John Burgiss
Stefan Bielinski

John Burgiss was a one-time British soldier who settled in Albany. New York military records reveal that in March 1757 he was a bombradier in a detachment of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

In 1767, he was identified as the owner of a modest house in Albany's second ward. Shortly thereafter, his wife and family began to be listed among the members of St. Peter's English church. His family had four members in 1768.

In 1770, he was appointed to the Albany night watch. The next year, his account was paid by the city government. In 1779, his house in the first ward was listed on city assessment rolls. He was granted a bounty right in conjunction with the first regiment of the Albany County militia.

In 1790, his second ward household was enumerated on the first federal census. In 1797, he was included on a juror's list as a cartman living in the second ward.

John Burgiss died after 1797. His daughter may have married schoolteacher and businessman George Mc Elcheran!



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Burgiss/Burgess/Burgdis is CAP biography number 7483. This profile is derived chiefly from community-based resources. We seek defining information on his origins, marriage, and passing!

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first posted: 2/15/03