John Brown


This sketch organizes material on the younger of two Albany residents named John Brown. Both of them lived in the city during the late 1790s and/or afterwards. Based on his listing on the census in 1800 and 1810, this individual was born between 1774 and 1785. In 1800, his first ward household included a similarly aged couple, a young boy, and one slave. A decade later, the census accounts for the aging of the adult male, a younger female, four additional males, a young girl, and a slave. At least two Albany birth scenarios are possible for the late 1770s. However, we seek defining information on the his origins and path to Albany.

In 1794 and 1795, John Brown was identified as the city watchman. But, probably those refer to the elder same-named individual

In March 1799, a John Brown married one Jane Brown at the Albany Dutch church. However, none of their children were christened there over the next decade.

In April 1800, John Brown paid $12 for a grocer's license. Perhaps he was the grocer listed in the city directory in 1813 at 49 Quay. However, at least two other same-named individuals were identified at different addresses in subsequent directories .

Still missing critical demographic information, and after our most recent sweep of Internet-based resources, we move on for now from the life of Albany grocer John Brown.

biography in-progress


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

first posted 4/20/16