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post). 9. Rachel, born 16S6, married Teunis
Hamcrin. 10. Lydia, born 1690. 11. Re-
becca, ifio.V 12. Hcndrick, i6ofi.

(II) Leonard Gansevoort (Liendart Van
Ganzvort), son of Harme and Marritje
(Liendarts) Van Ganzvort, was born in Al-



b'any, in 1681, and died there November 30,
1763. He succeeded his father in the own-
ership of the brewery and its business, and
continued it as his principal occupation. He
is remembered as a man of small stature, of
placid and serene countenance, and of up-
light character. He married, in 1712. Cath-
erine De Wandelaer, who survived him,
and it was in a large measure through her
strong character and superior business abil-
ities that her husband was enabled to ac-
cumulate a comfortable fort .ne. One of
her descendants writing of her said that
"her activity of mind made her quite a busi-
ness woman and rendered her a great bless-
ing to her husband, who was a quiet, mod-
erate man." Children: Harme, born 1712,
(see post) ; Henry, born 1716, died 1746;
John, died young; Sarah, born 1718, died
1731 ; Johannes, born 1719, died 1781, mar-
ried (first) 1750. Marritje Douw (born 1725,
died 1750), married (second) Elsie Beek-
man, daughter of Jacob; Maria, born 1723,
died 1739; Peter, born 1725, died 1809, mar-
ried, 1751, Garritje Ten Eycke; Elsie, born
1728, died 1753; Aguitie, born 1730, died
1731 ; Elsie, died 1761.

(Ill) Harme, son of Leonard and Cather-
ine (De Wandelaer) Gansevoort, was born
in Albany, and baptized there April 20,
1712, and died there May 7, 1801. He was a
merchant in Albany and carried on an ex-
tensive business, importing his goods from
Europe. He inherited from his father the
brewery property and continued it in con-
I'.ection with his other business interests.
He also appears to have been somewhat en-
gaged in public affairs, and it is evident that
he was a man of excellent understanding
and business capacity. From September 25,
1750, to 1760, he was clerk of the county
court and of the court of common pleas,
clerk of the peace and of the sessions. In
1763 he purchased and caused to be brought
over from England what probably was the
second hand fire engine ever used in Al-
bany, paying therefor the sum of $397.50.
He married. May 29, 1740. Magdalena
Douw, born August i, 1718, died October
12, 1796, daughter of Petrus and Anna (\'an
Rensselaer) Douw. Petrus (sometimes
written Pieter) Douw, was born March 24,
1692. died August 21, 1775. son of Jonas
Volkertse Douw of Manor Rensselaerwvck,



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who married (first) November 14, 1683,
Magdalena Pieterse Quackenboss, and mar-
ried (second) April 24, 1696, Catrina Van
Witbeck, widow of Jacob Sanderse Glen.
Jonas Volkertse Douw was the eldest son
from Frederickstadt and was in Beverwyck
as early as 1638. He died in 1686. He had
his house on the west corner of State street
of Captain Volkert Janse Douw, who came
and Broadway, which property is now
owned by his descendants. He was a trader
and brewer, and in connection with Jan
Thomase he dealt quite largely in real es-
tate. Their brewery was located on the east
half of the Exchange block lot and extended
to the river. This they sold in 1675 to Hai"-
men Rutgers, son of Rutger Jacobsen. In
1663 they bought of the Indians, Schotack
or Apjen's (Little Monkey's) island and the
main land lying east of it. Captain Douw
also owned Constapel's island, lying oppo-
site Bethlehem, half of which he sold in
1677 to Pieter \Vinne. In 1672 he owned
Schutter's island, below Beeren island,
which he sold to Barent Pieterse Coeymans.
He married, April 19, 1650, Dorotee Janse,
from Breestede, Holland. She was a sister
of Rutger Jacobsen's wife, and died Novem-
ber 2, 1681. He died in 1686. Anna Van
Rensselaer, wife of Petrus Douw, was born
January 4, 1719, daughter of Killian and
Maria (Van Cortlandt) Van Rensselaer,
granddaughter of Jeremias and Maria (Van
Cortlandt) \^an Rensselaer, and great-
granddaughter of Killian Van Rensselaer,
merchant of Amsterdam, Holland, who mar-
ried (first) Hillegonda Van Bylet and (sec-
ond) Anna Wely. Killian Van Rensselaer,
son of Jeremias, was the first lord of the
Manor of Rensselaerwyck. Children of
Karme and Magdalena (Douw) Gansevoort:
I. Sarah, born 1741, married John Ten
Broeck. 2. Peter, born 1742, died 1743. 3.
Anna, born 1744, died 1794; married, 1778,
Cornelius Wyncoop. 4. Catherine, born
1747, died 1749. 5. Peter, born 1749 (see
post). 6. Leonard, born 1751, died 1810,
married, 1770, Hester Cuyler, born 1749,
died 1826. 7. Henry, born 1753, died 1755.
8. Hendrick, born 1757. 9. Catrina, died
1 761.

