Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (fifth patroon)

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Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (August 24, 1663 – 1719), the eldest child of Jeremias and Maria van Cortlandt Van Rensselaer was born in Rensselaerwyck.


He was patroon of Rensselaerwyck from 1687 to 1719, and second Lord of Manor of Rensselaerwyck.[2] As the estate of his grandfather, the original patron was yet held in common among the heirs, he negotiated a settlement with through his cousin Kiliaen of Amsterdam, son of Jan Baptist, whereby the heirs in Holland received the properties there, and the heirs in America received the American holdings.

In May 1704 Kiliaen received a new patent from Queen Anne for the Manor of Rensselaerwyck. The following month he signed over the 60,000 acre Lower Manor (Claverack) to his younger brother Hendrick.

He was a member of the New York governor's council from 1704 to his death in 1719, and also served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.


He married Maria Van Cortlandt, daughter of Stephanus and Gertrude (Schuyler), on October 15, 1701 and had the following children:

  • Maria van Rensselaer, b. 1702, married Frederick van Cortlandt
  • Gertrude van Rensselaer, b. 1703, d. 1704,
  • Jeremias van Rensselaer, patroon and third Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, d. 1745 unmarried.
  • Stephen van Rensselaer, seventh patroon and fourth Lord of the Manor
  • Johannes van Rensselaer, b. and d. 1719
  • Gertrude van Rensselaer, b. 1714 and married Adonis Schuyler of the New Jersey Schuyler family; married (2)Robert, third Lord of Livingston Manor
  • John Baptist van Rensselaer, b. 1717 and d. unmarried 1763.
  • Anna van Rensselaer, married John Schuyler of New Jersey.

The family lived at the Manor House located on the flats along the Hudson, east of the river road, about a mile north of the center of the city of Albany.[3]

He was succeeded as Lord of the Manor by his son, Jeremias van Rensselaer.


  1. ^ Spooner 1907, p.17
  2. ^ Spooner, p.19.
  3. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Van Rensselaer Manor House", New York State Museum