Matthew Flensburgh probably was born during the 1690s. Thus, he would have been the son of Johannes Flensburgh who emigrated from Germany to New York during the 1670s. His brother was Albany resident Daniel Flensburgh.
In February 1716, he married Maria Van Zandt at the Albany Dutch church. By 1737, ten children were christened in Albany where he was a regular baptism sponsor.
In 1718, he had a house on the southside of Albany near the stockade and the corner of what became Hudson and Green Streets. The "horseguard" was situated behind his house. Two years later, he purchased an additional lot in the first ward.
In 1720, he was counted among the freeholders living in the first ward. In 1725, he was named co-executor of his brother's estate. During the early 1730s, he was closely involved with the city government as a contractor working on the jail, blockhouses, and stockade. He was elected assistant alderman from 1732 to 1734.
Matthew Flensburgh died in June 1739 and was buried from the Dutch church.
Sources: The life of Matthew Flensburgh is CAP biography number 8042. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 7/20/06