Mary Mc Lane Diamond
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
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
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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