Isachar Child


Spelled variously, Isachar Child lived in Albany during the 1770s. According to family-based resources, he was born in 1749 and was of the Roxbury, Massachusetts branch of the Child(s) family. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.

For December 1761, his name appeared on the muster roll of General Lyman's Connecticut troops.

Perhaps he married Alethea Moffet (b. 1742) of Windham County, Connecticut in November 1766. Their first four sons were born in Connecticut between 1767 and 1772. A fifth son was christened in Schenectady in 1774. A daughter named for her mother was christened in Albany in June 1776 and died a few days later.

In 1775, he was named constable for the second ward. Two weeks later, the council inexplicably recinded the appointment and ordered that he be replaced.

In November 1776, the Albany Committee charged him to carry letters to the new counties in northern New York. A month later, his account of £15.16 for expenses was ordered to be paid.

In August 1777, his pasture was among the properties the Committee ordered to be appraised.

In March 1779, "Childs house" in the first ward was valued on an Albany assessment roll.

In October 1780, "Isacher Childs" was examined by the Albany Commissioners regarding the passing of counterfeit money.

After that, his name appears to have dropped from the community-based record.

In 1790, the household of "Isackob Childs" was counted on the census of the ninth ward in New York City. At that time, the unit housed a man, a boy, and one female. In 1791, the New York City directory listed him at 1 Murray Street but with no occupation.

In October 1794, letters of administration were granted to his son Evander. At that time, the elder Child was identified as of New York City.

However, Isachar Child is said to have died in July 1797.

At this point, we feel that we have only scratched the surface regarding the life of this one-time Albany resident. With so many questions still outstanding, we move on for now!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isachar Child is CAP biography number 7607. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/5/12