Mary Mc Lane Diamond
Stefan Bielinski

According to her tombstone, Mary Mc Lane was born about 1738. We seek defining information on her origins and path to Albany. Her name was referenced variously in contemporary records.

She was the wife of Thomas Smith Diamond - who probably settled in Albany prior to the War. In 1776 and 1779, the couple witnessed baptisms at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage would produce a number of children (at least three) who married Albany natives. These "Diamond" parents were members of the Albany Presbyterian church.

These Diamonds lived in the first ward along Hudson Street where Thomas owned a modest home.

Thomas Smith Diamond died in 1796. His will specified "wife" (not named) as co-executor. Their son William became a city resident although she was not listed with him on the census in 1800.

The widow Mary Mc Lane Diamond lived in a house at 109 Lydius Street until her death in December 1817. She was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery plot. Her will passed probate in December of that year. During the 1860s, her remains were among those removed to the Albany Rural Cemetery.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Mary Mc Lane Diamond is CAP biography number 4307. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek defining demographic information.

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