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Peter E. Elmendorf 7945
(September 1764 – May 1835)
Birth: September 1764
Death: May 1835
Parents: Peter Edmund Elmendorph
Mary Crooks Elmendorf
Siblings: Peter E. Elmendorf 7945 (September 1764 – May 1835)
Partners: Elizabeth Van Rensselaer
Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Elmendorf 5076

Peter Edmund Elmendorf was born in September 1764. He was last child born[1] to the marriage of Peter Edmund Elmendorph and Mary Crooks Elmendorf of Kingston. New Netherland pioneers, the Elmendorf family had been living in Kingston since its earliest days. His same-named father, a prominent businessman, died less than a year after Peter's birth and he would be raised by his widowed mother and older siblings.

In 1768, his sister relocated to Albany following her marriage to prominent businessman Rutger Bleecker. Catherine's youngest brother seems have joined her for, in September 1787, Peter Elmendorf was identified as the co-executor of the estate of his brother-in-law. Bleecker's early death brought Peter even closer to his widowed sister.

Prior to coming to Albany, he was sent to Princeton University [2]- perhaps as early as 1780. Peter Elmendorf graduated from Princeton in 1782. During that time, he maintained a telling[3] correspondence (perhaps in addition to his collegiate diary) on a number of topics [4]with his mother.

This individual is said[5] to have married twice - both times to women named Elizabeth Van Rensselaer who were his Pearl Street neighbors. In March 1793, he married Elisabeth Van Rensselaer in Albany [no marriage record at the church]. That marriage is said to have produced two daughters who would be christened in the Albany Dutch church in 1793 and 1796. Then, in September 1802, he married [a different] Elizabeth Van Rensselaer at the Albany Dutch church where their children[1] would be baptized. In 1805, he was identified as a member of the church Consistory. In 1815, Peter and Elizabeth joined the Second Dutch church.

Although admitted to practice law, except for being identified as a Surrogate in 1807, he does not seem to have held official positions in the Albany city government. At that time, he was named as co-executor of the estate of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer. However, he was involved in a number of progressive initiatives. In 1794[6], he pledged Ł40 toward the establishment of Union College. In 1797, he would be counted among the advocates for the chartering of a library in Albany.

These Elmendorfs raised their family at what would be known as 66 North Pearl Street[7]. In 1800[8], the second ward census began to document his growing household that included three slaves. A year earlier, his house, lot, and personal property on along the west side of Pearl Street were assessed[9] moderately. A later chronicler recalled his property at that location.

In 1808[10], he was among those worthies invited to the funeral of Henry J. Bleecker.

Peter Edmund Elmendorf died in May 1835. He had lived seventy years. Later that month, letters of administration were granted on his estate[9]. His remains[11] found their way to Albany Rural Cemetery.