Patrick Coffee


Subsequent sources tell us that Albany resident Patrick Coffee (aka Coffey) was born between 1756 and 1774. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.

In August 1784, one Patrick Coffee married Elizabeth Jordan (daughter of Stephen Jordan and Margaret Bellone) at Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City. Beginning the following year, that couple christened a number of children at the church where they also were baptism sponsors. In 1790, one "Pall Coffee" was listed on the census for the "out ward" of New York City in a household consisting of three people. Over the following decades, additional New York based information has been encountered. But, do any of those references point to Patrick Coffee of Albany? At that time, the name was not uncommon in New York City.

Although we have not yet connected the last-named individual to an Albany context, the more definitive story of Patrick Coffee in Albany resumes in 1800.

In 1800, his household was configured on the census of the first ward. In February 1801, his name (and house & shop) was included on a list of those whose property in the first ward was in arrears.

After that, his name has not been encountered in our base of community-based resources nor in our latest sweep of Internet-based resources.

However, a Patrick Coffee was listed as the head of a New York City household in the 17th ward on the Federal census for 1850. That individual was then seventy-six years old and was born in Ireland (in 1774 or 1775). [ Q ].

With serious gaps in his story, we now move on from the life of Patrick Coffee - a resident of the city of Albany in 1800.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Patrick Coffee has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Again, have found no strong resources for the Albany Patrick Coffee beyond the years 1800 and 1801. Alternative spellings of his names (including members of the Cole/Kool family(s) who lived in the region) undoubtedly complicate focusing on this particular individual. Finally, based on the Albany-based spellings of his name, we suspect that this individual's roots will be found in Ireland.

first posted 12/20/16; updated 4/9/17