James Jolly


James Jolly probably was born before 1756. He was the son of Albany-area innkeeper Hugh Jolly. He was left a monetary bequest but otherwise excluded in the will filed by his father in 1802.

During the 1770s, he was listed as a private in the third regiment of the Albany County militia company commanded by Philip P. Schuyler. In July 1781, he was identified as a farmer of the West District of Rensselaerswyck when he posted a hundred pound bond for Anne Conning, who was charged with harboring robbers. Otherwise, we seek information on his wartime activities.

James Jolly appears on the community landscape with the census of 1790 when his first ward household included three members. Assessment rolls showed that his modest house, lot, and holdings were located on the Southside of Albany. In 1800, his home included three children under ten, a young man, in addition to the heads of the this Jolly family.

His wife was named Anna. During the 1790s, their children were christened at the Albany Lutheran Church.

In 1800 and 1801, he paid twelve dollars for a tavern owner's license. In 1800, he was identified as a fireman in a city fire company.

After being named in his father's will in 1802, James Jolly was no longer included in the early Albany record. We seek information on his later life and passing.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of James Jolly has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.At least one other James Jolly was living at that time in Pennsylvania.

first posted: 9/25/08