Person:Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1)

Kiliaen van Rensselaer
  • F.  Hendrik van Rensselaer (add)
  • M.  Maria Pasraet (add)
  1. Kiliaen van RensselaerAbt 1580 - 1643
  • HKiliaen van RensselaerAbt 1580 - 1643
  • WAnna Wely - 1670
  1. Jan Baptist van Rensselaer1629 - 1678
  2. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer1632 - 1674
  3. Nicholas Van Rensselaer1636 - 1678
  • HKiliaen van RensselaerAbt 1580 - 1643
  • W.  Hillegonda van Bijler (add)
  1. Johan van Rensselaer1625 - 1662
  2. Maria Renselaer1626 -
Facts and Events
Name Kiliaen van Rensselaer
Alt Name Killiaan Rensselaer
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1580 Hasselt, Overijssel, Netherlands
Marriage License 23 Jul 1616 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlandsto Hillegonda van Bijler (add)
Marriage License 18 Nov 1627 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlandsto Anna Wely
Burial[2] 7 Oct 1643 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Reference Number? Q513339?

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Kiliaen van Rensselaer (; 1586 – buried 7 October 1643) was a Dutch diamond and pearl merchant from Amsterdam who was one of the founders and directors of the Dutch West India Company, being instrumental in the establishment of New Netherland.

He was one of the first patroons, but the only one to become successful. He founded the Manor of Rensselaerswyck in what is now mainly New York's Capital District. His estate remained throughout the Dutch and British colonial era and the American Revolution as a legal entity until the 1840s. Eventually, that came to an end during the Anti-Rent War.

Van Rensselaer was the son of Hendrick Kiliaensz van Rensselaer, a soldier from Nijkerk in the States army of the duke of Upper Saxony, and Maria Pafraet, descendant of a well-known printers' dynasty.[1] To keep from risking his life in the army like his father, he apprenticed under his uncle, a successful Amsterdam jeweler. He too became a successful jeweler and was one of the first subscribers to the Dutch West India Company upon its conception.

The concept of patroonships may have been Kiliaen van Rensselaer's; he was likely the leading proponent of the Charter of Freedoms and Exemptions, the document that established the patroon system. His patroonship became the most successful to exist, making full use of his business tactics and advantages, such as his connection to the Director of New Netherland, his confidantes at the West India Company, and his extended family members who were eager to emigrate to a better place to farm. Van Rensselaer married twice and had at least eleven children. When he died sometime after 1642, two succeeded him as patroons of Rensselaerswyck.

Van Rensselaer had a marked effect on the history of the United States. The American Van Rensselaers all descend from Kiliaen's son Jeremias and the subsequent Van Rensselaer family is noted for being a very powerful and wealthy influence in the history of New York and the Northeastern United States, producing multiple State Legislators, Congressmen, and two Lieutenant Governors in New York.

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  1. Toet, R.L.J.: Kiliaen van Rensselaer
    Houten, 2001.
  2. Begraafregisters voor 1811, in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Doop- trouw- en begraafboeken
    DTB 1046, p.23vo/24, 1643.

    Oude Kerk