Lancey, James De was born in 1732 in New York City. Son of James and Anne (Heathcote) De Lancey.
British Army; served in Lake George campaign, 1758, Niagara campaign, 1759. Inherited father’s merc. and real estate intersts in New York City, 1760. Brought 1st thoroughbred race horses to America, circa 1760.
Owned largest stable running horses in colonies. Boss of faction which controlled New York Provincial Assembly in last years. Went to England, 1775.
Property confiscated by New York State, 1779. Vice president board agts. to secure restitution for losses suffered by Loyalists, 1783.