Godfrey Enax


Spelled variously, Albany resident Godfrey Enax was born in Europe - probably before 1750.

In July 1771, was in Albany when he married Margaret Shurger at St. Peter's Anglican church. We seek evidence of any children.

In October 1773, he was questioned during a disputed election for the Albany Common Council. It appeared that he had been born in Holland and he had not been naturalized. Thus, his vote was disallowed.

In 1775, the Albany committee paid him three shillings for "three earthen dishes." Although we have yet to connect him with specific wartime activities, afterwards he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In Spetember 1777, "George Enax" witnessed the will of an Albany neighbor.

In 1779, his third ward property was valued on both city assessment rolls.

In June 1786, he was listed as one of two "church counsels" for the Evangelical Lutheran church in Albany. At that time, he was identified as "Gottfried Enax, Doctor Medic."

In August 1786, "Dr. Eenacc" was buried from the Dutch church where he had witnessed a baptism in 1772. In 1788, the third ward house and lot of "Widow Enox" was listed on the assessment roll. She was buried from the church in November 1792.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Godfrey Enax is CAP biography number 7951. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/15/09