New Netherland and Beyond
1898 Holland Society Year Book
Major Jacob H. Ten Eyck
Major Jacob H. Ten Eyck died suddenly at his home on State Street, Albany, March 24, 1898, shortly after returning from the Fort Orange Club, where he spent the early evening. Major Ten
Eyck was a descendant of Coenraedt Ten Eyck, who came from Amsterdam, Holland, to New York City about 1650, and was a tanner. The words "Ten Eyck" mean "from the oak," the oak being the family coat
of arms. Herman Ten Eyck, of Albany (where the family settled about 1690), was born there in 1793, and died May 17, 1861, about ten years after he retired from the dry-goods business, in which he was
long engaged with an elder brother under the firm name of Jacob H. Ten Eyck and Company.
Herman Ten Eyck married, in 1821, Eliza Bogart, of Geneva, N. Y., who died in 1853, leaving two daughters and an only son. Jacob H. Ten Eyck, the deceased, the son, who was the last living male
representative of this branch of the family, was born in Albany August 17, 1833, attended the Albany Academy and for a few years was a clerk in a bank. In 1856 he went to Cuba, and spent three years
in railroading. Returning to Albany, he raised, in 1861, Co. G. of the Third New York Volunteers, was commissioned a captain in the State militia on April 25, and in May was mustered into United
States service. He served nearly two years, being promoted to Major of the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York Volunteers, and stationed in Virginia with the Eleventh Army Corps. He resigned in
1864 on account of ill health, and since the war has had charge of several estates. He has been a trustee of the Albany Saving Bank, and a director in the Albany Insurance company for about twenty
years, and was president of the Great Western Turnpike Company, and was connected with several manufacturing companies in Albany and Troy. He was alderman of the old seventh ward two years and was
one of the founders of the Fort Orange Club, and was its president at the time of his death. For ten years he was a member of the volunteer fire department, and was a member of the Albany Burgesses
Corps for a long term of years. He also served as commissary of the Tenth Regiment. In 1867 he married Matilda E., daughter of G. V. S. Bleecker, who survives.
Various organizations in which he was prominent adopted resolutions of respect for his memory which were published in the Albany papers. Among these were the Albany Insurance Company, Albany Savings
Bank, Albany City Homoeopathic Hospital, Third N. Y. Volunteer infantry, and the First Reformed Church. The last named took action as follows:
"At a meeting of the board of trustees of the First Reformed Church, held March 26, 1898, the death of our president, Jacob H. Ten Eyck, was announced. It was with a feeling of sudden shock and
great sorrow that his co-trustees learned of his death, which occurred on Thursday, March 24, 1898.
Mr. Ten Eyck had been a trustee of this church since 1872, and during the last three years, had served on the board as president. He was very much attached to his church, the church of his
fathers, and as a trustee he was earnest and indefatigable in his devotion to his duty, constituting him indeed one of the staunch pillars of the church.
In his every relation toward his fellow-men, he was modest, unassuming, and charitable, and these traits made him particularly marked in the esteem and love of the whole community in which his
life was passed.
We who were so closely associated with him, best know the sterling worth and nobility of his character, and it is with deepest grief we now know that on earth we shall never meet him more. Be it
resolved, That we tender to her who was his wife, our sincere condolence and heartfelt sympathy in the loss she is called upon to sustain, and that a copy of these minutes be transcribed and
forwarded to her."