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Stephanus Van Cortlandt (1643 - 1700)

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Stephanus van Cortlandt (May 7, 1643 – November 25, 1700) was notable as the first native-born mayor of New York City, from 1677 to 1678 and from 1686 to 1688. He was the patroon of Van Cortlandt Manor and was on the governor's executive council from 1691 to 1700. He was the first resident of Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore on Long Island, which was built around 1697. His brother, Jacobus Van Cortlandt also served as mayor of New York City. His wife, Gertruj Van Schuyler, was the sister of Pieter Schuyler, a colonial governor of New York and mayor of Albany.

Stephanus Van Cortlandt was born in 1643 [1][2][3] and baptized in New Amsterdam on May 10 of that year, he was the first native mayor of New York City, and chief justice of the Supreme Court of New York. He married Gertrude Schuyler 10 Sep 1671 in New York, New York.[1] [4]

Estate Settlement

Documents show he had owned 104 acres of uplands and 2 acres of meadow, deed 26 April 1700 by the widow to Garret Cooke, release of mortgage on the premises, neighbours Peter Praa and Joost Duryea. Image att of entry. [5] Note that this land had been purchased from Lawrence Cornelis Cook and his wife Margaritta c 1693/4. Conveyance entry on same page as above.

Online Biographies


Name: Stephanus /VAN CORTLANDT/[6]


26 Feb 1642 Reformed Dutch Church, New York, United States[7][1]
Husband: Oloff Stevense VanCortlandt
Wife: Annetje Loockermans
  1. Child: Stephanus VanCortlandt
  2. Child: Marritie Olaf vanCortlandt
  3. Child: Maria vanCortlandt
  4. Child: Johannes vanCortlandt
  5. Child: Fytie Sophia vanCourtlandt
  6. Child: Catherine VanCortlandt
  7. Child: Cornelia vanCortlandt
  8. Child: Jacobus vanCortlandt

Church records

  • 1643 May 10 Stephanus, Olof Stephenszen, van Courtlant. Wit.: Govert Loockermans, Marritje Thymens. [8]
  • 1671 Sep 10 Stephanus Van Courtlandt, j.m. Van N. Jorck, en Geetruijd Schuijler, j.d. Van Albania. [9]
  1. 1672 Oct 28 Johannes, Stephanus VanCourtlt., Geertruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Olof Stephenzen Van Courtlant, Margariet Slechtenhorst. [8]
  2. 1678 Nov 06 Olof, Stephanus Van Courtlt., Geertruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Andries Teller, Pieter Schuijler, Alida Schuijler. [8]
  3. 1680 Apr 21 Maria, Stephanus Van Courtlt., Geertruijd Schuyler. Wit.: Dr Hr. Egmond Andros Gouverneur, Rebecca der Val. [8]
  4. 1682 Jan 20 Gertruijd, Stephanus VanCourtlt., Geertruijd Schuyler. Wit.: Jan der Val, Cornelia Van Courtlant. [8]
  5. 1683 Aug 22 Philippus, Stephanus Van Courtlant, Geetruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Jacobus Van Courtlant, Brandt Schuijler, Margrietie Van Slechtenhorst, Maria Van Courtlant. [8]
  6. 1685 Aug 16 Stephanus, Stephanus Van Cortlant, Geertruijd Schuijlers. Wit.: Francois Rombout, Cornelia Van Cortlant. [8]
  7. 1687 Feb 23 Geertruijdt, de Hr. Stephanus Van Cortlant, Geertruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Philip and Brandt Schuijler, Catharina der Val, Margariet Schuijler. [8]
  8. 1688 Oct 07 Gijsbert, Stephanus V. Cortlt., Getruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Robbert Livingston, Secrets. tot N. Albanij, Anna Renselaer. [8]
  9. 1694 May 28 Elisabeth, De Hr. Stephanus Van Cortlant, Geertruijt Schuijler. Wit.: Mr. Chudleij Broeck, Costuijmmr. Mevrouw, Elisabeth Fletcher, h. v. de Hr. Gouverneur Fletcher. [8]
  10. 1696 Jul 01 Catharina, Colnl. Stephanus Van Cortlant, Geertruijd Schuijler. Wit.: Johannes Van Cortlant, Margareta Van Cortlant, huijsvr. van Samuel Baijard. [8]
  11. 1698 Jul 31 Cornelia, Stefanus Van Kortlant, Geertruijt Schuijler. Wit.: Samuel Beiard & Anna Maria Van Schaik, h.v. van Johannes Van Kortlant. [8]


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  • Wikipedia
  • Vol. 1, Page 61: "These purchasses were subsequently confirmed to Colonel Van Cortlandt, by a grant from King William III., dated June 2, 1697. Van Cortlandt died Nov. 25, 1700, and on My 23d, 1712, his heirs executed a deed to Matthias Van Dyke, of property described as..."


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New York City Marriages
  2. New York Genealogical Records
  3. Yates
  4. The Goede Vrouw of Mana-ha-ta by Mrs John King Van Renssalear NY 1898
  5. New York Conveyances.
  6. Wikipedia: Delancy Stephen (Etienne)
  7. Edmund West
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Thomas Grier Evans. "Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York." In Collections of the New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Vol. II. New York: Printed for the Society, 1890.
  9. Samuel S. Purple. "Marriages from 1639 to 1801 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York" In Collections of the New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Vol. I. New York: Printed for the Society, 1890.

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