital, $10,000; Corning Foundation for Christian Work in the Diocese of Albany, $20,000; Masonic Hall Association, $10,000; Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Asylum fund, $10,000, and the sum of $12,000 was left to "the inhabitants of the city of Albany in communion with the Protestant Episcopal church of the state of New York." At the death of his sister, $1,000 is to be given to each of the employes of Bacon, Stickney & Company, who have at that time been in the employ of the company continuously for thirty years. Mr. Ten Eyck left to the surviving members of the firm, Herbert W. Stickney, Allen H. Bacon and Samuel W. Brown, $20,000 each. The residue of the estate was bequeathed to Gertrude Ten Eyck Perry, Caroline Ten Eyck and Anna L. Van Vechten.

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