English, Irish & Scots in Early Albany
♦ Native English speakers were part of the human mix in the city of Albany and its predecessors from the earliest days.
♦ Within a general language identity, these settlers represented a diverse and essential element of the community mosaic.
♦ Settler origins meant different things at different times
♦ Besides the English language, they brought English customs, contexts, and connections
♦ Some chose to fit in - others stood out
♦Embodying Albany's principal new blood, Anglo settlers were prominent agents of change during each historical period
Pre-1664: First permanent settlements
1664-1686: Birth of Albany
1686-1750s: next generations & first institutions - City Fathers
1754-63: French and Indian Wars:
1763-83: The American Revolutions
1783-1800s: Becoming American
This document was created in 2015 to structure a public program on the topic first presented at a meeting of the St. George's Society of Albany on April 24, 2015. It also can be used as a study guide.
Sources: This page intends to provide access to information on early Albany people of English ancestry on this website and to link to exceptional and also notorious resources online. This sketch is informed chiefly by family and community-based resources developed by the Colonial Albany Project.
English and British: These terms have meant different things to different people both historically and to those considering them today. We might start with a Wikipedia entry for a timely general overview.
References to English, Scots, Irish on this website.
Even some Tories were able to return. Notable here was old Goldbrow Banyar, a career royal official the first president of the St.George's Society of New York, who, by 1800, had settled on Pearl Street and died in Albany in 1815.
first launched 4/22/15; updated 1/8/16