Angelica Church (Schuyler) (1756 - 1814) MP

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Nicknames: "Engeltje"
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Birthplace: Albany, Albany, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Muse; Confidante; thief of hearts
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About Angelica Church (Schuyler)

Angelica Schuyler Church (February 20, 1756 – March 13, 1814[1]) was the eldest daughter of Continental Army General Philip Schuyler, wife of British MP John Barker Church, sister of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (wife of Alexander Hamilton), and a prominent member of the social elite wherever she lived; first in New York, then in Paris, London and New York again. The village and the town named "Angelica", both located in New York State were named after her.

Angelica was one of the most celebrated beauties of the original thirteen colonies and the young United States and perhaps she is most famous for her love affair with her brother-in-law, Alexander Hamilton. Despite the resulting scandal and embarrassment, Angelica was beloved on both sides of the Atlantic for her warm heart, generous nature, sparkling wit, ethereal beauty and intelligent involvement in the political affairs of the day. 

She was so esteemed, in fact, that her sister Elizabeth (who truly loved her deeply), never publicly or privately faulted her for having an affair with her own husband, which is to Elizabeth's everlasting credit. 

Angelica received her final wish: she is buried in Trinity Churchyard in lower Manhattan, not far from the graves of her brother-in-law and her sister, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.

Family

Engeltje (or Angelica) was baptized at Albany, February 22, 1756.

  • parents: eldest child and daughter of General Philip John Schuyler (1733-1804) and Catharine van Rensselaer  (1734–1803) (1)

Married 

  1. June 1777 by elopement (she climbed out the window of her family's Albany mansion) to John Barker Church (1748-1818).  He was the son of Richard Church and Elizabeth Barker. 

4 children include:

  1. Philip Schuyler Church, Judge (1778-1861).  He served as aide de camp to Hamilton; married Anna Matilda Stewart, daughter of General Walter Stewart.  9 children. (4)(5)
  2. Catharine Church

Sources

  1. [http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/schuyler-1.html Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Schuyler]
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Findagrave
  4. [http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=uva-sc/viu00003.xml;query=; A Guide to the Angelica Church Papers at UVA Special Collections Library.]
  5. [http://www.bernehistory.org/local/walterchurch_part1.htm Part I: Church Family Background in Allegany County Land Speculation.]
  6. Finding Aid to the Church Family Papers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections

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Angelica Schuyler Church's Timeline

1756
February 20, 1756
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
February 22, 1756
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
1777
June, 1777
Age 21
1778
April 14, 1778
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1804
July 11, 1804
- July 11, 1804
Age 48
Hudson, New Jersey

Alexander Hamilton, former secretary of the treasury, and Aaron Burr, sitting vice president of the United States, had feuded publicly for years. Their long-standing enmity came to a head in the spring of 1804. After an exchange of letters and meetings between intermediaries, the duel was set for July 11, 1804. Within hours of the duel, Angelica Schuyler Church, Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister and Hamilton’s close friend and correspondent, wrote this letter to her brother Philip Schuyler to break the news. She wrote that the Hamilton “was this morning woun[d]ed by that wretch Burr.” Her handwriting suggests her level of distress. Angelica also wrote, “we have every reason to hope that he will recover,” but he did not. Hamilton died the following morning, surrounded by family and friends, after a night of agony.

1814
March 13, 1814
Age 58
New York, New York, New York, United States
March, 1814
Age 58
New York, New York, New York, United States
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