Teunis Visscher
Stefan Bielinski

Teunis Visscher was born in April 1702. He was the son of Albany residents Bastiaan Harmanse and Dirckje Teunis Visscher. He grew up on the North End of Albany learning the art of brewing from his father.

Teunis married Albany native Machtelt Lansing in January 1727. By 1746, eight children had been christened at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member and regular baptism sponsor.

For more than fifty years, he was a Market Street mainstay whose brewery supplied beverages for Albany people and those of the countryside as well. He served as a firemaster and was included on rosters of qualified voters. He also owned additional lots south of the city and in the third ward.

Teunis lost his wife in 1757 but continued on aided by six slaves in his household in 1790. In his mid-seventies at the outbreak of the war, his grandson, Matthew Visscher, was a leading revolutionary operative.

He may have been the Teunis Visscher whose death notice appeared in an Albany newspaper in October 1794.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Teunis Visscher is CAP biography number 4174. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Hopefully, we are careful not to confuse his life with another Teunis Visscher (of Schenectady/Lishakill).

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first posted: 5/5/05