Teuwis (Mattheus) Abrahamsen (Van Deursen) was born about 1631.
He was eldest son of Abraham Pietersen (Van Deursen) and Tryntje Melchiors who initially immigrated to New Amsterdam. According to Van Dusen historian cited in the New York Times, “Teuwis, the oldest of Abraham’s seven children, was barely five when his father, Abraham Pieterszen, brought the family to the New World in the 1630s. Teachers were in short supply, and unlike his father, who was educated in the Netherlands, Teuwis never mastered writing. In lieu of a traditional signature, he would indicate his assent on documents with a big “M,” signifying Matthew or Mattheus, his name in English.”
He married Helena Robberts in 1653.
Teuwis Abrahamsen Van Duersen moved to Beverwyck (Albany) where he was granted a lot on October 28, 1658. Sometime between 1667 and 1770, he moved to Claverack.
On June 26, 1677, he deeded a house and lot to Paulus Martense Van Benthuysen. Later the property was transferred by Van Benthuysen to Harme Janse Lyndrayer. The following is an extract of the latter deed:
”Appeared before me Ro. Livingston, secr &c and in the presence of the Honorable Messieurs Richard Pretty & Andries Teller, commissaries, etc. Paulus Martense Raenmaker (wagon maker) (Van Benthuysen), who declared that he had in true rights, free ownership, granted conveyed and transferred to and for the behoof of Harme Janse Lyndrayer (ropemaker) in a certain house and lot standing and lying here in Albany bounded south by Pieter Loockermans, north by the house of Laurens Van Ale & Jan Janse Bleecker, west and east by the public street, in breadth in front on the street (Broadway), which this grantor, does by virtue of the conveyance given him by Mattheus Abrahamse (Van Deusen) of date the 26 of June 1677,” etc.
“Done in Albany, the 13th Dec. 1677.
“Richard Pretty “A.Teller
” Acknowledged before me
“Ro. Livingston, Seer.”
Teuwis resided at Albany and Claverack, NY — two places his children were probably born. The baptismal records of Albany do not begin until August 5, 1683 while those of Claverack date only from 1722. The children’s names are not found on the records of either place.
Teuwis and Helena had several children:
|Tryntje Van Deursen||c. 1654||Samson Benson c. 1673|
|Lysbeth (Elizabeth) Van Deursen||c. 1658||Johannes Benson c. 1680|
|Cornelia Van Deursen||c. 1660||Matty Janse Hoes; William Hallenbeck|
| Robbert Van Deursen
||c. 1665||Cornelia Martense Van Buren 22 Sept 1689|
|Jan Van Deursen||c. 1668||Maritie Martense Van Buren 1695|
|Jacobus Van Deursen||c. 1670||Aeltje Gysbertse Uyttenbogert 1695|
|Marritje Van Deursen||c. 1674||Abraham Jansen Van Alstyne 1694|
|Abraham Van Deursen||c. 1676||Jacomyntje Van Schoonhoven 1697|
|Catalyntje Van Deursen||c. 1678||Jacobus Martens Van Ysselsteyn; Lambert Kool|
|Isaac Van Deursen||c. 1680||Baata Van Ysselsteyn|
|Helena Van Deursen||c. 1681||Harpert Van Deusen|
Interactive map of Van Dusens in New Amsterdam