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Stephen Van Rensselaer III (November 1, 1764 – January 26, 1839) was the 10th richest American of all time. If I have the right generation, he was the "Good Patroon" and one of the founders of Stephentown, which was named after himself.
It is of interest, therefore, that two Douglas children were given the name Stephen Van Rensselaer. But what is the connection?
* Stephen Van Rensselaer Douglas b. March 24, 1790, in Albany and who married Caroline H. Whitehead was the 9th child of Wheeler Douglas, son of Asa Douglas, a descendant of William Douglas, b1610, and Martha Rathbone, is my first candidate. I think he died 05 Apr 1867 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.
* Stephen Van Rensselaer Douglass (two ses) was born in 1789 in Whitehall, Washington, New York, USA and died 1855 in Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, USA, is my second candidate. He was the son of John David Douglas, Jr, (one s) born August 11, 1766 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island and died 1854 in Waukegan, Lake, Illinois and Abigail Pearse, born 1764 in New Britain, Columbia, New York, USA. Presumably John David Douglas, Jr's father was also John David Douglas.
Can anyone help with Stephen, born 1789?
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