George Hutton


According to family-based material, George Hutton was born in February 1730. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Van Dyck Hutton of New York City.

A George Hutton (the father of silversmith Isaac) lived in Albany over several decades and died locally in 1806. We are not at all certain that all of the following information relates to the life of a single individual.

In February 1761, a George Hutton was registered as a freeholder in New York City. At that time, he was identified as a laborer.

In April 1764, he married Anna Marie Viele in New York. The marriage produced at least two sons who became Albany residents. His children (also a daughter) were christened in New York.

In January 1777, George Hutton of New York was a second lieutenant in the Second Continental Artillery. He resigned his commission in the artillery in May 1779. By that time, he temporarily had re-located his family to Albany. In late 1776 and afterwards, George and Mary witnessed baptisms at the Albany Dutch church.

In October 1779, his houses were taxed on the Albany assessment roll. They were not accounted for on the March tax list.

Perhaps afterward, a George Hutton was paid for caring for horses and stables at Albany.

After the war, these Huttons returned to New York where they were counted on the census in 1790.

By the 1790s, perhaps this George Hutton was the businessman in partnership with his son Isaac, who became a prominent silversmith. Or perhaps that individual was his son George (born 1773) who was Isaac's partner at least by the 1800s.

In 1796, the Huttons advertized in the Albany Gazette for "Three Silver Smiths, May have constant employ in a very convienent shop, and recieve prompt pay, by application immediately to I. & G. HUTTON, No 32, Market Street."

In 1800, his third ward home included five young males and two slaves besides the aging Huttons.

George Hutton died in April 1806. He had lived seventy-seven years. In 1813, the home of his sons was/were listed in the directory on lower Columbia Street and their store on Court Street.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of George Hutton has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Uncertainty abounds regarding this early Albany resident. Several other senerios may seem credible.

first posted: 7/30/11