Jurriaen Teunisse Tappan


According to traditional sources, Jurriaen Teunisse was born about 1633. He was in New Netherland by early 1652 when he was granted a lot by the Rensselaerswyck court. He is also known by the surname "Tappan."

In the Spring of 1653, he owned a lot in the new village of Beverwyck. In February 1655, he sold a house, brewhouse, pigpen, and fence. During the 1650s, he was known as a glazier and as a tavernkeeper. In 1658, he had a lot on the Vossenkill.

In 1660, he was listed among the group of fur traders asking for more flexibility in bartering with the Indians.

He filed a joint will with his wife in March 1661. He identified himself as of Beverwyck and mentioned his wife, "Wybrecht Jacobs" and siblings. No children were named. The will was written in Dutch.

In 1670, he owned a farm at Schenectady.

In 1679, he was identified as an Albany householder and was accorded a moderate assessment. Perhaps his wife died about that time.

In 1683, he was listed among the members of the Albany Dutch church and was identified as a paying subscriber.

In 1685, he is said to have been living in Kingston. His second wife may have been Ariaantie Davids - possibly the mother of two Tappan-named children.

Jurriaen Teunisse Tappan was alive in 1689.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jurrian Teunisse Tappan has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/20/07