William Bromley


William "Billy" Bromley was born in February 1722 and christened at the Albany Dutch church. He was the son of bellman John and Sara (perhaps Viele) Bromley.

In June 1742, he married one Lena Boom at the Albany Dutch church. By 1757, the marriage had produced seven children who were christened in Albany churches. However, these Bromleys witnessed baptisms and received burial services at the Dutch church.

In August 1742 and a year later in 1743, he had entered into an agreement with the Albany city government to live in the house of Samuel Drury and to maintain and repair it. That property was located on Gallows Hill and the rent was set at ten shillings a year. However, the rent was to be returned to him so that he could fix the roof.

In 1766 and 1767, his name appeared on Albany assessment rolls for the first and then second ward. In 1767, he was identified as an enlisted man in an Albany militia company.

William Bromley appears to have been a marginal Albany resident. His name appeared infrequently in the mainstream community-based record. Perhaps he died sometime after 1767.

In 1788, his name no longer appeared on the tax rolls. However, those of his sons Samuel and Simon, were accorded modest assessments.

William Bromley's widow was identified on an Albany "poor list" in 1799.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of William Bromley is CAP biography number 5965. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 10/30/06; last updated 3/7/16