(IV) General Peter Gansevoort Jr., son
of Harme and Magdalena (Douw) Ganse-
voort, was born in Albany, in 1749, where



Stanwix Hall now stands, and died in his
native city, July 2, 181 2, at the age of sixty-
three years. On July 2, 1775, he was ap-
pointed by congress a major in the Second
New York Regiment. In August of that
year he joined the army which invaded Can-
ada under Montgomery. In March, 1776,
he was made lieutenant-colonel, and on No-
vember 21 following became colonel of the
regiment. In July, 1776, he was colonel com-
manding at Fort George, on Lake George.
In April, 1777, he took command of Fort
Stanwix (afterward called Fort Schuyler),
on the present site of the city of Rome, and
made a gallant defence of the post against
the British under St. Leger, which was the
first blow to their great scheme to sever
New York from the residue of the confed-
eracy, and by thus preventing the coopera-
tion of that ofiicer with Burgoyne, contrib-
uted most essentially to the great and de-
cisive victory at Saratoga. For this gallant
defence the thanks of congress were voted
to Colonel Gansevoort. In the spring of
1779 Colonel Gansevoort was ordered to join
General Sullivan in an expedition against
the Indians in the western part of New
York. At the head of a chosen party from
the army he distinguished himself by sur-
prising, by the celerity of his movements,
the lower Mohawk castle, and capturing all
the Indian inhabitants of the vicinity. In
1781 the state of New York appointed him
brigadier-general, and afterwards he filled a
number of important ofifices, among which
was that of commissioner of Indian affairs
and for fortifying the frontiers. He also
was military agent and a brigadier-general
in the United States army in 1809, sheriff of
Albany county from 1790 to 1792, a regent
of the University of the State of New York
from 1808 until the time of his death, and
one of the first board of directors of the
New York State Bank in 1803.

The foregoing account is hardly more
than a very brief outline of the career of
one of the bravest and most determined sol-
diers and patriots of the revolution, an ofifi-
cer whose courage never was doubted,
whose achievements as a commanding offi-
cer were fully appreciated, but whose splen-
did service never was more than half re-
warded. And it has remained for one of his
descendants, a granddaughter, to cause to



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be erected an appropriate memorial of his
noble record and unselfish patriotism; and
all honor is due iMrs. Catherine Gansevoort
Lansing for the gift which marks the place
of old Fort StanwixвАФ "a fort which never
surrendered," and tiie fort from which the
first American flag was unfurled in the face
of the enemy. The "General Peter Ganse-
voort Statue," in bronze, stands in the circle
in the East Park, Rome, New York, facing
the west. The figure is in full uniform,
heroic in size, seven feet two inches tall,
standing at ease in military position, the
left foot slightly forward. In the right hand
is held the letter of St. Leger demanding
the surrender of the fort, while the left hand
rests on the hilt of the sword. The pedestal
weighs nearly three tons and stands on a
base weighing twenty tons, and the whole
lests on a solid concrete foundation nearly
four feet thick. On the outer edge of the
Hag walk around the monument is a stone
toping of Barre granite, rock finish, the
same material on which the statue rests, the
coping being a foot wide and a foot thick.
On the front tablet of the monument ap-
pears this inscription ;

