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 byStephen Van Rensselaer I
Succeeded byStephen Van Rensselaer III
Personal details
BornJune 2, 1742
Manor of Rensselaerswyck, Province of New York
DiedOctober 19, 1769 (aged 27)
Manor of Rensselaerswyck, Province of New York
Catherine Livingston
(m. 1764; his death 1769)
ChildrenStephen van Rensselaer III
Philip S. Van Rensselaer
Elizabeth Van Rensselaer
ParentsStephen Van Rensselaer I
Elizabeth Groesbeck
RelativesSee Van Rensselaer family

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:[4]

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

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  1. ^ Spooner 1907, p.17
  2. ^ Spooner, pp. 22, 23
  3. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Stephen Van Rensselaer II", New York State Museum
  4. ^ a b c Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ "The Last Patroon". New Netherland Institute. Retrieved 21 September 2018.