Rutger Lansing


Rutger Lansing was born in March 1722. He was the second of three sons of Gerrit G. and Engeltie Van Deusen Lansing. He grew up with a smallish family in the third ward home of a businessman and city official. His mother died in 1745 but his father lived much longer. Named for a Van Deusen patriarch, perhaps, he was the only "Rutger Lansing" living in the region during his lifetime.

In 1747, he was named constable in the third ward.

In October 1764, he married Susanna Van Schoonhoven at the Albany Dutch church. At the time of their marriage, the partners both were identified as single people of Albany County. The marriage is said to have produced but one child born in 1765. Rutger was an occasional baptism sponsor there before and after his marriage.

These Lansings made their home north of Albany, beyond the Manor, at the Halfmoon. In 1766, his Halfmoon property was assessed moderately and was located near the holdings of his father and other kin whose mills were taxed nearby.

In his fifties at the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, Rutger Lansing supported the crusade for American liberties on the homefront. In February 1776, he was among the Albany area residents who signed the General Association. he previously had signed an oath of secrecy before being elected as a Committee member from Halfmoon. He appears to have served over the life of that wartime body. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right as an enlisted man under the Twelfth Regiment of the Albany County Militia.

Family-based resources reveal that his father died in 1783 and that Rutger succeeded to ownership of the family mill at today's Cohoes. Additionally, his son, Gerrit, is said to have lived to raise a family - all beyond the boundaries of the city of Albany.

In 1790, his household was configured on the census for Watervliet. At that time, his family of six was served by seven slaves. No subsequent surveys thus far encountered addressed his household or holdings.

Rutger Lansing probably died in 1797 as letters of administration were issued on his estate in October.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Rutger Lansing is CAP biography number 3664. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/20/12; revised 1/3/13