John Fryer


John Fryer was born about 1730. We seek information on his parentage and childhood. He may have been a son of Albany slooper John Fryer. More certainly, he was a grandson of Albany patriarch Isaac Fryer.

In March 1759, he married Elizabeth Van Woert at the Albany Dutch church. By 1777, nine children had been christened in Albany churches. By 1769, these Fryers had become members of St. Peter's Anglican church. In 1771, he was listed among the communicants at St. Peter's.

Like the older "John Fryer," this individual was an inland sailor. His marriage bond from February 1759, identified him as a resident of the city of Albany and a "skipper."

During the 1760s, his house and lot on the west side of the Manor were valued on Albany assessment rolls. In 1767, John Fryer was listed on the rolls of a Rensselaerswyck militia company.

At the same time, qualitative information is available for an Albany-based, adult life. But the existence of several "John Fryers" on the Albany census in 1790 makes us more cautious in seeking to connect lifecourse information.

If he was the son of the skipper, he was dead as his name was not mentioned in the will filed by John Fryer in 1783. We seek information on his later life and passing.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Fryer is CAP biography number 8135. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/20/08