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WAS RENSLOW-RANSLOW ONCE RENSSELAER?

© 1999 Mildred Campbell Cassens

The granddaughter of George Washington Ranslow, son of William and Bathsheba wrote down some recollections of the family, telling of a Bathsheba Kelley who married a William (name illegible). When the Reverend Mr. Stone, who married them, sent his list of marriages performed, to Mr. Atherton, the Town Clerk, he wrote the name as Ransom. The writer of the recollections says of William "probably a Portuguese sailor." Note: she says "probably" which is not fact but opinion.

In the Register, volume 17, pages 348-49, is an account of Reverend Samuel Chandler of New England. He wrote "Albany is the center of Madam Ranslaw's manour." He is, of course, referring to the name Rensselaer and spelling it as it sounded to hiim. This was the first time I realized that Renslow-Ranslow could have once been Rensselaer. A Mr. William Zuber of Minnesota wrote me, suggesting that William Ransley in the Census of 1790 Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut was William Ranslow. Finding the Vermont Roster of Soldiers in the War of 1812-14 furthered this belief. It listed John Ransalear, Kelley Ranslare, Caley Ranslow, Kelley Ranslow. The 1830 Census of Shelburn, Chittenden County, Vermont lists Caleb Renselear--this could be Kelley Ranslow as he was sometimes called "Cale." In the 1870 Vermont Census, Kelley says he was born in Connecticut, and his death certificate says he was born in Huntington but does not give the state. In the records of Huntington, Fairfield County, Connecticut are two deeds, signed by mark of William and Bashura Ransloer. When William and Bathsheba were married the 19th of January 1786, there may have been Portuguese on Cape Cod, but records show that, early on, there was a Dutch presence in Plymouth Colony.

Mildred Campbell Cassens, Traverse City, Michigan, 1999
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