Richard Dunn


Richard Dunn was born about 1744. Perhaps he was the Richard Dunn whose household was configured on the 1790 census for Caughnawaga in Montgomery County. That household contained seven people.

We seek information on when he settled in Albany. His wife was Albany native Nancy Barret. In 1788, three of their children were alive and were mentioned in the will of his brother-in-law - an Albany cooper.

In December 1796, he was appointed superintendent of the city watchmen. In 1799, his first ward house and lot were listed on the Albany assessment roll. In 1800 and in 1810, the census showed that his household included three children and two adults.

In 1800 and 1801 he paid nine dollars for a grocer's license. In 1803, he was identified as a merchant and a freeholder. Beginning in 1813, "Richard Dunn and Son" were listed as merchants in the city directory at 16 Court Street and at its successor, 462 South Market Street. Community-based accounts from the early 1800s further articulate his business.

Richard Dunn buried his twenty-nine-year-old son in 1815. He died in October 1825 and was buried in the Episcopal cemetery following a funeral from his South Market Street residence. He had lived eighty-one years. His will passed probate a few days later. His second wife, Margaret, died in December 1831 at the age of ninety-five.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Richard Dunn is CAP biography number 7903. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We seek defining information on origins and family life.

first posted: 7/30/08