Margaret Barret Christie
Stefan Bielinski

Margaret Barret probably was born in March 1719. If so, she was the daughter of Thomas and Barentje Spoor Barret and grew up on the Southside of Albany in a neighborhood first populated by former garrison soldiers.

She married innkeeper John Christie in February 1760 at St. Peter's Anglican church. At that time she was identified as a "spinster." The marriage probably produced no children.

"Captain" Christy's inn was located at "the Sandbergh" along the road that lead from Albany to Schenectady.

Margaret Barret Christie may have been still alive and listed in the second ward household of John Christie on the census of 1790.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Margaret Barret Christie (many spellings of both surnames) is CAP biography number 7228. This sketch is derived chiefly from community-based resources. This exposition is cautious as we presently lack family-based information!

Dutch church records for May 6, 1759, note "Ma[rried] by order of the Officer: John Hilton of the Inniskilling Regt., and Margaret Barret, both at present at Albany." Could this be the same Margaret?

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first posted: 3/25/04