Andries Teller was born in 1642. He was the oldest son of Scottish-born, New Netherland pioneers Willem and Margarita Donchesen Teller. He grew up in the home of a Beverwyck trader who also was a Schenectady patentee.
In June 1671, he married Sophia (Feytie) Van Cortlandt in New York City. The marriage produced several children who were christened in the Dutch churches of New York and in Albany where Andries was a member. In 1674, he was among those notables invited to the funeral of Jeremias Van Rensselaer.
These Tellers settled in Albany where Andries followed his father in the fur trade. The Albany census of 1679 accorded his holdings the highest of assessments.
During the 1670s, he was a merchant and magistrate and was an active trader on the Albany real estate market. However, by the late 1690s, he had followed his father downriver to Manhattan.
Andries Teller was living in New York in November 1702 when he filed a will. It left his estate to has wife and then to his children. He died some time thereafter.
Sources: The life of Andries Teller is CAP biography number 6605. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 5/20/06