James Stenhouse


Albany resident James Stenhouse or Jacob Stanhouse probably was born during the early 1700s. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany. The name Stenhouse/Stanhouse appears to have been of Scottish origin.

In September 1731, he was paid 16 shillings by the Albany government for "some particular writings." That entry marked the beginning of his time as "a" clerk for the city council. The following April, he was paid for "entering minutes relating to a water engine" and for writing a letter.

In September 1732, he married Anna Margarita Vedder at the Albany Dutch church. By 1748, five children had been christened in Albany.

In 1735, he was appointed constable for the second ward.

In 1742, James Stenhouse was listed among the freeholders in the second ward.

In May 1746, he witnessed the will of a Cohoes yeoman.

The name of Jacob/James Stenhouse last appeared in the community-based record in 1748. With unanswered questions, we move on for now.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob Stenhouse has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Ballpark demographics; Blog relating to his daughter who walked from Canada to the Mohawk in 1751 when she was eighteen. That source observes that "Stanhouse" and two sons were selling "gensing roots" during the eighteenth century. Perhaps his sons had subsequent business with William Johnson.

Variants of both names - "James Stanhuysen."

first posted 8/10/13; last updated 8/5/14