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Major Johannes Janse Van Rensselaer

Birthplace: Fort Crailo manor house, Rensselaer, NY, United States
Death: February 21, 1783 (75)
Crystal Hill, Bethlehem, Albany County, NY, United States
Place of Burial: East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Hendrick Jeremias Van Rensselaer and Katie Van Rensselaer
Husband of Engeltie "Angelica" Livingston and Engeltie 'Angelica' Robertse Van Rensselaer
Father of Catharine “Kitty” Schuyler; Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, U.S. Congress; Robert Van Rensselaer; James Van Rensselaer; Hendrick Johannes Van Rensselaer and 1 other
Brother of Maria Van Rensselaer; Catherine Ten Broeck; Anna Hendrikse Douw; Elizabeth Richard; Helena Wendell and 10 others

Occupation: Colonel in militia
Managed by: Peter R. Becker
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About Major Johannes Janse 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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Major Johannes Janse Van Rensselaer's Timeline

February 11, 1708
Rensselaer, NY, United States
November 4, 1734
Rensselaer, Rensselaer, NY, United States
August 27, 1738
"Rensselaerswyck", Watervliet, New York
December 5, 1740
Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, New York, United States
October 24, 1742
February 21, 1783
Age 75
Bethlehem, Albany County, NY, United States
September 9, 1783
November 8
Albany, Albany, New York, USA