Edward Willett


This Edward Willett was born in October 1786. Most likely, he was the son of Albany residents Edward S. and Sara Fryer Willett.

His wife was his first ward neighbor Margaret Cooper (b. 1787). The marriage produced a number of children - all born after 1800. At least one of their children was christened at the Albany Dutch church.

This Edward Willett was admitted to the practice of law in June 1807. At least two other same-named individuals were active in Albany during his lifetime.

These Willetts set up their home in the first ward at an address later known as 18 South Pearl Street. First his parents and then his widow lived there as well.

He was a member and vestryman at St. Peter's Episcopal church.

Edward Willett filed a will in May 1815. It named his wife and two children as heirs. He died shortly thereafter and was buried in the Dutch church plot. According to his tombstone inscription, he had lived less than thirty years. Afterwards, widow Margaret lived at a number of first ward addresses until her death in 1846.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Edward Willett is CAP biography number 2905. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 12/10/09