William Capron (the younger)


William Capron was born after 1755. He probably was the son or other kinsman of Albany resident William Capron who may have died in 1791.

In November 1787, William Capron married Mary Northen at the Albany Dutch church. It does not appear that any of his numerous offspring were christened in that church.

In 1800, his upper second ward household first was configured on the Albany census. It showed five or six children, two adolescants and the parents as residents. His household also appears to have been configured on the Albany census in 1810.

He is said to have been Albany's first stoneware producer who opened a pottery on Washington Street in 1800. Stoneware items bearing the mark "ALBANY WARE" were said to have been made there. In 1805, Paul Cushman purchased Capron's enterprise.

In 1813, the first city directory noted the cooperage of Capron & Cameron at 9 Mark Lane and the residence of William N. Capron (probably his son) at 49 Lion Street.

On August 2, 1823, the Albany newspaper ran a notice that William Capron had died at age sixty.

Albany resident William N. Capron probably was his son.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of William Capron is CAP biography number 7544. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/30/08