John James


John James lived in Albany during the last decades of the eighteenth century. Perhaps he was born about 1750. We seek defining information regarding his origins and path to Albany.

An undated roster for the Fifth Regiment of the New York Line (Col. Lewis Duboys) listed a "John James" among the enlisted men.

In October 1779, the name of "John James" first appeared on an Albany assessment roll. At that time, he was taxed modestly.

In 1790, his household was configured on the city census of the second ward. James was living there along with three "other free people." Two years earlier, he was one of two men assessed a dollar under the household of "Widow Sarah Visscher."

At this point we have not encountered family information for him in the extant records of early Albany churches.

We seek end of life information for this individual. An online compilation of burials at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands reveal that a "James, John, b. Bristol, England, d. Albany, NY, Age 75 [no date given], Section 98."

Following our most recent sweep of community and Internet-based resources, we must move on for now from the life of one-time Albany resident John James.

biography in-progress - 2017


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John James has no CAP biography number. This bare-bones sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. This individual is not Albany contemporary John James Abbott. He does not appear to have been closely related to the family of William James.

first posted 4/20/17; last updated 10/13/17