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Jerry van Rensselaer (#47687144)
 member for 3 years, 2 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo The translations of the header and footer on my family Coat of Arms:
Header: "Neimond Zonder"
"Nobody Without"
Footer: "Omnibus Effulgior"
"We Shine for All"
(Signified by the 'burning basket')

I will gladly update any memorials that I manage as often as needed or transfer them to family members that have been a member of Find A Grave for at least a year. There have been several memorials of my distant relatives that have either simply been given to me or after I requested, they were transferred. I try very hard not to demand of anyone more than I would be willing to do myself. This means if I manage a memorial and someone requests management of it and the member is beyond the great grandparent rule, I ask that you please attempt to demonstrate an actual relationship to the person in question.

There are just a few memorials that I have worked hard on to connect family members and write bios for that I consider 'notable' but would not qualify as 'famous', these precious few will not be transferred to anyone but to the care of Find A Grave, if anyone. I am almost always able to make updates to memorials within just a few days.

I am thankful to those members that have tolerated my sending 2-3 updates in one day as a result of gathering just a bit more information between each suggestion. In kind, please do not hesitate suggesting corrections to the memorials that I manage as often as needed to help maintain fitting memorials for all of those who have left us all too soon.

Current Projects
1) I am looking for 16 van Rensselaers that were in the American Revolution and trying to account for them in a Virtual Cemetery. If you happen across any I am missing, an email with a link to the memorial if there is one, or basic name date info is much appreciated.

2) During WWII on 7 November, 1944 there was a non-combat airplane crash taking the lives of 13 military men. For those who would like to help complete my "1944" Virtual Cemetery, your input is needed. Initial reports indicated recovery of the remains of one. Today I have only 4 listed.
The only information available to me at this time is in the articles pictured in the memorials.

A metaphor seemingly used by only one individual.
"Barely enough to put in a bird's eye"
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Liz Burdick
Witbeck burials at Papscanee Island
Hi there,
I 'm very interested in the Witbeck girls you have listed. Are there records or did you see actual tombstones. My Witbeck/Whitbeck family goes back to Jan Thomase (Van Witbeck) who may be buried there in that cemetery with his wife Geertruy (Andries). He died about 1684 and she died about 1695.
Thanks for putting the cemetery on line.
LizB in Colorado
Added by Liz Burdick on Sep 30, 2014 6:59 PM
Mark Fonda
RE: Connections?
I don't see any direct connections between the Van Rensselaer family line and the Fonda family line. The Fonda family originally settled in the Albany area around 1651 (from Holland), but was not associated with the Rensselaerswijck Colony. My branch of the family moved west to Schenectady and then eventually to Caughnawaga, which is now the Village of Fonda. My father was born there, but moved away before I was born. If you know of any connections, let me know.
Added by Mark Fonda on Sep 24, 2014 4:00 PM
Samantha Cleveland
RE: Foote
Thanks!! Do you mean the location in the cemetery? It is in the upper right corner of the cemetery in the back.

Samantha :)
Added by Samantha Cleveland on Sep 18, 2014 3:49 PM
Samantha Cleveland
Hello Jerry...

I was stopping by to leave a message about Major Isaac Foote and the memorial you created for him. I see there is a great deal of chatter about him on your message wall.

I found his stone in the Greenbush Cemetery, and see from the main page of the Van Rensselaer Family Cemetery that it is believed that most of the interments were moved to the Greenbush Cemetery.

It looks like you've done a great deal of research, and obviously creating a second memorial is not a good idea. Would you be interested in moving his memorial, and I can post a picture?

Hope this helps you, look forward to hearing from you.

Samantha :)
Added by Samantha Cleveland on Sep 18, 2014 2:58 PM
RE: Foote
I didn't ask what county. I asked what county *records* you're referring to that indicate he was reinterred to the Van Rensselaer Cemetery.
Added by tofftroy on Sep 01, 2014 11:57 PM
RE: Foote
To what county records are you referring? It's clear from the newspaper article he was disinterred from the old cemetery at Belmore and Riverside; there's no cemetery at that location now. I found a later article indicating members of an American Legion post found his headstone face down in "the East Greenbush cemetery" but it's unclear what cemetery was meant by that. A mention of Clinton Heights could suggest it was the Greenbush Cemetery but further investigation would be needed to be sure.
Added by tofftroy on Sep 01, 2014 11:45 PM
Maj Isaac Foote at Van Rensselaer Family Cemetery?
Maj Isaac Foote

Do you have information indicating he was reinterred at the Van Rensselaer Family Cemetery? He was disinterred from an old cemetery at Belmore Place and Riverside Avenue in 1889; the article about the disinterment doesn't mention where bodies were being moved. It doesn't seem they were very particular about the disinterment, because the article indicates they put the remains of a child from a corner of the cemetery in with Major Foote who had been buried in the center of the cemetery (i.e. two people who had been buried anywhere from about 34 to 54 feet away from each other). Given how that makes no sense whatsoever, I'd guess that all the remains from the entire cemetery were put in a single box.

"Among the Long-Buried; Disinterred in an Ancient Graveyard-The Body of a British Officer-A Century and More Ago." Troy Daily Times. October 23, 1889: col 2.

"A Very Old Cemetery; Removal of Bodies From the Burial Place of the First Patroon." Albany Times. October 24, 1889: 4 col 5.

"Buried 134 Years; The Bones of a British Soldier in an Old Cemetery." Daily Saratogian. October 25, 1889: 3 col 3.

"Mrs. Alonzo Sliter contemplates the erection of a splendid mansion on the old cemetery lot, which she recently purchased for $3,000."
"Greenbush." Troy Daily Times. November 23, 1889: 3 col 4.
Added by tofftroy on Sep 01, 2014 9:47 PM
Joseph Van Rensselaer Laux
Hi Jerry,
First, thank you for all the time and effort you've put into the Van Rensselaer families.
Today, a Joseph Van Rensselaer Laux originally from Albany now in Ottawa CN emailed me through the DSS website. I've responded noting your Findagrave info. I am coming up to Albany again in Sept for the 90 anniversary of the DSS. I was up in the Spring for the annual meetings of DSS and NNI. I am contacting Schuyler Van Rensselaer Winter Darien CT shortly. Might be advantageous to rendezvous. My best. Marcy
Added by huguenot/dutchny on Aug 13, 2014 7:56 AM
Ed Smith
RE: St. Mary
Thank you for your concern about the memorials. Unfortunately, I have come across many markers with wrong or inaccurate information and in at least two occasions, the marker was on the wrong grave. I prefer to go with official records than what may be on a marker. In this particular case the cemetery records, burial permit book, and contemporary news articles of her murder all give the same last name as well as her being 63 years of age which would be contradictory to the birth date on the marker as well. How can we fix this?? I don't know that we can other than researching and entering the most accurate records that we can.
Again, thanks for your concern and what you have done for Find A Grave.
All the best.
Added by Ed Smith on Aug 12, 2014 12:57 AM
K Wickman
RE: St peter
Jerry, The other person copied and pasted the headstone photo to her page which I told her she could do, so I deleted mine.
Added by K Wickman on Aug 08, 2014 12:34 PM
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