Brigaelicr-Gcncral Peter Gansevoort, Jr., Colonel
in the Continental .Army. He served under Mont-
gomcrj- in Canada in the campaign against Quebec
in 1775, and in 1777 he successfully defended Fort
Stanwi.x against the British forces and their Indian
allies under St. Leger, thus preventing their junc-
tion with Burgoyne at Saratoga. 1 le took part in
the campaign of 1770 under General Sullivan. He
was in active command at the outbreak of the War
of 1812, and died on the second day of July of that
year at the age of 63.

On the rear tablet tiiis inscription ap-
pears :

Erected near the site of

FORT ST.\NWIX

at the request of Peter Gansevoort,

Henry S. Gansevoort, U. S. A.,

and .'Xbraham Lansing, all of

Albany, N. Y.

Presented to the City of Rome by

Catherine Gansevoort

Lansing.

A. D. 1906.

General Gansevoort married, January 12,
1778, Catherine (Catrina) Van Schaick, bap-
tized August 16, 1752, died December 30,
1830, daughter of Wessel Van Schaick, who
was ha|)tizcd February 10, 1712, and mar-
ried, November 3, 1743, Maria Gerritse, who
died January 31, 1797. Wessel Van Schaick



was son of Anthony (or Antony) Van
Schaick, Sybrant, filius, glazier, born 1681,
married, (J)ctober 19, 1707, Anna Catherine
Ten Broeck, who died in December, 1756.
In 1704 Anthony Van Schaick's house lot
was at the south corner of State and Pearl
streets, Albany. He was a son of Sybrant
Van Schaick, born 1653, who married Eliza-
beth Van Der Poel, and died about 1785.
In 1678 his step-mother agreed to sell him
her half of the brewery on the easterly half
of the Exchange block for one hundred
beavers. He was a son of Captain Goosen
Gerritse Van Schaick, brewer of Albany.
In 1664 he and Philip Pieterse Schuyler
were granted permission to purchase Halve
Maan of the Indians, to prevent "those of
Connecticut" from purchasing it. In 1664
also he bought of his stepfather, Ryner El-
bertse, a lot on the north corner of Colum-
bia street and Broadway, and in 1675 he and
Pieter Lassingh bought Harmne (or
Harme) Rutgers brewery on the Exchange
block. "In 1657, being about to marry his
second wife, he made a contract in which
he reserved from his estate 6,000 guilders
for his four eldest children by the first wife,
that being her separate estate; and in 1668
he and his second wife made a joint will, he
being about to depart for Holland." Cap-
tain Van Schaick married (first) in 1649,
Cieertie Brantse Van Nieuwkerk, who died
about 1656; married (second), 1657, An-
natie Lievens, or Lievense.

General Gansevoort's children: i. Her-
man, born 1779, died 1862; married, in 1813,
Catherine Quackenboss, born 1774, died
1855. 2. Wessel, born 1781, died 1862. 3.
Leonard, born 1783, died 1821 ; married,
1809, Mary A. Chandonette, born 1789, died
1851. 4. Peter, born 1786, died 1788. 5.
Peter, born December 22, 1788, (see post).
(. Maria, born 1791. married, 1814, Allan
Melville, born 1782, died 1832.

(V) Judge Peter Ciansevoort, son of Gen-
eral Peter and Catherine (Van Schaick)
Gansevoort, was born in Albany, December
22, 1788, and died at his home in that city,
January 4, 1876. His higher literary edu-
cation was acquired at the College of New
Jersey. Princeton, where he graduated, and
afterward he attended the celebrated Litch-
field Law School ; still later read law in the
office of Harmanus Bleecker, and was ad-



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