Jacob Teunise Van Woert


Jacob Teunise probably was born about 1660. He was the son of Teunis J. and Sara Denys Van Woert. He was called Jacob Teunise (Van Woert) and should not be confused with Jacobus Van Vorst - an older Albany resident.

About 1683, he married Catharina Cl. Groesbeck. Their only child was christened at the Albany Dutch church in June 1684. In October 1690, he married Anna Loockermans, the widow of Adam Winne. By 1704, that marriage produced ten more children. He was a member of the Albany church and a regular baptism sponsor.

In May 1681, a lot beyond the north gate of Albany was conveyed to Jacob Teunise and a number of other shoemakers. In July, he took title to a house and lot in Albany.

In 1697, his home was configured on the Albany census. In 1701, he signed a community-based petition to the royal governor.

In March 1707, he was identified as a "retailer of strong liquors" in the city of Albany and was cited for not having paid the fee for a liquor license.

After witnessing a baptism in October 1715, his name dropped from Albany rolls.

Jacob Teunise Van Woert died in July 1730 and was buried in the churchyard.

Perhaps he was the "Jacob Tuenisse Van Woert" who was referenced as the former owner of land (near the Van Rensselaer's ferry) held by Jacob Van Woert, Jr. in 1768.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Teunise Van Woert is CAP biography number 2592. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/10/07; updated 3/3/11