Catherine Fryer Hilton


Caty Fryer was born during the early 1760s. She probably was a daughter of William and Hannah Farrell Fryer. However, her christening has not yet been found in the available records of early Albany's churches. The Fryers were prominent members of St. Peter's English church. Her father had passed by 1768 when her widowed mother was referenced in community-based documents. Caty probably was named for her maiden aunt who eventually became head of the Fryer family homestead located around the corner on South Pearl Street.

In September 1789, she probably was older than most first-time brides when she married Albany native James/Jacobus Hilton at the Albany Dutch church. By 1799, four children had been christened in Albany.

These Hiltons made their home near both of their families on the South side of Albany - probably on Hudson Street. In 1800, their home included Caty and her husband, two younger adults, and an adolescent.

Catherine Fryer Hilton died in November 1807 and was buried from the church. She had lived forty-seven years. Her husband survived for several decades.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Catherine Fryer Hilton is CAP biography number 8129. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/20/08