Henry Finn


Henry Finn was in Albany for a time during the early 1780s. Beginning with his origins,at this point many questions remain unanswered regarding his life.

In February 1780, he was the sole witness to the baptism of the son of Albany area resident Jonathan Pettit at the Albany Dutch church.

In 1781, he was among the thirty-one newcomers who purchased the "freedom" or right to do business in the city of Albany. At that time, he was identified as a merchant.

We seek information on his life during the War. His name does not appear on the community-based resources encountered so far. However, the name "Henry Finn" was included on a general list of soldiers serving in the New York Line. Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the city militia regiment.

Perhaps he was the Henry Finn whose nine-person household was configured on the census for the Washington County town of Salem in 1790. An online resource follows the life of this individual to his death about 1815 in central New York

Aside from three references placing Henry Finn in Albany about 1781, his story awaits answers to many presently unanswered questions. Perhaps he was a relative of the younger New York-born actor Henry J. Finn.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Henry Finn has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/20/10