Elizabeth G. Van Rensselaer


Elizabeth Groesbeck was born in August 1707. She was the daughter of Albany leaders Stephanus and Elizabeth Lansing Groesbeck. She grew up in a State Street businessman's home with several siblings who would become prominent Albany and area residents.

In July 1729, she married Stephen Van Rensselaer at the Albany Dutch church. He was the younger brother of the lord of Van Rensselaer Manor. By 1742, six children had been christened in Albany where she was a regular baptism sponsor.

These Van Rensselaers were residents of Albany when Stephen succeeded to the Patroonship on the death of his brother in 1745. However, their elevated status was shortlived as the sickly Stephen died two years later at the age of forty. His will left Elizabeth with substantial assets and the right to reside at the Manor House.

Owner of several Albany properties in and beyond Albany, "Mrs. Ranslow" was identified as the resident of a large house on a census taken by the British army during the summer of 1756.

Elizabeth filed a will in November 1756. "Madame" Elizabeth Van Rensselaer died at the end of the year. She had lived forty-nine years. Her son became lord of the Manor and a daughter would be the wife of General Abraham Ten Broeck.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Elizabeth Groesbeck Van Rensselaer is CAP biography number 3292. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/10/07