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BG Robert H Van Rensselaer

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BG Robert H Van Rensselaer

Birth
Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 11 Sep 1802 (aged 61)
Claverack, Columbia County, New York, USA
Burial Claverack, Columbia County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 110402095 View Source
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Wife: Cornelia Rutsen d/o Jacob Rutsen and Alida Livingston. m.April 23, 1765. son John d. 1801
New York Provincial Congress, Brigadier General during the American Revolutionary War.
Born at Fort Crailo December 16 1740 being named for his maternal grandfather Robert Livingston Jr He resided in the Manor House at Claverack In common with all of his family who were able to bear arms during the Revolution Robert was in the military service of his country and his is the most distinguished Van Rensselaer name identified with that war The commission of colonel of the Eighth Regiment Albany County militia was issued to him on the 20th of October 1775 and that of brigadier general Second Brigade Albany County militia on June 16 1780 He fought at Ticonderoga under the orders of his brother in law General Philip Schuyler and commanded the militia which pursued and defeated Sir John Johnston when on his famous raid in the Mohawk Valley in 1780 From 1775 to 1777 he was the representative in the New York provincial congress of the Eastern Manor comprising Greenbush and Claverack Died at the Claverack Manor House September 11 1802 and was buried with distinguished honors from the city of Hudson close beside the wall of the Claverack Church The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson in an account of his large military funeral said General Van Rensselaer was a zealous and active officer during the Revolutionary War and since the peace has discharged the duties of a military and civil officer with honor to himself and advantage to the community In private life his virtues secured to him esteem as his public services commanded general approbation His residence at Claverack Manor was a place of refuge for many afflicted settlers on the Mohawk when flying from the incursions of the Indian allies of the British To the poor and needy his heart and purse were never closed Married April 23 1765 Cornelia Rutsen daughter of Colonel Jacob and Alida Livingston Rutsen she was born 1747 and died January 31 1790


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