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Elizabeth van Rensselaer (Groesbeck)

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Albany, New York
Death: December 1756 (49)
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Daughter of Stephanus Groesbeck and Elizabeth Groesbeck
Wife of Stephen van Rensselaer, I
Mother of Elizabeth Van Rensselaer and Stephen van Rensselaer II
Sister of Catharina Groesbeck; Gerardus Groesbeck and John Groesbeck

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About Elizabeth van Rensselaer

Elizabeth Groesbeck was born in August 1707. She was the daughter of Albany leaders Stephanus and Elizabeth Lansing Groesbeck. She grew up in a State Street businessman's home with several siblings who would become prominent Albany and area residents.

In July 1729, she married Stephen Van Rensselaer at the Albany Dutch church. He was the younger brother of the lord of Van Rensselaer Manor. By 1742, six children had been christened in Albany where she was a regular baptism sponsor.

These Van Rensselaers were residents of Albany when Stephen succeeded to the Patroonship on the death of his brother in 1745. However, their elevated status was shortlived as the sickly Stephen died two years later at the age of forty. His will left Elizabeth with substantial assets and the right to reside at the Manor House.

Owner of several Albany properties in and beyond Albany, "Mrs. Ranslow" was identified as the resident of a large house on a census taken by the British army during the summer of 1756.

Elizabeth filed a will in November 1756. "Madame" Elizabeth Van Rensselaer died at the end of the year. She had lived forty-nine years. Her son became lord of the Manor and a daughter would be the wife of General Abraham Ten Broeck.

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Elizabeth van Rensselaer's Timeline

August 1707
Albany, New York
July 1734
Age 26
June 2, 1742
Age 34
Albany, New York, United States
December 1756
Age 49