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James Van Rensselaer
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1784
Columbia County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1847
Jasper County
Indiana, USA

Born at Claverick,
Columbia Co., New York
Dec. 1, 1784. He removed
to this county in 1837 and
was the founder of this Town.
Erected by his son.

by David R. Cheesman
James Van Rensselaer, fifth and youngest son of General Robert Van Rensselaer and Cornelia Rutsen, born in Claverack, NY. He was baptized on Dec 21, 1783 in the Reformed Church of Claverack. Witnesses: James Van Rensselaer, Cathalina Van Cortland.

He lived for many years at Utiea, N. Y., being a member of the house of Van Rensselaer and Kane.
James was married, in Utica, N. Y., May 1, 1811, to Susan de Lancey Cullen, daughter of Charles Cullen, Esq. and his wife, Lucy Kent. Susan was born October 14, 1786, at Mt. Carmel, and died June 23, 1863, at New Brunswick, N. J. Children: John Cullen, Cornelia Rutsen, Susan Cullen & Angelica.

After the failure of his business, he removed to Indiana, for the purpose of purchasing and settling government land. He bought a large tract in what is now Jasper County, Ind., and on June 11, 1836, the title to the Falls of the Iroquois was in his name.

A town was laid out soon afterward, which by act of the legislature, February 18, 1840, was named Rensselaer. It is now a city and the county seat, located on the Monon Railroad seventy miles south of Chicago. A number of the names of streets- as Susan, Cullen, Cornelia, Rutsen, and Angelica - are of family origin.

In 1840 Mr. Van Rensselaer brought his family to his new home, and they resided there until after his death. He is buried in the enclosure of the Presbyterian Church, which owes its origin to his efforts. In 1896 the Daughters of the American Revolution established at Rensselaer the General Van Rensselaer Chapter, in honor of James's father, General Robert.

At Rensselaer, Jasper county, Indiana, on the 14th of March, James Van Rensselaer, Esq. for years a merchant in Utica, N. Y. aged 64 years. [Published in the following newspapers:]
Commercial Advertiser (New York, NY) Friday, April 9, 1847.
Evening Post (New York, NY) Saturday, April 10, 1847
Albany Evening Journal (Albany, NY) Tuesday, April 13, 1847. 
Family links: 
  Robert H van Rensselaer (1740 - 1802)
  Anna Ten Broeck Van Rensselaer (1790 - 1861)
  Susan Delansey Cullen van Rensselaer (____ - 1863)
  John Cullen Van Rensselaer (1812 - 1889)*
  Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer (1767 - 1835)**
  James Van Rensselaer (1784 - 1847)
  Julia F Van Rensselaer Lockwood (1825 - 1890)**
*Calculated relationship
Rensselaer Presbyterian Churchyard
Jasper County
Indiana, USA
Created by: David R. Cheesman, Sen.
Record added: Sep 26, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5066943
James Van Rensselaer
Added by: David R. Cheesman, Sen.
James Van Rensselaer
Added by: David R. Cheesman, Sen.
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I think that you were a son of Robert Van Rensselaer and Cornelia Rutson and that you were possibly born Dec. 1, 1783 and baptized Dec. 21, 1783 at the Reformed Church, Claverack, Columbia, New York. This information comes from a LDS source. From another ...(Read more)
- Barbara Doxey
 Added: Jan. 23, 2003
There is evidence on the LDS site that you were probably a son of Robert Van Rensselaer and Cornelia Rutson and that you may have married Susan De Lancey Cullen on May 11, 1811 at Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana. One LDS source says that a James Van Re...(Read more)
- Barbara Doxey
 Added: Jan. 23, 2003

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