Philip Schuyler and Catherine Van Rensselaer
Both members of prosperous Dutch families in colonial New York, when Continental Army General Philip Schuyler and Catherine “Kitty” Van Rensselaer married in 1755, they became one of the most politically influential families in New York. Together they would have 15 children, 8 of whom survived to adulthood, including their three eldest daughters, known affectionately as the Schuyler Sisters.
Angelica Schuyler Church
Angelica was born in Albany, NY in 1756. At age 21, she eloped with John Barker Church, who would later be appointed an envoy to the French government. Living in Paris, Angelica befriended Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette and painter John Trumbull. Politically savvy, charming and sharply witty, Angelica was a prolific writer whose opinions were respected in her male-dominated world. Angelica died in 1814, at age 58, and is buried at Trinity Churchyard in Manhattan.
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
Eliza (Elizabeth) was born in Albany, NY in 1757. Strong-willed and socially engaged, Eliza caught the eye of Alexander Hamilton who she married in 1780. Living in New York City, she enjoyed a vigorous social life filled with parties, balls and theater. An accomplished artist and writer, she assisted her husband with his political writings, and dedicated herself to preserving his legacy after his death. Eliza died in 1854, at age 97, and is buried alongside her husband and sister Angelica in Trinity Churchyard.
Peggy Schuyler Van Rensselaer
Peggy (Margarita) was born in Albany, NY in 1758. At age 25, she eloped with a distant cousin, Stephen Van Rensselaer III. A prolific writer known for her vivacious spirit and wicked wit, Peggy was sought after in the social circles of her day. Peggy died at age 43 in 1801, and was buried on the Van Rensselaer estate before being reinterred in Albany some years later.