Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen II

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Theodorus Frelinghuysen II (1724–1761) or Theodorus Frelinghuysen, Jr., was a theologian in Albany, New York.[1][2][3]


He was the first-born son of Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen and Eva Terhune. He studied at the University of Utrecht and was ordained a minister in October 1745. His first assignment was at the Dutch Reformed Church in Albany, New York.[2] He quickly set sail for America but his ship was captured by the French and he did not reach his new congregation until the following Spring. In January 1756 he married, nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Symes. She was the sister of the wife of John Ogilvie, and they had two daughters together. In October 1759 Frelinghuysen sailed from New York to the Netherlands and died in 1761 at sea while returning from an attempt to raise funds for "Queen's College" (now Rutgers University.[4] His replacement for the church arrived in Albany in October 1760.[1]


  1. ^ a b Stefan Bielinski. "Theodorus Frelinghuysen, Jr". New York State Museum. Retrieved 2009-07-09. Theodorus Frelinghuysen, Jr. (sometimes "Frielinghuysen") perhaps was born in 1724. He was the eldest son of the renowned (sic) Domine Theodorus Frelinghuysen and his wife, Flatbush native Eva Terhune. Their large family grew up at the elder Frelinghuysen's parishes in New Jersey. Four younger brothers became Reformed ministers and two sisters married ministers as well. ...
  2. ^ a b David G. Hackett (1991). The rude hand of innovation. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-506513-1.
  3. ^ George Washington Schuyler (1885). Colonial New York. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 419. Theodore Frelinghuysen, eldest of the five brothers, having obtained his license in Holland, was settled over the church at Albany in 1745. He was a man of fine abilities, eloquent in the pulpit, popular in the community, and of high moral character. He was greatly beloved by his people, and had an unquestioned influence with them; not enough, however, to preserve the younger members of his flock from the worldly gayeties and follies introduced among the sober and sedate citizens by the officers of an English regiment quartered among them. Public balls were held, and an extemporized theatre was organized, in which the young officers were the actors. In spite of the good dominie's efforts in and out of the pulpit, the young people were in raptures over these new forms of amusement, and turned a deaf ear to his pleadings and warnings. Some of them in the near future had grave cause to regret that they had not heeded his admonitions.
  4. ^ Founding of Queen’s College (1755-1771) (page 3)