John H. Chestney
Referred to variously (aka Mc Chesney), Albany resident John H. Chestney is said to have been born in Albany in 1775. Thus, he would have been the fifth child of Hugh and Johanna Plumb Mc Chestney who emigrated from Ireland during the 1760s. In 1790, "Hugh Mc Chesney's" large family was configured on the census for Rensselaerswyck along with two other households headed by men named "John Mc Chesney." In 1809, these Mc Chesneys were identified among the prominent residents of Brunswick in Rensselaer County.
John H. Chestney was a carpenter and among the founding members of the Albany Mechanics Society. We have not yet connected him to contemporary chairmaker James Chesney. John and his family lived on South Pearl then North Pearl at least until 1820.
Sources: The life of John H. Chestney is CAP biography number 7600. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 8/10/11