Teunis Cornelisse Vanderpoel
Stefan Bielinski

Teunis Cornelisse is said to have been born in Holland in 1618. Perhaps he was the first child born to Gerrit and Cornelia Wynants Vanderpoel of Amsterdam, Holland.

By 1600, Teunis (Anthoneus) Cornelisse had emigrated to New Netherland and had settled in the vicinity of Beverwyck where he subscribed to a petition seeking more freedom in the fur trade. He was known as Teunis Cornelisse and was a member of what became the Vanderpoel family. He probably was the older brother of Wynant Gerritse Vanderpoel - patriarch of the early Albany family.

His wife was Catharina Jansen Croon. The couple had three daughters who married Albany area residents. He was a member of the Albany Dutch church.

Teunis Cornelisse was appointed commissary of Rensselaerswyck in 1670. In 1671, he was named one of the magistrates of Albany. He owned half of Constapel Island but lived north of Albany where he had at least one mill. In 1683, a community survey document stated that he lived outside the north gate of Albany.

Teunis Cornelissen filed a will in June 1687. It identified his wife and three daughters as his heirs. He was dead by 1694 when his widow filed her will.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Teunis Cornelisse Vanderpoel is CAP biography number 6272. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. He has been confused with the somewhat younger Cornelis Teunise Van Vechten - a contemporary settler of the Albany area. Sometimes he was referenced by the surname "Spitzbegen."

first posted: 6/30/05