Benjamin Kip was born during the first half of the eighteenth century. His baptism was not included in the extant records of early Albany's churches. However, a number of "Benjamin Kips" (Benjamin Kipp) are connected to the former New Netherland family that maintained a presence in New York, on Long Island, and in Dutchess County - as well as in Albany during the eighteenth century. He was not mentioned in the will filed by the childless Albany merchant Isaac Kip in 1765.
In 1763, his name appeared on a list of Albany freeholders. However, his name was not included on any of the survey records encountered for that time period.
In 1779, he was named constable for the third ward.
Perhaps he was the Benjamin Kip whose household was configured in Rhinebeck on the census in 1790. A number of Kip-named households appeared on that document in the Dutchess County town.
Benjamin Kip probably died just after 1800. His will passed probate in August 1802. We seek defining information on this sometimes Albany resident's origins, family life, and passing!
Sources: The life of Benjamin Kip has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 5/10/08