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Hendrick Van Rensselaer

Birthplace: Greenbush, NY, United States
Death: Died in Greenbush, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jeremias van Rensselaer and Maria van Cortlandt
Husband of Catharina Van Rensselaer and Catherine Annetje Van Rensselaer
Father of Elizabeth Richard; Maria Van Rensselaer; Anna Hendrikse Douw; Catherine Van Rensselaer; Helena Wendell and 3 others
Brother of Kiliaen K. Van Rensselaer; Anne Nicoll; Maria Schuyler; Johannes Van Rensselaer and Jeremias van Rensselaer

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About Hendrick Van Rensselaer


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Hendrick Van Rensselaer was born in Greenbush in 1667. He was the second son of Jeremias Van Rensselaer - head of his family's extensive holdings in America. His mother was Maria Van Cortlandt - daughter of one of the most prominent Manhattan merchants. Enduring the loss of his father in 1674 and his mother fifteen years later, Hendrick was raised under a family umbrella controlled mostly by the Van Cortlandts.

Two months after the death of his mother in 1689, Hendrick married Catharina Van Brugh - whose father also was a prosperous New York businessman. Following the birth of their first child that same year, the couple relocated to Albany where their last ten children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church. Almost immediately, Hendrick became a church mainstay - sponsoring more than two dozen baptisms, serving as an elder, and auditing the church's books.

Over the next decade, these Van Rensselaers were mainline Albany residents in every sense of the word. Standing in the shadow of his older brother, Kiliaen - who became lord of Rensselaerswyck, Hendrick was known as an Albany merchant, storekeeper, and part owner of a ship that traded in the West Indies. In 1695, twenty-eight-year-old Hendrick was elected to the Albany city council as an alderman for the first ward. Four the next five years, he sat on the council and city court. In 1698, he purchased land at Schaghticoke from the Indians on Albany's behalf. In 1707, he sold that patent to the city.

In 1704, his life changed when Rensselaerswyck was partitioned with the southern and eastern portions known as the "Lower Manor" going to Hendrick. Before long, Hendrick Van Rensselaer and his family left Albany - setting down roots across the river in a new home called "Crailo."

In 1705, Hendrick Van Rensselaer was elected to represent Rensselaerswyck in the New York General Assembly. Re-elected four times, he served until 1715. During that time (from 1706 thru 1734), he was listed on the roster of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs.

As time passed, he retreated to his country home - leaving the active development of the "Lower Manor" to his sons, Johannes and Hendrick. Hendrick Van Rensselaer died at his Greenbush home in July 1740 at age seventy-four. He was buried from the Albany Dutch church

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Hendrick Van Rensselaer's Timeline

October 23, 1667
Greenbush, NY, United States
March 23, 1689
Age 21
Albany, , NY, USA
Age 23
February 2, 1696
Age 28
Greenbush (Fort Crailo), Albany, New York
July 21, 1700
Age 32
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
October 4, 1702
Age 34
Albany, NY, USA
February 11, 1708
Age 40
Rensselaer, NY, USA
March 8, 1712
Age 44
Albany, NY, USA
November 25, 1717
Age 50
Albany County, New York