Christopher J. Yates
Stefan Bielinski

Christopher J. Yates was born in August 1738. He was the eldest son of Albany blacksmith and landholder John Yates and his wife, Albany-born Rebecca Waldron.

He married Rensselaerswyck native Catharina Lansing in 1761. Their nine children were baptized in the Albany Dutch church between 1763 and 1779.

Like his father and several members of the Yates family, Christopher was a blacksmith. He probably learned the trade in his father's Albany shop and inherited John Yates's tools as his birthright on the death of his father in 1776. He also was left the Rensselaerswyck farm where he was living and would receive another east manor farm on the death of his mother. In 1781, he petitioned for city land at Tiondoroge.

Christopher J. Yates was one of a number of early Albany people who lived outside the core city but whose business (in this case a smithy and stables) made them part of the everyday community economy. His real estate holdings placed him above most Albany artisans. In 1790, his Rensselaerswyck household was served by three slaves.

During the 1760s, he served in the Rensselaerswyck company of the provincial militia and was awarded a bounty right under the Fourth Regiment of the Albany County Militia during the War for Independence.

His household was not included on the Albany or Watervliet censuses for 1790 or 1800. His youngest son was city physician Christopher C. Yates.



the people of colonial Albany The life of Christopher J. Yates is CAP biography number 4459. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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