|Birth: ||May, 1734|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1810|
New York, USA
An older General Abraham Ten Broeck. Abraham Ten Broeck was born in May 1734 - the eldest surviving son but a younger child of the large family of city father Dirck Ten Broeck and his wife Margarita Cuyler Ten Broeck.
Young Abraham was sent to New York City to learn business in the house of his brother-in-law, Philip Livingston. Following the death of his father in 1751, the seventeen-year-old was sent to Europe to learn about international business and to absorb continental culture. By 1752, he had returned home to stay - residing in the family home at Market and Columbia Streets with his widowed mother.
Capitalized by family assets, he prospered in trade - securing wood from upriver forests and cutting it into boards for export while importing a range of items to be sold from his riverside store. By the mid-1760s, he was one of the city's wealthiest businessmen with his Albany holdings including additional lots and buildings, storehouses, stables, a lumber yard, and the new dock on the north side of the city.
In 1759, Abraham Ten Broeck was elected to the Albany city council from the third ward. He served as assistant and alderman for many years even though he was elected to represent Rensselaerswyck in the provincial Assembly in 1760. He was re-elected and served until the Assembly was dissolved in 1775. During that time, he gained a reputation as a supporter of American rights over British prerogatives!
In 1763, he married Elizabeth Van Rensselaer - the only daughter of the patroon. Their family of five children born between 1765 and 1779 was smaller than most - perhaps due to the ages of the parents. All were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were members.
Following the untimely death of his young brother-in-law in 1769, Abraham Ten Broeck was named co-administrator of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck. He performed that service until his nephew, the young patroon, came of age in 1784. Manor records show Ten Broeck was ambitious in signing up new tenants - overflow people from established early Albany familiies and a large number of recent emigres as well. Many of these new leaseholders settled in the riverside area between the northern city line and the Manor House that came to be called "Watervliet."
Businessman and landlord, Abraham Ten Broeck was actively involved with the provincial militia - holding commissions since the 1750s. In 1775, he was colonel of the Albany County Militia. He ultimately held the rank of Brigadier General of the militia.
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Military career military service during the Revolution
In 1779, he was appointed mayor of Albany on the death of John Barclay. He served until 1783 and again, following the death of Abraham Yates, Jr., from 1796 to 1798.
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For thirty years, Abraham Ten Broeck was a prominent resident of Albany's third ward. In 1788, his townhouse was assessed on a par with Schuyler and Yates Mansions - the three highest in the city. In 1790, that home was attended by twelve servants. Following the destruction of his Market Street home in the fire of 1797, he began building a grand mansion on Arbor Hill - which then was technically out of the city and a part of Watervliet. His family moved there in 1798.
Abraham Ten Broeck died on January 19, 1810 in his seventy-sixth year. His widow died in 1813. (bio by: James J. VanApeldorn)
Dirck Ten Broeck (1686 - 1751)
Margarita Cuyler Ten Broeck (1682 - 1783)
Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck (1734 - 1813)*
Dirck Ten Broeck (1765 - 1833)*
Elizabeth Ten Broeck Schuyler (1772 - 1848)*
Catharine Ten Broeck Livingston (1715 - 1802)*
Anna Ten Broeck (1717 - 1731)*
Christina Ten Ten Broeck Livingston (1718 - 1801)*
Abraham Ten Broeck (1734 - 1810)
Note: Member of Colonial Assembly and Provincal Congress, General in Colonial Militia (1775), , Delegate to the 1775 Continental Congress, President of State Convention (1776), State Senator, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, President of the Bank of A
Albany Rural Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Lot 2, Section 29
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Record added: Sep 20, 2001
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