Schuyler family

The Schuyler family (/ˈskaɪlər/; Dutch pronunciation: [sxœylər]) was a prominent Dutch family in New York and New Jersey in the 18th and 19th centuries, whose descendants played a critical role in the formation of the United States (especially New York City and northern New Jersey), in leading government and business in North America and served as leaders in business, military, politics, and society. The other two most influential New York dynasties of the 18th and 19th centuries were the Livingston family and the Clinton family.

Current regionUnited States
EtymologyPossibly derived from Scheulder [nl], a hamlet near Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands[1]
Place of originNetherlands
Connected familiesBayard family
Livingston family
Van Cortlandt family
Van Rensselaer family
Roosevelt Family
Hamilton family
Estate(s)Schuyler Mansion
Schuyler House
The Grove


By 1650, Philip Pieterse Schuyler emigrated to New Netherland, settling in Beverwyck. His brother, David Pieterse Schuyler, also emigrated from The Dutch Republic.

The Schuyler family ancestry and ties were factors in several major American families, including the Livingston family, the Oyster Bay branch of the Roosevelt family, the Bayard family, the Bush family and the Kean family, among others. Descendants also exist in some noble families in the United Kingdom through female ancestry (including the Gage family, the Kennedy family, the Bertie family, and the Fitzroy family, among others).[2][3][4][5]

Family treeEdit

Philip Pieterse Schuyler lineEdit

  • Pieter Tjercks (patronymic, not a family name)[5] (c. 1601–1656) m. Geertruyt Philips van Schuylder (1603–1651)

David Pieterse Schuyler lineEdit

Schuyler Family AssociationEdit

Schuyler Mansion in Albany, built 1761–65 for Philip Schuyler

On 25 March 2020, members of the Schuyler family formed the Schuyler Family Association, with a founding governing board including Charles Neuhauser (chair) and Katherine Rosman. The association periodically publishes items of interest to the family in a newsletter called Kindred.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Schuyler, George Washington (1885). Colonial New York: Philip Schuyler and His Family. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 100. There is a hamlet called Schuiler [sic], in the district of Valkenburg and province of Limburg... from which it is possible that the family name may be derived.
  2. ^ The Heraldic Journal, Volume III. Boston: Wiggin & Lunt. 1867. pp. 148–151.
  3. ^ Journals of Stephen Kemble. Collections of the New York History Society. 1884. pp. xvii–xviii.
  4. ^ Bolton, Robert (1881). The History of the Several Towns, Manors, and Patents of the County of Westchester: From Its First Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 2. p. 662.
  5. ^ a b c Christoph, Florence A. (1992). Schuyler Genealogy: A Compendium of Sources Pertaining to the Schuyler Families in America Prior to 1800. Friends of Schuyler Mansion. The name Schuyler is from the maternal line. [Pieter Tjercks (son of Tjerck)], like most Dutchmen of the time, had no family name. It was unusual but not unique for sons to adopt their mother's name. In the colonial records of the seventeenth century, the name of Schuyler is used irregularly; references to Philip Pieterse [Pieter's son] being as common as those to Philip Schuyler.
  6. ^ Bielinski, Stefan (April 30, 2005). "Philip J. Schuyler". New York State Museum. Colonial Albany Project (CAP) Biography #1747. Archived from the original on 2017-02-16.
  7. ^ Cowen, Phoebe Strong (1903). The Herkimers and the Schuylers. Albany, New York.
  8. ^ Barker, William V. H. (1986). Early Families of Herkimer County, New York. Baltimore, Maryland.
  9. ^ Calnek, William Arthur (1897). History of the County of Annapolis: Including Old Port Royal and Acadia : with Memoirs of Its Representatives in the Provincial Parliament, and Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Its Early English Settlers and Their Families. Annapolis: William Briggs. p. 575. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  10. ^ Schuyler Family Association on Facebook.