Stephen van Rensselaer II

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Stephen van Rensselaer II (June 2, 1742 – October 19, 1769) was the six and youngest child of Stephen van Rensselaer I and Elizabeth Groesbeck.


He was the ninth Patroon of Rensselaerwyck from 1747 to 1769. He was also the fifth Lord of the Manor.[2]

As sole-surviving son, he inherited the Manor of Rensselaerwyck when he was 5 years old; the Manor was administered by his brother in law Abraham Ten Broeck until he came of age. At the age of twenty, Stephen II was commissioned a captain in the Albany County Militia.[3] He built the new Manor House in 1765. Stephen Van Rensselaer II died in October 1769 at the age of twenty-seven.


He married Catherine Livingston, daughter of Philip Livingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Christina Ten Broeck, in January 1764 and had the following children:

He was succeeded as Patroon of Rensselaerwyck by his son, the sixth Patroon of Rensselaerwyck, Stephen van Rensselaer III.

See also[edit]

Livingston family


  1. ^ Spooner 1907, p.17
  2. ^ Spooner, pp. 22, 23
  3. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Stephen Van Rensselaer II", New York State Museum