Martina Hogan Brown


Perhaps, this Martina Hogan was born in July 1740. Thus, she would have been the first daughter of William and Susanna Lansing Hogan. However, she does not appear to have been named in the will filed by William Hogan in 1787. The name Martina honored the Hogan family matriarch who died in 1736.

In August 1761, a British army chaplain married her and St. Peter's Rector Rev. Thomas Brown at the Albany Anglican church. At that time, she was referred to as "Mertcha." At least two of her children were baptized there during the decade that followed.

While at St. Peter's, Brown's family lived in both the old and new minister's houses. In 1768, the Browns left Albany. In 1772, he was appointed rector in Dorchester, Maryland. After Brown's death in 1784, Martina and the children returned home to Albany.

Perhaps her first ward holdings listed under "Widow Brown & Son & House" were valued on the assessment roll in 1788. A decade later. personal property in the second ward was valued modestly.

In 1790, she was identified as the head of an Albany household in the first ward that included several children. A decade later the first ward census configured the household of "Matilda Brown" with two men, three adult women, and two girls.

The widow Martina Hogan Brown died about 1807. Her will passed probate in March.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Martina Hogan Brown is CAP biography number 4379. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources However, we recognize that some of the demographic information asssigned to this subject may be incorrect. Additionally, two "Widow" Browns headed Albany households during the years surrounding 1800.

first posted 4/15/03; recast and revised 2/10/16