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Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
Chapter XXIV: Genealogy of the Glen Family

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[This information is from pp. 217-220 of Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing. Thanks to Carol Di Crosta for data entry help with this page.]

The descendants of Glen are as follows:

Jacob Alexander Glen, the eldest, of Albany, born in 1645, died October 2d, 1685, aged forty years; he died a little more than one month previous to the death of his father. He left surviving him three sons and two daughters, viz:

John Glen, born 1675, who married Jane Bleecker of Albany, December 11th, 1698, and died in 1707, leaving two sons and one daughter, viz: Jacob Alexander, John Alexander and Catharine Glen.

Jacob Alexander Glen, Jr., was born October 7th, 1703, and married Elizabeth Cuyler, December 29th, 1732; died April 16th, 1746. This was the father of our distinguished citizen, John Glen, who was quartermaster during the French and Revolutionary wars, stationed at Schenectady, and who built and occupied the venerable mansion situated on Washington Avenue, now modernized. He was born in July, 1735, and died in Greenbush at the residence of his son-in-law, John J. Van Rensselaer, September 23d, 1828, aged ninety-three years. Jacob A. Glen was also the father of Col. Henry Glen of Schenectady, who was member of Congress from this, then Albany district, from 1794 to 1802. Colonel Glen was born July 13th, 1739, and died January 6th, 1814, aged nearly seventy-five years.

Both of these Glens were ardent and stirring patriots of the Revolution and highly esteemed personal friends of General Washington. On all occasions, when the older brother was quartermaster, the younger brother was his deputy.

Anna, the eldest daughter of Jacob Alexander Glen, Sr., born in 1677, married Harmanus Wandell.

Jacob, the second son of Jacob Alexander Glen, Sr., born in 1679, and Helena, his youngest daughter, born November 21st, 1683, married Jacob G. Lansing in 1710.

Alexander Glen, the third youngest son of Jacob Alexander Glen, Sr., was born November 15th, 1685, removed to Schenectady, and on the 18th of December, 1714, married Rebecca, daughter of Isaac Swits. He died November 2d, 1763, and was buried in the old Dutch church cemetery at Schenectady. He had several children, and is represented in this community by many lineal descendants. His son Jacob Glen, born December 8th, 1717, married Folica, daughter of Jan Barentse Wemple, and widow of Barent H. Vrooman. She died April 16th, 1749. His daughter, Susanna, born August 4th, 1722, married Abraham Fonda, February 22d, 1755, and died March 21st, 1773. Abraham Fonda owned and lived in the house No. 27 Front Street in 1752 and now occupied by Mr. Hansen V. Yates.

Alexander Glen, the second son of Alexander Lindsey Glen (commonly called Captain Glen), born in 1647, lived in the village of Schenectady, and married Anna, daughter of Jan Barentse Wemp, (now called Wemple), who received, in 1662, in company with Jacques Cornelise Van Slyck, the Indian title for the great island lying immediately west of Schenectady, and owned a house and lot in the village, on the west side of Washington Street, a little north of State Street. He owned a large bouwery (farm) at Lubbude's land (Troy), but was never called a proprietor of Schenectady, not being one of the original petitioners. He died soon after 1662, and his widow, Maritie Mynderse, in 1664, married Swear Teunise Van Velsen, one of the original proprietors.

Captain Alexander Glen was justice of the peace for the county of Albany; but in the troublesome times of 1689, when most of the citizens of Schenectady belonged to, or sided with, the Leslerian faction, Jacob Lesler appointed Myndert Barentse Wemp, a brother-in-law of the Captain, a justice in his stead. Wemp was killed at the burning of Schenectady in 1690, and his son John, with two of his negro men, carried into captivity. John subsequently returned, married a daughter of Ryer Schermerhorn, June 15th, 1700, and became one of the trustees of the Schenectady patent.

Mr. Glen died in 1695, aged about thirty-eight years, leaving his widow Anna, surviving him, but no children.

John Alexander Glen, the third and youngest son of Alexander Lindsey Glen (commonly called Major Coudre, his designation by the French and Indians), was born November 5th, 1648, and died November 6th, 1731, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. Mr. Glen was twice married. First, on the 2d day of May, 1667, to Anna, the daughter of John Peek, an early settler of New Amsterdam, and from whom the creek at Peekskill takes its name. He was living at Scotia when Schenectady was burned in 1690. She died on the 19th day of December in that year. On the 21st of June, 1691, he married Deborah, the daughter of Evert Jans Wendell, and widow of Myndert Wemp, a justice of the peace, appointed by Liesler, who was killed at the massacre of 1690. So it will be seen that Captain Alexander Glen and Major John A. Glen, his brother, married sisters-in-law.

From his two marriages, John Alexander Glen had thirteen children, some of whom died in infancy, and are not particularly noticed here.

Catharine, his eldest child, born March 23d, 1672, on March 10th, 1698, married Gerrit Lansing, Jr., died, February 15th, 1731.

Jemima, his second child, born May 9th, 1674, married November 9th, 1694; James Van Dyck, a physician of Schenectady, where he practiced until his death. He is the ancestor of the gallant Col. Cornelius Van Dyck, who was lieutenant-colonel of the First Veteran New York regiment in the Revolutionary War, commanded by Colonel Goosen Van Shaick, and after Van Shaick's promotion, became its colonel during the remainder of the war. Mrs. Van Dyck died February 6th, 1731.

Alexander, his third child, born November 30th, 1676, died off the island of Madagascar, December 17th, 1696, as surgeon on board a ship of war, aged about twenty years.

Maria, his fourth child, born March 21st, 1678, married Albert Vedder, December 17th, 1699. He was carried away captive by the French and Indians, February 9th, 1690. She died March 13th, 1753, aged nearly seventy-four years. Her husband died August 1st, 1753, aged eighty-two years, two months and twenty-one days.

Helena, his fifth child, born November 2d, 1681, married July 9th, 1699, John Baptist Van Eps. He, too, was carried away captive to Montreal by the French and Indians, in 1690, but, after a bondage of three years, made his escape.

John, his sixth child, born November 28th, 1683, died December 5, 1709, unmarried.

Jacob Glen, his eighth child (commonly called Colonel Glen), was born December 29th, 1690, and on December 15, 1717, married Sarah Wendell, daughter of Captain Johannes Wendell of Albany. He inherited from his father the Scotia mansion and a considerable portion of his original estate, but added largely to his possessions before his decease, which occurred at his residence, in Scotia, August 15, 1762. His wife died three days afterwards, both from malignant ship fever, contracted through some emigrants whom they had charitably housed a short time previous. At the time of his decease Colonel Glen was aged seventy years, eight months and fourteen days; at his wife's decease she was seventy-three years, nine months and eleven days.

Colonel Glen was a man of much influence in the community; an extensive agriculturalist, a noted surveyor, had been several times a member of the provincial legislature, and held the command of all the militia forces west of Albany, constituting a regiment at one time numbering 3,000 men.

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