Edward Blood


According to the will he filed in July 1746, Edward Blood was a "gentleman" and "of Albany." That and a letter he wrote in 1734 are the major sources encountered thus far in articulating his life.

According to traditional sources, his father was Thomas Blood. At some point, his mother was dying in Dublin. In 1734, Blood was in Albany writing about land his family held in Ireland.

We believe Edward or Edmund Blood was a military officer - perhaps as early as 1711. In October 1724, he was called the commander at "Mount Burnet" [?] when he reported on Albany merchants trading illegally to Canada.

In 1734, he witnessed an indenture involving Henry Holland in Albany. At that time, he was called "Capt. Edmond Blood" of Albany and was staying/living at Holland's. His wife and daughters then were in Ireland.

Edward Blood filed a will in July 1746. It named his four Vandenbergh cousins and left them his entire estate. An inventory detailing silver items and militaria followed its probate a few days later. However, letters of administration were granted to his daughter, Elizabeth (Richard) Williams in 1753.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Edward Blood has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. We realize that this compilation is only a string of related facts. However, none of the sources used here were available online just two years ago! Please be patient with our antiquarianism.

first posted: 5/20/07