Mary Hogan Charles


Mary Hogan was born in July 1740. She was the first child born to the marriage of Albany natives William and Susanna Lansing Hogan. She grew up in the large family of a first ward blacksmith who also had a place in the Manor.

In February 1762, she received a licence to marry newcomer butcher William Charles. The marriage produced at least one surviving son. William Charles was an Anglican while Mary was a pewholder at the Albany Dutch church. During the 1790s, "Mary Charles" was witnessing Hogan family baptisms at the Dutch church.

This Charles family made their home in Albany's South End where William was a prominent butcher who had additional people living in their home.

William Charles appears to have died during the 1780s as his widow was listed as the householder on the first ward assessment roll in 1788. In 1790, her home was configued on the Albany census and included her young adult son.

In March 1787, she was named as an heir and co-executor of the estate in the will filed by her father. Her mother was dead by that time. She also was co-executor of her husband's estate in 1793.

"Mericha Charles" was alone in her modest first ward home in 1800.

The "Widow Charles" died in July 1808 and was buried from her church. In June 1813, letters of administration were issued on her estate.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Mary Hogan Charles is CAP biography number 1118. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/20/10