Stephen Van Rensselaer, II (1742 - 1769) MP

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Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Death: Died in Albany, Albany, New York, United States
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About Stephen Van Rensselaer, II

Stephen Van Rensselaer II was baptized in the Albany Dutch church in June 1742. He was the sixth and last child of Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer and his wife, Elizabeth Groesbeck. With the death of his father in 1747, this sole surviving son was odrained to become lord of the manor of Rensselaerswyck at the age of five!

In January 1764, he married Albany native Catharina Livingston in New York City. That November, their first son, Stephen, was born in New York City. The marriage also produced another son and a daughter - who were born on the manor.

While just twenty, Stephen II was commissioned a captain in the Albany County Militia. He remained an officer of the Albany troop of horse for the remainder of his life. In 1768, he was commissioned Colonel of the Rensselaerswyck regiment!

In 1763, the Albany government had granted him the "freedom of the city." However, his Rensselaerswyck responsibilities precluded an active role in Albany affairs. Following his marriage, he took up residence at the family farm while also keeping the city property inherited from his father. In 1765, he built a new Manor House from where he sought to rehabilitate the manor that had lacked active leadership since the death of his father almost two decades earlier.

Those plans were dashed when he died on October 19, 1769. Stephen Van Rensselaer II lived just twenty-seven years! His will, filed only two months earlier, claimed that he was in "a reasonable state of health." As one of the richest men in the region, the will detailed his extensive estate to be shared by his widow and three living children.


Birth: 1742 Rensselaer County New York, USA Death: 1769

His mother was Elizabeth Grosbeck {b.1710? married 1729} Born at "Watervliet" Married to Catherine Livingston January 23, 1764 NY

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 Stephen van Rensselaer (1707 - 1747)

 Catherine Livingston Van Rensselaer Westerlo (1745 - 1810)*

 Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764 - 1839)*
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Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery Menands Albany County New York, USA

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Maintained by: Jerry van Rensselaer Originally Created by: noonee Record added: Jun 07, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 130993703

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Stephen van Rensselaer II's Timeline

June 2, 1742
Albany, New York, United States
January 23, 1764
Age 21
New York, United States
November 1, 1764
Age 22
New York, United States
April 15, 1766
Age 23
Albany, New York, United States
August 15, 1768
Age 26
Watervliet, Albany, New York, United States
October 19, 1769
Age 27
Albany, Albany, New York, United States
Age 26
Albany Rural Cemetery Menands Albany County New York, USA