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Angelica Church (Schuyler)

Also Known As: "Engeltje"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New York, New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. General Philip J. Schuyler (Continental Army) and Catharine Schuyler
Wife of John Barker Church
Mother of Philip Schuyler Church and Catharine "Kitty" Cruger
Sister of Elizabeth Hamilton; Margaret Van Rensselaer; John Bradstreet Schuyler; Rensselaer Schuyler; Philip Jeremiah Schuyler and 1 other

Occupation: Muse; Confidante; thief of hearts
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About Angelica Schuyler Church

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 County, New York, United States
February 22, 1756
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
1778
April 14, 1778
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1779
November 4, 1779
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1814
March 23, 1814
Age 58
New York, New York, United States
March 1814
Age 58
New York, New York, New York, United States