Joshua Bloore


Joshua Bloore was an Albany-based merchant and partner of Thomas Barry in the years preceeding the American Revolution.

About November 1771, he married Margaret Brudnel (Britnal). By that time, he had joined St. Peter's Anglican church where he and his wife were identified as communicants and previously as "from Mr. Tunnicliff's." They also were called "English people." In 1774, he was St. Peter's vestryman.

At the outbreak of the war, "Barry & Bloore" was contributing to the relief of Ticonderoga. But in September 1775, the partners were held up to ridicule by the Albany Committee - probably for profiteering. After that, Bloore's situation in Albany would begin to deteriorate.

In February 1778, Bloore applied to Governor George Clinton for permission to take his family to England. Later he acted as bailsman for a number of people until he was imprisoned himself and asking to be exchanged. However, he remained in the community. In 1779, his first ward property was heavily taxed.

After the war, Bloore advertized in the revived Albany Gazette. Calling himself a merchant at 7 State Street, he offered "the best Scotch snuff manufactured" and also sold saw mill irons. In 1790, his lower State Street home included seven people.

Shortly thereafter, his name and that of his family dropped from Albany rolls. However, he probably was the "Joshua Bloore" who came to Albany from Manchester, England and was a prominent resident of Ballston Spa during the 1790s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Joshua Bloore is CAP biography number 7363. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The last recorded reference in our files is an Albany newspaper advertisement from 1791.

first posted: 4/10/04; revised 6/5/06