George Schuyler

Brief Life History of George

When George Schuyler was born in 1802, in Schuyler Lake, Otsego, New York, United States, his father, Nicholas Schuyler, was 42 and his mother, Mrs. Nicholas Schuyler, was 29.

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Nicholas Schuyler
Mrs. Nicholas Schuyler
George Nicholas Schuyler
Peter Schuyler
Henry Schuyler
George Schuyler

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    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    Name Meaning

    Dutch: altered form of Van Schuylder, itself an altered form of German Schüller (see Schuller ). Surnames Schuyler and Van Schuylder are not found in the Netherlands anymore.

    History: Schuyler is the name of one of the oldest and wealthiest Dutch families of NY, established there by Philip Pieterse Schuyler from Amsterdam; His father, Pieter Tjercks (1601–1656), born in Emden, took the surname of his wife, Geertruyt Philips van Schuylder (1603–1651), who was born in Oldenburg, Germany. The marriage of Philip Pieterse Schuyler is recorded in North America in 1650. He was a merchant and colonial administrator. Four generations later one of his best-known descendants was Philip Schuyler (1733–1804), a member of Congress and a leading figure in the American Revolution; he was in command of the American army at Saratoga before being replaced by Horatio Gates.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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