Spelled variously, the pioneer Slingerland (or Slingerlands) family has inhabited Albany and its hinterland since the mid-seventeenth century. Its long-term but compact presence in the city represented only the tip of a more regional demographic iceberg. The name appears to recall a place in the Netherlands.

Their early Albany history begins with the settlement of Teunis Cornelisse in Beverwyck before 1660. His offspring would establish the family in Albany and on the Manor for centuries to come.

In 1697, the city census enumerated the households of Albany-born brothers Albert and Cornelis Slingerland. Another brother was counted in the Manor.

By 1742, the family had migrated from the city but three Slingerlands men were counted among the freeholders of surrounding Rensselaerswyck.

Countywide assessment rolls from the 1760s document the presence of numerous Slingerland-named properties largely on surrounding farms.

During the war years, three men named Teunis Slingerland served the American cause. One of them was a city resident.

In 1790, the first United States census for the city of Albany configured only one Slingerland-named household but eleven more in surrounding Watervliet.

In 1813, the first city directory counted three Slingerland-named addresses on Market Street.

Today, Slingerland Street off of Second Avenue, and the suburban hamlet of Slingerlands, located south and west of the city in the town of Bethlehem, recall the name of this substantial early Albany family. See also Slingerland drums and musical instruments. Illustrated history of Slingerland products.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: This access page on the Albany Slingerland family is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Online resources: search (2015); HMGFM; Geni; Wiki Tree;

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