Christopher Olly, Jr.


This Albany resident known as Christopher Olly, Jr. (most often Oley) was born about 1773. Subsequent records will show that this individual lived in the second ward and was alive at least into the 1840s. At this point, we have not definitively connected him to other early Albany Ollys.

He appears to have been married to Sara Van Antwerp. Two daughters named Eleanor were christened in the Albany Dutch church in August 1799 and a year later. In June 1803, his wife was buried from the church. He later married Ann Baker who died in 1847.

Beginning in 1800, his household was configured on the Albany census. Assessment rolls valued his house and lot on Columbia Street and his shop on Orange Street during the first decade of the 19th century. The first city directories did not reference this individual. However, the 1815 edition listed "Christopher Olney," a shipwright living on the Schenectady Turnpike.

Christopher Olly, Jr. died in January 1842 and was buried in the cemetery plot of the Third Presbyterian Church. He had lived sixty-nine years.

biography in-progress


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

first posted 3/10/13