Peter Crannel


Peter Crannel was born in January 1732. He was the son of William and Margarita Benoit Crannel. He grew up as a middle child in the home of a first ward city family. His father passed on in 1757.

By 1758, he had married Catrina Egmont, the youngest daughter of the late city bellman. Their first child was christened in the Albany Dutch church in October. By 1771, at least four more children had been baptized in Albany. The parents were occasional baptism sponsors.

In 1757, he was elected constable for the first ward. But, in March 1759, he was removed from that office as he had "entered service." However, we have yet to find information on a possible military record during the Seven Years War.

In 1766 and '67, his property in the Manor north of the city was assessed modestly.

In 1767, his name appeared on the roster of a Rensselaerswyck militia company.

After that, his name was no longer part of the available community-based record.

In 1793, he (or his heirs) owed a small sum to the estate of the late William Charles.

With a number of outstanding questions on the life of Albany native Peter Crannel, we move on for now!

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Peter Crannel is CAP biography number 7718. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 4/10/12