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  Stephen Van Rensselaer III - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stephen Van Rensselaer III (November 1, 1764–January 26, 1839) was Lieutenant Governor of New York as well as a statesman, soldier, and land-owner, the heir to one of the greatest estates in the New York region at the time.
Van Rensselaer was born in New York City, the eldest child of Stephen Van Rensselaer II {a great-grandson of Mayor of New York Stephanus Van Cortlandt} and Catharina Livingston {daugther of Philip Livingston}.
Van Rensselaer's preparations and his plan of attack were clearly a major reason for the scale of the defeat, as he was unable to secure the element of surprise, did not procure enough boats for his men to cross easily, did not even get enough ammunition to his men.
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 Rensselaer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Killian Van Rensselaer (1763–1845), a lawyer and U.S. Representative from New York (cousin to Jeremiah, uncle of Solomon, great-great-grandson of Kiliaen)
Solomon Van Rensselaer (1774–1852), a U.S. Representative from New York and lieutenant colonel during the War of 1812 (son of Jeremiah, nephew of Killian)
Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764–1839), founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a U.S. Representative from New York (great-great-great-grandson of Kiliaen).
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 Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Van Rensselaer
Her mother was Catherine Van Rensselaer, born in The Crailo, Greenbush (Rensselaer, N. Y.), November 4, 1734, died in the Schuyler Mansion, Albany, March 7, 1803, and was daughter of Johannes Van Rensselaer and Engeltie (Angelica) Livingston, the latter being the daughter of Robert Livingston, Jun., twelfth mayor of Albany.
Van Rensselaer found it necessary to look critically after the interests of his Manor, for in order to secure good returns it was essential that the lands should be cultivated, and while speculators would buy lands, the farmers, or laborious tillers of the soil, were unwilling to contract for the fee.
Van Rensselaer, urged by his party to uphold their moral force in the controversy, consented to stand as a candidate for the assembly, and despite his popularity was beaten.
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Stephen Van Rensselaer III (November 1, 1764—January 26, 1839) was an American statesman, soldier, and land-owner, the heir to one of the greatest estates in the New York region at the time.
Van Rensselaer was born in New York City, the eldest child of Stephen Van Rensselaer II and Catharina Livingston.
Van Rensselaer III was raised by his uncle, Abraham Ten Broeck, who administered the Van Rensselaer estate after Van Rensselaer II's untimely death.
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 Williams College Archives and Special Collections -- Van Rensselaer House   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Now that change has caught up and Van Rensselaer is decamping for Albany, we may take consolation in the knowledge that it is simply another step in the history of the house; somehow, Van Ren has always managed to survive as a testament to man's care for the best of his heritage.
Soon after the death of Stephen Van Rensselaer IV in 1868, the house was handed down to the next generation of the Van Rensselaer family who chose not to reside there.
William Bayard Van Rensselaer initially planned to remove one wing of the house to make room for the New York Central Railroad, but his cousin, Marcus T. Reynolds (Williams Class of 1890), convinced him that it would be better to remove the house completely rather than alter it so significantly.
www.williams.edu /library/archives/williamshistory/sawyerlibrary/rensselaerindex.html   (707 words)

 Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Van Vechten
The family name of Van Vechten is derived from the Dutch, signifying that those who bore that name and were met on their journeyings or located in other places than on the original estate, came "from the Vechet" river in Holland.
It was borne by Teunis Dircksen Van Vechten, of Vechten, province of Utrecht, Holland, prior to 1638.
Not only was Tennis Van Vechten proud of Albany and ever deeply concerned in its advancement, but the city was proud of him as a citizen, and so bestowed on him its greatest honors, elevating him by the steps of supervisor and alderman to be the chief executive.
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 Van Rensselaer Manor House
In 1765, Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer II erected a new manor house on the property.
Stephen Van Rensselaer III lived at the mansion for many years and further enlarged the building - adding octagonal wings in 1820.
In 1815, the land surrounding the manor house was annexed to the city of Albany.
www.nysm.nysed.gov /research_collections/research/history/albany/na/vrmh.html   (537 words)

 AmericanHeritage.com / Feudal Lords on Yankee Soil
Stephen Van Rensselaer in, seventh lord of the manor of Rensselaerwyck, a rich, semifeudal prince in a young democracy, was dead.
Stephen Van Rensselaer n, for example, sixth lord of the manor of Rensselaerwyck, married Catherine, daughter of Philip Livingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York City, married the sister of Peter Schuyler, mayor of Albany.
Stephen Van Rensselaer in was a respected, gentle, and apparently benevolent landlord.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/1974/6/1974_6_14.shtml   (6088 words)

 Stephen Van Rensselaer III
Stephen Van Rensselaer III was born in New York City in 1764 - the first child of Stephen Van Rensselaer II and Catharina Livingston.
Stephen Van Rensselaer III died in 1839 at the age of seventy-five." He is remembered in local lore as "The Last Patroon" and "The Good Patroon."
This profile is derived chiefly from community-based resources and from a wealth of Van Rensselaer family histories.
www.nysm.nysed.gov /albany/bios/vr/svr3.html   (295 words)

