Johannes Van Rensselaer

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Johannes Van Rensselaer

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Birthplace: Fort Crailo manor house, Rensselaer, NY, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Hendrick Van Rensselaer and Catherine Annetje Van Brugh
Husband of Engeltie 'Angelica' Van Rensselaer
Father of Catharine Schuyler; General Robert Van Rensselaer, Continental Militia; James Van Rensselaer and Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
Brother of Maria Van Rensselaer; Anna Hendrikse Douw; Catherine Van Rensselaer; Helena van Rensselaer; Hendrick Van Rensselaer and 1 other

Occupation: Colonel in militia
Managed by: Peter R. Becker
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About Johannes Van Rensselaer

Johannes Van Rensselaer was born in January 1708. He was the son of Hendrick and Catharina Van Brugh Van Rensselaer of Albany and the lower Manor.

He married Engeltie Livingston at the Albany Dutch church in January 1734. The marriage produced six children before her death in 1747. He then may have married Gertrude Van Cortlandt.

These Van Rensselaers lived at Crailo in a landmark house built by his father and inherited by John in 1740. About 1762, he added a wing and remodelled the property. On the death of his father, he became proprietor or lord of the lower or "Claverack" manor of Rensselaerswyck. During the mid 1760s, his Greenbush holdings alone were about three times as valuable as any others in the entire east Manor. He owned a house and ground in the city of Albany. He also owned shares in tracts of land outside the manor.

During the third quarter of the eighteenth century. the Lower Manor was encroached on by New Englanders with Massachusetts titles to Van Rensselaer's lands. John fought them in the courts and the prolonged battle took its toll on the aging manor lord. He also called on the Albany sheriff to evict the squatters - an initiative that led to bloodshed. Throughout that time, he was a colonel in the Albany County militia.

"Weak in body," John Van Rensselaer filed his will in July 1782. It devised an extensive estate to his children and grandchildren. He died at Crailo in February 1783. He had lived seventy-five years. His son was future New York State Lieutenant Governor Jeremiah Van Rensselaer His only surviving daughter married General Philip Schuyler.

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Johannes Van Rensselaer's Timeline

1708
February 11, 1708
Rensselaer, NY, USA
1734
January 23, 1734
Age 25
Albany, NY, USA
November 4, 1734
Age 26
Rensselaer, Rensselaer, NY, USA
1738
August 27, 1738
Age 30
1740
December 5, 1740
Age 32
Claverack-Red Mills, Columbia, NY, USA
1747
1747
Age 38
1783
February 21, 1783
Age 75