Cynthia Steele Webster


According to family-based resources, Cynthia Steele was born in September 1770. She was the daughter of Ashbel and Rachel Skinner Steele of Hartford, Connecticut. Her father was buried there in 1790.

In April 1796, Cynthia was in Albany where she married printer and publisher Charles R. Webster, the widower of her late older sister. These Websters were members (Cynthia actually joined in 1810) of the the First Presbyterian church. By 1811, their marriage had produced at least seven children, two of whom were buried from their church in 1808 and 1809.

These Websters lived on upper State Street. In 1800, their household had grown to house fourteen members probably including Cynthia's widowed mother who died in 1804.

Beginning in 1813, the city directories described her as the Manager of the Albany Ladies Society.

Cynthia lost her husband in July 1834. Widow Cynthia Steele Webster died in Albion, Orleans County in December 1848. She had lived seventy-eight years. Their youngest son was a prominent Albany cleric.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cynthia Steele Webster has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/15/12