Stephen van Rensselaer II

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Stephen Van Rensselaer II
8th Patroon and 5th Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck
In office
1747 – 1769
Preceded by Stephen Van Rensselaer I
Succeeded by Stephen Van Rensselaer III
Personal details
Born June 2, 1742
Manor of Rensselaerswyck, Province of New York
Died October 19, 1769 (aged 27)
Manor of Rensselaerswyck, Province of New York
Spouse(s) Catherine Livingston
(m. 1764; his death 1769)
Children Stephen van Rensselaer III
Philip S. Van Rensselaer
Elizabeth Van Rensselaer
Parents Stephen Van Rensselaer I
Elizabeth Groesbeck
Relatives See Van Rensselaer family
Occupation Patroon

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 eighth 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.


In January 1764, he married Catherine Livingston (1745–1810), daughter of Philip Livingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Christina Ten Broeck, and had the following children:

Stephen Van Rensselaer II died in October 1769 at the age of twenty-seven.

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