William Charles


William Charles probably was born during the 1730s. He seems to have been a native of Scotland.

In February 1762, he was in New York and secured a license to marry Albany native Mary Hogan. The marriage produced at least one surviving son. He was a communicant of St. Peter's Anglican church.

He was known at his church and in the community as a butcher. He also kept boarders and/or apprentices. In October 1774, his account was paid by the city.

Beginning during the mid-1760s, his holdings in the first ward were valued on city assessment rolls. In 1767, he was listed on the roster of an Albany militia company.

January 1776, he was identified as a second lieutenant in an Albany company of Grenadiers. At that time, he signed the required loyalty test. In June and in August 1780, he was among those who agreed to post a bond promising his good behavior.

William Charles was dead by 1788 when his widow was listed on the first ward assessment roll. The Albany census in 1790, configured her South End household.

Letters of administration were granted in September 1792. Mary and George Charles were named executors. An estate inventory dated March 29, 1793 noted household materials, books and included an extensive book of debts.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of William Charles is CAP biography number 7590. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/15/10