The story of the Van Vechten family in early Albany begins with Teunis Cornelise who brought his family to New Netherland in 1638. Like most New Netherland names, Van Vechten/Vegten/Vactor has been spelled in a variety of ways.
His son, Cornelis Teunise, was a fringe Albany person but a prominent resident of surrounding Rensselaerswyck. At the same time, other Van Vechten sons and daughters married into families throughout the region.
In 1697, the household of trader Teunis Dirckse was configured on the Albany census.
Catskill native Abaham Van Vechten was a respected Albany-based attorney and jurist during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His older brother, Teunis T., served in the War for Independence and then became a mainline Market Street businessman.
Sources: This access page on the Van Vechtens of early Albany first serves as an entry point for this website's offerings on the family. It is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Printed resources begin with the genealogical work of Cuyler Reynolds. See also Van Vechten Genealogy. The core collection of family papers resides at the New York State Library.
first posted 6/10/06; last updated 9/13/13