Jonathan Ogden


Jonathan Ogden was an innkeeper in Schenectady and an Albany resident during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Although not identified by name, he probably was the son of a New York innkeeper Jonathan Ogden and his wife "Willmont" as named in the elder Ogden's will filed in 1750.

Perhaps, he was the innkeeper identified as "Jno. Osman" on a census of Albany householders taken in 1756.

In December 1758, he married Rachel Vanderheyden of Albany at the Schenectady Dutch church. Their daughter, "Willmont," was christened at St. Peter's Anglican church in December 1759.

At the time of his marriage he was identified as a captain in the New York regiment of Westchester. Traditional sources, have identified him as an innkeeper who lived on Church Street in Schenectady.

In 1764, he was a prospective juror and characterized as a "vintner" of Schenectady. His first ward house and property in Albany was evaluated and taxed in 1766 and 1767. At the same time, Ogden's Schenectady property was accorded a high assessment - comparable to that levied on businessmen. In 1771, the will of his father-in-law noted the house where Ogden resided.

However, he seems to have been primarily a Schenectady resident. Jonathan Ogden was last heard from in March 1788 when he joined other Schenectady residents in petitioning the governor. Perhaps his will was filed in Schenectady between 1791 and 1802.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jonathan Ogden has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Same-named individuals were alive in Cherry Valley, Westchester, and New Jersey at that time. At this time we must be cautious and search harder for defining information.

first posted: 10/20/06