Comfort Severs


This individual sometimes known as Comfort Severs signed the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty in 1766.

At this point, his precise name and origins are still subjects for more determined inquiry. We believe he may have been of New England background. We have found no information regarding his marital status.

In September 1766, he signed a lease for a lot where the barracks formerly stood. In 1769, he acquired an adjoining lot. He held that property on what became Chapel Street for a number of years. Perhaps, he was the "Mr. Siverson" who was assessed in 1767 in the house of Gerrit A. Lansing.

Has probably was involved in the wood trades. He has been identifed as one of the carpenters who worked on Schuyler Mansion in 1761. In 1769, he was paid several times for making additions and other work on the Middle Dock.

In 1769, he was appointed firemaster for the second ward.

By April 1781, Comfort Severs no longer held the lot in Albany. We do not know if he had died or had left Albany.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Comfort Severs has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. This character may have some relevance! This person was a builder as well. Other contemporary inidviduals had similar names but none revealed an Albany context. Hopefully, more clarity is in our future!!

We have adopted this spelling of his surname because it is most frequently encountered in the community based record. Internet searches using his christian name have been more fruitful.

first posted: 8/30/07