Elizabeth Vernor was born about 1749. She was the daughter of Albany innkeepers John and Martha Vernor. Her parents probably emigrated from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania and then settled in Albany where he father died when Elizabeth was a child.
Growing up serving at her parents' popular Southside establishment, she came into frequent contact with the stream of new people who came to Albany during and after the Seven Years War. In 1766, she married upwardly mobile Scottish trader Robert Henry. Over the next decade, the marriage produced at least five children who grew up in their home and store on Court Street.
Elizabeth Vernor Henry died in the Spring of 1788. She had not reached her fiftieth birthday. She was the mother of a small but distinguished early Albany family that included two noted jurists.
first posted: 5/30/02