David Bromley


Future Albany resident David Bromley (aka Bromlee) probably was born during the 1760s or early 70s. At this point, we have not found that he was closely connected to the larger Albany Bromley family. However, his origins appear to have been in New England.

Perhaps he was the David Bromley listed as the head of a household in New London, Connecticut in 1790.

In 1799, he first was noted in the community-based record on an assessment roll when his second ward house and lot "in Barrack St." was assessed modestly. His personal property was valued at $80.

By July 1799, David "Bromlee" had married one Elspy Aikins when their son (Robert) was christened at the Albany Dutch church. In 1802, he rented a pew at the United Presbyterian Church where he also was a trustee. In June 1811, their daughter "Ann Eliza" was buried from that church as was a thirty-year-old namesake in 1829.

Beginning in 1800, he was licensed as a tavern owner by the city council.

In 1800, the second ward census configured his household with a young couple and four males under ten. A decade later, the census accounted for the growth of that family.

Beginning with the first edition in 1813. he was identified as a grocer located at 50 Chapel Street. During those years, a number of grocers were identified by Chapel Street addresses. In 1817, David Bromlee was last listed in the directory at 44 Chapel.

In 1818, and at least for another decade, Elizabeth Bromlee was identified in the annual city directory as the householder at 44 Chapel. Thus we guess that David had passed on.

With basic demographic questions still unanswered, we move on for now from the life of Albany resident David Bromley.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of this David Bromley is CAP biography number 5956. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 9/20/15; updated 2/23/16