JAMES VAN RENSSELAER
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.
Book ref. CROCCKETT CEMETERY,
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.
Susan Delancey Cullen van Rensselaer
1786–1863 (m. 1811)
John Cullen Van Rensselaer