James Bleecker


This James Bleecker was born about 1755. We strive to not confuse him with a similarly named contemporary (Jacobus Bleecker Jr.) who died in 1808. This sketch focuses on the life of the Albany resident simply but consistently known as James Bleecker.

We continue to seek out and define this individual's pedigree. At this point, we have not connected James to marriage information.

However, in 1800, the second ward census configured the young household of James Bleecker with a couple aged 26-45 and three children.

A decade later, (1810), his household was maturing to include an older couple, their children, and four unrelated individuals. In 1820, the Albany census enumerated his household of three people including a male and female aged 45 or above and a male aged 26-44.

In 1813, the first city directory (and for more than a decade afterward on South Pearl Street) listed the home of James Bleecker at 64 Washington Street.

The Bleecker family papers at the New York State Library note a number of transactions involving "one " James Bleecker during this individual's lifetime.

On February 21, 1825 the Albany newspaper reported that the "friends of James Bleecker deceased were requested to attend his funeral this day from his dwelling No. 82 South Pearl Street." Within a few years, that address was the site of the landmark Centre Market. His stone resides at Albany Rural Cemetery. He had lived for 69 years.

The will of one "James Bleeker" passed probate (was recorded) in Albany in November 1829.

With critical defining information still uncertain, we move on for now from the life of the Albany resident known as James Bleecker.

biography in-progress - 2019


the people of colonial Albany Sources: At this time, the life of this James Bleecker has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. At this point, we are not entirely certain that this subject is not distinct from Jacobus Bleecker, Jr., a similarly named and currently separately profiled contemporary.

first posted 1/10/19