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Willem Teller, I

Also Known As: "william"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1701 (77-85)
New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Romanus Teller, Rev. and Lea Toors
Husband of Margaret Teller and Maria Schrick
Father of Andries Teller; Helena Teller; Jacob Teller; Maritje Lookermans; Willem Teller, Jr. and 4 others

Occupation: Quartermaster, Merchant
Managed by: Pete Van Voast
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About Willem Teller, I


WILLEM, the first settler of the name in New Netherland, was b. in 1620. In a deposition made July 6, 1698, he stated that he arrived in the province in the year 1639, was sent to Fort Orange by Gov. Kieft, served there as corporal in the West India Company's service, was then advanced to be Wachtmeester of the fort; that he had continued his residence at Albany from 1629 to 1692, with some small intermissions upon voyage to New York, Delaware, and one voyage to Holland. He was a trader about 50 years in Albany, from whence he removed to New York in 1692, with his sons. He was one of the earliest proprietors of Schenectady in 1662, though probably never a permanent resident there, and one of the five patentees mentioned in the first patent of the town granted by Gov. Dongan in 1684. His allotments on the bouwlandt were numbered five, the foremost lot lying on the west side of, and separated by the Teller's killetie, from Elias Van Gyseling's plantasie; and his village lot, 200 feet square, was on the east corner of Union and Washington Streets. All his real estate in Schenectady was given, in 1700, to his son Johannes, who alone remained behind when the family removed to New York. He made his will Mar. 19, 1698, proved in 1701, and though a prosperous merchant, the inventory of his property amounted to only 910 pounds, 10s., 6p.; there is reason to believe, that as in the case of his son Johannes, he had distributed most of his property among his children before his death. His first wife was Margaret Donchesen; she died before 1664, in which year he made a marriage contract with, and (April 9) m. Maria Varlett, wid. of Paulus Schrick; she d. in 1702, the year after the death of her husband; the inventory of her estate amounted to 1,275 pounds, 12s., 9p. Ch. b: Andries, b. 1642, m. Sophia, dau. of Oloff Van Cortlandt of New York, May 6, 1671; Helena, 1645, m. first, Cornelis Bogardus, son of the noted Anneke Janse; secondly, Francois Rombouts; Maria, 1648, m. first, Pieter Van Alen, secondly …… Lookerman's; Elisabeth, 1652, m. first, Abraham Van Tricht, and secondly, Melgert Wynantse Van der Poel; Jacob, 1655, m. Christina Wessells of New York, Oct. 24, 1683; Willem, 1657, m. Rachel Kiersted in New York, Nov. 19, 1686; Johannes, 1659, settled in Schenectady; Jannetie, m. Arent Philipse Schuyler; Caspar. [See Albany Families.]

Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Teller

Index to All Families | Index to Families by County: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington

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[This information is from Vol. II, pp. 912-913 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

William Teller, of Holland, founder of the Teller family in America, was born in 1620, died in 1701. He arrived at New Netherlands in 1639, and in the same year was sent by Governor Kieft to Fort Orange, now Albany, and subsequently was quartermaster at the fort. He lived in Albany from 1639 until 1692, when he returned to New York where he was a merchant. He was one of the five patentees of the town of Schenectady in 1684; although he never lived there. The Teller family is prominent in the history of Albany and Schenectady counties, where they had large interests. William Teller married (first) Margaret Donchensen, and had six children; (second) Maria Varleth, and had three additional children.

(II) William (2), son of William (1) and Margaret (Donchensen) Teller, was born in 1657. He married, in New York City, November 19, 1686, Rachel, daughter of Dr. Hans and Sarah Roleoff (Jansen) Kierstede. Dr. Kierstede was one of the earliest physicians and surgeons who settled in New Amsterdam, arriving there in 1638 with Governor Kieft. He married Sarah Roleoff, daughter of Rudolf and Anneke Jans Jansen, of Trinity property fame. Rachel (Kierstede) Teller was wonderfully proficient in the signs and language of the Indians and acted, May, 1664, as interpreter for Governor Stuyvesant during an interview with Indian chiefs. Among the children of William and Rachel (Kierstede) Teller was a son, Johannus or John.

