Michael Begley


On July 30, 1795 and in the city of Albany, Michael Bagley became a naturalized American citizen. He swore that he had been a resident of the United States for at least the past two years. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.

In October 1796, Michael Begley was elected as one of the first trustees of St. Mary's Catholic church in Albany.

In November 1797, he purchased one-third of a lot on the north side of Hudson Street at (east side of) Court Street from Frederic Myndertse and his wife.

In 1799, his house, lot, and property were valued modestly on the first ward assessment roll. In 1800, the household of an "Ann Begley" was configured nearby with three chldren but without an adult white male in it.

The name of Michael Begley seems to have dropped from the community landscape before 1800. "Bigley" is said to have relocated to Pittstown in Rensselaer County - perhaps around 1820.

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

Ann Begley, spouse of Michael Begley, is said to have died on December 11 1827 and was buried in Rensselaer County. She had lived for 74 years.

first posted: 11/10/11