Edward Reims


Edward Reims was a one-time soldier in the garrison company under the command of Captain Weems on duty at the Albany fort. Afterwards, he sought to live in Albany and to participate in "trade" (business). That ambition was cut short by his death in September 1702.

In June 1699, he was among those charged by the Albany government for trading without being qualified as a freeman. In September 1701, he still had not qualified and was ordered to stop trading until he had secured a license to retail liquors.

Edward Reims filed a will in September 1702. He called himself a victualler of Albany. It named his wife Elizabeth as the heir of his personal estate. Soldiers and officers were also named in the document. The will passed probate twelve days later.

Except for the references noted above, his name has not been found in the community-based record considered so far. Thus, his story awaits answers to major questions.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Edward Reims has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This partial sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted 4/15/10; updated 7/25/14