|Place of origin||Netherlands|
|Connected families||Bayard family|
Van Cortlandt family
Manor of Rensselaerswyck
Jacob Van Rensselaer House
|Dutch West India Company|
|The Patroon System|
|Map of Rensselaerswyck|
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Kiliaen van Rensselaer
The Van Rensselaer family (/ - /,) is a family of Dutch descent that was prominent during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in the area now known as the state of New York. Members of this family played a critical role in the formation of the United States and served as leaders in business, politics and society.
The Van Rensselaers were of Dutch origin, and the family originally migrated from the Netherlands to a large area along the Hudson River in the present-day area of Albany, New York. The Van Rensselaers and other patroons named this young colony New Netherland. Many members of the family were active in politics and in the military. They are best known for the Rensselaerswyck estate of roughly a million acres, which although broken up by the Anti-Rent Revolt in the 1840s, had long cemented the Van Rensselaer family as one of the wealthiest in early America.
Herman Melville, a descendant of the Van Rensselaer family, mentioned them in the first chapter of his novel Moby-Dick: "It touches one's sense of honor, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes." Edith Wharton, a Van Rensselaer cousin, is said to have based the Van der Luydens in The Age of Innocence on the Van Rensselaers.
Patroons of Rensselaerswyck
- Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1586–1643), first Patroon of Rensselaerswyck
- Johannes Van Rensselaer (1625–1663), second Patroon
- Jan Baptist van Rensselaer (1629–1678), Director of Rensselaerwyck from 1652 to 1658 and third Patroon
Lords of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck
- Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (died 1687), son of Johan, fourth Patroon and first Lord of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck
- Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1663–1719), son of Jeremias, fifth Patroon and second Lord of the Manor
- Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1705–1743), son of Kiliaen, sixth Patroon and third Lord of the Manor
- Stephen van Rensselaer I (1707–1747), son of Kiliaen, brother of Jeremias, seventh Patroon and fourth Lord of the Manor
- Stephen van Rensselaer II (1742–1769), son of Stephen, eighth Patroon and fifth Lord of the Manor
- Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764–1839), US Representative from New York and Lt. Gov. of New York, founder and namesake of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, son of Stephen II, ninth Patroon and sixth Lord of the Manor
- Stephen Van Rensselaer IV (1789–1868), son of Stephen III, tenth and last Patroon and seventh and last Lord of the Manor
- Van Rensselaer (surname)
- Manor of Rensselaerswyck
- Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (businessman)
- Daniel and Catherine Ketchum Cobblestone House
- Spooner 1907, p.17
- Maunsell Van Rensselaer (1888). Annals of the Van Rensselaers in the United States. C. Van Benthuysen & Sons. p. 214. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
- U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual; Chapter 3 - Capitalization Rules; Rule 3.14: "In anglicized names such particles are usually capitalized...but individual usage...should be followed."
- Van Rensselaer, Maunsell (1888). Annals of the Van Rensselaers in the United States, especially as they relate to the family of Killian K. Van Rensselaer C. Van Benthuysen & Sons, p. 215
- Bonney, Catharina V. R. (Catharina Van Rensselaer)(1875). Alegacy of Historical Gleanings J. Munsell
- Van Rensselaer, Jeremias. Correspondence of Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1651-1674, University of the State of New York, 1932
- Spooner, Walter Whipple (January 1, 1900). "Van Rensselaer family". American Historical Magazine. [S.l. : s.n. 2 (1). Retrieved November 8, 2016.
- Reynolds, Cuyler (1911). Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: A Record of Achievements of the People of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New York State, Included Within the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
Margaret Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1819–1897).
- Society, National American (1907). Americana, American historical magazine. Retrieved February 8, 2017.