The Albany descendants of New Netherland pioneer Teunis Teunise are known as Egbertse, Metselaer, and Teunise. The appellation "de Metselaer" (the mason) identified the trade practiced by Teunis Teunis and others of this family! Perhaps Teunis Teunise Egbertsen died during the mid-1680s. Caution is warranted here as prior to 1700, members of the Van Vechten family and others as well sometimes were referred to as "Teunisz."
Teunis's son, Albany city resident Egbert Teunise, died in Albany about 1716. He had a number of offspring including Barent and Benjamin Egberts who became Albany residents.
The next generation seems to have gravitated to the southern parts of Albany County.
In 1756, two Egbers households (Benjamin and his son, Capt. Egbert Egbers, appeared on the Albany census.
By 1790, the family name had passed from Albany rolls and only one household remained in Watervliet.
Sources: This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. After 1700, most family members were known by some form of "Egbertse." The most informative online resource has been posted by M. Thompson. This substantial and informative resource strains to make an Albany connection.
first posted: 3/20/04