Jan Baptist van Rensselaer

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Jan Baptist van Rensselaer
Coat of Arms of Jan Baptist Van Rensselaer.svg
Coat of Arms of Jan Baptist van Rensselaer
3rd Patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck
In office
1652 – 1658
Preceded by Johannes van Rensselaer
Succeeded by Jeremias van Rensselaer
Personal details
Born 18 March 1629
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 24 October 1678 (1678-10-25) (aged 49)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Spouse(s) Susanna van Wely
Children 1
Parents Kiliaen van Rensselaer
Anna van Wely
Relatives See Van Rensselaer family
Occupation Merchant, Patroon

Jan Baptist van Rensselaer (Amsterdam 18 March 1629[2]–Amsterdam, 24 October 1678[3]) was the second son of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the first Patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck.

Early life[edit]

Jan Baptist van Rensselaer was born in Amsterdam. He was the second son of Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586–1643), and his first son by his second wife, Anna van Wely (c. 1601–1670). His father was a successful diamond and pearl merchant from Amsterdam who was one of the founders and directors of the Dutch West India Company, instrumental in the establishment of New Netherland.

Manor of Rensselaerswyck[edit]

In the spring of 1651, Jan Baptist sailed from Amsterdam on the Gelderse Blom (Gelderland Flower). With him travelled twelve employees hired by the Patroon,[4] recruited from places where the Van Rensselaers had other interests. Jan Baptist was the first Van Rensselaer to visit the colony.[5]

In May 1652, he was appointed Director of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck representing his brother Johan van Rensselaer (1625–1663), the second Patroon. During his residence on the estate, he lived in a style befitting his position, having brought furniture, silverware, and other personal property of much value from Holland, including portraits of the members of the van Rensselaer family.[6] In 1656, he provided the window pane representing the van Rensselaer coat of arms in the Dutch Church of Beverwyck . Not long afterward he returned to Holland, becoming one of the leading merchants of Amsterdam.

When he returned to Holland in 1658, he was succeeded as Director of the Manor by his brother Jeremias van Rensselaer.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jan Baptist married Susanna van Wely, and together they had:

  • Kiliaen van Rensselaer, who died without issue.[8]

Van Rensselaer died in Amsterdam, Holland, October 24, 1678[5]



  1. ^ Spooner 1907, p.17
  2. ^ Birth Certificate Amsterdam City Archive[dead link]
  3. ^ Burial certificate Amsterdam City Archive
  4. ^ Nieuwenhuis, Pim. "Abstracts from Notarial Documents in the Amsterdam Archives", New Netherland Connections
  5. ^ a b Spooner, Walter Whipple (January 1907). "The Van Rensselaer Family", American Historical Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 207.
  6. ^ Spooner, W. W. (January 1907). "The Van Rensselaer Family". American Historical Magazine. 2 (1): 13. 
  7. ^ Van Rensselaer, Jeremias. Correspondence of Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1651-1674, edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, University of the State of New York, 1932
  8. ^ Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, Cuyler Reynolds, ed., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1911
This article incorporates text from an article in American Historical Magazine, by W. W. Spooner (1907), a publication now in the public domain.