Philip Pieterse Schuyler

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Philip Pieterse Schuyler
Born 1628
Amsterdam, Holland
Died May 9, 1683
Albany, Province of New York
Resting place Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands
Spouse(s) Engeltie Van Schaick
Maria Van Rensselaer
Children Schuyler family
Parent(s) Pieter Tjercks Van Schuylder
Geertruyt Philips

Colonel Philip Pieterse Schuyler (1628 - May 9, 1683) was a Dutch born American landowner who was the progenitor of the American Schuyler family.

Early life[edit]

Philip Pieterse Schuyler was born in Amsterdam, Holland in the Republic of the Seven United Provinces, in 1628 as the son of Pieter Tjercks and Geertruyt Philips Van Schuylder. His father was a German-born Amsterdam baker. His brother, David Pieterse Schuyler, married Catharina Verplanck. They died in 1690 as a result of the Schenectady massacre of 1690.[1][2]


By 1650, he had emigrated to New Netherland, settling in Beverwyck. Although nominally a carpenter or gunstockmaker, he entered the fur trade, using the profits to buy land, beginning with the house he built about 1659 on the corner of today's State and Pearl Streets in Albany. He also owned houses on Broadway and Beaver Street, where he resided at different times.[3]

On November 1, 1667 Philip Pietrse was commissioned Captain (Kapitein) in the Albany militia in army of the Dutch Republic.[3] By 1672, he also had acquired land along the Hudson north of the Van Rensselaer manor house. That farm became a family summer home known as "the Flats". After he bought "the Flats", he built a new home on North Pearl Street, for winter use, in which he died. He also owned property in New Amsterdam, several hundred acres east of the Hudson below Rensselaerswyck, and lots in Wiltwyck and at Halfmoon as well.[4]

He took an active part in Indian Affairs.[3] In 1656, he was appointed by Governor Stuyvesant to the office of vice-director of Fort Orange until it was captured by the English in 1664.

From 1664, onwards he lived under English rule in the Province of New York.

Personal life[edit]

On December 12, 1650 he married Margaretta van Slichtenhorst, daughter of Brant Aertsz van Slichtenhorst, the director of Rensselaerwyck, appointed by Johan van Rensselaer.[5] Together, they had ten children:

  • Gysbert Schuyler (b. Jul 2, 1652 in Beverwyck), and died after Mar 13, 1664/65
  • Gertruj Schuyler (b. 4 February 1654), who married Stephanus van Cortlandt (1643–1700), the patroon of Van Cortlandt Manor and a Mayor of New York City from 1677–1678 and again from 1686–1688.
  • Alida Schuyler (b. February 28, 1656), who married Nicholas van Rensselaer
  • Pieter Schuyler (b. September 17, 1657 – February 19, 1724), the first mayor of Albany
  • Brant Schuyler (b. December 18, 1659)
  • Arent Schuyler (b. June 25, 1662 – November 26, 1730)
  • Sybilla Schuyler (b. November 12, 1664)
  • Philip Schuyler (b. February 8, 1666)
  • Johannes Schuyler (b. April 5, 1668), led an attack on La Prairie, Quebec in 1690
  • Margritta Schuyler (b. January 2, 1672), married Jacobus Verplanck

Schuyler died in Albany, May 9, 1683.


Main article: Schuyler family

Schuyler was the progenitor of multiple generations of prominent New Yorkers as well as major players in American politics and business, including the Livingston family, the Bush family, and the Kean family.