In 1800, the second ward household of one George Bletcher was configured on the Albany census. At that time, an adolescent boy and a couple aged 26 to 45 were listed as residents. Thus, he would have been born between 1756 and 1774. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.
In November 1794, the Albany Gazette identified him as a manufacturer whose wool - leather factory was located "in" Court Street next to [the property of] Isaac Truax. In 1798, he was involved in three property transactions for lots along Lion Street. Beginning in 1799 and for a few years following, his house, lot, and personal property on "Lyon Street" consistently were valued modestly on Albany assessment rolls.
After the early 1800s, his name no longer appeared on Albany rolls.
Sources: The life of George Bletcher is CAP biography number 7370. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
The Bletcher name appears to be of English or German origins. Perhaps spelling variations of it would shed more light. Currently, we are puzzled by a paucity of references to this Albany factory owner of the 1790s and after. He seems to have been at the Lion Street address (with the same albeit more mainline neighbors) for at least a few years. After some thought, we have ruled out Albany resident George Archer as a possible alternative name. However, we suspect that our current lack of comprehension of Bletcher's story may rest on the "simple" spelling of his surname.
first posted 1/30/18