Isaac Sturges


Isaac Sturges probably was born after 1750. Several origins in New England (especially in Connecticut) seem plausible. However, one family-based resource claimed that all the Sturgises (including a number of Isaacs) in the United States were descended from three brothers who came from England during the eighteenth century.

In November 1777, he married twenty-two-year old Sally Smith at the Albany Dutch church. A number of their children were christened at the Albany Presbyterian church during the 1780s and 90s.

Church records identified him as a sailor and sloopman.

He seems to have served in the Revolutionary army. His name appeared among the enlisted men on the roster of the Third Regiment of the New York Line. By the time of the Clinton Sullivan Expedition in 1779, he was listed as a sergeant. We seek evidence of any service bounty awards.

In 1790, his second ward household included five members. A decade later, four children were living with the aging couple. His name seems to be missing from the Albany census for 1810. Assessment rolls beginning in 1779 described his house and lot in/on Fox Street in the second ward.

In 1795 and 1796, city records identified him as the city watchman. In 1813 and 1814, an Isaac Sturgis was listed in the city directory as a constable for the second ward. However, his particular address was not included in the alphabetical listings.

By 1798, he had become an officer in the Albany Masonic Lodge.

Isaac Sturges buried his wife in December 1807. He does not appear to have re-married. After that, he probably was absorbed within the Albany households of his adult children.

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

first posted: 10/10/09