Goldsbrow Banyar, Jr.


Goldsbrow Banyar, Jr. was born during the 1760s or '70s. He was the son of Goldsbrow Banyar and his wife, the widow Elizabeth Mortier Appy of New York City. His father was a prominent royal official who withdrew to the seclusion and safety of Dutchess County at the outbreak of the War. However, the elder Banyar was not among those condemned and banished by his friends, the former revolutionaries.

In September 1786, Goldsbrow Jr. was named as one of three granchildren who were heirs to the estate of his Manhattan-based, widowed grandmother.

During the early 1790s, his father moved their family from Rhinebeck to Albany where the Banyars took up residence in a prominent house located at 62 North Pearl Street. Goldsbrow Jr. was confirmed in St. Peter's Episcopal church in September 1791.

In 1799, his personal property was assessed under his father's second ward household.

Apparently without the need to actively earn a living, he was chosen to sit on the boards Albany-based turnpike companies. Perhaps he managed his father's extensive real estate holdings across New York State.

In April 1801, he married nineteen-year-old Maria Jay, the daughter of governor John Jay. The marriage took place at St. Peter's Anglican church in Abany. Their son and daughter were born in 1804 and 1805. But both died in childhood.

Probably not yet forty, Goldsbrow Banyar, Jr. died in New York City in June 1806. Letters of administration on his estate were granted in Albany in July. His widow remained in Albany to care for his father until the elder Banyar passed in 1815.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Goldsbrow Banyar, Jr. is CAP biography number 7200. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 3/10/08