James Cassidy


Based on subsequent sources, Albany resident James Cassidy was born in or about 1759. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany. However, expect that he was of Irish ancestry.

He was living in Albany's second ward in August 1797, when his name appeared on a list of freeholders. At that time, he was identified as a "victualer." In March 1798, his name appeared on a list of jurors eligible for service under the Mayor's Court. Again, he was listed as a victualer.

An assessment roll for 1799, valued his house and lot on Maiden Lane and his personal moderately.

In 1800, his second ward household was configured on the Albany census. It included a couple and four children under sixteen. We seek more defining information on his marriage and children.

James Cassidy was an early (and perhaps founding) member of St. Mary's Catholic church. In November 1799, his name appeared on a list of principal church members. His wife appears to have been named Mary. Their twenty-one-year-old daughter, Catherine, was buried in the Catholic plot in September 1805. Mary had been buried a month earlier.

James Cassidy died in August 1801 at the age of forty-two. He was buried in the Catholic Church plot.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of James Cassidy is CAP biography number 7568. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 12/30/16