May 2 – Happy Birthday Jeremiah Billings

van_rensselaer_family_crest_ornament-r072189eccf0841078f15b294817e880b_x7s2y_8byvr_324Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant appears to have had some very distinctive lineage surrounded by mysterious if not outright sultry circumstances. His Dad’s name was James Van Rennselaer. But today’s birthday boy’s name was Jeremiah Billings. So it appears as if his birth might have been the product of an affair. That birth took place on May 2, 1846, right here in Amsterdam, NY. His Mom was a woman named Tempe Jane Bunn Billings, which makes it appear as if she was married to a man named Billings at the time she gave birth to Van Rennselear’s son.

Having the Van Rennselear name back then in this area of New York was the equivalent to being a Rockefeller today…

You can read the rest of my story about this long-ago Amsterdam native in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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