 The Antirent Wars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Killian Van Rensselaer was a wealthy merchant in Holland who joined with others, in 1629, to obtain a charter for the Dutch West India Company to settle this new colony.
Stephen's will directed that his debts be paid from back rents (about $400,000.) Stephen IV inherited the part of the manor west of the Hudson River, including the hilltowns.
Under the terms of the Van Rennselaer contracts, the "purchasers" had both the obligations of property owners and the restrictions of tenants, including the payment of rent, none of which was credited toward purchase, and no easy means of completing the sale and taking title.
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Soon after the death of Stephen Van Rensselaer IV in 1868, the house was handed down to the next generation of the Van Rensselaer family who chose not to reside there, since it was then in the middle of an industrial center.
Owner William Bayard Van Rensselaer decided to remove one wing of the house to make room for the New York Central Railroad, but his cousin, Marcus T. Reynolds, an Albany architect convinced him that it would be better to remove the house completely rather than alter it.
Stephen is given credit for starting the famous anti-rent wars by getting all the tenant farmers mad for leaning on them harshly to collect back rent money due to his bad gambling debts in the 1830's.
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Stephen Van Rensselaer BATEMAN[1,2,3,4,5,6,7] (Reuben) was born[7,8] 10 Jul 1789.
Horace BATEMAN Sr.[1,2] (Stephen Van Rensselaer, Reuben) was born[3,4,5] 8 Dec 1811.
Elbert BATEMAN (Ianthus A., Horace, Stephen Van Rensselaer, Reuben) was born 1864.
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 New Acquisitions
According to the engraved inscription on the silver label inside the chest lid, the wine chest was presented by James Caldwell to Stephen Van Rensselaer on March 17,1804.
The chest was used in the Van Rensselaer Manor house until the death of Mrs.
It was inherited by her grandson William Bayard Van Rensselaer who kept it in the dining room of his townhouse at 385 State Street, Albany.
www.albanyinstitute.org /news/archive.1999/auction.htm   (440 words)

 Anti-Rent war or conflict: Farmers: Daily Life in Antebellum Rural Delaware County New York
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, a wealthy merchant from Amsterdam who had been granted an extensive tract of land covering much of the present Albany and Rensselaer Counties, established a colony with emigrants from Holland in about 1630.
One large landowner, Stephen Van Rensselaer III (the "Good Patroon") lured settlers to the stony hills by promising them homesteads without cost: they could occupy the land free for seven years at which point they would be given a "durable lease" with a moderate wheat rent.
Van Rensselaer's tenants were expected to pay 10 to 14 bushels of winter wheat, four fat hens, and one day of service with a team and wagon each year.
www.oneonta.edu /library/dailylife/protest/index.html   (2616 words)

 Berne Historical Project - Early Settlers in the Helderbergs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
In 1629 Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, a prominent Amsterdam merchant and principal shareholder in the Dutch West India Company, was granted the colony of Rensselaerwyck, incorporating what is now the city of Albany, plus most of what is now Albany, Rensselaer and Greene Counties.
Stephen Van Rensselaer made plans to develop and populate the unsettled lands of the Manor.
Due to the success of Stephen Van Rensselaer’s land promotion efforts, there was soon an influx of Dutch, German, British, Irish, Scotch, Swiss, and French settlers from the overcrowded lands of New England and the Hudson Valley.
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 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Rensselaerville township is composed of the hamlets of Rensselaerville, Medusa, Preston Hollow, Potter Hollow, Cooksburg and Smith's Corners in the southwest corner of Albany County, New York.
Owned from 1629 by the Dutch patroons Van Rensselaer and part of the huge Manor of Rensselaerwyck, the area was so inaccessible that it was not settled until the late 1700's.
Shortly after the Revolutionary War, Stephen Van Rensselaer III advertised "free" tracts of land of 160 acres to anyone who would develop the land.
www.rensselaerville.com /history.htm   (433 words)

 Encyclopedia of Albany History. A Clio Media History Project. Department of History, University at Albany.
Elizabeth Van Rensselaer was born in July 1734.
She was the only daughter of Rensselaerswyck proprietor Stephen Van Rensselaer and his wife, Elizabeth Groesbeck.
In 1784, Elizabeth's nephew, Stephen III, became patroon and the Ten Broecks now could concentrate on their Albany-based life as Elizabeth served as the city's first lady and wife of a State senator.
www.albany.edu /history/eoah/entries/v/van_rensselaer_ten_broeck_elizabeth.htm   (261 words)

