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Marries Into Prominent Family

Maria van Cortlandt was born on July 20, 1645, the daughter of the wealthy New Amsterdam (later New York City) merchant Oloffe Stevense van Cortlandt and Anna Loockermans. In 1662 she married Jeremias van Rensselaer. When Jeremias proposed to Maria, she was considered too young to marry (she was seventeen). Yet Jeremias felt she was mature enough to manage a household. As he explained in a letter to his mother, "You may think perhaps that she is still a little young and therefore not well able to take care of a household. She is only entering her eighteenth year, but nevertheless we get along very well in the household." He had actually been patient: "I had been thinking of her already a year or two before, when now and then I did an errand at the Manahatans." After they were married, the young couple...

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