Susanna Van Schoonhoven Lansing


Susanna Van Schoonhoven was born in April 1731. She was the last of seven children born to the marriage of Jacobus and Susanna Bradt Van Schoonhoven. She grew up on the family farm at what then was known as the Halfmoon. Her father, an enterprising landholder, died in 1749 when Susanna was not yet eighteen. Her older brother was Watervliet skipper Dirck B. Van Schoonhoven.

In October 1764, she married the somewhat older Albany native Rutger Lansing at the Albany Dutch church. Their son (named for Rutger's father) was christened there in 1765.

These Lansings lived in what soon became known as Watervliet. Their landmark farm was located just north of today's Cohoes where, as late as 1790, they were served by seven slaves.

Susanna was in her mid-sixties when Rutger Lansing died in 1797. Perhaps she was absorbed under the household of her adult son who appears to have taken over the Lansing farm. However, we seek definitive information on the later life and passing of Susanna Van Schoonhoven Lansing.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Susanna Van Schoonhoven Lansing is CAP biography number 5903. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/20/12 last updated 12/29/12