William Boardman


William Boardman was born about 1770. By the 1790s, he was living in Albany. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany. In 1790, two same-named individuals were listed on the census in Connecticut and also in Massachusetts.

By the late 1790s, his children with Elizabeth Pangburn were being christened at the Albany Presbyterian church. By 1810, their family included four young boys. In 1808 and later in December 1835, their daughters were buried in the First Presbyterian cemetery plot.

In 1800, his first ward household was configured on the Albany census. It included a young couple and two young boys. Subsequent censuses account for the growth and aging of his family. In 1820, the Albany census counted ten people in his household.

The first city directory in 1813 (and several subsequent editions) identified him as the sexton of the Presbyterian with an address of "14 Capitol." By 1820, William Boardman was listed simply as a resident of "Eagle [Street]." In 1830, his residence was given as "near Capitol Place." No mention of him is made in the standard history of the First Presbyterian church. However, by that time, other similarly named individuals were at-risk in the city and its hinterland.

William Boardman died in April 1835. His death notice stated that he was "aged 64". At this point, we are unsure of a potential connection of the same-named businessman who co-founded "Boardman & Gray" a preeminent Albany piano company in 1837.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of William Boardman is CAP biography number 7367. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

In 1793, a William Boardman was among those identified as elders of the Presbyterian church in rural Rensselaer County.

first posted 4/30/16; updated 8/22/16