Elizabeth Alice DeLancey (Colden) (1721 - 1785)

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Birthplace: NY, USA, New York, New York, New York
Death: Died in NY, USA
Managed by: Douglas Kellner
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About Elizabeth Alice DeLancey (Colden)

Elizabeth born February 5, 1721 (Edwin Purple’s book indicates that Elizabeth’s birth date is 1719) – On January 7, 1737, at age 16, she married Peter, the third son of Stephen and Ann (Van Cortland) DeLancey. The marriage license was dated January 7, 1737 or 1738. Peter’s family was one of the wealthiest and best known in America and his mother was the daughter of the first Mayor of New York City to be born in America, Stephen Van Cordtlandt. Peter was born August 26, 1705 and he resided at Union Hill, West Farms (a sizable estate in Westchester County) where he represented the borough of Westchester in the NY Colonial Assembly from 1750 to 1768. Elizabeth’s Westchester property was seized by the Continental Army and used as a hospital during the war. Later the British captured the home and used it as the command post of General Heister, commander of the German troops. Her husband died on October 10, 1770, before the war and Elizabeth died soon after the war, in 1784, in Coldengham at the stone castle, living with her brother, Cadwallader II and Elizabeth Ellison Colden.

Peter’s ancestor was Steven Van Cortland who was a French Huguenot born at Caen in Normandy on October 24, 1663. He fled his country to avoid religious persecutions that followed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and he arrived in New York on June 7, 1686 where he engaged in mercantile pursuits and soon became one of the most noted and wealthy merchants in America. His store was located on the northeast corner of Broad and Pearl Streets, and his residence there during the latter years of his life was on the west side of Broadway, a short distance above Trinity Church.

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Elizabeth DeLancey's Timeline

February 5, 1721
New York, New York, New York
Age 23
Westchester, NY, USA
July 15, 1753
Age 32
September 15, 1755
Age 34
New York, NY, USA
Age 44
Age 63