Teunis C. Slingerland
Family-based resources tell us that New Netherland pioneer Teunis Cornelise was born in Amsterdam, Holland in April 1617. Spelled and referenced variously, he was the patriarch of the Slingerland family of early Albany and its environs. We seek defining information on his specific origins and path to New Netherland/Albany.
By 1658, he had taken title to the house and lot in Beverwyck where he then was living. In 1660, his name appeared on a petition of fur traders operating from the Beverwyck area. He also kept a house in New Amsterdam.
In 1677, he leased a farm on the Normanskill from the Bradt family. By that time, he had married mill owner's daughter Engeltie Bradt. The marriage produced at least four children prior to her death in 1683. In March 1684, he purchased a large tract of land in what are now the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland.
In April 1684, he married the widow Geertie Fonda Bekker at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and known as "Teunis Cornelisz" and also as "Teunis (and Antoni) Slingerlunt". A number of children may have resulted from his second marriage.
Although he appeared to have held considerable properties south of Albany, he maintained his Albany identity for many years.
In 1694, he witnessed the will of an Albany neighbor. After that time, his name appears to have dropped from Albany rolls.
Sources: The life of Teunis Cornelise Slingerland is CAP biography number 5439. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. See references to him via Ancestry.com and also from Rootsweb.
first posted 6/15/05; recast and revised 2/7/18