Margarietje van Slichtenhorst (1628 - 1711) MP

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Nicknames: "Margarita"
Birthplace: Nijkerk, Gelderland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Albany, Albany County, New York
Occupation: Came to New Netherland colony in 1647, homemaker, businesswoman.
Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Margarietje van Slichtenhorst

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Birth: 1628 Death: Jan. 22, 1711

Wife of Philip Peterse Schuyler, parents of Arent Van Schuyler. Last known residence Beaverwyck, New YorK


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Spouse:
 Philip Pieterse Schuyler (1628 - 1683)*

Children:
 Alida Schuyler Livingston (1656 - 1727)*
 Peter F Schuyler (1657 - 1724)*
 Pieter Philipse Schuyler (1657 - 1724)*
 Arent VanSchuyler (1662 - 1730)*
 Sybilla Schuyler (1664 - 1664)*
 Philip Schuyler (1666 - 1724)*
 Johannes D Schuyler (1668 - 1747)*
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Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery Menands Albany County New York, USA

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Margarita Van Slichtenhorst was born at Nykerk in the Netherlands in 1628 - the daughter of Brant Van Slichtenhorst and Aeltje Van Wenkum. She came to New Netherland with her parents in 1647 and came of age in Rensselaerswyck where her father served as director of the colony.

In December 1650, she married Philip Pieterse Schuyler - an immigrant carpenter who, following the marriage, became one of the leading traders of Beverwyck/Albany. The marriage produced twelve children between 1652 and 1672. Eight of those offspring went on to establish the Schuyler family in Albany and beyond.

By the 1660s, these Schuylers were established in a new house on upper State Street. Before his death in 1683, Philip Pieterse had stretched the Schuyler family holdings by acquiring property around Albany and beyond.

A widow at age 55, by virtue of their joint will filed in 1683, Margarita Schuyler assumed control of her husband's extensive estate. From her Albany house and at the farm known as "the Flats," Margarita continued her husband's business and sat as the matriarch of early Albany's foremost family. Her children included Pieter Schuyler - first mayor of the city; Alida, the wife of Robert Livingston; and future mayor - Johannes Schuyler. Her other offspring established themselves in favored locations throughout the region.

Margarita Van Slichenhorst Schuyler lived until 1711. For much of that time, she was one of colonial Albany's most prominent residents. This active widow participated in business, landholding, and was an active member of theDutch Church. Surrounded by family and supported by a number of slaves, this able women's life was full and advantaged.

Her will, filed in 1707, identified her as a "sometime...Albany merchant" and mentioned the real and personal estate she had acquired since the death of her husband. This seventy-nine-year-old widow had the presence of mind to circumvent English inheritance laws when she divided the Schuyler estate equally among her eight surviving children and their heirs. She died at age eighty-two on January 11, 1711.

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Widow of Rev Nicholas Van Renssaeler

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Margarita Van Slichtenhorst by Stefan Bielinski

Margarita Van Slichtenhorst was born at Nykerk in the Netherlands in 1628 - the daughter of Brant Van Slichtenhorst and Aeltje Van Wenkum. She came to New Netherland with her parents in 1647 and came of age in Rensselaerswyck where her father served as director of the colony.

In December 1650, she married Philip Pieterse Schuyler - an immigrant carpenter who, following the marriage, became one of the leading traders of Beverwyck/Albany. The marriage produced twelve children between 1652 and 1672. Eight of those offspring went on to establish the Schuyler family in Albany and beyond.

By the 1660s, these Schuylers were established in a new house on upper State Street. Before his death in 1683, Philip Pieterse had stretched the Schuyler family holdings by acquiring property around Albany and beyond.

A widow at age 55, by virtue of their joint will filed in 1683, Margarita Schuyler assumed control of her husband's extensive estate. From her Albany house and at the farm known as "the Flats," Margarita continued her husband's business and sat as the matriarch of early Albany's foremost family. Her children included Pieter Schuyler - first mayor of the city; Alida, the wife of Robert Livingston; and future mayor - Johannes Schuyler. Her other offspring established themselves in favored locations throughout the region.

Margarita Van Slichenhorst Schuyler lived until 1711. For much of that time, she was one of colonial Albany's most prominent residents. This active widow participated in business, landholding, and was an active member of theDutch Church. Surrounded by family and supported by a number of slaves, this able women's life was full and advantaged.

Her will, filed in 1707, identified her as a "sometime...Albany merchant" and mentioned the real and personal estate she had acquired since the death of her husband. This seventy-nine-year-old widow had the presence of mind to circumvent English inheritance laws when she divided the Schuyler estate equally among her eight surviving children and their heirs. She died at age eighty-two on January 11, 1711.

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Margarietje van Slichtenhorst's Timeline

1628
1628
Nijkerk, Gelderland, Netherlands
1650
December 12, 1650
Age 22
Beverwyck (Albany), New Netherlands
1652
July 2, 1652
Age 24
Albany, Albany, NY, USA
1654
February 4, 1654
Age 26
Albany, Albany, NY, USA
1656
February 28, 1656
Age 28
Rensselaerswyck, New Netherlands
1657
September 17, 1657
Age 29
Beverwyck, New Netherlands
1659
December 18, 1659
Age 31
Beverwyck, New Netherlands
December 1659
Age 31
1662
June 23, 1662
Age 34
Rensselaer, Rensselaer, NY, USA
1664
November 12, 1664
Age 36
Albany, Albany, NY, USA