Cornelius Cadmus


Cornelius Cadmus probably was born during the 1720s. We have yet to connect him to the Cadmus family of New Jersey.

In July 1744, Cornelius Cadmus married "Maria Umble" at the Dutch church in New York City.

At some time after that, Cadmus and his wife became residents of Albany.

In August 1764, Cornelius Cadmus was identified as a "tavernkeeper for Schuyler at the Flatts" and on at least two occasions was paid from the Ten Eyck account book.

Beginning in 1766 (and infrequently but until January 1785), Cornelis and Maria were witnessing baptisms at the Albany Dutch church. In December 1772, Albany Dutch church communicants Hendrick and Jacomyntie Crannel christened their son "Cornelius Cadmus Crennel." By 1768, Cornelis and his family were members at St. Peter's Anglican church. He was a vestryman there as well. At that time, he joined in a petition to get the parsonage lot behind the church and his family included two people. His name appeared on a church roster at the end of 1771.

In 1767, his first ward property was accorded a modest assessment. He also was a private in Barent Bradt's militia company from the first ward.

In September 1763, he submitted an account and was ordered to be paid for painting the Albany fire engine.

In 1768, he was appointed firemaster for the third ward.

Approaching or past his fiftieth birthday at the outbreak of the war, Cadmus was more likely to serve on the homefront. In November 1776, the Albany committee ordered him to distribute 340 bushels of salt to the districts according to their ration. He would be paid four pence per bushel for his trouble.

In August 1778, he was identified as the barracks master at Saratoga under the auspices of the Quartermaster General.

In 1788, his personal property was assessed under the first ward home of Widow Martin.

In 1790, his name does not seem to have been included on the census of heads of household anywhere in New York State unless he was the "Cornelius Kagle" listed at the end of Albany's second ward.

Perhaps he was the Cornelius Cadmus whose name appeared along with that of his wife on a city poor list in 1799.

At this point, we are uncertain about how or if the information presented here fits together. Thus, we will step back from this profile at this time.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Cornelius Cadmus is CAP biography number 7506. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 7/10/10; revised 11/16/10