George Ingoldsby


George Ingoldsby was the son of English officer, official, and one-time Albany commander Richard Ingoldsby and his wife (and principal heir), Mary. Possibly named for a famous grandfather, he probably came to America with his father in 1690. However, we seek definitive information on his origins and specific path to Albany. A number of same-named contemporaries complicate that ambition.

In 1698, he probably was an adult when his name appeared on the roster of his father's Albany-based garrison company.

In 1699, he was among 180 men in Albany County who signed a loyalty oath to the Protestant king of England.

Over several decades, he could be characterized as a royal adherent living in New York and/or New Jersey. In July 1706, he testified regarding political affairs and landholding in those colonies. At that time, he was referred to as a "gentleman" and "Late of the province of New Jersey."

In August 1714, he was named in the will filed by his father. However, he was to receive only a token part of Richard's considerable estate.

During the 1720s he was a lieutenant under his uncle Lancaster Symes in one of the Independent Companies. During the first decades of the century, this officer served the crown in a number of capacities and places beyond Albany. We cannot chronicle that service.

During the 1730s, he was among those royal favorites who were granted frontier real estate. In July 1737, he was among those granted a patent for 10,000 acres on the south side of the Mohawk between Schenectady and Schoharie. Later, those lands are said to have become the property of attorney William Corry. Ingoldsby also administered the real estate (in the so-called "Mary Ingoldsby Patent" in Ulster County) held by his mother.

We move on for now still expecting to incorporate more qualitative information on the one-time garrison soldier named George Ingoldsby.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of George Ingoldsby has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 2/10/14