Kiliaen van Rensselaer (fourth patroon)

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Kiliaen van Rensselaer
4th Patroon and 1st Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck
In office
1674 – 1687
Preceded by Jeremias Van Rensselaer
Succeeded by Kiliaen van Rensselaer
Personal details
Born Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died February 22, 1687
Manor of Rensselaerswyck, New York
Nationality Dutch
Spouse(s) Anna Van Rensselaer
Parents Johannes van Rensselaer
Elizabeth Van Twiller
Relatives See Van Rensselaer family
Occupation Merchant, Patroon

Kiliaen van Rensselaer (died February 22, 1687), was the patroon of Manor of Rensselaerswyck.


Kiliaen van Rensselaer, who was born in Holland, was the eldest child of Johannes, and Elizabeth Van Twiller Van Rensselaer. When Kiliaen came of age, he travelled to Albany, and received naturalization papers from the English colonial government.[2]

Manor of Rensselaerswyck[edit]

Upon the death of his uncle, Jeremias Van Rensselaer, in 1674, he became patroon of Rensselaerswyck. As he was still a minor the property was managed by his uncle, the Rev. Nicholas Van Rensselaer. Young Kiliaen's aunt, the widow of Jeremias, Maria Van Rensselaer, and her brother, Stephanus Van Cortlandt served in an advisory capacity.[3]

While he was Patroon, the patroonship changed to an English lordship, and so was the first Lord of Rensselaerwyck.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married his cousin, Anna Van Rensselaer, daughter of Jeremias and Maria Van Cortlandt Van Rensselaer.[5]

Death and succession[edit]

Kiliaen died without issue at Watervliet, Albany county, about February 22, 1687. He was succeeded by his cousin and brother-in-law, Kiliaen van Rensselaer, son of Jeremias van Rensselaer.