Teunis Egbertse
Stefan Bielinski

Spelled and referenced variously, family-based resources tell us that Albany resident Teunis Egbertse (Metselaer) was born in October of 1680. In 1704, he was listed among the heirs mentioned in the will of his father, Albany resident Egbert Teunise. His mother would have been Maritje Bradt who grew up in a home near where this Teunis would eventually settle.

In February 1716, "Theunis Eghbertsen" and Engeltie Beekman were married at the Albany Dutch church. In July, their first child was baptized there. By 1736, a total of eleven children were christened in Albany where he was an occasional baptism sponsor. However, the birth date given above, would have made him almost thirty-six-years-old at the time of his marriage to Engeltie - and then in his fifties at the birth of his youngest.

During the decades of peace following the end of hostilities in 1713, Teunis Egbertse was a mainline participant in community activities. In 1713, he was appointed constable for the third ward where he would establish his home. In 1715, he was a member of an Albany militia company. In 1718, he served as firemaster. In 1722, he was elected assistant alderman in the third ward and served for a year. In 1720 and perhaps again in 1742, his name appeared on lists of freeholders living in the third ward

On a number of occasions, he purchased wheat from and was indebted to the city government. In 1748, his third ward property was noted in the will of his neighbor, Dirck Ten Broeck. After that, his name appears to be absent from Albany rolls.

Past diminishing returns yet still seeking defining demographic information, we move on for now from the life of the Albany resident known as Teunis Egbertse.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Teunis Egbertse is CAP biography number 4543. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

A same-named contemporary lived on Staten Island and filed a will in 1721.

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