(III) John, son of William (2) and Rachel (Kierstede) Teller, was born March 12, 1693, died in 1767. In his will, dated February 25, 1763. he called himself "John Teller of Tellers Neck in the Manor of Cortlandt." He married Alida (Aeltje) Vermilye. Among his ten children was John.

(IV) John (2), son of John (1) and Alida (Vermilye) Teller, was born in April, 1734, died at Rhinebeck, New York, January 15, 1818. He married Margaret Stoutenburgh, born at Hyde Park, April 14, 1734. Children, (baptisms recorded in the Dutch Church in Poughkeepsie, New York): John, Jacobus, Tobias, William.

(V) William (3), son of John (2) and Margaret (Stoutenburgh) Teller, was born in Hyde Park, New York, December 29, 1775, died at East Greenbush, June 31, 1862. He carried on farming on an extensive scale in East Greenbush. He married, February 21, 1808, Caroline M. Conklin, born at Clinton, New York, November 28, 1781, died March 3, 1871. Children: Margaret, Jacob Van Benschoten and Tobias.

(VI) Jacob Van Benschoten, son of William (3) and Caroline M. (Conklin) Teller, was born October 12, 1811, died February 6, 1892. He married, June 17, 1835, Martha Taber Akin (see Akin V), born in Greenbush (Rensselaer), April 30, 1813, died July 16, 1893. Children:

  1. William, died in 1893;
  2. Margaret;
  3. David Akin, see forward;
  4. Anna Mary, see forward;
  5. Elisha Pratt.

(VII) David Akin, second son of Jacob Van Benschoten and Martha Taber (Akin) Teller, was born at the Teller homestead, "Rose Hill," near Rensselaer, New York, December 19, 1839, died unmarried, January 13, 1907, and is buried in Greenbush Cemetery. He was educated at the Boys' Academy, Albany. He enlisted, May 29, 1861, in Company A, Captain Cuyler Van Vechten (known as the Albany Zouave Cadets), Tenth Regiment, New York National Guard, and on December 6, 1862, was commissioned second lieutenant. It is worthy of note that sixty members of the Albany Zouave Cadets received and honored military commissions during the civil war. Lieutenant Teller was mustered in as second lieutenant of Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh New York Volunteer Infantry, November 21, 1862, to serve nine months, and was mustered out with his command, September 10, 1863, at Albany. Lieutenant Teller was in every battle in which the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh participated while he was in service, and was a volunteer in the "Forlorn Hope" to make a second assault on Port Hudson, which was not made owing to the immediate surrender of Vicksburg. He was appointed, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, on the staff of General Woodhall, commander of the Third Brigade, New York National Guard.

(VII) Anna Mary, daughter of Jacob Van Benschoten and Martha Taber (Akin) Teller, was born October 9, 1842. She married, November 23, 1864, William Patten Irwin (see Irwin IV). She survives her husband and resides in the Irwin Homestead on Greenbush Heights, opposite Albany, New York.

William arrived in new netherlands in 1639. That same year he was sent by Governor Kieft to Fort Orange and he became the Quartermaster. William Teller was 1 of the 5 patentees of scenectady although he never lived there.


Willem TELLER [Parents] was born 1610 in Maesterland, Bohusland, Holland. He died 1701 in Schnectady, New York. Willem married Margariet DONCHESEN about 1641.

   Other marriages:
       VERLETH, Maria

Margariet DONCHESEN was born about 1625 in Holland. She died before 1664 in Albany, New York. Margariet married Willem TELLER about 1641.

They had the following children:

     		M 	i 	Andries TELLER Sr. was born 1642


     		F 	ii 	Helena TELLER was born 1645 and died about 1706.
     		F 	iii 	Marytjen TELLER was born 1648.
     		F 	iv 	Elysabeth TELLER was born 1652.
     		M 	v 	Jacobus TELLER was born 1655.
     		M 	vi 	Willem TELLER Jr. was born 1657.
     		M 	vii 	Johannes TELLER was born 1659 and died after 1725.
     		M 	viii 	Casper TELLER died before 1700.
     		F 	ix 	Jannetje TELLER.
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Willem Teller, I's Timeline

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Age 22
Age 25
Beverwyck, Albany, New York
November 26, 1648
Age 28
Albany, NY, United States
Age 28
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
June 29, 1652
Age 32
Albany, NY, United States
Age 35
Age 37
Albany, NY, United States