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Under this arrangement, Van Rensselaer kept all the advantages of landownership and the tenant had all of the obligations of land improvement, road building and taxes.
However, Van Rensselaer would not negotiate and the tenants had to choose between signing the “incomplete sale” contracts, or leaving their 120-acre farm and all the buildings and improvements they made over the past seven years without compensation.
However, in 1852, a Court of Appeals reversed the 1850 decision invalidating the Van Rensselaer land title based on the landlord-sponsored statue of 1830, which basically said that such land titles had to be legally questioned within 40 years of their original land grant.
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 Map of the Manor of Rensselaerwick   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
On his 21st birthday, November 1, 1785 Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) legally became master of the Manor and the 8th patroon of Rensselaerwyck.
This map, prepared under the direction of his father, Stephen Van Rensselaer II, shows the location of the 276 families living on the 24 x 48 mile manor in 1767.
For more information on Stephen Van Rensselaer and Rensselaerwyck see William B. Fink's biography Stephen Van Rensselaer: The Last Patroon (SCIT REF F 123 V32x F5 1950) available in the Institute Archives reading room.
www.rpi.edu /library/archives/history/rensselaerwyck/index.html   (165 words)

 New York's Anti-rent War 1845-1846 Contemporary Review - Find Articles
Although all the patroons in the region were the targets of the antirenters, the full force of the revolt was directed against the van Rensselaers, far and away the biggest landowners, whose estate covered three-quarters of a million acres, extending twenty-four miles along the Hudson and twenty-four miles inland on both sides of the river.
Ironically indeed, it was the latest head of the family, Stephen Van Rensselaer III, who, after earning the title of 'The Good Patroon', because of his benevolent attitude towards his tenants, was, inadvertently, after his death on 26 January 1839 to provoke the revolt.
Any lingering hopes that the elder son who became Stephen Van Rensselaer IV and his bother William would follow the 'Good Patroon's' example and interpret the will liberally were immediately dashed as notices and handbills were issued demanding instant repayment of all outstanding debts.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2242/is_1637_280/ai_88702710   (854 words)

 The Lape Family of Schoharie County
Samuel Lape held a lease from Stephen Van Rensselaer for 222 acres.
George Lape, born February 15, 1786, Greenbush, Rensselaer, NY, was the fourth son of Samuel and Anna Hidley Lape.
Although he had a lease from S. Van Rensselaer for 222 acres that was assigned from his father, along with his brother Jacob in 1816, he does not show up on records of West Sand Lake.
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 History of Labor and Industry in New York's Hudson-Mohawk Region
A history of Rensselaer County and biographies of prominent nineteenthcentury citizens.
Expressing the Sense of the Congress With Respect to the Recognition of the Grave of Samuel Wilson, Progenitor of the Symbol "Uncle Sam," in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY, As a National Shrine.
The role of Stephen Van Rensselaer, last patroon of the Hudson- Mohawk region, in supporting technological innovation through the Rensselaer Institute, is discussed.
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 Stephen Van Rensselaer of Rensselaerswyck
Stephen Van Rensselaer III - the last patroon of Rensselaerwyck
Yet he would be the most distinguished Van Rensselaer in American history, serving notably in the New York State militia where he reached the rank of major-general and also as an active politician, first in the state assembly, then in the state senate and finally as Lieutenant Governor of New York.
Doubtlessly his strong siding with the American revolution, his political rank and involvement and finally his distinction as major-general of Volunteers in the War of 1812 greatly contributed to …
www.raken.com /american_wealth/manor_lords/van_rensselaer3.asp   (152 words)

 Rensselaerwyck Manor Records, 1630-1899, Rensselaerwyck Rent Ledgers, New York State Library
The ledgers listed below were kept for Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) and his heirs from 1799 to the 1890s.
Due to the fragile condition of the originals, researchers are directed to use the microfilm instead of the originals.
(Titled as Stephen Van Rensselaer Ledger).  Contents arranged by towns:  Greenbush (1-43), Postenkill (53-67), Nassau (75-132), Grafton (151-138), Bethlehem (191-199), New Scotland (200-218), Guilderland (219-233), Waterviliet (234-239), and various places (240-247).
www.nysl.nysed.gov /msscfa/sc7079rl.htm   (510 words)

 The History of the Albany Institute of History from the 1700's to the Present
Stephen Van Rensselaer III is named president, T. Romeyn Beck is vice president, and Joseph Henry is appointed curator of the natural-history department.
Henry, a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at the Albany Academy and a pioneer in electromagnetism, leaves Albany in 1832 to accept a teaching position at Princeton and 14 years later is appointed the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
A financier and officer of the New York Central Railroad, with experience as a lawyer, congressman and chancellor of the University of the State of New York, Pruyn leads the Institute through a period of change, turning its vision outward to engage public interest.
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 Paid Notice: Deaths VAN RENSSELAER, CHARLES A. III - New York Times
VAN RENSSELAER-Charles A. III, 73 years old, from an historical New York family of great 17th century landowners, (a million acres) patroons, & revolutionary patriots, died this morning after an automobile accident in Palm Beach, FL, his residence for the past thirty years.
His famous ancestor, Stephen Van Rensselaer, the last Patroon of Rensselaer Manor, founded Rensselaer Polytech College in Troy, N.Y. in 1824.
He is survived by his brother Philip Van Rensselaer of Manhattan, N.Y. and his aunt Lillian Van Rensselaer of Locust Valley, N.Y. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 P.M. on Monday, July 19, 1999 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Palm Beach.
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