The Schuyler Family of Bergen County

The New Jersey branch of the Schuyler family, now very numerous in the western and northern pars of Bergen County, are now descended from Philip Pietersen Van Schuyler, born in 1628 at Amsterdam, Holland, who, with his brother David, emigrated to America in 1650 and settled first at Fort Orange (Albany), New York, on December 12, 1650. Following his arrival at Albany he married Margaretta Van Schlectenhorst, of Nieuwkirk, Holland, her father being then manager of the Colonie of Van Rensselaer. He was a magistrate at Albany in 1656, 1657, and 1661. In 1662 he received permission to plant a village on the Esopus River. He died March 9, 1684. His children were six one of whom was Arent Schuyler, born June 25, 1682, who married and came to New York while yet a young man. In 1793 he wet to Pequannock (then in Bergen County), and with Anthony Brockholst purchased 4,000 acres for mining purposes. He also bought large tracts of land in Orange County, New York, but in 1710 he purchased land of Edward Kingsland on New Barbados Neck, where he resided and here he opened a copper mine. He became a wealthy man. His issue were eight children, several of whom became famous Jersey men, and their issue scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties.

Source: Harvey, Cornelius Burnham, Editor; Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, New York: The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900.

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