Silvester Salisbury
Stefan Bielinski

Traditional sources hold that Silvester Salisbury was born in Wales in 1629.

He is said to have been part of the English force that captured New Netherland in 1664. He then was placed in command at Albany. The English fort overlooking the community was built during his tenure.

About 1670, he was appointed schout or sheriff. He appeared frequently before the Albany court as prosecutor and plaintiff. As fort commander, he also presided over courts martials involving garrison soldiers.

He owned a number of Albany properties. He also patented land at Catskill in partnership with Marte Gerritse. However, Salisbury's name did not appear on a census of Albany householders taken in March 1679.

He married Elizabeth Beeck. The marriage produced at least four surviving children.

Silvester Salisbury filed a will in August 1679. He was dead by the following March and his widow re-married in 1682.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Silvester Salisbury is CAP biography number 8089. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A biographical sketch from Appleton's Encyclopedia appears online

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