Hannah Edgar Reed


Based on subsequent resources, Hannah Edgar was born in 1762. She was the daughter of newcomer trader David Edgar and Jane Gregg Edgar. Her parents were recently arrived Scots-Irish who settled in Albany. Perhaps Hannah was born in Albany.

These Edgars prospered in Albany until the outbreak of hostilities in 1775 and then the untimely death of David Edgar in September 1776.

As British subjects, the surviving Edgar family would come under the scrutiny of Albany's new civil authorities. In August 1780, widow Jane Edgar applied to Governor Clinton for relief from her dismal economic situation. At that time, she listed her four dependent children including Hannah who was then eighteen. However, her application for a pass to join kin in Canada would be ignored and then denied.

Just two months later, in October 1780, Hannah married "Major" Thomas Reed at the Albany Dutch church. No subsequent family information has been found in our ongoing sweep of community-based resources.

In August 1781, her husband was permitted to remain in Albany with his family due to the illness of his wife.

After that, no further references to her have been encountered. Missing answers to questions regarding her adult life and passing, we move on for now from the life of Hannah Edgar Reed.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Hannah Edgar Reed has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 1/10/17;