Elizabeth Cartwright Robisson


Albany native Elizabeth Cartwright was christened in May of 1750. She was the daughter of Richard and Hannah Beasley Cartwright. She grew up a middle child in the English speaking home of a Southside innkeeper. Her parents were mainstays at St. Peter's Anglican church.

After receiving a marriage license in October 1767, she became the wife of one "Thomas Robisson." Perhaps, her daughter was born in Albany in 1768.

At the outbreak of hostilities in 1775, her London-born father came under immediate suspicion despite having lived in Albany since the 1740s. By that time, she probably had moved west with her husband.

In February 1777, a letter from her teen-aged brother to her ("Elizabeth Robisson") at Niagara was intercepted by the Revolutionaries.

After that, her name has thus far eluded our sweep of community-based and online resources.

We seek further information on the life and passing of Albany native Elizabeth Cartwright Robisson. Perhaps, her abovementioned child was buried in Boston in 1819.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Elizabeth Cartwright Robisson is CAP biography number 6513. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Thomas Robisson: Perhaps this individual was a native of the Orkney Islands and a Mason who died in Kingston, Ontario in 1806. If so, he was called "Captn" and a friend of Richard Cartwright, Jr. in Canada. However, a number of similarly named contemporaries (and pretty intriguing characters) are at risk in New York, Ontario, and elsewhere.

A transcript of the letter dated February 4, 1777 is printed in CC, p. 671.

first posted: 8/20/12; last updated 1/1/13