Known variously, James Furnival (Furnwall) lived in Albany during the late 1770s. Perhaps he was the James Furnival who was an officer in the Continental artillery from Massachusetts who was sent to General Schuyler in 1777 under guard. He is said to have served at the Battle of Saratoga
Probably during the 1770s, he signed in at the Albany Masonic lodge.
His wife was named Mary. Perhaps their marriage was childless as no children appear to have been christened in early Albany churches.
However, by November 1778, Furnival/Furnwall had come under the scrutiny of the Albany Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies. Identified as an innkeeper, he posted a bond and later was arrested for recruiting soldiers for the British army. He was released on bond and his promise of good behavior.
After 1779, the name of James Furnival has not been found in the community-based record.
Sources: The life of James Furnival has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 3/25/10