This is a wonderful document image, dated 1734, where John (Johannes) Schuyler, Jr has signed as Commissioner of Indian Affairs to receive payment for stroud and 80 gallons of rum....signed John Schuyler Jr. Commissioner. His red wax seal is seen in the image.
John Schuyler Jr, was born in Albany in October 1697, the third child of businessman Johannes and the widow Elsie Staats Wendell Schuyler. He grew up in the Schuyler family home with a dozen siblings from his mother's first and second marriages. He followed his father into frontier and farm business and to lucrative government contracts. He even added acreage to his family's already extensive holdings. During the 1730s, he was appointed to the Albany Commissioners of Indian Affairs.
In 1723, Schuyler married the wealthy Cornelia Van Cortlandt at the Dutch Church in New York City. In 1739, his father deeded him the family farm at the Schuyler Flats. By the time he turned forty, Johannes had emerged as the most likely man to lead the Albany Schuyler family. He was elected first ward alderman in 1738 and 1739. The governor of New York appointed him mayor of Albany in September 1740. He was re-nominated in 1741 but did not take the oath of allegiance required of officeholders.
Johannes Schuyler, Jr. died on November 5, 1741 at age forty-four. He was father to ten children, including Cortland Schuyler and General Philip Schuyler. Autographs of John Schuyler Jr. are extremely scarce and desirable particularly because of his association with Philip Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton. This reproduction would look great in an album or display.