William Bromley


William "Billy" Bromley was born in February 1722 and christened at the Albany Dutch church. He was the son of bellman John and Sara Bromley.

In June 1742, he married Lena Boom. By 1757, the marriage had produced seven children who were christened at Albany churches. However, these Bromleys witnessed baptisms and received burial services from the Dutch church.

In 1742 and 1743, he had entered into an agreement with the Albany city government to live in the house of Samuel Drury and to maintain and repair it.

In 1766 and 1767, his name appeared on Albany assessment rolls for the first ward. In 1767, he was identified as an enlisted man in an Albany militia company.

In 1788, his name no longer appeared on the tax rolls. However, those of his sons Samuel and Simon, were accorded modest assessments.

William Bromley's widow was identified on an Albany "poor list" in 1799.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of William Bromley is CAP biography number 5965. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 10/30/06