Jacob Lansing, Jr.
Jacob Lansing, Jr. was born in July 1712. He was an older son in the large family of Jacob G. and Helena Glen Lansing. He grew up on Pearl Street in the home of a prominent Albany silversmith and businessman. He was referred to as "Jacob J." or "Jacob Jr." or "Colonel Jacob Lansing" to help prevent confusion with a number of same-named contemporaries.
In November 1742, Jacob J. was thirty when he married twenty-eight-year-old Maria Egberts at the Dutch church. By 1757, this union of Albany natives had produced nine children who were christened in his Albany church.
He was a merchant whose home was on Market Street in the general North End of Albany - probably beyond the northern city line where four Jacob Lansing-headed households were configured on the census for Watervliet in 1790.
He served the American cause as Colonel of the Albany militia regiment. He led those soldiers at the Battles of Saratoga. Perhaps, this "Jacob Lansing" also was a member of the Albany Committee of Correspondence.
Jacob Lansing, Jr. lost his wife in 1771. He died in January 1791 at the age of seventy-six and was buried from his church.
Sources: The life of Jacob Lansing, Jr. is CAP biography number 3724. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 10/30/06