At least one Albany resident of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century was known by some variant of James Daniels. The subject of this profile was born between 1774 and 1785 - but probably during the 1770s. We seek defining information on this subject's origins and path to Albany.
In 1800, the name "James Daniel" appeared on the census of the first ward. At that time, only one man lived in the household and he was between sixteen and twenty-six years of age. A year earlier, his personal property valued at $50 under the first ward (probably on Court Street) home of Richard Dunn who was enumerated next to "James Daniel" in 1800. In 1804, Daniels was identified as a resident of State Street who boarded senators Foote and Van Schoonhoven. By 1810, James Daniel was the head of an Albany household composed of an adult couple and seven younger persons.
The first city directory in 1813, listed two addresses for "James Daniel." One was identified as an "earthenware house" at 123 Market Street. The other identified Daniels as a "hatter" living at 14 Court. Both addresses were continued in similar fashion in subsequent directories for a number of years.
In 1820, the household of "James Daniels" was configured on the Albany census. At that time, six people were living there.
Past diminishing returns and with so many similarly named individuals at-risk in the region, we move on for now from the life of Albany resident James Daniels.
Sources: The life of James Daniels is CAP biography number 7757. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 5/10/15