Robert Bruce


Robert Bruce lived in Albany during the last three decades of the eighteenth century. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany.

In June 1762, the name of Rob't Bruce appeared on the Albany muster roll of John De Garmo's militia company. Bruce was then twenty-nine and called a native of England. Additional period military-based information on this name appears online.

In January 1770, he was made a member of the Albany night watch. He was paid occasionally from the city treasury into 1774.

Not finding his name on the rolls of Albany's wartime commmittees, we seek information on his activities during the War for Independence.

Beginning in 1779 his house in the first ward was valued on the city assessment rolls. In 1788, he was among those whose modest personal property was valued at the end of the second ward assessment.

In June of 1788, he married the widow Christy Cummings at the Albany Presbyterian church. Perhaps, it was his second marriage. At that time, both partners were living in the city of Albany. No children appear to have been christened in the extant records of contemporary Albany churches.

In 1790, the first Federal census showed his second ward household with only a man and a woman.

In 1799, only his first ward lots were noted on the assessment.

After that point, the name of Robert Bruce has not yet been found in the community-based record. Whether he was related to the other Albany people surnamed Bruce has yet to be determined. Missing defining information, we move on for now.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Robert Bruce is CAP biography number 7462. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 5/10/13