Spelled variously, Daniel Kelly lived in Albany during the first decades of the eighteenth century. He may have been a former garrison soldier but that connection has not yet been made. However, he served in the Albany militia. Obviously, we suspect that he was of Irish ancestry but seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.
In July 1704, the city council agreed with him to quarter ten soldiers in his house at three shillings and nine pence each per week. The next year, he was among those fined fifteen shillings for not paving in front of his house.
Between 1708 and 1716, he witnessed several baptisms at the Albany Dutch church. One of his partners was "Margariet Killy" - perhaps referring to his wife. However, no children were christened by them in any of Albany's churches.
In 1709, his first ward property was valued on the city assessment roll. A number of his Southside neighbors were former soldiers.
In 1711, he gave up some of his land for the "Queen's Highway" by moving his fence.
In 1714, he was identified as a private in Peter Matthew's company of the Albany militia which included a number of Anglo Albany residents.
In 1720, his name was included on a list of freeholders in the first ward.
After that, the name of Daniel Kelly has not been encountered in the Albany record. We move on for now seeking information on his later life and passing.
Sources: The life of Daniel Kelly has not been accorded a CAP biography number. A name so obviously exotic has proved to have been spelled with many variations in the community record. This sketch is derived chiefly from community-based resources.
"Queen's Highway?" Perhaps that means King's Highway.
first posted: 4/10/07; updated 7/11/14